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Thanks everyone! I will def look into Dino more and see what others maybe - we don't want to blow our budget but we also want some really fun pictures so we'll see :)

 

Secrets is our first choice then Excellence, Paradisus and Cieba del Mar - but I think it

will be at Secrets as long as we can get a really good group rate for our guests (we are inviting 206 but except 80-90 to make the trip).

I sent Cecilia an email yesterday to see what she can do for our site visit stay so I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks ladies!!!

 

p.s. - what does OOT bag stand for? I'm trying to learn the ling on here, lol!

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ahh got it - i knew what they were just didnt get the abbreviation :)

 

I love the idea of having bags in there for our guests - I'm thinking of putting the following in ours:

- Itinerary of events for the weekend

- Kiehls Sunscreen

- Haviana Flip Flops - this is a big maybe - no way to know everyones size

- Immodium - Advil - Emergen-C - and Alka Seltzer morning relief

- Passport holders or Luggage Tags

 

Any other ideas?

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We did welcome bags and had them handed out at the front desk as our guests checked in. We only had about 15 bags and they didn't charge us extra to hand them out. We were going to have them in the rooms, but then realized that our guests may get upgraded upon arrival and didn't want the confusion of moving the bags around. It worked out really well leaving them on a table behind the front reception desks.

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I'm including Insulated personalized mugs in our Welcome Bags. Last time we were at an all-inclusive, it was really nice to have an insulated mug to keep those slushy drinks cold. I'm hoping my guests will appreciate them too. I'm also including sunscreen, bug spray, some snacks, a schedule of events, aloe, and some snacks.

 

Leave tomorrow at 7am! Talk to you ladies when I return!

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great ideas! i can't wait to go down for our site visit in 3 weeks!!!! everyone i have talked to who has been to SMB has only amazing things to say, so I'm very confident this will be our place :)

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We are considering doing the Bon Fire option for our rehearsal dinner. Does anyone know any details about this or have they done this themselves?
We are looking into that as well. I saw one on a photographers website - I think it was Rafa Ibanez's site - looks like a lot of fun but I think it's only apps and drinks and I'm also wondering about music - if any. We would want to do a dinner as well so I'm going to talk to Cecilia about it when I meet with her in a couple weeks.

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Regarding the beach bonfire, the pictures on Rafa Ibanez's website (http://www.rafaibanezblog.com/?p=829) were from our wedding this past December. We opted to only have alcohol, hot chocolate, and smores at the bonfire because it was held around 10pm. Cecilia will work with you to have any type of food you would like at the bonfire (depending on the size of your group). We opted not to do dinner down there because our group was only 14 people and the options offered to small groups were simply canapes and they didn't sound appetizing for the price. Instead we had a private table at the Mexican fiesta night and fire show. After the fire show our group walked to the beach where we had the bonfire.

 

The only other reason I did not want to have dinner on the beach was because other brides had indicated that service on the beach was not as good as other areas of the resort.

 

As for music, we didn't have any but I think an Ipod and Ihome speaker set would work well. The staff only served for an hour, and most people were pretty tired. We didn't want to pay extra for the resort to set up a speaker system for the bonfire.

 

Please email me if you have any additional questions about the bonfire or SMB. Also, I highly recommend Rafa as a photographer if you are still looking for someone.

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