Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:02 PM
Posted 18 October 2016 - 02:15 PM
So I have been talking to another bride who got married a month ago at the Ziva. She said that she and her guests had an amazing time! She also gave me a few tips. She suggests having someone as your point person to make sure everything goes as planned so @Bride2Be2017 you'll be fine since you have your sister in law to help with things.
Her ceremony was at 4:00 on the sky lounge and she said it was hot but she requested a water bar set up for her guests and she provided fans.
She was also super organized so she had spread sheets and outlines for everything that she provided to her coordinator! I started working on mine just to make sure I start somewhere.
She also made a playlist for the DJ. I feel like I'm going to hate having to do that! I was hoping I could give them a rough overview and it would work out, but she gave him a list of songs and organized them by when to play it like predinner/during dinner/after dinner.
Anything in particular you guys want me to ask her?
She's been great! She said the staff was amazing and they all had a great time!
Posted 27 October 2016 - 07:53 PM
@tiffanyt THANK YOU for this wonderful update!!!! I am so happy to hear such a glowing review from a recent Ziva bride. : ) It's getting me even more excited about the wedding! Hopefully you can sort out a point person for your group. My sister in law was more than happy to do it especially since her husband is the best man and her immediate family wont be there. So it's a nice opportunity for her to be a floater while doing what she loves - organizing and weddings. Maybe if you have a guest in the same position (spouse of someone in the bridal party without kids) then they may be up for the task! The water bar is a great idea. Having a spreadsheet to share with the coordinator - excellent suggestion. I'll start putting mine together too. I'm so excited to be at this stage and in such high spirits about the wedding. This is how a bride is supposed to feel leading up to her wedding. It's been a hectic couple of weeks and i'm so happy that my wedding has been the least of my worries. Julianne has been assigned as my wedding coordinator - thrilled. She gave us our tour when we visited and we got on wonderfully. I've decided to go with Elite Media Concepts as a vendor. They will provide the dj, mc, uplights, dance floor, and cinematography. After crunching the numbers it came out even to Ziva including the vendor fee. So far I'm beyond pleased with their portfolio and service. They sent me a customized link to begin building my playlist. I have been keeping a list on my phone for the past 6 months, so transferring it over will be fun for me. The next big thing is just getting my save the dates out and finalizing the room block.. I guess? Did you ladies set up a room block through your TAs? I'm planning to add rooms to the block a little at a time and more once people start booking as needed. I decided to comparison shop on TAs and did end up finding a different TA with lower rates and fantastic contacts at Hyatt - wright travel agency. Havent locked them in officially but will decide soon.
In the meantime, the only question I have for your recent bride contact is: where did she have her reception? If indoors, did she have it in the St Andrews or Ballroom Salon 3A? If the ballroom terrace isnt available, I've decided to have the reception indoors and the cocktail hour on the ocean gazebo decks, ceremony still at the sky lounge. Now just trying to decide which ballroom I like best. Decisions, decisions!
Edited by Bride2Be2017, 27 October 2016 - 08:07 PM.
Posted 30 October 2016 - 03:28 PM
I was planning on doing a play list for my guests...its driving me nuts but i wasn't sure that a DJ from another country would get our music choice right....I just sent out my invites yesterday! My guests have to book by jan 4th and pay by feb 23rd so i figure two months to decide if they want to book is more then fair....even though its right over the holiday season which makes me so nervous. I feel like a lot of people are going to forget to book wait till the last minute and be like oh crap i spent to much at christmas i cant pay for an island vaca by feb! Guess i'll see how this goes
My new site visit will be january 23rd....every cross your fingers for no blizzards in the northeast tos top my travel again!
Posted 30 October 2016 - 05:37 PM
@Kcusack89 I understand what you mean about the holidays. I'm sending my invites out this week and the RSVP date is Dec 3 but the room needs to be paid in full by the end of January. So hopefully they will plan accordingly because I really don't want to have to track friends and family down to ask whether or not they're coming. I know brides sometimes have to do that but I really don't want that added stress.
@Bride2Be2017 I blocked 35 rooms with my travel agent. There are several different room categories for my guests to choose from at both the Zilara and Ziva. And any room category I didn't block, my TA can request it if any of my guests want it.
Posted 30 October 2016 - 05:52 PM
Posted 16 November 2016 - 10:16 AM
Thanks so much for the information on ballrooms and room blocks. @tiffanyt If the room was right in front of the terrace then it was likely in Salon Room A or B. I honestly go back and forth between that and Saint Andrews.
@ Royaldestinations Thanks for the heads up! Just requested to join.
The only thing I'm regretting now is not doing that make-up trail on my speedy trip down there. Man! I do have a person back home that I can go with but I'd have to cover her travel and lodging costs to it can really add up. I'll see if I can ask the group about their experience with the make-up at Zen Spa. @tiffanyt I dont want to bug your contact too much, but if you can ask her whether or not she used their make-up services and what she thought, that would be super helpful!!!
Happy early Thanksgiving everyone!!
Edited by Bride2Be2017, 16 November 2016 - 10:20 AM.
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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:01 AM
@Bride2Be2017 so I asked the other bride and she said she did use the resorts makeup artist but she ended up taking over in certain areas. She said she had to do that because she actually has training in make up artistry and in speaking with the makeup artist at the resort she saw that she wasn't really professionally trained and didn't use some products that the bride would have wanted. She said that the make up was okay but since she is particular about makeup due to her training she had to add some more and fix some aspects. She also suggests that you bring a setting spray and primer because they did not have any at the spa.
Hope this helps!
Edited by tiffanyt, 23 November 2016 - 09:02 AM.
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