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#2811 tccjem

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    Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:18 PM

    Originally Posted by leka4581 

    Hi, I've been reading this thread for some time, but don't usually post. I'm getting married on 09/21/13 which is just 4 mo. away! I feel organized until I read what everyone else is doing on this thread! Do I need to book hair/makeup/spa 4 months out or am I ok to wait a month or so?
    Also, I've emailed pilar 3 times to ask to reserve the DJ... I guess a call is in order?

    PS - any other sept 2013 brides out there? Are they 'light' that month due to heat? Or hurricane season?

    Hi September Bride!!!  I am one too - getting married on 9/7 which is 3.5 mos away!!!  I have not booked my hair/makeup/spa yet but thanks for the reminder!  I have been pretty on track with things I can be, but maybe I am being a little chill too.  

     

    I have tried to contact Pilar, but she does not contact me back.  My fiance finally just sent a request through the concierge and received a quicker response from another coordinator.  Maybe try that or set up a call.  I keep reading that everything will be fine when we get there though.

     

    I think the light month is due to hurricane season.  The last hurricane was in 2005 so hopefully (fingers crossed) the weather will be perfect....

     

    Honestly, we went to Puerto Vallarta in October a few years ago.  A hurricane passed through but did not hit land.  The Dreams resort was very prepared and we even saw weddings go on a few days later.  Hopefully everything will be okay.  Let's just say it will.  ;)

     

    What time did you decide to get married at?  



    #2812 Carolzinha18

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      Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:52 AM

      You can def book your hair and makeup now, so it's out of the way. I booked mine 1 month away only. As you for the DJ< don't worry..they will have one for you . They will send you a form when time comes so you can tell them what songs you want to play etc.



      #2813 brownsugarbride

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        Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:11 AM

        Originally Posted by KayCee2117 

        Hi mic813, we had 38 people attend so we did have to pay for the extra dinners but it was worth it! These people spent time and money to come celebrate with us so the cost of dinner in comparison was miniscule. One tip I can give you is to cut costs down during the cocktail hour. The resort wanted to charge us 14 additional portions for the cocktail hour appetizers (I think it was about $17 per person) but we just told them to supply enough for the 24 people portion that is included with the package - it was more than enough. There were still appies being passed around after we got back from taking photos. In my opinion, I don't think you need to buy an appy portion for every single one of your guests unless you think they will all eat quite a bit before the reception. There are just "less" appies to be shared among your guests. People don’t get their own portions – it is passed around on a big serving plate. Our guests ate it in moderation as they didn’t want to ruin their appetite for dinner. It will also depend on how many guests you have coming. For example, if you have 50 total, maybe just buy an additional 10 portions on top of the 24 included. That is just my recommendation - totally up to you of course. Hope that makes sense and can save you some $$ as things can add up quickly :)

         

        Happy planning and congrats again!

         

        This is a fantastic tip!  This is the kind of tip that needs to go in the: "I wish I had known" for weddings here and elsewhere.  I will DEFINITELY be using this, regardless of whether I become a NOW Jade bride!

         

         



        #2814 kmlane13

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          Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:28 AM

          Originally Posted by leka4581 

          Hi, I've been reading this thread for some time, but don't usually post. I'm getting married on 09/21/13 which is just 4 mo. away! I feel organized until I read what everyone else is doing on this thread! Do I need to book hair/makeup/spa 4 months out or am I ok to wait a month or so?
          Also, I've emailed pilar 3 times to ask to reserve the DJ... I guess a call is in order?

          PS - any other sept 2013 brides out there? Are they 'light' that month due to heat? Or hurricane season?

           

          I contacted the spa regarding when to schedule appointments and Freddy emailed me back immediately and said to make the appointment a month before. Good Luck and congrats!! :)



          #2815 shannonmarie

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          Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

          [quote name="kmlane13" url="/t/78683/official-now-jade-wedding-thread/2730#post_1909089"] I contacted the spa regarding when to schedule appointments and Freddy emailed me back immediately and said to make the appointment a month before. Good Luck and congrats!! :) [/quote] [quote name="leka4581" url="/t/78683/official-now-jade-wedding-thread/2730#post_1908857"]Hi, I've been reading this thread for some time, but don't usually post. I'm getting married on 09/21/13 which is just 4 mo. away! I feel organized until I read what everyone else is doing on this thread! Do I need to book hair/makeup/spa 4 months out or am I ok to wait a month or so? Also, I've emailed pilar 3 times to ask to reserve the DJ... I guess a call is in order? PS - any other sept 2013 brides out there? Are they 'light' that month due to heat? Or hurricane season? I agree with kmlane13.... I was also told to make our make up/hair appts 1 month prior to the wedding date.

