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Hannah · Getting married on 07/10/2020
The wedding planner you would go back to TCI just to hang out with
Lu, your expertise is second to none! ...
In fact, words cannot do justice how invaluable she has been to Danny and I over the journey towards our wedding just 3 weeks ago. From the very first communication with Lu, before we had invested anything, she brought us out of a state of overwhelming panic and confusion. Super down to earth with an incredible knowledge of the local industry and suppliers- she helped us sort out the perfect place without the “resort wedding” feel that most people associate with having a destination wedding.
She was also constantly in touch with both of us to remind us of things we needed to do and always made herself available by email and text once we arrived on the island. Lu saved us so much time and unnecessary stress that came with organizing our wedding.
Once we arrived on the island she made herself immediately available to go over paperwork and last minute details so that we could enjoy the special moments leading up to our wedding.
Lu was there from the very beginning coordinating everyone and everything: our welcome dinner, transportation, our officiant Pastor Padmore, Food & Bar, DJ, florist, furniture... not to mention arranging the site and coordinating 40 guests! Not only is Lu on top of all of this, she is an extremely genuine, caring and lovely human. Her recommendations were top notch. Everyone is still talking about our wedding 3 weeks later, even the food! Note: I had never heard people rave about the food from a wedding but that’s how delicious it was.
Her presence made EVERY difference to me before, during, and after the wedding.
Sometimes my husband and I still think back to that day and can’t believe...that was OUR WEDDING!
If you are looking for someone to assist with planning your special day, I honestly cannot recommend Nila Destinations/Lu Bayley highly enough.
Sent on 11/23/2019
Lauren Ehrlich · Getting married on 06/05/2020
Mary is the BEST
My husband Eric and I were lucky enough to work with Mary from NILA for our wedding on Long Bay Beach on 5/18/19. From the minute we met her in September, she was warm, kind and utterly competent. She knew exactly what we needed and she did a truly incredible job of taking our lead and creating the event we had envisioned. Even with a few curveballs (bad weather, guests in need of medical attention) she was always steady and calming and made it all work. She even did a great job of taking my husband (who wanted to marry me, but had no interest in planning a wedding) in to account and making sure his voice was heard. She's the best and I'm going to miss her!!Sent on 05/23/2019
Margaret Staib · Getting married on 04/12/2020
From start to finish our contact and experience with Nila Destinations was top notch. After 24 years of marriage we decide to renew our vows with our girls on the beach near Ocean Club West. Lynne was so helpful, kind and created exactly what we looking for. It was magical.Sent on 12/26/2019
Tanisha Moore · Married on 02/07/2020
Everything that we could wish for!!!
Mary was absolutely amazing and so accommodating! We ended up having to plan our wedding from afar, which forced us to rely on Mary to be our eyes and ears. Every detail that we wanted for our wedding and reception came to life and turned out way better than we planned. When we arrived to the island, Mary lined all of our appointments with each contractor back to back in one day so we could enjoy our friends and family when they arrived to the island. On the day of the wedding, Mary made contact with us and then off she went to start bringing the ceremony together. I did not really have to worry about much because she was 10 steps ahead of me the entire time. Even when the groom started to have his moments, she remedied him and sent us down the aisle. I highly recommend Mary with Nila Destinations. We sent an overwhelming amount of emails, calls and texts in preparation for our wedding. Mary never got overwhelmed or showed us any kind of frustration. All I could do was hug her at the end of the day. Thank you Mary!Sent on 03/15/2020
Liz Single · Married on 02/01/2020
Lynne was lovely!
We loved working with Lynne & Nila Destinations! We had our dream destination wedding in Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos and could not have done it without her! She was great to work with and communicated very well with us. Lynne was SO HELPFUL during our welcome night and the big day and we can't thank her enough! Our friends and family can't stop raving about how perfect the ceremony, arch/flowers, setting, staff, food, DJ, etc were!Sent on 03/09/2020
Allison · Married on 11/26/2019
Mary is the absolute best!
