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#1051 SamM

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    Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

    Originally Posted by cmoreno 

    Hello brides! I am in (almost) panic mode... we went from wanting only 40 people  in our guest list, to having 60! My FIL went nuts with the invitations to his friends (without asking us for our permission!, and my fiance and I are the ones paying for our wedding!). Argh! Could any of you share with me the budget sheet for the Divine package? I promise not to tell Ramon or Anel I got it from you! Please please? 

     

    Thanks!

    Cecilia


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    #1052 Noxx

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      Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:59 PM

      Originally Posted by Mya062813 

      Can anyone let me know if they liked their video included in the Divine package?

       

      Also those that have had the divine package which did you choose for the ceremony: saxophonist, violinist or guitar player?  Did you like it?

       

      We are trying to decide between the Eternity & Divine package.

      I am still waiting on my video we thought it was good to have especially since a lot of family and friends couldnt make the wedding. We chose the guitar player for our cocktail hour. I did hear it and thought it was good. I did also hear the violinist which was beautiful but too wasnt our style.



      #1053 Mya062813

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        Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:43 PM

        Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 


        Congratulations Danda!  Thanks for the wonderful information!

        I am curious if you used the live musicians included in the divine package?  I have heard that at the Now Jade they allow you to swap the musician for two hours of DJ.  Were you able to take advantage of this?

         

        I am also wondering if anyone knows if candles are allowed on the tables for the reception?  Are we able to light them?

         

        Thanks ladies!

        I was told by Anel that candles are typically provided by the bride & groom.  She reccomends the electric ones since it can get windy.



        #1054 Mya062813

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          Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:44 PM

          Originally Posted by danda 

          Hi Ladies!  Just got back from an amazing week at the Now Sapphire. 

          The wedding was like in a fairy tale.  Everything went pretty smoothly.  We had 50 people total including 6 children between 2 and 13.

          The gazebo in the Divine package DOES include the white linens.  If you want another color, it's an extra cost.

          We used DJ Doremixx and sent the deposit via Western Union.  Everything went through and he did a great job. 

          We got flowers through Mayan Floral.  Marvin is great w/ communicating.  We got flowers for the gazebo, centerpieces, bridesmaids bouquets and a "kissing ball" for the flower girl.  Arrangements were gorgeous.  He met our friend in the lobby and we kept the flowers in Ramon's office until it was time to set them out for the wedding.  Marvin even came out and arranged the flowers at 4pm and we were not charged the vendor's fee.  We used the resort photographer and videographer.  We're happy with our photos but haven't seen our video yet.  They will be sending it out along with our photo album book. 

           

          I spent hours sifting through all the posts on this website and was so grateful for all the feedback. 

          If anyone has specific questions feel free to ask!  I would love to help if I can :)

          Congratulations!  Can you post some of your wedding pictures taken at the resort?



          #1055 Mya062813

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            Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:46 PM

            I am very torn on whether to use the resort photographer or hire an outside one.  There seems to be alot of varying experiences.  Can anyone help?



            #1056 zeman321

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              Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

              Originally Posted by danda 

              Hi Ladies!  Just got back from an amazing week at the Now Sapphire. 

              The wedding was like in a fairy tale.  Everything went pretty smoothly.  We had 50 people total including 6 children between 2 and 13.

              The gazebo in the Divine package DOES include the white linens.  If you want another color, it's an extra cost.

              We used DJ Doremixx and sent the deposit via Western Union.  Everything went through and he did a great job. 

              We got flowers through Mayan Floral.  Marvin is great w/ communicating.  We got flowers for the gazebo, centerpieces, bridesmaids bouquets and a "kissing ball" for the flower girl.  Arrangements were gorgeous.  He met our friend in the lobby and we kept the flowers in Ramon's office until it was time to set them out for the wedding.  Marvin even came out and arranged the flowers at 4pm and we were not charged the vendor's fee.  We used the resort photographer and videographer.  We're happy with our photos but haven't seen our video yet.  They will be sending it out along with our photo album book. 

               

              I spent hours sifting through all the posts on this website and was so grateful for all the feedback. 

              If anyone has specific questions feel free to ask!  I would love to help if I can :)

              Congrats! I'm glad you had a beautiful wedding!



              #1057 DinaQtobe

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              Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:28 AM

              Hi Fellow brides!

               

              I was wondering if any past brides can help me out with something.  I've spent quite a bit of time on the Now Jade thread reading all of the posts (thought it would be helpful as the resorts are sister properties).  I know that at the Jade, included with the divine package the gazebo is decorated with flower medallions.  I am curious if this is the same with the Sapphire.  In the divine package for the Sapphire, the brochure says "Canopy d©cor - chairs with white covers, ceremonial table and carpeted walkway".  Does anyone know if that includes any kind of flowers, or is it just the white material?  If it's included I would like to use the flowers from the gazebo as centerpieces after the ceremony.  I am sorry if this was asked previously.

               

              Thanks,

               

              Dina



              #1058 Noxx

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                Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:53 PM

                Hello Fellow Brides,

                I just got back yesterday and I thought i would share some info on our wedding with you all since this site has helped me out so much. I'm sorry for the length of it.

