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#851 sunnymylene

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    Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

    Originally Posted by Mya062813 

    Has anyone had the photo package included in the Divine Package?  Were you happy? 

     

    What outside photographers are you ladies using?  How long are they with you?  What is the price range?

    Hi Mya,

    I recently got married, january 3rd. It was like we had envisionned it. We had the divine package. We took the provided photographer, and we are really happy with the pictures. We added a 3-hour package, for a total of 4h and 84 included pictures. We had a few concept pictures we wanted to do and told the photographer few nights before, I showed him my pinterest. We had a first look through the 378 pictures, and chose 134, they gave us all the 134 (instead of 84) on the CD. We weren't to fussy about having professional pictures during reception in evening in the darkness, we were happy with candid shot from our guests. We choose to have 4h of photography depending on the sunset. Getting ready, the last hour at 1pm, ceremony at 2, group pics and family shots at 2h30 til 3. 3 til 5 (or sunset at 5h15 in january) for pictures in privacy filled our 4h. They are really good at being time efficient and taking the pictures you want.

    The day after the wedding we went on a Coba tour, so we didn't look at the pictures right away, and the following day was departure day, we stayed in Mexico for another week elsewhere, but if we had to take the plane, we would probably have missed it, cause we said goodbye to all our guests, and we left the resort at 5. I don't know, if we had to take the plane if they would have send us a link to choose the pictures at a later date., most likely. If you wish to see the provided photo montage they did with our pictures, PM me ! 



    #852 sunnymylene

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      Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

      Originally Posted by Mya062813 

      Have any of the Brides from Now Sapphore not done dancing & just moved over to the club after dinner?

      Hi Mya,

      We had rented speakers and mic for the reception, and we had a MC. The dinner reception was from 6-9. We also had screen and projector, which was manned by a guy that came with the projector. We didn't use a DJ. We had a few ipod playlists that we took care of (or my brother). The projector dude was not associated with the speakers so would not (could not) touch the ipod to select the following playlist, but would adjust the volume on his music device. We had the projector for a video montage we did that we presented just before our first dance. After our first dance, the projector guy was able to play our video without the sound and play our ipod music. After 9pm, we didn't have bar service anymore, and people naturally moved to the central bar, some of them went to get changed. We hung out there for a while and ordered tons of drinks to bring on the beach and chill there and drink, we had mini speakers to entertain on the beach... If it wasn't on the beach, we would have moved to the nightclub.

      Hope that helps...

      Mylene



      #853 sunnymylene

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        Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

        Originally Posted by Mya062813 

        Hello Everyone!

        My fiance & I are booked for June 28, 2013!  We are excited but I am also getting very nervous as we are going into this sight unseen:-)  We were looking at the Divine package as it includes the most & we are trying to keep costs down.  However I am not 100% sure what type of ceremony, cocktail hour & reception setup is included.  I see many of you posting comments about bringing in centerpieces, renting linen, hiring photographers, florists & hair & makeup artisits.  We were under the impression that most if not all of this was included.  Can someone help ease some of my stress???

        Hi Mya

        You can look on my profile, I have included a few setup pictures that they can do for the beach terrace. I went for something similar to the first photo in pink ribbons. The cocktail hour with high tables, next to the reception table. The sashes they use for the ceremony are simply removed from the ceremony chairs and put on the reception chairs... I didn't even noticed when they did it...maybe during the group picture on the beach. Additional colored ribbon on the canopy is 200$. I originally wanted purple and black...found out that price, and opted for purple only. The centerpiece included in the package was use one the ceremony table, and then moved to the reception table. I rented their glass round bowls 3 or 4 of them, at 5$ for beach sand, seashells and candles. My flowers were the surprise, I told them purple bouquet with white, they had sent me a few pictures and directed them, along with other pictures i provided. I was very pleased. I ordered silk flowers from Afloral.com like 5 weeks before departure (I suggest you do it earlier...!) for the bridesmaids. At first, i thought I would skip the centerpiece and ask to split the centerpiece into maids bouquets, they said they would be really small... Additional bouquets are 65$/bouquet vs silk flowers 16$/bouquets  x4 of them. No brainer to me, and they look good. I enhanced maids bouquets with ribbons and charms and is a great keepsake for the girls. The cake thing, they can do basic cake decorations, but they wouldn't seashell decos, I was alarmed to find that out 2 weeks prior departure... I had a few options: 1- find molds in a craft store and make them with chocolate candy at home, but what if the customs would take them away... 2- get them done professionally here and bring them, same problem, plus how to keep them from melting on the plane, at the resort... 3-bring everything and get the chef to do it...at what cost ? 4- I did them in Fimo clay !   And the cake was like we pictured !

        Keep it simple, and go with what you have provided, everything else that you want to add, you will find it in their wedding booklet.

        Good Luck !



        #854 melnryluvco

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          Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

          Originally Posted by sunnymylene 

          Hi Mya,

          We had rented speakers and mic for the reception, and we had a MC. The dinner reception was from 6-9. We also had screen and projector, which was manned by a guy that came with the projector. We didn't use a DJ. We had a few ipod playlists that we took care of (or my brother). The projector dude was not associated with the speakers so would not (could not) touch the ipod to select the following playlist, but would adjust the volume on his music device. We had the projector for a video montage we did that we presented just before our first dance. After our first dance, the projector guy was able to play our video without the sound and play our ipod music. After 9pm, we didn't have bar service anymore, and people naturally moved to the central bar, some of them went to get changed. We hung out there for a while and ordered tons of drinks to bring on the beach and chill there and drink, we had mini speakers to entertain on the beach... If it wasn't on the beach, we would have moved to the nightclub.

