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#261 AmyG

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    Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:01 PM

    Okay Perfect!!!  Thanks Sandy!  I was thinking the same outline.  I appreciate your help!!


     

    -Amy

     

    Originally Posted by Sandy Planner 

    Dear AmyG: Sorry for not getting back to you earlier!!

     

    The ceremony  at 5:00 pm , I really suggest to you  give at least 30 minutes for pictures ....and then have the cocktail hour ... you may request Anel or Ramon serve at the end of ceremony , either sparkling wine or  your signature drink...it is always refreshing after ceremony have something to drink...and then  30 minutes after  start the cocktail hour...

     

    I would said  6:00 pm for cocktail hour  and 7:00 Reception starts...please note that most of the time the wedding couple miss half of the cocktail hour because the  photographer make photosession only with the couple.

     

    You can request during your first meeting a taste for signature drink ...if you can include a picture in the planning form it is VERY appreciated jeje :)

     

    Sandy 

     


     



     



     



    #262 AmyG

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      Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:04 PM


      ps31,

       

      CONGRATS!!  I am so happy for you!  It's great to hear that you had a great time and it all went well.  I am sure I will have a question, or two...or three for you but I think I'm set for now. 

      Enjoy being married!!!  :-)

       

      -Amy

       

      Originally Posted by ps31 

      Well I just got back from our wedding at Now last weekend.  It was WONDERFUL!!  The staff there was amazing and I didn't have to worry about anything the day of the wedding.  I had been communicating with Anel the entire time, but Ramon took care over our wedding once we got there.  I was really impressed with the service he provided and all the information he was able to remember;)  I absolutely loved the flowers we got and we used their florists.

       

      As far as your last discussion about when do to cocktail hour/reception/etc, I didn't have any idea when to schedule that stuff either.  Once we had our meeting with Ramon he lead us in the right directions for a time line.  I wouldn't worry too much about the planning forum, it doesn't seem like they look at it until shortly before you arrive and you can change a lot of things once you get there.  We had our ceremony at 4:30 and didn't start the cocktail hour until 5:30.  We did some pictures after the ceremony so from 5-5:45.  So the guests had plenty of down time to enjoy cocktail hour before dinner was served.  I think any more time would have been too much standing around time.  Like Sandy said my groom and I missed half of the cocktail hour doing other things, I didn't even get to try all the tasty cocktail treats!:)

       

      I'll post a link to some of the pictures.  The resort was beautiful!  If anyone has any questions feel free to ask, this forum was super helpful for me so I would love to help out anyone else needing reassurance;)  If you picked Now Sapphire, I don't think you'll be disappointed with your wedding day!

       

      http://sbphotoblog.com/?p=2148



       



      #263 Sandy Planner

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        Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:14 AM

        Dear PS31 , Congratulations for your wedding  YES Ramon is a great coordinator....as you said many of the little thing will be discussed upon arrival  ...I really love Now Sapphire as wedding location....something I really would like to share with everyone is that the planning form is SUPER important for  Ramon and Anel  they have to send monthly reports  for everyone to plan  all the food orders , the staff to work in your receptions , for the musicians , for the DJ etc.... it is really important they have on time the planning , as you well said  little details will be discussed upon  arrival but they need some important information from the planning before....they have to put together 16 different areas oin the resort ;)  

         

        Congratulations again.

         

        Sandy

         


         

        Originally Posted by ps31 

        Well I just got back from our wedding at Now last weekend.  It was WONDERFUL!!  The staff there was amazing and I didn't have to worry about anything the day of the wedding.  I had been communicating with Anel the entire time, but Ramon took care over our wedding once we got there.  I was really impressed with the service he provided and all the information he was able to remember;)  I absolutely loved the flowers we got and we used their florists.

         

        As far as your last discussion about when do to cocktail hour/reception/etc, I didn't have any idea when to schedule that stuff either.  Once we had our meeting with Ramon he lead us in the right directions for a time line.  I wouldn't worry too much about the planning forum, it doesn't seem like they look at it until shortly before you arrive and you can change a lot of things once you get there.  We had our ceremony at 4:30 and didn't start the cocktail hour until 5:30.  We did some pictures after the ceremony so from 5-5:45.  So the guests had plenty of down time to enjoy cocktail hour before dinner was served.  I think any more time would have been too much standing around time.  Like Sandy said my groom and I missed half of the cocktail hour doing other things, I didn't even get to try all the tasty cocktail treats!:)

         

        I'll post a link to some of the pictures.  The resort was beautiful!  If anyone has any questions feel free to ask, this forum was super helpful for me so I would love to help out anyone else needing reassurance;)  If you picked Now Sapphire, I don't think you'll be disappointed with your wedding day!

         

        http://sbphotoblog.com/?p=2148



         



        #264 RFinger

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          Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

          Ryan- Where did you end up finding sashes so cheap?  I looked at Hobby Lobby and the tule stuff just comes in a roll, so I don't know how much I would need.  We too are looking for aqua.... but I am also looking for orange.

           

          What are you guys doing for decos during the ceremony?  Getting flowers from the resort, or making something for the "pew bows"?

          How about the reception?  Any decorations there?

           

          Heather

           

          Hi Heather, Just to let you know we received our sashes the other day and they are really nice. I don't know why the eBay link says they are in Hong Kong as they were shipped from Kentucky. We bought 27 aqua and 27 purple.

          #265 ThomasK

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            Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

            Hello All

             

             

            I have been around these forums for different resorts for a few months now, but my fiance and I have finally decided that we want our wedding to be at the NOW Sapphire (It's looks amazing!)

             

             

            We are quite a ways away from our wedding (we're shooting for july 2013) so we are in the absolute beginning of our wedding planning.

