Welcome back HeatherViolet and CONGRATS on your getting married!!! I'm so happy that you had a great time there. I loved your decor and your color choice! :-)
I'm sad to hear that you were caught off guard by some of the add on fees. I would have mentioned the hourly rate for the speaker rental in my previous posts but it did state that charge in the wedding guide. I only needed to use the speaker rental (at $150) for one hour during my cocktail hour because I used the DJ for reception that was included in the wedding package at the time I booked my wedding date.
I did not mention the tax before because it did state the tax/gratuity charges in the info I was sent from the previous wedding cordinator. Tax is added onto everything pretty much anywhere you would have a wedding so any future brides/grooms should know this. I did not think there were any other hidden costs but my guest number was 25 so I did not have the extra add ons for the additional guests over 25.
I also had my reception on the Beach Terrace and I was also so happy with that decision. I can not wait to see your pictures!!
Originally Posted by HeatherViolet
I just got back last weekend from my wedding at the NOW Sapphire! I am here to answer any questions you may have.
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!