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Just returned from NOW Sapphire Wedding - In a word, FABULOUS!


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#1 mollyes

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    Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:08 PM

    Hi,

     

    We were just married on July 20, 2013 at NOW Sapphire. We were thrilled with the results. Below are some of our thoughts and a few pics from friends (professional pics not ready yet). Please feel free to ask any specific questions. If context helps, we had 120 people. We had our wedding on the Tequila Terrace at 5 PM, Cocktail hour at the Beach Terrace from 6-7 and the reception from 7-11 (paid for an extra hour). Afterwards, we all changed and went to the lobby bar. We have a huge dance crowd, so staying through 11 with the DJ was good for our guests. We also did a beach BBQ the night before for our rehearsal dinner.

     

    1) Location. We loved that the NOW Sapphire was such a close ride from the airport. It made it easy for our guests.

     

    2) Food. Excellent. Everyone was so surprised by how good the food was. We had a beach BBQ for the rehearsal dinner and it came with 4 different types of meat, various vegetables, a whole array of salads and a beautiful dessert display. For the wedding, we choose the salad with pecans and blue cheese, mushroom & garlic soup and 3 entree selections (beef bourdelaise, salmon with squash blossom sauce, and gluten free/vegetarian lasagna). Everyone raved about the food.

     

    3) Flowers. I used the resort's florist. It was expensive, and from reading other posts on here, you can find cheaper florists. However, I didn't have time or the energy to coordinate with many off-site vendors. The flowers were gorgeous. I sent pictures of what I wanted for my bouquet and alter and they did a fantastic job. 

     

    4) Day of Coordination. Perfect. We were pretty chill and just laid out at the pool and hung out with family/friends until it came time to get ready (separately). Anel was totally on top of having the flowers delivered on time and making sure the transportation for me to get to the ceremony came on time.

     

    5). Music. Great!!! We had the resort organize the DJ and we provided a song list. He stuck pretty close to it with one big exception that made the party so much better... he didn't play a single slow song. I had put some slow songs on the list but they really read the crowd and could tell that folks just want to keep dancing like crazy. Everyone loved the DJ and asked for the playlist. So many people said how happy they were that they didn't slow things down at any point. The resort had a lots of surprises during the dance party that really upped the fun factor.

     

    6) Spa. Phenomenal. It was so pretty and they did a fantastic job with my hair and make-up. I had Marilu - she was very sweet and I was very happy.

     

    7) Pre-Wedding Communication. I know this is a stressful time for brides and I, like many brides on here, was worried because the email response time was very slow. However, it is true what everyone else here says - once you get there you realize that they are 100% on top of everything you've sent them. Also, once you are there, they are totally focused on you. There were 3 other weddings while we were there and Anel was in her office until 11 pm and 1 am every day working very hard. I hope to reassure you, because I know you want a response, just don't worry. We even made changes to the flowers and open bar once we got there that changed the bill and they were fine with that.

     

    8) Photography. I had seen a post on here about the quality of the photography. That scared me, so I went with the photographer that woman used (Amorcito Corazon Studios (http://amorcitocorazonstudio.com) - Anel and Jacob). I haven't seen their pictures yet but I am very optimistic. They were wonderful. So cool and fully integrated into the wedding. I actually woke up with the flu on my wedding day (huge bummer) and when I started to feel awful during the group shots, they stopped them and assured me they would get enough throughout the wedding that I would be happy with without subjecting me to standing in the heat anymore. I highly recommend them... and they were cheaper than the resort photographers!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    #2 Yazmin De La Mora

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      Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:23 PM

      Congrats for your wedding!
      So happy that everything was wonderful!
      Best Regards!


      #3 CAmomofbride

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        Posted 03 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

        Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter is getting married at NOW in October and I'm reading everything I can find on the weddings. You're post was very informative. A couple of questions about your pictures. Are your decorations at the post of the wedding ceremony from the resort, what are they? Are the tables set up on the beach for your cocktail part? Your wedding was gorgeous!

        #4 mollyes

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          Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:48 AM

          Originally Posted by CAmomofbride 

          Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter is getting married at NOW in October and I'm reading everything I can find on the weddings. You're post was very informative. A couple of questions about your pictures. Are your decorations at the post of the wedding ceremony from the resort, what are they? Are the tables set up on the beach for your cocktail part? Your wedding was gorgeous!

          Thanks!  You and your family will have a wonderful time! As for your questions - the decorations during the ceremony - posts, flowing white fabric, flowers... all of that was done by the resort. I sent them a picture of the flowers/decor I wanted and they matched it. It cost an additional $300 for the flower. In terms of the tables on the beach - that was for our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. For the cocktail hour, we just had them set up cocktail tables on the deck near the pool. Worked out great! Let me know if you have any other questions!



          #5 photoisforever

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            Posted 09 August 2013 - 11:41 AM

            WOW mollyes - Congrats on your Beautiful wedding! really looking forward to seeing your professional photos too! Wishing you every happiness ahead - Enjoy :)

             

             

            Photography Is Forever Studios 



            #6 EmilyMarie1121

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              Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:05 AM

              Your post is music to my ears! I fell in love with the NOW Sapphire as soon as I saw the photos and read the positive reviews! THEN....I started really digging on every site I could find...and I found quite a few negative reviews. It really seems like people love it/hate it. Are they just being picky? Overall, it sounds like you had a wonderful experience - you looked stunning! Thanks for the positive words. For someone who's having to make a decision without seeing the resort - this is a stressful time! Thank you, Thank you! So happy you had a wonderful experience.



              #7 JillianB16

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                Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:01 AM

                Hi Emily,

                 

                Your wedding looked beautiful! How long would you say it took them to do your hair and makeup? I'm getting married at Now Sapphire in May 2014 and don't know when to book the appointments.

                 

                Thanks!



                #8 JillianB16

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                  Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:02 AM

                  Sorry.. Molly not Emily !! :)



                  #9 mollyes

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                    Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:25 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by JillianB16 
                     

                    Hi Emily,

                     

                    Your wedding looked beautiful! How long would you say it took them to do your hair and makeup? I'm getting married at Now Sapphire in May 2014 and don't know when to book the appointments.

                     

                    Thanks!

                     

                    Hi,

                     

                    It took one hour for my hair and maybe 35 minutes for my make-up. I had Marylou - loved her!

                     

                    Molly



                    #10 vanessav53

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                      Posted 15 November 2013 - 08:45 AM

                      Hello Molly. Thank you so much for your detailed post. We just sent in a deposit for a June 7th wedding on beach terrace and the one thing i've been strsesing about is lack of communication. We are waiting to receiving final word back from them so we know the dates is ours. So your comment about the communication really helped.

                       

                      A few question for you if you don't mind: We are having about 100 guests and was wondering if you felt there was enough room on the beach terrace for the dinner tables as well as dancing. The pics I've seen it's very hard to tell.

                       

                      I love the white lights you have strung over the terrace. I didn't see those in the packages was that something special you asked for?

                       

                      One last thing was your dinner reception 1 entree for every guest or did the guests have options of what food they wanted ( chicken, fish, steak or something like that?)

                       

                      Thanks for feedback on BBQ on beach as we were not sure what we were going to do for a rehearsal dinner.

                       

                      Thanks






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