          62 guest booked, plus Bride and Groom!


          #2816 brownsugarbride

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            Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:20 PM

            I'm slowly making my way through this thread, and it has been so helpful! I'm still trying to get a good sense of what the seaside ceremony is really like:

            http://www.nowresort...ncements.html#3

             

            I absolutely love the looks of it, but I can't tell whether it overlooks the sea, where it is on the resort, etc.  Has anyone gotten married there or can point me to pictures of someone getting married there?  In lieu of that, has anyone taken pictures of that location that might be more helpful than the one in the link?  I'd really appreciate any thoughts!



            #2817 MayFlowers2014

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              Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:20 PM

              Originally Posted by shannonmarie 

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by leka4581 

              Hi, I've been reading this thread for some time, but don't usually post. I'm getting married on 09/21/13 which is just 4 mo. away! I feel organized until I read what everyone else is doing on this thread! Do I need to book hair/makeup/spa 4 months out or am I ok to wait a month or so?
              Also, I've emailed pilar 3 times to ask to reserve the DJ... I guess a call is in order?

              PS - any other sept 2013 brides out there? Are they 'light' that month due to heat? Or hurricane season?


              I agree with kmlane13.... I was also told to make our make up/hair appts 1 month prior to the wedding date.

              I've ready throughout this thread to contact the spa 45 days prior....



              #2818 shannonmarie

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              Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:38 PM

              I've ready throughout this thread to contact the spa 45 days prior....

              Pilar & Freddy at the spa told me one month prior. I made mine around the 15th of May for my June 14th wedding. I'm sure 45 days wouldn't hurt. Below is my correspondence with Pilar: -When do I need to schedule hair/make up for me and my sister? 1 MOTH BEFORE TO THE CEREMONY THE CONTACT IS FREDY LUGO HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS SPA1.NOJRC@NOWRESORTS.COM -When do I need to schedule our couples massage included in package for my fianc© and I? YOU CAN SCHEDULE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE RESORT. The wedding planning form is to be submitted 45 days ahead--maybe that's what you read? However, I've submitted mine and still haven't heard back from them & I'm just 3 weeks out.... Which is fine, thankfully I'm completely laid back & we'll just figure everything out when we arrive.

              62 guest booked, plus Bride and Groom!


              #2819 brownsugarbride

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                Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:13 PM

