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Hey Amiee-

Congratulations on your wedding! I"m getting married there too Nov. 19, 2011. There are a couple very detailed reviews on here under the wedding review section. Also if you do a search for secrets maroma, you will find tons of info. I'm still kind of new to this site also, but I'm getting better! Make you sure you subscribe to this thread so you don't miss anything!!

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Hey everyone I am getting married at Secrets Maroma Beach and I had a few questions. I def. a newbie on this site and still trying to figure it all out.

I will be getting married on July 16, 2010 and was wondering what brides suggest for the reception hall, the ballroom or the gazebo terrace? what are the pros and cons?

I will not be able to view the place until my wedding so I am a little nervous any advice would be much appreciated!

Amiee

Hi Amiee!
Congrats on your wedding! SMB is amazing.
When I did my site visit, I was torn on where to have the reception as well. We are having our cocktail hour on the gazebo terrace lawn area and then moving the reception to the ballroom - which is so nice. The other option was to have the reception inside the World Cafe - which we considered too.
We did this bc of our granparents and we don't want people to be uncomfortably hot during the reception. As we know it can get so humid and gross at night so we wanted to make sure everyone would be happy.

It also depends on your preference and how many people you are expecting. We are inviting around 215 people and expect about 90 to show so a lot of the spaces (including the restuarants) can't hold that many for a reception and dancing.

I hope I helped! If you have any other questions, def check around the thread and the site and ask away!

Happy planning!

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hey everyone, i have to send my wedding contract to Cecilia, and the only fax machine i have is the at work....kinda nervous about faxing something not work related to mexico---is there any other way to send it? I also don't have a scanner......

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Hi Amiee!
Congrats on your wedding! SMB is amazing.
When I did my site visit, I was torn on where to have the reception as well. We are having our cocktail hour on the gazebo terrace lawn area and then moving the reception to the ballroom - which is so nice. The other option was to have the reception inside the World Cafe - which we considered too.
We did this bc of our granparents and we don't want people to be uncomfortably hot during the reception. As we know it can get so humid and gross at night so we wanted to make sure everyone would be happy.

It also depends on your preference and how many people you are expecting. We are inviting around 215 people and expect about 90 to show so a lot of the spaces (including the restuarants) can't hold that many for a reception and dancing.

I hope I helped! If you have any other questions, def check around the thread and the site and ask away!

Happy planning!


Ok.. so you are going to have your cocktail party at the gazebo terrace and the reception at the ballroom. That is what I was thinking, also. Cecilia is kinda hard to deal with because by the time I get a response I have moved on to other questions. Anyway, so what is your outline for the wedding day? Dont mean to be nosy, I just wonder how the time will go. I can't get cecilia to tell me if the cocktail party takes place while we are taking our pics on the beach or if it is after the pictures. But if it is after, what do my guests do in the meantime?
I will have around 35 to 40 guests and the wedding is scheduled to take place at 6 (sunset) but now I have 2nd thought about this...will there be enough time for pics afterwards? How many hours of photograghy are most brides choosing to have? I have thought about 3 hours but i'm wondering is that will be enough

Thanks everyone for all the help!
Amiee

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Ok.. so you are going to have your cocktail party at the gazebo terrace and the reception at the ballroom. That is what I was thinking, also. Cecilia is kinda hard to deal with because by the time I get a response I have moved on to other questions. Anyway, so what is your outline for the wedding day? Dont mean to be nosy, I just wonder how the time will go. I can't get cecilia to tell me if the cocktail party takes place while we are taking our pics on the beach or if it is after the pictures. But if it is after, what do my guests do in the meantime?
I will have around 35 to 40 guests and the wedding is scheduled to take place at 6 (sunset) but now I have 2nd thought about this...will there be enough time for pics afterwards? How many hours of photograghy are most brides choosing to have? I have thought about 3 hours but i'm wondering is that will be enough

Thanks everyone for all the help!
Amiee
Hi!
When is your wedding? Give Cecilia a couple days to get back to you about these kinds of questions - you probably have a lot of time and she has made me feel completely at ease with no need to rush into anything - unlike decisions for a wedding in NYC.

Yes, we are having the wedding at the gazebo and the cocktail hour on the gazebo terrace/lawn area and then moving the reception to the ballroom.
As for my wedding day, I am unsure of the exact timing but have am probably going to get a photographer for 8 hours. This should give enough time for pics before the ceremony and then the reception.
We are Jewish and our wedding is for a Saturday night which means we have to get married once the sun is down in observance for Shabbat. I'm planning on taking most pics before the ceremony (family shots, with my fiance, getting dressed, etc.)
Most photographers tell you to have the ceremony an hour before sunset or so, so you can take pics on the beach - we aren't very interested in this so it doesn't matter for us. We are going to take other pics around the resort and such before and maybe some after the ceremony on the beach but I doubt it. This gives the rest of the time to the reception (4 hours).
I'm going to assume cocktail hour will take place for you while pics are taken on the beach - from my experience with weddings, the bride and groom rarely attend the cocktail hour anyway - if only for a little while and then get introduced at the ceremony. We might also do the cocktail hour before our ceremony - something a few of my friends have done at their weddings since the ceremony is a little later due to Shabbat (and the bride and groom usually do their Ketubbah signing during this and have private cocktail hour service with their bridal party).

Let me know if you have any other questions! I know this can be a lot to handle and to get used to communication wise.

jackie

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