Working with Mary and Nila Destinations for our intimate wedding at a private villa was the best decision I made in the planning process. She made everything so easy, I didn’t worry for a single second but instead just got to enjoy the evening. Not only did she coordinate everything the day of, but she took time to meet with us when we came down 6 months before, set up a cake and caterer tasting, got us into the villa to see it even when management said no, and even stored a box of stuff for us at her home until the wedding. By the end of it all, Mary felt more like a dear friend than a wedding planner. I can’t recommend her and Nila Destinations enough!Sent on 12/28/2019
Paula Meissner · Married on 07/11/2019
Absolutely perfect wedding thanks to Mary at Nila!
This review from our July 2019 wedding is long overdue. Mary at Nila was an absolute game changer for us. Planning a destination wedding from another country seemed very overwhelming; until we met Mary. From finding the most perfect venue a year ahead of time, to finding the absolute best florist, bakery, caterers, music, photographer and even herding a few tipsy guests, Mary could not have been a more perfect combination of professionalism and fun. Our goal was for our guests to feel like they had a special experience, especially given the travel and expense each guest invested into the trip. I can confidently say we far exceeded that goal, very much thanks to Mary. If you are planning a wedding in Turks, you will never regret the personal touch, relationships, and services provided by Mary & Nila. We feel like we have a life long friend! Thanks Mary & Nila for making our wedding a perfect event!Sent on 11/09/2019
Emily Ayers · Married on 06/14/2019
Highly recommend Nila!
We worked with Mary Thompson for our wedding. She was absolutely wonderful! She made us feel like we were family. Anything we needed, she helped take care of it. On the day of our wedding, she handled everything and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Mary was professional, kind, and all around wonderful! Highly recommend Mary and Nila Destinations for your wedding!Sent on 07/02/2019
Michelle · Married on 06/12/2019
Our Wedding Was a Dream Come True!
I could not be more pleased with my experience with Nila Destinations. Mary Thompson was our wedding coordinator. Her professionalism and attention to detail was impeccable. Everything on our wedding day went seamlessly. I can honestly say that there isn't one thing I would change about it, and I'm not sure how many people can say that. Mary was so attentive and just took care of everything. We felt so comfortable in her hands.Sent on 06/23/2019
Sue Eaton · Married on 06/05/2019
Mary at Nila Destinations is wonderful!!!
Mary exceeded our expectations! Our wedding, simple as it was for just the two of us, was perfect in every way. Mary made everything easy, from the initial planning to filing the required paperwork, she was an incredible resource and so helpful during our stay. We highly recommend her.Sent on 06/07/2019
Emmery Snyder · Married on 06/01/2019
WONDERFUL to work with!
Mary with Nila Destinations was a wonderful choice for our destination wedding! Mary was able to guide us throughout the entire wedding process and directed us to wonderful vendors, photographers, videographers, etc! Also, Mary was a huge help on our wedding day -- you don't realize how important having a wedding planner is (and all of the behind the scenes things they do) until it's your big day and you can just sit back and relax. Using Nila Destinations is a decision I would make over and over again -- they are a must have and SO much fun to work with!Sent on 06/16/2019
Jessica Hayat · Married on 05/30/2019
Mary Thompson was our wedding planner and she was so amazing, sweet and super attentive. She was a dream come true.. especially planning my wedding from Florida and never having been to the island before. A BIG thank you to her for all that she did!Sent on 05/31/2019
None · Married on 05/18/2019
Check this decision off your “to do” list!
