I have been finding the information you girls have posted to be so helpful! There is only so much information I can find from the official resort website, youtube videos, photography, videography, facebook sites before I run into a dead end.
I am getting married in December 2012. I chose Now Jade (NJ) because of the modern feel of the resort. A friend of a friend got married at Now Sapphire last year, but when I compared the two through photos, I felt the decor at NJ fit my personality better.
I've always wanted a destination wedding, but that comes with compromises, which I'm sure, many of you can relate to. I tried to be hands off, but ended up with a 3 inch binder, a wedding website, an excel sheet with 10 tabs, and 50 questions so far (and counting) listed off under the "question" tab. I feel bad for Pilar already.
Speaking of the Pilar, my wedding coordinator, she does return my emails fairly quickly, but her response to my inquiries tend to be incomplete and hard to understand. I do give her a lot of credit for managing so many brides and weddings, so I try to be understanding. I am having my first phone conference with her tomorrow to get some of my 50 questions answered. (fingers crossed). I will post some useful information after this phone call.
My info so far:
Pergola - ceremony (ocean as backdrop, and I can wear heels!)
Mix Bar (which i think is the as the blue beach bar) - cocktail
Carnival Terrace - Reception
Here is where my concern is, Pilar had never mentioned anything about a dance floor, or even gave me an option for anything other than the carnival terrace. I think I need the bamboo room, because of the dancing space. I've also heard that the terrace can get very windy. Does anyone have experience with this? Have anyone had their dinner on the terrace, but moved in to a private location afterward or dancing? I know there can be 2 weddings on the same day, so I'm hoping that the bamboo room is still available on the day of my wedding... more to come!
Another general wedding etiquette question - I am using outside photographers, so I will be paying 65 dollars (day pass) for him and his assistant. This will cover their meals at any buffet, but should I pay for their dinner at the wedding reception so that they don't have to leave the wedding to have food at the buffet? This will be 53 dollars extra/per person, and would I need to have seats for them at the table?
I appreciate any helpful feedback