| Originally Posted by ltbscotland |
My heart is set on having my ceremony and reception on the beach this - for us is the whole reason for doing a destination wedding.
Please can you look at the photos in this link...
Playa del Carmen: Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Traveler Reviews - Got Married Here and LOVED It - TripAdvisor
My ideal wedding reception would be as per the photos in this link, it is secluded on the beach, the set up is lovely and the table is set up underneath some sort of wooden frame. This wedding was done at secrets capri....however I would like this sort of set up at the secrets maroma...do they have these sort of wooden frames at the maroma?? I think I have seen somewhere that you can pay extra to have an exotic gazebo on the beach in the maroma....wot is this like? is it worth the extra money? how much is it?
Sorry it took me a bit to post back, work's been nutso this week.
Okay, so I looked at those pics.. looks beautiful!
I really hate to burst any bubbles or anything but I honestly think if you want THIS particular set up...you won't get it at SMB.
They just don't have that number of covered wooden frames...
They have ONE covered wooden frame that's on the beach permanently (used for massages on the beach)....
You can see it here in the foreground of this picture we took:
(If you look in the back of this pic, near the water, you can see the gazebo/archway they set up for weddings on the beach)
You can get married under this massage hut, BUT I don't recommend it.
It is very close to all the sun loungers...as in, it's right in the middle!
So you would have a LOT of people suntanning RIGHT NEXT to you saying your vows!
I don't think this picture shows that very well, but it's taken from the opposite direction as the pic above. This time the wedding arch/gazebo is the foreground, and if you look waaay in the back, you can see the massage hut. There aren't a lot of sun loungers in this pic, but you can see how close it is to the hotel:
The wedding arch/gazebo they set up for you is really very nice and much more "private"...as in, there aren't a whack of sunbathers in your pictures:-)
This isn't our set-up, I took this pic a few days later of another small wedding. But you can see how much more private it is:
I totally understand what you meean about wanting to do everything on the beach, as this is the point of a destination wedding
We felt the same way.
So we kept our ceremony and cocktail hour on the beach, but once we saw how nice the set up was by the pool, we decided to move our reception poolside.
And honestly, after the terrible service we got at our cocktail hour on the beach, we were glad we did!
I just don't think SMB is set up, or experienced enough, to handle receptions on the beach.
That said, we had a beach bonfire welcome dinner that we had GREAT service for!
I think the difference was, it was a buffet for food AND it was set up on the other side of the beach (which is closer to the beach bar, so maybe it was faster and easier for servers to get drinks...?)
If your heart is SET on a reception on the beach, then I suggest having it as a buffet AND requesting it be on the side of the beach that's closer to the beach bbq/food hut (opposite side to where the beach ceremonies are held.)
And lastly (whew, sorry this is turning out to be really long!)... those pictures from Secrets Capri look realy nice...but I just don't think SMB is quite where Secrets Capri is at in terms of level of service... After all, SMB hasn't been open nearly as long.
I'm sure SMB would try to do something similar FOR A PRICE if you request it... I'm just not sure it would quite turn out the way you want it to.
(As I mentioned in my review, Cecilia's super sweet and works hard...but often falls short on the follow through...)
I will say this though...SMB has a GORGEOUS beach:
If you want a nice beach and a beautiful resort but are willing to sacrifice some of the other details (like the exact setup you want on the beach) -- then I think SMB can work for you!:-)
Sorry this was so long
Just trying to make sure I answer all your questions:-)
DOn'T STRESS!! That's what we're all here to help with:-)
Anything else? :-)