With so many decisions to make around a destination wedding in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you can simplify your life by making your first call to Mary Thompson of NILA. Every aspect of your wedding will be expertly and pleasantly handled and you will be able to relax along the way. Our entire family felt we were in great hands for our daughter’s May 18, 2019 wedding, from our first meeting with Mary. Her expertise, island contacts and experience with the very best vendors on island made it a total pleasure. Five events, over 4 days, made for A LOT of details; Mary did not miss a beat. Furthermore, we were challenged all weekend with unsettled weather testing all of us at every turn for our five outdoor events. Mary was our beacon in a storm and totally calming influence. We had amazing events (with no rain!!!!) and we have all gained a friend in Mary. Go with the best; call Mary before you begin your planning!Sent on 05/22/2019
Beverly · Married on 03/17/2019
Mary at Nila Destinations is the best! We were put in touch with her when we booked our wedding package at Wymara resort. We communicated through e-mail mostly at first since it was a destination wedding for us & we weren't local. During that time she was very competent, professional, responsive, and sweet. When we arrived in T&C & met her though, she was even better in person! She took care of arranging everything between our pastor, photographer, videographer, the resort staff, & hair & makeup to ensure the only thing I was doing on the day of was getting excited to get married. Me and my husband LOVED her personality - She is such a nice, funny, sweet, & caring person. I honestly could not have had a better experience with her.Sent on 03/29/2019
Meghan Corvington · Married on 03/09/2019
Lynne and Nila for the Win
We worked with Lynne at Nila to plan our "known elopement" wedding in Turks and Caicos. If you think about the typical wedding, whether small or large, it's stressful enough... planning a destination wedding, you'd think someone was insane. Lynne made the process easy, stress free, and magical. The entire process was too simple, I almost wish there was something to stress about (kidding!). I trusted Lynne to handle everything, from start to finish. My biggest worries were choosing a cupcake color frosting, and the actual location of the ceremony. Lynne provided so many unique ideas as well, especially since we weren't having a traditional wedding with a group of people, she knew exactly what to suggest that made the day extremely catered and special to us. Our only worry about our wedding was the threat of hurricane Dorian, but Lynne kept me calm, kept me updated on island weather, and ultimately guided us through a slightly stressful time. At our actual wedding day, Lynne served as one of our witnesses (and our photographer was the second). Even though it was just my husband and I getting married on public Grace Bay, it felt so intimate, and as if we were surrounded by friends (Lynne and team), versus strangers. There's so many more wonderful thins I can say about Lynne, but this post would read too long. Choosing Nila is one of the best decisions we've made, and being paired with Lynne was a blessing. I highly recommend to anyone who wants a stress free, extremely magical and unique wedding.Sent on 10/02/2019
Kelly Saeli · Married on 02/20/2019
Mary is amazing!
My husband and I did a 15 year vow renewal ceremony. I worked with Mary over the last 6 months to plan and coordinate our wedding. Mary was professional, courteous, responsive, sweet, and she cared that our experience was everything we wanted it to be. She also made the planning process simple; not too complicated in terms of choices and appealed to what we were ultimately looking for. I’m thinking we’ll have another vow renewal for our 20th just so I can work with Mary again!Sent on 02/23/2019
Sydney C · Married on 12/20/2018
It was perfect!
We worked with Mary planning only over email for about a year for our daughter's wedding. We were expecting it to be nice, but it was so over the top, more perfect and beautiful than we ever imagined. Mary got everything right, and then some! Everyone she recommended was just wonderful, from the caterer to flowers to hair and makeup. She took care of last minute additions and was there through the entire wedding, even making sure my daughter's dress was positioned properly before she walked down the aisle. We would highly recommend Nila and Mary!Sent on 12/26/2018
Hannah · Married on 12/01/2018
My husband and I worked with Lynne at Nila to plan our wedding in Turks and Caicos and were blown away with how wonderful the experience was. She was so helpful throughout the planning process and as a bride who was not the most enthused about the stress of planning a wedding, I trusted most of the process and execution to her. The end result was fantastic! We had a rather large group for a destination wedding (>60) and everyone raved about how beautiful and enjoyable the wedding was. She picked excellent vendors for us, kept me calm and laughing throughout the wedding week and left us with an unforgettable experience. I promise you will not be disappointed with choosing Nila Destinations or Lynne with planning your dream wedding!Sent on 12/07/2018
Sarah Kelter · Married on 10/27/2018
Above and beyond expectations! Made wedding planning easy!