                Hi All we are 7 weeks out from the wedding - and I have got in the habit of sending email updates to our guests.  This month, I decided to review all the negative reviews on TA, and provide some tips.  This way everyone is prepared for the trip.  Thought I would add it here, in case it can help other brides.  I cannot believe how fast the time is flying by... Hi Everybody!   Well, we wanted to send this email on the 8 week countdown day – but unfortunately work got in the way! So here it is – 53 days, 1272 hours, 76,320 minutes and 4,579,200 seconds till we arrive!  But who’s counting?   OK – work got in the way again…53 days, 1264 hrs, 75,840 minutes, 4,550,400 seconds.   Everything is coming together nicely – just a few minor things to take care of now.  So…for this month’s email, we thought we would include some tips and advice on the resort, as well as Mexico in general.    PLEASE CHECK YOUR PASSPORT AND MAKE SURE IT IS VALID FOR SIX MONTHS AFTER WE LEAVE FOR THE TRIP.  THIS IS A MEXICAN RULE, AND THEY WILL NOT LET YOU IN.  Check it while you read this, so nobody is scrambling for a 24hr rush passport.  Jeff may or may not have had to do this before.     Airport and Transportation When you arrive at the airport in Cancun, you are ushered to their customs.  Make sure you fill out your form on the plane when they give it to you – in its entirety (including signatures).  If you don’t have it filled out, or are missing info, they make you go to the back of the line.  This is NOT fun.  After you clear customs, they will hand you back a small piece of the form – hold on to this for your return.  It is your tourist card and you need it to leave the country. Once you get through customs, you are released to the baggage claim area.  There is a bathroom here – generally where I put on my shorts!  Bags take a little longer in Mexico … actually most things do.  Relax, you are on island time now.  After you claim your bags, get in the big line and put them through the scanner…after the scanner you collect them, hit a button – if you get a green light, you are good to go.  Red light…inspection time.  Walk ALL THE WAY to the end of the hall and out the doors.  Even if someone in the hall says they can help – they can’t.  Timeshare pitches.  Transportation will be outside.  If you are with Air Canada – they will have a sign, same with private transport etc.    Transportation If you booked flight and room with Flight Centre – transfers to and from the airport are included.  If you booked room only, you will need to get transportation yourself.  We generally use besttransfers.com, and they are better priced than a taxi is.  You book online and can pay with credit card or cash upon arrival.  Here are the costs: 1 person – van private transfer - $70 round trip 4 people – van private transfer - $80 round trip I think some of you are in this boat – as they are flying in from the states.  We can look at when everyone’s flights are due in and see if we can take advantage of that.   Driving Into The Resort So…first off, Mexico has many security check points in place in the tourist areas.  The look scary because instead of hand guns like we have in Canada, they carry assault rifles.  Lol.  Remember, they are only here to keep the area safe for the tourists.  You will notice two checkpoints between the airport and the resort (which is a quick 20min ride).  There is one outside the airport, and another when the road changes municipalities.  They are not interested in the tourists, they are looking for drunk drivers, no plates, etc.  Same as what our ride program here does…they just do it all day.  Once the bus/van/whatever you are taking pulls off the highway, it looks like you are heading into the mangroves to never be seen again.  Chill…you are going the right way.  You will go through a small town, make a right and come to the resort.   The Resort – I figured if we helped lay out some common challenges up front, disappointments can be avoided.    Time Share – or Vacation Club, as the resort calls it.  You will all probably be approached about this.  They will ask you for breakfast, or to visit another resort for 90 mins, offer spa or excursion credits, and try to sell you their package.  90 mins is never 90 mins, and it is grossly overpriced. If you are interested – by all means, do it.  If you are not (which is how we feel) firmly say “NO” and they will leave you alone.  You have been warned – so no complaining if you fall for it. lol   Restaurants – there are 5 a la carte restaurants and a buffet available for meals, as well as included 24hr room service.  Breakfast – the buffet is open and for preferred category rooms there is an a la carte available.  Lunch – the buffet is open, there is a pool side grill at the adult pool, and there is also a restaurant near the pool and beach that has an a la carte option. Dinner – 5 a la carte options and a buffet.  Each night different ones are open.   No reservations are required (unless you want the teppanyaki table at the Japanese restaurant).  You go and put your name in, and if there is a wait they will send you on your way with a buzzer.  So relax, have a cocktail and enjoy.  Don’t like your meal?  Order a different one.  Server isn’t nice? You can switch restaurants.  We have even enjoyed appetizers so much at one of them that we went there first for appies and elsewhere for dinner.  It is completely flexible.    There is a dress code for some of the restaurants (except buffet).  Mostly just the men need long pants, dress shoes and collared shirts.  No sloppy jeans, flip flops, hats or t-shirts.  The ladies just need to look pretty – which we all already do!   SunDial Daily There is a great info sheet dropped off to your room nightly.  It outlines the next day’s weather, activities, drinks of the day and which restaurants are open the following evening.  It is very helpful.  If anyone is celebrating any special occasions (birthday, anniversary etc) let them know, and you will get some special treats.  They will feature it in here as well.   Check In There is not a typical front desk here.  There are office style desks with chairs.  They will hand you a cool glass of champagne on arrival – so let them know you are here and relax, as sometimes this takes a bit with a larger group.  Should you arrive prior to 3pm, your room will more than likely not be ready yet.  