          Hope that helps...

           

          Mylene you are a godsend! I seriously just creeped through your pics from you wedding. Thank you so much for all your input and the pics. You had your reception on the beach terrace correct? That's what we're doing our's along with the long rectangular table. How many people did you have at your wedding? We have about 25 and I was wondering if the table felt cramped? One more question...did you do OOT bags? If so what worked and what didn't? Sorry for the million questions. Again, you have restored my faith and calmed my nerves. CONGRATS by the way!!!



          #855 CancunBride2013

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            Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

             I have done sooo much research.  The top 3 affordable ones are: Sascha Gluck, Juan Navarro, and Ivan Luckie.  Look them all up and you will find all the info you need and they offer very reasonable prices!



            #856 Matt Adcock

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              Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

              Originally Posted by CancunBride2013 

               I have done sooo much research.  The top 3 affordable ones are: Sascha Gluck, Juan Navarro, and Ivan Luckie.  Look them all up and you will find all the info you need and they offer very reasonable prices!

              Lets not forget about La Luna Photography, we have something brewing for you gals :)   The team is getting refreshed!

              Remember, quality vs quantity and read some reviews, compare folios.  Not just favorites... but review full online weddings, then review editing quality, then review the turnaround time of customer service.  If it helps, count the minutes to see who responds quicker, who has more helpful info, and only after reviewing all those elements, decide on a photographer :)  

              Booking a photographer just because they "are affordable" may be a mistake :)  Good luck in your planning!

              OH, del Sol Photography has no vendor fee at Now Sapphire :)



              #857 sunnymylene

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                Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

                Originally Posted by melnryluvco 

                 

                Mylene you are a godsend! I seriously just creeped through your pics from you wedding. Thank you so much for all your input and the pics. You had your reception on the beach terrace correct? That's what we're doing our's along with the long rectangular table. How many people did you have at your wedding? We have about 25 and I was wondering if the table felt cramped? One more question...did you do OOT bags? If so what worked and what didn't? Sorry for the million questions. Again, you have restored my faith and calmed my nerves. CONGRATS by the way!!!

                Hi melnryluvco

                If I can help... No worries ! Yes, our cocktail hour was on the beach terrace, and the dinner reception as well. It had a more casual look with the little sunbrella huts nearby, and had access to some loungechairs during cocktail hour, some people really enjoyed them. We were 31 adults and 3 babies under 2yo. We had a long rectangular table and it didn't seemed crammed. I didn't do OOT bags. I didn't want to spend money on gizmos, cluster people with whatever... And I didn't have the time. (I was studying full time this fall, only had 10 days off prior to departure). It depends what you want to put in the bags, right... I also consider favors like luggage tags or bottle openers, people already have that stuff I thought, and travel medicine ? people have their preferences... I would have needed a second suitcase, at additional cost, little stuffs and little costs add up... My favors were tiny glass bottles, filled with local sand and mini shells bought in Florida, with a cork and a tiny tag, hand-written saying the date, the place and thank you. Overall, I didn't have much time to overthink the whole thing, so I had to keep it simple... Good Luck, don't be shy to ask...



                #858 melnryluvco

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                  Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

                  Originally Posted by sunnymylene 

                  Hi melnryluvco

                  If I can help... No worries ! Yes, our cocktail hour was on the beach terrace, and the dinner reception as well. It had a more casual look with the little sunbrella huts nearby, and had access to some loungechairs during cocktail hour, some people really enjoyed them. We were 31 adults and 3 babies under 2yo. We had a long rectangular table and it didn't seemed crammed. I didn't do OOT bags. I didn't want to spend money on gizmos, cluster people with whatever... And I didn't have the time. (I was studying full time this fall, only had 10 days off prior to departure). It depends what you want to put in the bags, right... I also consider favors like luggage tags or bottle openers, people already have that stuff I thought, and travel medicine ? people have their preferences... I would have needed a second suitcase, at additional cost, little stuffs and little costs add up... My favors were tiny glass bottles, filled with local sand and mini shells bought in Florida, with a cork and a tiny tag, hand-written saying the date, the place and thank you. Overall, I didn't have much time to overthink the whole thing, so I had to keep it simple... Good Luck, don't be shy to ask...

                   

                  Hmmm maybe you had a blessing by being busy with school the whole time leading up to your wedding! Def can't overthink things with only 10 Days till the wedding. Your wedding was beautiful and you don't seem like you stressed one bit. You know I'll be asking more questions so don't be diappearing on us



                  #859 sunnymylene

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                    Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

                    Ladies, here is my bill from my recent wedding. I had the Divine Package for 31 people. It's detailing every items used or not used. This way you can have a pretty accurate how much will be swiped at the resort. It's pretty consistent with their wedding booklet price list.

                     

                      Our wedding bill at Now Sapphire



                    #860 Noxx

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                      Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

                      Originally Posted by CancunBride2013 

                       I have done sooo much research.  The top 3 affordable ones are: Sascha Gluck, Juan Navarro, and Ivan Luckie.  Look them all up and you will find all the info you need and they offer very reasonable prices!

                      Sweet Caribbean is good






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