I found NILA destinations online while looking into planning our destination wedding in Turks and Caicos. I originally planned to do most of the coordinating myself, but I am SO happy we decided to go through NILA destinations. Our wedding had approx. 135 guests in attendance, so it was much larger than most typical destination weddings. After browsing online and looking at the “wedding packages” and prices, I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to enlist some help for such a large event. We wanted a nice beach wedding ceremony, but also wanted to throw a giant party and include excursions for our guests, so we were not really interested in the standard wedding packages offered. The awesome part about NILA destinations is that they tailor each wedding to the couple. Big or small, elaborate or simple, romantic or party scene… they make it exactly how you want it. This was absolutely ideal for us.Sent on 11/30/2018
Mary, one of NILAs wedding planners, was in charge of coordinating our wedding and she was AMAZING! She went above and beyond to ensure our entire 3-day event went just as we wanted. It was so nice having someone in Turks and Caicos who knew everyone on the island and could set our minds at ease, so we could focus on other things. Upon our request, she organized an entire beach bar hop for our first activity (for approx. 80 people), which included transportation from our hotel, welcome drinks, etc. Yes, this was over the top, but it was exactly what we wanted… something different and unique. The next day she helped us host a catered pool party with local beer and food, followed by our rehearsal dinner at Da Conch Shack. Finally, she topped off our 3-day experience by executing the PERFECT beach wedding & reception in front of the Sibonne Hotel with an amazing local DJ and catering by the Kissing Fish. We did not have to coordinate with anyone other than Mary. She handled everything and kept us constantly up to date as things came together. Throughout the planning, I would come up with random requests (like a table at the reception with a polaroid camera and a last min brunch for my bridesmaids), which Mary managed to pull off beautifully. Literally, everything I came up with, she made happen… and even better than I imagined.
In addition to coordinating all of our activities (bar hop, pool party, etc.) and wedding specifics (music, food, flowers, etc.), she initially helped us narrow down which hotel/venue was best for us based on the vibe we wanted. Then she helped us with our wedding website and RSVPs. And if that wasn’t enough, she was in person throughout the entire weekend to ensure everything was perfect. She was literally herding folks onto buses during the bar crawl, making sure my wedding party was where they were supposed to be (and on time), and even popping in and out randomly to ensure I had water or whatever I needed. I am not kidding when I say I basically just had to show up and be the bride. It was beyond my expectations.
Bottom line, my husband and I have ZERO regrets going through NILA Destinations and would specifically recommend Mary to anyone who is planning a wedding in Turks and Caicos.
Mollie · Married on 09/20/2018
Mary with Nila Destinations did an outstanding job planning our vow renewal. We had a lot of special and specific requests, and she went above our expectations to deliver an amazing and stress free event. We loved all of the vendors she recommended as well. We can't wait to go back to the Turks! My family and I highly recommend Mary, and I know you won't be disappointed. As a former wedding planner myself, I can say she really is the BEST!Sent on 09/24/2018
Sachin · Married on 09/13/2018
Mary is an absolutely amazing person!!! She was extremely flexible and accommodating to all our needs. We highly recommend her and can not thank her enough for all the wonderful memories!!! Thank you Mary!!!!Sent on 09/17/2018
Laura · Married on 07/14/2018
My wife & I had been to the Turks & Caicos numerous times on vacation, but knew that when it came to planning our wedding in paradise, that we would need the assistance of someone who knew Providenciales intimately. Someone who was on a first name basis with the staff at each hotel, someone who could tell you impressive anecdotes from working with the Caribbean's premier florist, and someone who could take you into the home kitchen of the loveliest & most talented baker on the island.
