My name is Umi and I am getting married at the Now Jade resort on June 1, 2012â€¦.only two months away! I found this website towards the beginning of my planning last july 2011 and am so glad I did! Although I have not been posting much I have found so much helpful insight in how to plan my wedding and I feel like it is my turn to give back! Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will try my best to answer them. I will try to post a review upon my return!
Location: Now Jade Resort
Arriving: May 29 â€“ June 3
Wedding Meeting: May 30
Wedding Coordinator: Used to be Ana Maria now I believe it is Pilar
Wedding Package: Divine
Wedding Date: June 1, 2012
Wedding colors: Aqua and coral
Wedding Guests: 45
Ceremony Time/Location: 4:00pm at the Pergola
Cocktail Hour: 5:00- 6:00pm at the Blue Beach Bar
Reception: 6:00-10:00pm at the Bamboo Room
The most stressful point for us was deciding on a travel agent and picking the resort. Although I have always booked ALL of my trips on my own I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go through a travel agent to book our wedding. Although I love our family and friends I did not want to be the one they all came to to help book their trips!
We went to a local travel agent and I was not happy with the experience so I decided to do more research online. That is where I came across this website! I found good reviews about the travel agents on this website and figured I would shoot them an e-mail. I got a quick response from Wendy Hicks. We talked over the phone she was so friendly and so informative! I was a little worried at first knowing she was all the way on the west coast! But once we spoke over the phone it was smooth sailing from then on! And seeing as all of our guests were from all over and would be booking either through e-mail or by phone anyways the location didnâ€™t really matter.
Wendy helped me decide on my wedding location and honeymoon location. She explained the differences between group rates and individual bookings. We decided to go with her and she set up a contract for us. My guests have had nothing but pleasant experiences with her since the beginning of our booking! She literally gets back to your e-mail within the hour if not sooner! She also set up our transportation to and from the resort for all of our guests! One less thing to worry about!
Since the centerpieces I liked were over $250 per piece I decided to go and make them myself! I have made my own centerpieces with tall clear cylinder vases with dark branches and floating orchids in water. Surrounding the tall vase we will have mini cylinder vases with floating orchids and floating candles. Very simple but elegant! I will post pictures bellow. If anyone would like me to keep them there we can negotiate a price so you can have them for your wedding!
We are going to be bringing these all the way there and am crossing my fingers everything gets past customs!!! We are bringing may things! We have our centerpieces, all of our OOT bags with many things in them, props for our photo booth, messages in a bottle for our guests seating, Menu cards, programs, our wedding attireâ€¦..and the list goes on! I told all of my family members to pack light because half of their suitcase is mine
I purchased blank tote bags from Cheaptotes.com and the designed a Riviera Maya, Mexico image to iron on our bags. I didnâ€™t want to put our names or date on it because I wanted this to be a souvenir that people can use after the wedding.
In the OOT Bags are:
-mini sun block from target
-mini aloe after the sun lotion from Harmon
-hand sanitizer from Dollar Tree
-Drink/ coffee mugs from Dollar Tree
-coil wrist bands with clear pouch to hold key
-rescue kit with toothbrush, tooth paste, tide cleaner, sewing kit, q-tips, advil, tums...
-description card of restaurant/bars on the resort
-we survived the wedding! magnet
-flip flop playing cards and notepad
Bridal Party Gifts
We ordered each groomsman a personalized Yankees jersey with their last name on it and my fianc© is taking them to a game.
-I got them each a tote bag in their favorite color.
-necklaces made on etsy with their initial and a starfish with an aqua and coral bead.
-Turkish towel wrap
-beach cover ups
We have not finalized this yet but we are looking to have a rehearsal cocktail hour in one of the lounge areas instead of a private sit down dinner just to save some money. $15 per person appose to $22 per person (not too big of a difference but everything adds up!).
Our ceremony is at 4:00 and here are our plans for the day:
11:30-1:10 Hair/Makeup appointment (they said it should take about an 1 hour and 40 min.)
1:15-2:15 Pictures of bride getting ready with bridesmaids
2:15-3:00 Pictures of groom with groomsman
3:00-3:30 First glance pictures
3:30-4:00 Guests are being seated
4:00-4:30 Ceremony at the Pergola
4:30-5:00 Group pictures
5:00-6:00 Cocktail hour at the Blue Beach Bar
6:00-10:00 Reception at the Bamboo room
10:00- after party at the club!
Since the divine package includes a bouquet for the bride and 2 boutonnieres for the groomsman and 2 corsages I will be using that as my bouquet and giving the other flowers to our parents. I made my own bouquets and boutonnieres for the bridal party.
I did not like the generic look of the white covers on the chairs so we are getting the white tiffany chairs. We will be using an ipod for the music during the ceremony.
Wedding Cocktail Hour
For the cocktail hour we are using the Caribbean trio as part of our divine package. I designed a picture book for guests to sign instead of a plain guest book.
We chose these four hor de ouvres:
2.Chicken and cheese turnovers
4.mini vol au vent with seafood
I hired one of my friends who is a wedding photographer to do our wedding. He did our engagement pictures and he is awesome! He does destination weddings if you would like more info let me know!
I am a graphic designer so I pretty much designed everything for our wedding I made the save the dates, invitations, and programs for the wedding. We are doing message in a bottles for the seating. Each table is a destination we have been to together as a couple. On each table I have a big cylinder vase with floating orchids and branches (very whimsical but elegant!) surrounding the big vase I have 5 small vases with floating orchids and a floating candle. We are using aqua table clothes. As party favors, I designed a picture frame that says our name, date and destination. I also got a Polaroid camera with many props for guests to take pictures at our photo booth! We wanted to have fun at our wedding with lots of dancing without having to worry about making the announcements or trying to get an ipod to play so we are going with the resort dj for 4 hours.
Salad: Royal Mixed Salad with Bluefin Tuna Sashimi
Soup: Lobster Bisque
Entr©e: Beef Fillet and Shrimp or Yellow Tail Tuna Steak or
Penne pasta en salsa de tomate y albahaca con vegetales
Desert: CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE WITH BAILYS SAUCE and wedding cake
We are spending 5 days at the Now Jade and then we are going to Maroma Beach for another 5 days for our honeymoon.
I am so excited and canâ€™t wait for it to get hear already! Let me know if you have any questions!