             

            One thing we're already both having trouble deciding on is should we go through a Travel Agent, or just go through AAA.

             

             

            Which have you gone through? Which do you recommend i.e. pros/cons?

             

            We've been talknig to a travel agent since early January of this year, but he seems to be slow on the response-sde of communication, which if Im going to have 40 people traveling to a different country and he is supposed to be "taking care" of everything for my guests...then that does not give me a feeling of relief.

             

            I've just heard that travel agents can "negotiate" better deals with resorts as opposed to going through AAA.

             

            Any and all helpful types/information will be GREATLY apprecaited!

             

            Thanks and best regards

             

             

            - TK



            #266 Vanessa56

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              Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

              Hi TK!


              I chose to use a travel agent. I have to say, she's amazing and has really been able to take care of all of the details for us.  We have people traveling from all around the country and wanted someone who would be able to help coordinate with everyone's schedules.  She sends me updated listings everytime someone books and at any point in time, I can tell who is coming, when, how many rooms we have booked in total, etc. She has been a life saver and would definitely using a travel agent.
               

              Originally Posted by ThomasK 

              Hello All

               

               

              I have been around these forums for different resorts for a few months now, but my fiance and I have finally decided that we want our wedding to be at the NOW Sapphire (It's looks amazing!)

               

               

              We are quite a ways away from our wedding (we're shooting for july 2013) so we are in the absolute beginning of our wedding planning.

               

              One thing we're already both having trouble deciding on is should we go through a Travel Agent, or just go through AAA.

               

               

              Which have you gone through? Which do you recommend i.e. pros/cons?

               

              We've been talknig to a travel agent since early January of this year, but he seems to be slow on the response-sde of communication, which if Im going to have 40 people traveling to a different country and he is supposed to be "taking care" of everything for my guests...then that does not give me a feeling of relief.

               

              I've just heard that travel agents can "negotiate" better deals with resorts as opposed to going through AAA.

               

              Any and all helpful types/information will be GREATLY apprecaited!

               

              Thanks and best regards

               

               

              - TK



               



              #267 Vanessa56

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                Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:41 AM

                Hi All,

                 

                I know there are a lot of former NOW Sapphire brides and soon to be NOW Sapphire brides on this board. Since Paradisus Riviera was bought out and changed names to NOW Sapphire, there haven't been a lot of reviews on weddings at the hotel.  I greatly appreciate the information the former brides have posted on this thread, and I was wondering if any of you would mind doing a formal review of the hotel and your wedding.

                 

                Thank you! =)



                #268 AmyG

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                  Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:51 PM

                  I am on my 16 day countdown!!!!   

                   

                  ....sorry I just had to shae it with someone!!  HeHe!



                  #269 AmyG

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                    Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:00 PM

                    Hey ThomasK,


                     

                    CONGRATS on your engagement and chosing the Now Sapphire.  I have had a great planning experience with this resort so far....I will surely post a review when I return

                     

                    I did go with a local travel agent in my town and he was great!  He really took over the planning for all travel arrangements for my guests.  In my Save the Dates I put my travel agents info and let people know that if they didn't already have a travel planner, they could use my guy. 

                    My agent was able to negotiate better rates then what the resort offered at the time and he also held a block of rooms for me which I don't think I would have been able to do myself.  I just personally went with a travel agent because I knew that I did not want to be the 'go to person' for everyone's questions aboout travel and stuff.

                     

                    I'm sure which ever you choose will work out fine.  Happy Planning!!!!

                     

                     

                    Originally Posted by ThomasK 

                    Hello All

                     

                     

                    I have been around these forums for different resorts for a few months now, but my fiance and I have finally decided that we want our wedding to be at the NOW Sapphire (It's looks amazing!)

                     

                     

                    We are quite a ways away from our wedding (we're shooting for july 2013) so we are in the absolute beginning of our wedding planning.

                     

                    One thing we're already both having trouble deciding on is should we go through a Travel Agent, or just go through AAA.

                     

                     

                    Which have you gone through? Which do you recommend i.e. pros/cons?

                     

                    We've been talknig to a travel agent since early January of this year, but he seems to be slow on the response-sde of communication, which if Im going to have 40 people traveling to a different country and he is supposed to be "taking care" of everything for my guests...then that does not give me a feeling of relief.

                     

                    I've just heard that travel agents can "negotiate" better deals with resorts as opposed to going through AAA.

                     

                    Any and all helpful types/information will be GREATLY apprecaited!

                     

                    Thanks and best regards

                     

                     

                    - TK



                     



                    #270 TammyWright

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                    Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:09 PM

                    Hi Thomas,

                     

                    Have you seen this thread about the NOW webinar we will be hosting: 

                    Hello All

                     

                     

                    I have been around these forums for different resorts for a few months now, but my fiance and I have finally decided that we want our wedding to be at the NOW Sapphire (It's looks amazing!)

                     

                     

                    We are quite a ways away from our wedding (we're shooting for july 2013) so we are in the absolute beginning of our wedding planning.

                     

                    One thing we're already both having trouble deciding on is should we go through a Travel Agent, or just go through AAA.

                     

                     

                    Which have you gone through? Which do you recommend i.e. pros/cons?

                     

                    We've been talknig to a travel agent since early January of this year, but he seems to be slow on the response-sde of communication, which if Im going to have 40 people traveling to a different country and he is supposed to be "taking care" of everything for my guests...then that does not give me a feeling of relief.

                     

                    I've just heard that travel agents can "negotiate" better deals with resorts as opposed to going through AAA.

                     

                    Any and all helpful types/information will be GREATLY apprecaited!

                     

                    Thanks and best regards

                     

                     

                    - TK



                     


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