I suggest packing a swimsuit and cover up in your carryon for a quick change, so you can go out and enjoy the time in the sun before it is ready.  You will be able to enjoy the restaurants, pools, bars etc during this time.  If you have booked the preferred category, advise them when you arrive and they will take you to a different area to check in.  This resort does not require the wearing of bracelets – which is great.  I suggest that while you are checking in, you confirm that your room has the bed request you need (i.e. king or doubles).  It is better for you to clarify this up front then to get to your room and discover it isn’t what you wanted.  This will happen – it always does – but they will move you.   The Beach For those who have read reviews on Trip Advisor, a common theme is that the beach is rocky.  This is the case.  There are spots on either end of the resort that are clear for swimming, so no worries!  The beach itself is sandy and pretty – the rocks just affect the swimming.  If you are concerned, bring some water shoes.  There are no towel cards at this resort – which we love.  Have all the towels you want!    Tipping Always a hot topic.  Yes, tips are included in the cost of your trip – so it is up to you.  We tip on good service, you can do what you please.  We bring US 1’s with us, as they are widely accepted and appreciated.   Bargaining NEVER pay the price they tell you, anywhere in Mexico, for anything.  They always start out high, and will always go much lower.  So…practice your negotiation skills J  if you are taking a cab anywhere, be sure to confirm the rate up front with the driver.  If the driver has translation issues, just ask the bell hop for help.  The price is almost always round trip, as they generally sit and wait for you.   Water No – eating an ice cube will not kill you.  All the water at the resort (including the taps in your room) comes through a treatment process.  There is bottled water in your rooms, and at all the bars if you have any concerns.  I wouldn’t chance drinking a glass of water from the tap, but brushing my teeth has always been fine.   If you find you have a very sensitive stomach – pick up some Dukoral three weeks before the trip.  You can get it at any pharmacy, and it is an oral med you drink.  It will help with any “Big D” that might appear.    $200 Resort Credit This is another hot topic on Trip Advisor.  Each room is given $200 in resort credits.  There are stipulations on how they are spent – and this confusion leads to negative commentary.  So…thought we would clear it up.  You get $40, in $10 increments, for wine.  You can purchase a bottle from the upgraded wine list, and use a $10 coupon towards its purchase.  You cannot apply more than 1 towards the one bottle.  This is the same with the Spa certificates…if memory serves me right, it is $40 at a time that can be used towards the spa.  We have found them useful for the wine (surprise, surprise) but not as useful for the spa.  Typically, someone will walk around during the day offering deals on certain treatments that work out better than what you would pay with the credit applied.  If you are ever unsure, just ask.   Pools NOW Jade has two pools.  The family pool is very large, and home to the daily fun activities.  There is a swim up bar, lots of loungers, fun music etc.  Everyone is allowed here.  The second pool is located on the preferred side of the resort and is for Adults only.  This is available to all guests of the hotel, provided you are over 18.  There is a swim up bar there, and a small grill but the music and activities are light on that side.  Much better for the relaxing vacation experience.   Photography NOW Jade offers Adventure Photos.  They are onsite photographers that will do a photo shoot with you, your friends, family etc, free of charge.  They do charge rather handsomely for the pictures – but can be a nice memento to take home.  We have done this in the past and were really happy with them.  The shoot costs you nothing, and you are not obligated to purchase any of the images if you so choose.   Room Safe and Valuables Regardless of how nice the resort is, we are still in a foreign country.  Use your safe, in the closet in your room, all the time.  Never leave out tech equipment, jewelry, cash or travel documents.  Just make sure you lock it up before you go out of your room to avoid any disappointment.  The safes will fit a laptop – should you be bringing one.  I suggest you also pack all of these items, and any meds you need, in your carryon bag with you.  I have spent 5 days in Mexico without my luggage before – and it sucks.    The CrossPack. Jeff and I are thinking of copywriting this term. Lol.  After the 5 days, no bag trip, we learned to cross pack.  His bag holds half of my stuff, and mine half of his.  That way, if one bag goes missing, you still have something to wear.  Another lesson learned is that ziplock bags can save you from horrible disappointment when your tanning oil decides it wants to open mid flight.  We have some photographic proof of this oops.  Now – we double bag anything that can leak.     It isn’t that we think you are all morons – lol – we just wanted to share some knowledge, so everyone is prepared.  We can’t wait to get there – 7 more weeks after tomorrow!!

                These tips are fantastic! I really like it because it reflects my overall philosophy for my wedding: to think about the needs of my guests and ensuring that they have a wonderful experience. In the event that I end up at NOW Jade (or any resort for that matter), would you mind if I used some of these tips in a letter?

                #2820 brownsugarbride

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                  Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:18 AM

                  If anyone's interested, here's a link to two videos I found from weddings at the Now Jade! I love these! I can't figure out how to link them specifically, but on this page there's NJ videos for Kevin + Shannon and David + Kristy. http://limelightstud.../wedding-films/

                  Thanks for posting this find, very nice. I *thought* I saw Chinese fire/sky lanterns in the video. I thought they were not allowed at the resort, or did I misread that?




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