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#51 Mlite83

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    Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

    Thanks so much!  That price range is much more reasonable than other resorts which are charging ~$200/table to set up items you bring yourself! 

     

    Originally Posted by ChocoTaco7568 

    Hey Mlite,

     

    I am only being charged $65 USD which includes ironing and tying my satin chair sashes for the ceremony and reception ($1/sash), and hanging my paper lanterns ($40 USD) for 30-40 lanterns.  When I sent my inquiry for these items I also asked for the set-up fee for ceremony decor (fans, programs, sand ceremony), my specific reception table set-up (cylinder glass floating candle centerpieces, votive candles, maracas, table runners) and a few receptions items (framed signage, guestbook and pens).  Per her email, this will all be set-up complimentary.  I have a few additional items that I have yet to mention. But I wouldn't be surprised if she adds a fee for these, since it will become more labor intensive. Either way, as long as my set-up fees stay under $100, I'll be happy. With all my DIY projects and scoping out best deals, I'm saving a lot more money than if i were to get these items direct from the resort or another vendor.

     

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    #52 lml5787

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      Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:55 PM

      I am having a wedding at Now Jade in October 2012. I am so thankful for all the reviews they have helped a lot. I see a lot about wedding planner Pilar but not so much on Ana. Any comments on her? I have not had a great experience so far with communication with her. I'm not sure if it's because it was a year in advance.. We will be having a small wedding party also and are still deciding on the options for reception.



      #53 lml5787

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        Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:55 PM

        I am having a wedding at Now Jade in October 2012. I am so thankful for all the reviews they have helped a lot. I see a lot about wedding planner Pilar but not so much on Ana. Any comments on her? I have not had a great experience so far with communication with her. I'm not sure if it's because it was a year in advance.. We will be having a small wedding party also and are still deciding on the options for reception.



        #54 Meagan816

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          Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:33 PM

          Ana is no longer at Now Jade.  You will probably need to contact Pilar to make further plans!

           

          Originally Posted by lml5787 

          I am having a wedding at Now Jade in October 2012. I am so thankful for all the reviews they have helped a lot. I see a lot about wedding planner Pilar but not so much on Ana. Any comments on her? I have not had a great experience so far with communication with her. I'm not sure if it's because it was a year in advance.. We will be having a small wedding party also and are still deciding on the options for reception.



           



          #55 uhaft

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            Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:07 AM

            Hello!

             

            My name is Umi and I am getting married at the Now Jade resort on June 1, 2012….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 – 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

             

            Booking

             

            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 didn’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!

             

            Travel

             

            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 attire…..and the list goes on! I told all of my family members to pack light because half of their suitcase is mine

             

            OOT Bags

             

            I purchased blank tote bags from Cheaptotes.com and the designed a Riviera Maya, Mexico image to iron on our bags. I didn’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...

            -beach ball

            -welcome brochure

            -description card of restaurant/bars on the resort

            -we survived the wedding! magnet

            -flip flop playing cards and notepad

             

            Bridal Party Gifts

             

            Groomsman:

            We ordered each groomsman a personalized Yankees jersey with their last name on it and my fianc© is taking them to a game.

             

            Bridesmaids:

            -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.

            -sun screen

            -bathing suit

            -Turkish towel wrap

            -beach hat

            -beach cover ups

             

             Rehearsal Dinner

             

            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!).

             

            Wedding Ceremony

             

            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:

            1.Beef Brochettes

            2.Chicken and cheese turnovers

            3.Spinach quiche

            4.mini vol au vent with seafood

             

             

            Wedding Reception

             

            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.

             

            Menu:

            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 can’t wait for it to get hear already! Let me know if you have any questions!

             

            Umi

             


            #56 uhaft

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              Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:08 AM

              Hello!

               

              My name is Umi and I am getting married at the Now Jade resort on June 1, 2012….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 – 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

               

              Booking

               

              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 didn’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!

               

              Travel

               

              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 attire…..and the list goes on! I told all of my family members to pack light because half of their suitcase is mine

               

              OOT Bags

               

              I purchased blank tote bags from Cheaptotes.com and the designed a Riviera Maya, Mexico image to iron on our bags. I didn’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...

              -beach ball

              -welcome brochure

              -description card of restaurant/bars on the resort

              -we survived the wedding! magnet

              -flip flop playing cards and notepad

               

              Bridal Party Gifts

               

              Groomsman:

              We ordered each groomsman a personalized Yankees jersey with their last name on it and my fianc© is taking them to a game.

