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Originally Posted by stephnmatt View Post

 

It sounds like it so so amazing!!! So happy for you!  I am also thinking about bringing table runners (for the circle tables) to add some color.  I don' know what size to order though. Can you advise?  Also, will the tables seat 6 or 8 people? oh.... and did u have to pay for open bar in addition to the reception cost or does the per person for dinner include booze? Sorry!!! I'm having a rough time nailing down details with Cecilia :(  Thanks in advance for any advice :)

 

hello there... 

i had total 20 guest and had rectangle table setting.  I've brought in 5 table runners, 3 combined to run across the longest side and two run across horizontally.

I'm not sure how many ppl can fit for the round table, but i'm sure a regular table runner should fit across any round table.

 

The open bar was included in my Platinum/Gold wedding package, which includes up to 20 guests.

 

Hope the information would help :)

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Originally Posted by msop04 View Post

 

Hey Funkydoll!!

 

I am so glad to hear about your wonderful time at SMB!  Our wedding is on March 15, 2013, and we are so excited!  I do have a few questions for you though...  I have scattered them throughout your review.  

 

Thanks in advance!!  :)

 

 

Hello msop04!!

Please see my answers below...

 

Ceremony Location:  3pm Beach New Canopy (I requested to setup at the old canopy on the contract, not sure why I ended up at the new one… but it worked out fine)

This is the location we chose for our 3 pm ceremony -- it looks so beautiful!  :)

Good choice.... pictures will definately turn out amazingly with the ocean backdrop :)

 

Cocktail Hour:  on the beach (with the Mexican band)

We chose to have our Cocktail Hour on the beach as well... Did you find that the sand and/or heat was a problem?  I had read that it was just too windy and hot on the beach, and had thought about changing it to the Gazebo (where our dinner reception will be held).  

Not sure hows the weather will like in March.  Best advise is to book cocktail hour on the beach first, you can always change to gazebo (or other location) when u arrived there.  Cecilia will meet with you when you arrive, go through the details and show you all the sites/location.  Then u can make your final decision

 

Also, would you recommend the Mexican Band over the Caribbean Band?  I believe we have the Caribbean Band in the contract now...

i've picked the Mexican Band.  It's all come to your personal perference, u should ask Cecilia to send you sample clips for both bands.

 

Reception Location: 6:30pm at Pool Side Gazebo (Rain started at six... *sigh* had to moved everything inside to the private room inside The World Café.  Dinner started at 7pm, was impressed the last min change workout quickly and smoothly!!)

Wow!  We chose all of the same locations!  :)

I love the gazebo area... you should secure the ceremony and reception location first.... 

Gazebo area is a very popular location.

 

 

  • Sound System for Ceremony. (Awesome suggestion from the blog, waves on the beach can be loud. If you have a bigger group, you might want to invest the sound system so that everyone can hear the wedding administrator and the music during the ceremony)  We have the sound system for the ceremony as well.  Did the technician do a good job on each song transition or did he/she just "press play" and let it go from there?  I am very nervous about this, as we will not have a rehearsal.

i grouped the songs in different folder on my ipod so that the technician know what and when to play the song.

For example,

PRelude

Procession

Bride Entrance

Interlude

Recessional

Don't worry too much..... he does this thousand times and he's pretty good at it.

 

 We did a LOT of flower upgrades through Maya Floral (they were MUCH less expensive than Planner1Events), including flowers and draping for the whole ceremony canopy -- we found a photo of another wedding they had done using a similar canopy structure and just had them give us a quote to duplicate it.  I hope it turns out great -- fingers crossed!!

My advise is to make all the arrangement details state on your contract, better in picture.

 

 

We are flying our photographer down to SMB from Tennessee (my home state), so I really hope that will be worth it!  :)  Also, will we be able to get inside the abandoned mansion since our wedding is on a Friday afternoon?  I have read conflicting information regarding this...

It's good that you have someone that you trust to do your photos.. i'm sure it will worth it.

There was no one guarding at the abandoned mansion and we had no problem getting in and took picture (my wedding was on a Sunday)

 

Since we will only have 14 people (including us), we decided to buy a Jawbone Big Jambox to use for music/speakers for the Welcome Bonfire and the Dinner Reception.  <---- this will be more like a "dinner" than a reception, because we will be having a HUGE reception at home a few weeks after we return...

i'm sure it will work.... just make sure you have all your fav songs on your ipod :)

 

  • Cool Firework… LOVE LOVE the firework at our reception entrance  <---- this looks so cool, I wish we could spring for it!!  :)
  • Added two Lightings for tables.  Did you find that there was not enough light at your reception?  I am thinking ours will not last as long as most others, since we are really just having dinner, dancing a little bit, and taking photos... 

