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Just curious if anyone has advice for me - choosing between Secrets Maroma, Secrets Capri, and Dreams Tulumhuh.gif I would love to hear from someone who had a wedding at each location! There's so much to think about; I can't make a decision!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!
I just got back from vacation at Secrets Capri. Here are photos if you would like to look at the resort:
Photo Sharing by MyPhotoAlbum :: MyPhotoAlbum :: Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2009

I think this resort is beautiful, but a bit smaller than properties I am used to. This was often a good thing, though, because all the rooms are close to the pool, beach, and restaurants- something that might appeal to parents/granparents especially! lol

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Hi sorry I had already posted this at another resort, but for the brides who have gotten married at Secrets Maroma already, what is the height of the beach wedding structure by the water? I am considering hanging rose pomanders off of it and then started to think they might be the same hight so we will either bang up against them or will look like we have huge heads :)

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Also - I am during my reception back at DRC but considering doing cocktail hour at the beach, did any of you have a mariatchy band for it? is it worth it for the cocktail hour? what is the 'basic' set up for the cocktail hour? Cecilia has actually been pretty good with her turn arounds for emails, but she has not gotten back to me about this for ever.

 

If you guys could please email me pictures as I can not open links that would be great!

 

k_atrisha@hotmail.com

 

Thanks!

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I was recently married at Secrets Maroma Beach and the wedding was AMAZING! We had 45 guests and got married on the beach with cocktail hour following on the beach. We actually held the reception in the Spa courtyard. The weather held out, my pictures came out amazing, and Cecilia, the wedding coordinator, was wonderful. I thought she was very organized and she even went through the sequence of events with us 2 times prior to the wedding to double check everything. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone for a classy, fun wedding. All of our guests had fun and loved the resort. The service was amazing, too. My hair and makeup turned out great and all the flowers were awesome as well.

I know Cecilia has gotten mixed reviews from people, but we had no issues whatsoever. Though, we are a very laid back couple and did not have a lot of demands, if any really. We had a few things we asked her to set up for the reception (table decorations) and some vases for the ceremony itself, and we had no issues-everything looked great and was right where it was supposted to be.

If you are super-anal or want to be a very hands-on bride, I would not recommend a destination wedding in the first place, because you leave a lot of the details up to the resort. I personally liked that better b/c I got to hang out and have fun right up until the wedding!
Hi Kelly,

I am getting married at SMB at the end of January...just 3 weeks away!! I was wondering if you have pictures of the reception set up in the spa courtyard. I will bet it was beautiful!

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maybe to make it easier to visualize this is the set up with a picture up close of what I mean
Thanks girls!!
Glad you posted that picture -- b/c I had no idea what you meant!:-)
But I do now;-)
Okay, so I can't remember exactly how high the beach structure/gazebo thing is, but I'm pretty sure it's not high enough to do this without the pomanders hanging at the same height as your heads...
I could be wrong, maybe some other SMB brides can weigh in, but from what I recall, it's not high enough to do this...(unless maybe you keep the pomanders on a really short string...but that may look weird?;-))

You might be better off decorating it with flowers wrapped around the wooden posts, that way there's no chance they'd hang in your face:-)

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Also - I am during my reception back at DRC but considering doing cocktail hour at the beach, did any of you have a mariatchy band for it? is it worth it for the cocktail hour? what is the 'basic' set up for the cocktail hour? Cecilia has actually been pretty good with her turn arounds for emails, but she has not gotten back to me about this for ever.
Thanks!
I had my cocktail hour on the beach, and I'm not sure if you read my review or not, but we did not get good service there.
Now, that was more than a year ago so things may have improved!! (I HOPE they have! lol:-))
Again, maybe some more recent SMB brides who had a cocktail hour on the beach can weigh in here?

Basically, for us, the service was terrible....had only one waiter and he didn't bring food until about 45 mins in and we had to literally hunt him down to order drinks.
Which was REALLY weird b/c we'd had a bonfire on the beach, with a buffet, a couple nights before and had AMAZING service!
The difference may have just been due to the resort only being open for a few months at that time and inconsistencies in service...

The basic set-up is a few cocktail height tables...how many obviously depends on how many people you have.
There were table cloths and candles on the tables, but there were no chairs and the older guests ended up leaving early b/c they wanted to sit down somewhere.
So, if you DO have your cocktail hour on the beach, make sure you request some chairs!:-)

We had a band play during our ceremony and during our cocktail hour (both on the beach)... They weren't mariachi, but they were great, and was probably the only thing that kept our guests there (since the waiter wasn't bringing food or drinks, lol:-))
I would recommend getting a band, mariachi or otherwise, or playing music from an Ipod or having SOME sort of entertainment for guests during your cocktail hour if it's in your budget... It was definitely worth it for us:-)

Our pro photog wasn't there for our cocktail hour so not sure what pictures I have from our guests, but I can go through our pics later this week and either post them here or e-mail them to you, to give you an idea of the set-up (I'm pretty sure we have a couple:-))

Cheers:-)

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Thanks Simistar, yeah I saw your review of the resort and the photographer - they definitly help for the next girls, thanks!!!

 

It would be great to see some picture of the set up, yeah I though of axing the pomanders in the gazeebo as well, but will include them still on the chairs.

 

If you could email them to be it would greatly appreciated k_atrisha@hotmail.com

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Thanks Simistar, yeah I saw your review of the resort and the photographer - they definitly help for the next girls, thanks!!!

It would be great to see some picture of the set up, yeah I though of axing the pomanders in the gazeebo as well, but will include them still on the chairs.

If you could email them to be it would greatly appreciated k_atrisha@hotmail.com
Sorry, just been super busy this week, but I'll e-mail or post them on the weekend for sure! :-)

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