As luck would have it, that person was Luise Bailey, from NILA Destinations.
From the first time we met Luise for a spot of lunch on the beach at Ocean Club West, she clearly demonstrated her extensive experience of running events on the island, her appreciation for its culture and people, as well as an extensive knowledge of its many unique experiences and out-of-this-world locales.
Our wedding celebration took place over the course of four days, and couldn’t have been more seamless. The year of planning however, was a bit more difficult to endure as the response rate from many of our adored vendors was quite longer than we were used to. (Of course, we are high velocity New Yorkers, and it’s quite possible that our barometer for responsiveness is a tad skewed.)
We couldn’t have asked for anything more from our wedding celebration, and are ecstatic to be reliving it through the exceptional work of our photographer. Stephen Govel. (Check out his amazing work at stephengovel.com & @govelphoto)
A huge thank you to Luise and the entire team at NILA for bringing our dream to life.
Laura & ChrisSent on 10/06/2018
Sarah · Married on 05/23/2018
If you are looking to have a perfect, stress-free, amazing destination wedding in Turks and Caicos, I would highly suggest having Nila Destinations coordinate you wedding. We had Lynne Watts as our wedding planner, and I literally could not have asked for anyone better. She is extremely knowledgeable about local vendors, and will never steer you wrong...which is nice when planning from thousands of miles away. Lynne was always very responsive to any emails (there were a lot!!) and a joy to chat with over the phone about more specific details. If I requested to have a specific menu item, or vendor, etc, I sent an email, and boom...done, Lynne took care of it. Once down there, we met with her a few days prior to our wedding and any remaining stress I had about our wedding was instantly gone. She had an exact plan for the sunset sail the evening before the wedding, the ceremony, and reception. Then, we get to the day of the wedding and all I had to do was enjoy my time getting ready as I knew everything was taken care of. She popped in numerous times to let me know how things were going and where/when I needed to be somewhere (and did the same for the groom). There were no glitches whatsoever (well, minus my phone suddenly deciding not to connect to my bluetooth speaker for the reception- which she solved as we were getting photos taken!) and she was the main reason why our wedding turned out amazingly. We cannot thank her enough for making this special day absolutely PERFECT!!Sent on 06/06/2018
Deanna · Married on 05/19/2018
It was honestly an honor to have Mary from Nila Destinations as our wedding planner. She puts her heart and soul into her work and it shows. She was there every step of the way with every decision always able to direct us in the right direction. Her execution of our wedding blew us away. Every detail was perfect. She was able to take my ideas and visions and perfectly actualize it. She was also able to rally my large group, which was no easy task either. She took great care of us on the night before our wedding at our rehearsal dinner and all throughout the wedding day. I would have been completely lost without her and I shudder at the thought. I promise you she is worth every penny and even more! Mary was the perfect fit for me, my husband and our family. There is not a thing I would change about our wedding celebration and that is all thanks to Mary. She is also an amazing woman who is so caring and she is now a forever friend of ours.Sent on 06/04/2018
Madison · Married on 05/19/2018
Mary helped us choose excellent vendors and made the wedding day go smoothly
We stayed at The Sands at Grace Bay and had our wedding outside by Bay Bistro. I tried to plan the wedding so that our guests would have the best time possible (about 30 people). Everything was better than I had even anticipated. We had a rehearsal boat for everyone the evening before, and then had the ceremony and reception on the beach with tents and a bonfire. Mary knew all the best vendors to choose and everything went smoothly. The flowers, food and arch were amazing, and our guests danced all night long until the last song. I had seen a picture of a fireball man I wanted to perform, and she tracked him down so I could have him surprise everyone at the party. She stayed during the reception to assist us with anything we needed and kicked out wedding crashers trying to sneak in and take advantage of the open bar (I didn't even notice there were any until someone told me after). I'd definitely recommend Mary if you're planning on having a wedding in Turks & Caicos.Sent on 05/01/2019