​there are enough lightings at the reception area.... the two lightings under the table we used were just for decoration.

 

  • Reception Table Name tags (Silver luggage Name Tags) <---- I am interested to know where you got these.  Would you post a photo of them -- they sound so cute!! and Wedding Favors (Bought from online store)
  • The Silver Luggage Name Tags were from Michaels.  10 pcs per box 

​400

 

Happy Planning!!

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As request, here are some pic of the wedding details i used. Enjoy :)

 

My bouquet/four matching bamboo arragements + parasols:

 

:

1000

 

     

Wedding Favors - Shot Glass  

 

 

400

 

DIY - Wedding Timeline (for all guests)

 

1000

 

 

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Hi Ladies!  We are finally getting our marriage certificate this week!  It took 3 months, like other brides have said. 

 

Just a heads up/reminder that in order to get the toasting flutes that are included in the packages, you need to request them on Secrets' website after your trip.  They don't come automatically.  I'm sure some of you already know this but I figured if I didn't realize it someone else might have missed it too.  I actually forgot all about them until I was looking on their website last week when I was looking into our marriage certificate.   


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Originally Posted by KCDawn View Post

 

Hi Ladies!  We are finally getting our marriage certificate this week!  It took 3 months, like other brides have said. 

 

Just a heads up/reminder that in order to get the toasting flutes that are included in the packages, you need to request them on Secrets' website after your trip.  They don't come automatically.  I'm sure some of you already know this but I figured if I didn't realize it someone else might have missed it too.  I actually forgot all about them until I was looking on their website last week when I was looking into our marriage certificate.   


ThANKS KCDawn, i totally forgot about the toastying flutes as well :P

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Originally Posted by KCDawn View Post

 

Hi Ladies!  We are finally getting our marriage certificate this week!  It took 3 months, like other brides have said. 

 

Just a heads up/reminder that in order to get the toasting flutes that are included in the packages, you need to request them on Secrets' website after your trip.  They don't come automatically.  I'm sure some of you already know this but I figured if I didn't realize it someone else might have missed it too.  I actually forgot all about them until I was looking on their website last week when I was looking into our marriage certificate.   


 

Can you give me the web site where order them?

Thank you

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Originally Posted by stephnmatt View Post

 

It sounds like it so so amazing!!! So happy for you!  I am also thinking about bringing table runners (for the circle tables) to add some color.  I don' know what size to order though. Can you advise?  Also, will the tables seat 6 or 8 people? oh.... and did u have to pay for open bar in addition to the reception cost or does the per person for dinner include booze? Sorry!!! I'm having a rough time nailing down details with Cecilia :(  Thanks in advance for any advice :)

Hello Stehpnmatt,

 

it is an amazing place to say yes I do, runners is a great idea to pop up your tables, without spending a fortune.  Regular size is perfect, about 2 m long would be more than enought.

As for tables, usually 8pp is the most confortable layout, but you are the one who decides at the end.

 

Have a great wedding party ever!

 

Best regards and happy 2013!

Saku

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Hi girls!

 

Just wanted to share our highlight video and some photos of the day.  The resort is truly beautiful and Cecilia is fabulous.  She will guarantee your day is perfect.  

 

Video was created by Moho Creative:

 

Photos by Fine Art Studio: http://www.fineartstudioblog.com/oqeypopups.php?oqeyid=213

 

Please feel free to ask me questions about the resort, vendors, my experience, etc., and I will try to help!  I plan to do a review of the external vendors we used as well as the resort at some point....hopefully this week.

 

Jen

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Woooowwwwww!!

The pictures and the video are fabulous!!

Did you take pictures also before the ceremony? Because I have seen you had the opportunity to stay with the guests during the cocktail.

 

Thank you Jen to have shown us your pictures!!

 

Originally Posted by Jen Eeson View Post

Hi girls!

 

Just wanted to share our highlight video and some photos of the day.  The resort is truly beautiful and Cecilia is fabulous.  She will guarantee your day is perfect.  

 

Video was created by Moho Creative:

 

Photos by Fine Art Studio: http://www.fineartstudioblog.com/oqeypopups.php?oqeyid=213

 

Please feel free to ask me questions about the resort, vendors, my experience, etc., and I will try to help!  I plan to do a review of the external vendors we used as well as the resort at some point....hopefully this week.

 

Jen

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