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#1381 zeman321

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    Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:42 PM

    Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 

    I am getting married in November of this year.  I will not have too many guests and am planning to have one long table.  I am going to bring a table runner in a beige/tan colour and "sprinkle" seashells and starfish from Michael's/craft store down the runner.  I am planning on purchasing or renting vases and putting the brides maids bouquets in them, while also transferring the centerpiece from the ceremony table for the table decor.  Decor isn't very important to me.  I would be absolutely fine with the white provided by the resort, but I think this will look nice and wont be too expensive or much of a headache. 

    I think it will be beautiful! I don't want to spend a fortune on flowers either, Someone gave me some brand new small lanterns( still in the box) so I think we will use those. I'll probably do the seashell and starfish thing to fill in a little.



    #1382 niknic456

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      Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 

      I also wanted to mention that I am not doing OOT bags.  Instead, I am giving out tumbler mugs/cups.  I found awesome ones at Sam's Club for a very reasonable price.  Six cost $20 + tax.  They are super cute and each box has 6 different colours (I thought less of a chance for guests cups to get mixed up with 6 different colours).  It was a great option for us, as I wanted to give our guests something nice, but OOT bags seemed like a lot of work and a lot of extra money. 

       

       

      If anyone is interested, here's the link:

       

      http://www.samsclub..../prod8210138.ip

       

      That's a great idea, especially having the different color tumblers so no one get confused!!! I hope the brides that have had summer 2013 weddings will come back to the forums and post pics of their weddings!!!

      #1383 mollyes

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        Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:32 AM

        Hi - 2 weeks our from our wedding at NOW Sapphire - here are my thoughts and a few pics!

         

        We were just married on July 20, 2013 at NOW Sapphire. We were thrilled with the results. Below are some of our thoughts and a few pics from friends (professional pics not ready yet). Please feel free to ask any specific questions. If context helps, we had 120 people. We had our wedding on the Tequila Terrace at 5 PM, Cocktail hour at the Beach Terrace from 6-7 and the reception from 7-11 (paid for an extra hour). Afterwards, we all changed and went to the lobby bar. We have a huge dance crowd, so staying through 11 with the DJ was good for our guests. We also did a beach BBQ the night before for our rehearsal dinner.

         

        1) Location. We loved that the NOW Sapphire was such a close ride from the airport. It made it easy for our guests.

         

        2) Food. Excellent. Everyone was so surprised by how good the food was. We had a beach BBQ for the rehearsal dinner and it came with 4 different types of meat, various vegetables, a whole array of salads and a beautiful dessert display. For the wedding, we choose the salad with pecans and blue cheese, mushroom & garlic soup and 3 entree selections (beef bourdelaise, salmon with squash blossom sauce, and gluten free/vegetarian lasagna). Everyone raved about the food.

         

        3) Flowers. I used the resort's florist. It was expensive, and from reading other posts on here, you can find cheaper florists. However, I didn't have time or the energy to coordinate with many off-site vendors. The flowers were gorgeous. I sent pictures of what I wanted for my bouquet and alter and they did a fantastic job.

         

        4) Day of Coordination. Perfect. We were pretty chill and just laid out at the pool and hung out with family/friends until it came time to get ready (separately). Anel was totally on top of having the flowers delivered on time and making sure the transportation for me to get to the ceremony came on time.

         

        5). Music. Great!!! We had the resort organize the DJ and we provided a song list. He stuck pretty close to it with one big exception that made the party so much better... he didn't play a single slow song. I had put some slow songs on the list but they really read the crowd and could tell that folks just want to keep dancing like crazy. Everyone loved the DJ and asked for the playlist. So many people said how happy they were that they didn't slow things down at any point. The resort had a lots of surprises during the dance party that really upped the fun factor.

         

        6) Spa. Phenomenal. It was so pretty and they did a fantastic job with my hair and make-up. I had Marilu - she was very sweet and I was very happy.

         

        7) Pre-Wedding Communication. I know this is a stressful time for brides and I, like many brides on here, was worried because the email response time was very slow. However, it is true what everyone else here says - once you get there you realize that they are 100% on top of everything you've sent them. Also, once you are there, they are totally focused on you. There were 3 other weddings while we were there and Anel was in her office until 11 pm and 1 am every day working very hard. I hope to reassure you, because I know you want a response, just don't worry. We even made changes to the flowers and open bar once we got there that changed the bill and they were fine with that.

         

        8) Photography. I had seen a post on here about the quality of the photography. That scared me, so I went with the photographer that woman used (Amorcito Corazon Studios (

         

         

         

         

        Wedding Ceremony - Brought our minister from the US.

         

         

        AppleMark

         

        Wedding Reception

         

         

         

         

         



        #1384 cmoreno

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          Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:32 AM

          Originally Posted by mollyes 

          Hi - I posted a review from my wedding at NOW Sapphire two weeks ago here - includes some pictures. Happy to answer any questions! http://www.bestdesti...a-word-fabulous

          Molly, your wedding and you looked beautiful! Can you tell me how much they charge you for the chinese lanterns (hanging in the Tequila Terrace?) I love them! Thanks!