                First of all i want to say this resort is beautiful!!! The staff are all amazing. They go out of their way to help you out as much as they can. The food was fantastic. We kept hearing compliments on the food all week. I travel quite a bit and it was the small details that made this resort for me. Now Sapphire has a no wristband policy so you don't have to have those derided tan lines and horrible bands in all your wedding pictures. They also don't have towel cards so you don't have to worry about handing in your towels every day. Also they don't have reservations for the a la carte dinners but get there early if you would like to eat at a half descent time if your having dinner in  a large group. 

                OK back to the wedding stuff, I purchased the devine package. We had 48 people in our group. So as you know this can add up quite quickly. We decided to get married on the beach in front of tequila terrace and had our reception and cocktail hour at the tequila terrace. In my opinion this is the best spot on the resort. I found the beach terrace to be to open for those walking by and if the resort was having their beach night you would b drowned out by their live band ( we saw this happen to one wedding)ally lucked out because the Cold water grill was closed the night we had our wedding and it was so private. Brides, please remember your whole wedding is only 4 hours. Something to think about when planning your time. Our ceremony begun at 6 and the wedding ended at 11..  Ramon was fantastic and did everything we asked for they do make sure that you did nothing but relax on your wedding day. We dropped off a suitcase with all the wedding stuff in it the day of our meeting with Ramon and he had it back to our room the following day with all of our stuff packed back in it.  We did manage to save some money by renting the i pod equipment i was expecting just a small speaker but there were lights set up, a bubble machine and a guy was there to man the i pod the whole time. It was far better than i expected. If i were to do it again i would still go with the i pod station. I ordered my flowers from an outside vendor and had the groomsmen meet the florist outside the hotel so i didn't have to pay the vendor fee. i used Cancun flowers lucy_cancun@hotmail.com. She can be difficult to get a hold of but she was priced fantastic and came through i did find it difficult communicating with Liz but pictures helped out big time.

                I decided to save money and bring down my own chair sashes and organza for the canopy. In the devine package you only get the gazebo but no linen or decor. My aunt brought down fake flowers and placed them on the canopy i was very pleased with the look. I also brought down paper lantern to be hung on the roof of the terrace. Ramon will set up everything for you no problem.

                We also booked out own photographer we used Sweet Caribbean Photography. We met with Jose 2 days prior to our wedding to discuss what kind of photos we would like he was open to suggestions and he actually did every photo idea we wanted. This was the best decision i made yet. I found him to have a great price and they were very quick in responding to any questions we had. Jose's girlfriend Kim handles the bookings. She is Canadian so no worries on any communication issues there. Jose made us all feel so comfortable. I am waiting for the pictures to come back. I did get a sneak peak on his camera and fell in love! I strongly recommend them. We did not have to pay the vendor fee for them however we did pay for a day pass and meals for them. 

                The spa was nice, Please bring pictures of what you would like done! some of the ladies have a hard time understanding what you would like.

                We decided not to use the hotel photographer that was included in the package on our wedding day but we did use Andrik for a casual photo shoot after the wedding and i was extremely happy with those pictures. They just begun using their new cameras and the quality is pretty good. 

                Our dinner on the beach was nice. Very slow though so don't plan anything after wards unless you are meeting people in the lobby  we had our dinner at 7 and finished at 9.

                The a la carte restaurants were fa-nominal. You must go to the Japanese one! get a seat at the grill. These Chefs are fantastic and save some room for the deep fried ice cream!!!!!

                There was at least 2 weddings every day we were there. I did get all the attention and devotion needed by the staff and Ramon.

                I cant tell you how please i was with the hotel. We had tons of compliments from our guests.

                My only suggestion to you brides other than please don't stress, is stay a few days longer than 7 if you can.

                We found that we had no time to our selves. With 48 people traveling to see your wedding we tried our best to spend time with each and every one of them. This was exhausting and i don't feel like i got to relax at all. I wish we had stayed at least 10 days.

                I think that is all for now.

                I hope this helps you ladies out.

                I would not have changed a thing. I was very pleased with my wedding and would do it again in a heart beat! 



                #1059 Noxx

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                  Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:55 PM

                  Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 

                  Hi Fellow brides!

                   

                  I was wondering if any past brides can help me out with something.  I've spent quite a bit of time on the Now Jade thread reading all of the posts (thought it would be helpful as the resorts are sister properties).  I know that at the Jade, included with the divine package the gazebo is decorated with flower medallions.  I am curious if this is the same with the Sapphire.  In the divine package for the Sapphire, the brochure says "Canopy d©cor - chairs with white covers, ceremonial table and carpeted walkway".  Does anyone know if that includes any kind of flowers, or is it just the white material?  If it's included I would like to use the flowers from the gazebo as centerpieces after the ceremony.  I am sorry if this was asked previously.

                   

                  Thanks,

                   

                  Dina

                  Hi Dina,

                  The Canopy is plain. Anything you want on there is extra unless you bring it. I found all my stuff online for much cheaper.

                  i suggest you do it yourself ( get someone else to do it for you in your group) if you are on a budget



                  #1060 Noxx

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                    Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:57 PM

                    Originally Posted by cmoreno 

                    Hello brides! I am in (almost) panic mode... we went from wanting only 40 people  in our guest list, to having 60! My FIL went nuts with the invitations to his friends (without asking us for our permission!, and my fiance and I are the ones paying for our wedding!). Argh! Could any of you share with me the budget sheet for the Divine package? I promise not to tell Ramon or Anel I got it from you! Please please? 

                     

                    Thanks!

                    Cecilia

                    Can you PM me your home email i will send you mine






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