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Hi! I am planning a t/c wedding in November 2013. We are staying at the Sands at Grace Bay. I am having difficulty in getting a hold of the wedding coordinator at the Sands and they dont seem to respond promptly and answer any of my questions. Im getting anxious and stressed out. I found a couple wedding coordinator services such as NILA and ISLANDHARDMONY. Does anyone have any suggestions on which wedding coordinator services I should choose? Also, does anyone know if the Sands has an area on the beach to have a semi-private ceremony? We want out ceremony to be intimate and want to avoid lookie-loos!

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Keep in mind that many of the resort's coordinators do other jobs for the resort.  Wedding coordination is not their full time "gig".   Also we are in the middle of High Season here with resorts etc fully booked so the resort coordinators are busy right now and may not get back to you promptly.  That being said, Internet and email can be a bit messed up here at times so if you don't hear from someone in 3-4 business days, email them again please.  The email may not have gotten through.  

 

There are 3 main coordinators on island.  NILA (www.niladestinations.com), Island Harmony, and Tropical Destination Management (www.tropicaldmc.com).   All have been on island for a good amount of time and they will be dedicated to YOUR wedding and help get things done.   There are many reviews on all of them here.   The Sands does not have resorts on either side of it's property, so the beach is pretty quiet.  However, all beaches in the Turks and Caicos are Public, so there will be people walking by, as well as at the resort who will look too.   There are some quieter beaches, and smaller cays only accessed by boat but that will add to the expense of your day because you have to arrange for transport.   In my 18 years here, I have never seen any huge "crowds" or people being disrespectful, and many times they just want to congratulate you or look from afar.   But if you truly don't want ANYONE around but your guests, a small cay (island) is going to give you the highest chances of that   (although they too are Public, they can only be accessed by boat which limits people)

 

Here are some weddings at the Sands to get an idea of what they are like:

 

http://brilliant.tc/blog/2012/08/keisha-and-sams-wedding-day-the-sands-resort-turks-and-caicos-islands/

 

http://brilliant.tc/blog/2012/07/ashley-todd-get-married/

 

http://brilliant.tc/blog/2011/07/wedding-angela-lorenz/

 

There are more on our blog but as you can see, the beach is pretty big and pretty quiet. 

 

Hope that helps.

 

Krys
 

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I just responded to your other post! I got married at the Sands too! I was also concerned about onlookers..the Sands doesn't have a major resort on one side of it, and that's the side we had our wedding. Diane from Island Harmony took us there to show us our ceremony spot (when we arrived to the island), and I almost cried..it was so beautiful and private. It was perfect. I also did not want sunbathers or random onlookers hanging out at our wedding (although we did have a boat decide to disembark right on beach front and center of our ceremony...it just made it funny and Diane chased them away!). Many of the resorts are bunched near each other so it would be difficult to have a private ceremony. The Sands will be perfect for a private wedding! It was also great because halfway during my reception I decided I wanted (or needed a wardrobe change...into a short white dress..not planned by the way!) and it was just so easy to just go to my room change, freshen up and join the party again.

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