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#1501 TauruSmith

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

Originally Posted by Brittany Bode 

I am also getting married on the 24th lol...I guess I'll see you there! I'm stlll not sure which package I'm going with and if I will hire outside vendors. DOes anyone know if the photographers videgraphers djs etc are good at now sapphire if you should hire outside? I'm a kindergarten teacher and soooo busy at the beginning of the year- I need to get these wedding plans finalized! Thanks! 

Hire an outside photographer! The resort photographers we used for our welcome reception were terrible. We used Juan Navarro for our wedding and are thrilled with how the photos turned out.



#1502 torrap

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    Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:02 PM

    Hi Brides! My partner and I really want fairy lights for the Beach Terrace. Has anyone paid the $1000 and offer any commentary on whether it was worth it? If you have a seating chart or floor plan of the space that would also be helpful. There is not much information on the Beach Terrace out there. Thanks!



    #1503 TaraHall

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      Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:36 AM

      Originally Posted by ckl22 

      I am in the same boat as you - I am trying to decide btwn the Now Sapphire & Dreams Riviera Cancun. Have you found out anything helpful about the nightlife at NOW? I too am a little worried about it  - I'm thinking we are going to have a group of 40 or so and we all like to have a good time and I don't want to resort to be too quite for us/boring... we are past spring break age.. but still all like to think we can throw um back like we are 21! ;)   It seems like the only bar open late is the lobby and then the disco??? If you hear of anything let me know - Thanks!!! 

      I have this same question. How is the scene at NOW Sapphire? Lively at the pool or just relaxed?

       

      Thank you! 



      #1504 TaraHall

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        Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:38 AM

        Originally Posted by TaraHall 

        I have this same question. How is the scene at NOW Sapphire? Lively at the pool or just relaxed?

         

        Thank you! 

        I meant lively at the pool and some type of night life?

         

        I just do not want guests to be bored outside of the wedding night. Thank you for any help that you may have!



        #1505 Jenbd817

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          Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:07 PM

          Hello brides! For some reason I decided to look at reviews of the resort today to find out some tips for our guests to put in welcome letter/brochure and I wish I didn't...a lot of people are complaining you get pushed into listening to a sales presentation/time share pitch upon checking in at the resort. Did any of your guests have this happen? I'm thinking I should warn our guests but don't want to scare anyone!
           

          Also how did you find the drinks at the resort? Are they served in small plastic cups at the pool bar? Still deciding on whether to include mugs or stadium cups in our welcome bags. Thank you in advance!



          #1506 DinaQtobe

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          Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:52 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Jenbd817 
           

          Hello brides! For some reason I decided to look at reviews of the resort today to find out some tips for our guests to put in welcome letter/brochure and I wish I didn't...a lot of people are complaining you get pushed into listening to a sales presentation/time share pitch upon checking in at the resort. Did any of your guests have this happen? I'm thinking I should warn our guests but don't want to scare anyone!
           

          Also how did you find the drinks at the resort? Are they served in small plastic cups at the pool bar? Still deciding on whether to include mugs or stadium cups in our welcome bags. Thank you in advance!

          I feel like every resort you go to now there is some pressure to attend their sales pitch.  It's such big business in the Riviera Maya all resorts are getting in on it.  Just remind your guests to give a firm "no" when they check in, and they should be left alone.  It's mostly established couples that they target (ones with money), so single guests will likely not be bothered.   They try and get you in by offering a free massage, or other 'amazing' offers.  Ignore them!



          #1507 Jenbd817

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            Posted 05 September 2013 - 06:15 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by DinaQtobe 
             

            I feel like every resort you go to now there is some pressure to attend their sales pitch.  It's such big business in the Riviera Maya all resorts are getting in on it.  Just remind your guests to give a firm "no" when they check in, and they should be left alone.  It's mostly established couples that they target (ones with money), so single guests will likely not be bothered.   They try and get you in by offering a free massage, or other 'amazing' offers.  Ignore them!

             Thanks DinaQtobe - a fellow Nov 2013 bride!  I think that's the best plan, I'll probably tell my guests "just say no!" lol



            #1508 mollyes

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              Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:29 AM

              Hi -

               

              Sales pitch - we warned all of our guests about the sales pitch. Some still got confused and went and were annoyed. The rest were on top of saying no.

               

              2nd thing... just got our slide show from our professional photographer. It coincidentally came the day after we received the video of the wedding from the videographer. On the video - OMG - I never thought I would want that, but since it came with the package we did it. I am SO GLAD we did. Honestly, its hard to remember your wedding - there is so much going on and so much adrenaline. The video gave me a way to see it from my guests perspective and also to experience it a bit myself as if for the first time. Totally do it!!!

               

              And, here is the link to our slideshow from the photographer, who we LOVED - 

              http://schroeder.amorcitocorazonstudio.com/#/schroeder-1/

               

              Molly



              #1509 mollyes

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                Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:28 AM

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                Originally Posted by TaraHall 

                Hello Brides! Can anyone tell me what the atmosphere at NOW sapphire pool area is like? (lively or calm? What type of crowd? What type of music? Loud or quiet? How much activity?) We are unable to so a site visit, so any help is greatly appreciated!

                 

                The main pool is pretty lively. They play club music most afternoons and people are dancing both in and out of water. Swim up bar is packed. I imagine it matters how many people are at the resort but it was a great party scene when we were there. Those who wanted to chill out went to the preferred club pool. As an aside, the pools are gorgeous - and huge.



                #1510 mollyes

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                  Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:37 AM

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                  Originally Posted by CAmomofbride 

                  Another question, beyond the wedding, what type of excursions did your guests seem to enjoy? Did they use the excursion desk at the resort, go into Puerto Morelas directly to book snorkeling, book before they came, etc... Is there a bus available to take into Puerto Morelas, did people use taxis or even walk down the beach to town? Any insight is appreciated.

                   

                  I only booked/paid for one "excursion" - we rented 5 buses to take people into Cancun to go partying at a club one night (Thursday night). That was a hit. Otherwise, I sent out some info to guests in advance advising they wait to book until there (I heard its cheaper). Then we offered to organize (but not pay for) one other excursion to swim with the whale sharks. About 30 people ended up doing that - athough only 10 on the day we went and the rest organized amongst themselves. Many people went to Tulum and to the cenotes and we heard nothing but great things.






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