          #1385 mollyes

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            Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:51 AM

            The laterns were about $1000. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw what they charged for them but in the end we decided to keep them because I loved them so much. I was glad we did and tons of people commented on them.



            #1386 zeman321

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              Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:08 PM

              Originally Posted by mollyes 

              Hi - 2 weeks our from our wedding at NOW Sapphire - here are my thoughts and a few pics!

               

              We were just married on July 20, 2013 at NOW Sapphire. We were thrilled with the results. Below are some of our thoughts and a few pics from friends (professional pics not ready yet). Please feel free to ask any specific questions. If context helps, we had 120 people. We had our wedding on the Tequila Terrace at 5 PM, Cocktail hour at the Beach Terrace from 6-7 and the reception from 7-11 (paid for an extra hour). Afterwards, we all changed and went to the lobby bar. We have a huge dance crowd, so staying through 11 with the DJ was good for our guests. We also did a beach BBQ the night before for our rehearsal dinner.

               

              1) Location. We loved that the NOW Sapphire was such a close ride from the airport. It made it easy for our guests.

               

              2) Food. Excellent. Everyone was so surprised by how good the food was. We had a beach BBQ for the rehearsal dinner and it came with 4 different types of meat, various vegetables, a whole array of salads and a beautiful dessert display. For the wedding, we choose the salad with pecans and blue cheese, mushroom & garlic soup and 3 entree selections (beef bourdelaise, salmon with squash blossom sauce, and gluten free/vegetarian lasagna). Everyone raved about the food.

               

              3) Flowers. I used the resort's florist. It was expensive, and from reading other posts on here, you can find cheaper florists. However, I didn't have time or the energy to coordinate with many off-site vendors. The flowers were gorgeous. I sent pictures of what I wanted for my bouquet and alter and they did a fantastic job.

               

              4) Day of Coordination. Perfect. We were pretty chill and just laid out at the pool and hung out with family/friends until it came time to get ready (separately). Anel was totally on top of having the flowers delivered on time and making sure the transportation for me to get to the ceremony came on time.

               

              5). Music. Great!!! We had the resort organize the DJ and we provided a song list. He stuck pretty close to it with one big exception that made the party so much better... he didn't play a single slow song. I had put some slow songs on the list but they really read the crowd and could tell that folks just want to keep dancing like crazy. Everyone loved the DJ and asked for the playlist. So many people said how happy they were that they didn't slow things down at any point. The resort had a lots of surprises during the dance party that really upped the fun factor.

               

              6) Spa. Phenomenal. It was so pretty and they did a fantastic job with my hair and make-up. I had Marilu - she was very sweet and I was very happy.

               

              7) Pre-Wedding Communication. I know this is a stressful time for brides and I, like many brides on here, was worried because the email response time was very slow. However, it is true what everyone else here says - once you get there you realize that they are 100% on top of everything you've sent them. Also, once you are there, they are totally focused on you. There were 3 other weddings while we were there and Anel was in her office until 11 pm and 1 am every day working very hard. I hope to reassure you, because I know you want a response, just don't worry. We even made changes to the flowers and open bar once we got there that changed the bill and they were fine with that.

               

              8) Photography. I had seen a post on here about the quality of the photography. That scared me, so I went with the photographer that woman used (Amorcito Corazon Studios (

               

               

               

               

              Wedding Ceremony - Brought our minister from the US.

               

               

              AppleMark

               

              Wedding Reception

               

               

               

               

               

              Your wedding looks like it was perfect!



              #1387 DinaQtobe

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              Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:21 PM

              Originally Posted by niknic456 

               

              That's a great idea, especially having the different color tumblers so no one get confused!!! I hope the brides that have had summer 2013 weddings will come back to the forums and post pics of their weddings!!!


              I hope so too!!!  I love looking at all of the pictures - it makes me so excited for my own wedding! :)



              #1388 zeman321

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                Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:11 PM

                Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 


                I hope so too!!!  I love looking at all of the pictures - it makes me so excited for my own wedding! :)

                I know what you mean! I get excited every time someone posts new pictures or a review!



                #1389 niknic456

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                  Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

                  Originally Posted by zeman321 

                  Your wedding looks like it was perfect!


                  I heart you for the pics! Very elegant. One queston..I'm also having my ceremony on the Tequila Terrace b/c my FI refuses to walk on the sand! Anyway, did you pay additional for the arrangements by the chuppah?



                  #1390 zeman321

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                    Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:01 PM

                    I heart you for the pics! Very elegant. One queston..I'm also having my ceremony on the Tequila Terrace b/c my FI refuses to walk on the sand! Anyway, did you pay additional for the arrangements by the chuppah?

                    Yes, I would like to know also




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