               

              Bridesmaids:

              -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.

              -sun screen

              -bathing suit

              -Turkish towel wrap

              -beach hat

              -beach cover ups

               

               Rehearsal Dinner

               

              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!).

               

              Wedding Ceremony

               

              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:

              1.Beef Brochettes

              2.Chicken and cheese turnovers

              3.Spinach quiche

              4.mini vol au vent with seafood

               

               

              Wedding Reception

               

              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.

               

              Menu:

              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 can’t wait for it to get hear already! Let me know if you have any questions!

               

              Umi

               

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              #57 uhaft

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                Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:15 AM

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                #58 uhaft

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                  Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:16 AM

                  I tried attaching pictures but it didn't go through yet. Hopefully they let me post soon!



                  #59 Mlite83

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                    Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:52 AM


                    Wow, your plans look great!  Must be nice to set everything coming together and the final countdown on!

                     

                    I notice you have about 45 guests at your wedding, has Pilar given you a quote for how much per head the additional guests will cost since packages are for 25 guests?  When I initially started thinking about a DW I figured the more the merrier but the realization that we could have significantly more guests than the packages is intended for has me a bit budget conscious...

                     

                     

                    And I can see you photos in the reply box here but not the original post?


                     

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by uhaft 

                    Hello!

                     

                    My name is Umi and I am getting married at the Now Jade resort on June 1, 2012….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 – 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

                     

                    Booking

                     

                    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 didn’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!

                     

                    Travel

                     

                    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 attire…..and the list goes on! I told all of my family members to pack light because half of their suitcase is mine

                     

                    OOT Bags

                     

                    I purchased blank tote bags from Cheaptotes.com and the designed a Riviera Maya, Mexico image to iron on our bags. I didn’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...

                    -beach ball

                    -welcome brochure

                    -description card of restaurant/bars on the resort

                    -we survived the wedding! magnet

                    -flip flop playing cards and notepad

                     

                    Bridal Party Gifts

                     

                    Groomsman:

                    We ordered each groomsman a personalized Yankees jersey with their last name on it and my fianc© is taking them to a game.

                     

                    Bridesmaids:

                    -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.

                    -sun screen

                    -bathing suit

                    -Turkish towel wrap

                    -beach hat

                    -beach cover ups

                     

                     Rehearsal Dinner

                     

                    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!).

                     

                    Wedding Ceremony

                     

                    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:

                    1.Beef Brochettes

                    2.Chicken and cheese turnovers

                    3.Spinach quiche

                    4.mini vol au vent with seafood

                     

                     

                    Wedding Reception

                     

                    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.

                     

                    Menu:

                    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 can’t wait for it to get hear already! Let me know if you have any questions!

                     

                    Umi

                     


                    #60 Mlite83

                    Mlite83
                    • Jr. Member
                    • 384 posts

                      Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:53 AM

                      Your centerpieces look fantastic!  Very elegant and luxe looking!

                       

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by uhaft 

                      Hello!

                       

                      My name is Umi and I am getting married at the Now Jade resort on June 1, 2012….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 – 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

                       

                      Booking

                       

                      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 didn’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!

                       

                      Travel

                       

                      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 attire…..and the list goes on! I told all of my family members to pack light because half of their suitcase is mine

                       

                      OOT Bags

                       

                      I purchased blank tote bags from Cheaptotes.com and the designed a Riviera Maya, Mexico image to iron on our bags. I didn’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...

                      -beach ball

                      -welcome brochure

                      -description card of restaurant/bars on the resort

                      -we survived the wedding! magnet

                      -flip flop playing cards and notepad

                       

                      Bridal Party Gifts

                       

                      Groomsman:

                      We ordered each groomsman a personalized Yankees jersey with their last name on it and my fianc© is taking them to a game.

                       

                      Bridesmaids:

                      -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.

                      -sun screen

                      -bathing suit

                      -Turkish towel wrap

                      -beach hat

                      -beach cover ups

                       

                       Rehearsal Dinner

                       

                      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!).

                       

                      Wedding Ceremony

                       

                      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:

                      1.Beef Brochettes

                      2.Chicken and cheese turnovers

                      3.Spinach quiche

                      4.mini vol au vent with seafood

                       

                       

                      Wedding Reception

                       

                      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.

                       

                      Menu:

                      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 can’t wait for it to get hear already! Let me know if you have any questions!

                       

                      Umi

                       





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