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Hi girls! My fiance and I are getting married at Now Sapphire in September. We chose the complimentary package (your moments package) because it will just be the two of us. I know we will need to pay for witnesses, but has anyone else picked this package? Are there any surprise fees I should know about? I already know I would like to have my hair done at the salon the day of the wedding, does anyone have an idea of what this may cost? Also, the only other extra I would like is a photographer. I know you can add one on to any package ala carte style, has anyone done this? Thank you :)

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Hey girls! My fiance and I are getting married at Now Sapphire in September. We got the complimentary wedding package (your moments) because it will just be the two of us with his parents ~no other guests. I know we will have to pay for the hotel to supply witnesses for us, and of course the blood tests, but are there any other fees I should be aware of?

 

I know I would like to add a couple thigs to our package. I'd like to have my hair done in the salon the day of the wedding, does anyone know what their prices are? Also, we would like to add a photographer on as well. has anyone else done this? Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated :)   

Thank you!!

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Originally Posted by RFinger View Post

 

If anyone is interested here is the video of our wedding and photo shoot that is included in the Divine package.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrJ73tCgqw

Oh man! For some reason I can't pull it up on my work comp! I'll have to give it a try when I get back home!

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Hey Everyone! 

I just got back last weekend from my wedding at the NOW Sapphire!  I am here to answer any questions you may have.

 

Couple things.....

 

I didn't use the resorts photographer... I used Gonzalo Nunez Photography, and he was AMAZING!  I heard comments from almost every one of my guests on how awesome he was.  He took pictures of EVERYTHING!  I would highly, highly recommend him!  He also speaks great English so he is easy to communicate with.  We also did TTD pictures with him.  What a blast!

 

I also did not use the resorts flowers.  I emailed them a picture of what I wanted... 5 bouquets and 5 bouts, and they quoted me $1000!  Yikes!  So, I ended up using "Flowers by Lucy".  Her name is Liz, I can get any of you her email if you are interested.  She did the 5 bouquets, 5 bouts, 5 centerpieces, and a bag of rose petals all for half the price of the resort!  The pictures I emailed her were exactly what I ended up with for flowers.  The resort wants $300 for an outside vendor fee.... BUT, if you meet her in the lobby and have some of your friends place the centerpieces on the tables for you, you can get around that fee.  I just played dumb when they asked me why I didn't need flowers for the wedding. 

 

As far as a DJ goes.  I didn't want to pay $350 an hour for one, so I brought my IPod.  It worked out great!  Just some info I wish I had known earlier though.  They charge you $150 an hour for a speaker rental for your IPod.  The ceremony part is free, but the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, they will charge you that speaker fee.  I told them that was insane that they want to charge that, so they knocked down the price a bit.  It was great.... and a lot cheaper than a DJ.

 

I had the Now to Eternity package.  The appetizers were amazing... but I ordered the fish for the main dish for dinner, and it was icky.  Super, super salty.  I don't recommend ordering that.  Everything else we ordered for the dinner was great! 

 

We had our wedding on the Beach Terrace and I would highly recommend that..... it was beautiful!  People have said that the Tequila Terrace had wide slots in-between the deck, and it does.  If your guests had on heels, they could easily get caught in them.  The Beach terrace is stamped concrete...easy to walk, dance.... whatever!

 

One more thing I wish I knew... the price they quote for the packages DOES NOT include tax.  If you add that, the price for the Now to Eternity for just 25 people is $2,440, not $2,199.  Everything else you add on the tax and service fee you to death.  I had 8 people over the 25 (they include the bride and groom in your number) and it is about $100 per person over that number.... plus tax and fees.  If you want me to go over that more, I can....

 

I don't have my pictures back from the photographer yet, but I did take some pics of the Beach Terrace and the Tequila Terrace for you all to see.  I will put some up for you!

 

Overall... I am SUPER happy with my decision to get married here.  Ramon was WONDERFUL to work with.  You will all be very happy you chose the Sapphire!

 

Heather

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Congratulations HeatherViolet!!! Can't wait to see some of your professional pictures! 

 

 

And thanks for the all the info regarding pricing ~ I can't believe nobody has mentioned on here before that they add on taxes to the price of the package!! That's kind of BS in my opinion, because I just looked through ALL of the info that Anel has sent me, and nowhere does it say that those prices are not inclusive of tax. And $150/hour to rent the sound system!! That's just absurd, I knew that it wasn't included for the reception, but I assumed that it was $150 flat. Right there is $500 more than I had planned on 

 

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P.S. I would LOVE to get contact info on the florist you used. Looks like I'm going to have to start thinking outside the box a little to save some $$$$.

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Originally Posted by HeatherViolet View Post

 

Here are a few pics of the table set up and decos from the Beach Terrace....

 

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Thanks HeatherViolet for the great review. 

Did you bring your own decor for the tables? was there a set up fee? i am thinking of bringing down my own table sashes and table decor. 

Also deciding on which photographer to use. What was the price conpairison to the resorts?

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