| Originally Posted by SophieInLove |
Im getting married in December and was considering Secrets Marona, newyork6156 I loved your detailed review, it was very helpful. All the Best to you!
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 04:06 PM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 01:41 PM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:35 PM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 10:02 AM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:47 PM
The resort is AMAZING - from the lobby to the beach and everything and everyone in between.
We are going to do a welcome bonfire after dinner on Friday night for everyone - but after dinner since the restuarants are amazing and we want our guests to enjoy the resort. Cecilia said we can do cocktails and desserts (s'mores to be exact) and we will bring our own i-pod speakers to play music. For the day of we are getting married under the gazebo at sunset and going to do the cocktail hour on the lawn behind it. We are thinking of doing the reception in the ballroom since we have some older family members and the humidity and heat may be too much. This all depends though on how many people end up coming too. We are Jewish so we have to work on finding a Rabbi to come and do our ceremony from the states since there really isn't one in the area.
The morning after the wedding, we are going to have a farewell breakfast in the World Cafe and will have our section for our group.
I also met with Mannia and Juan Navvaro (the photog) while I was there. We are definitely using Mannia but not sure about the photographer yet. I wasn't that impressed by their work and the book they give you is a regular photo album with sleeves of pics so we are going to look more into this.
Cecilia is so nice. We have a lot to still work out but since we have so much time, we can work on it all gradually. She said they have a lot of weddings in April and May (almost one everyday) so she is getting 2 other people to help her which will be great. She wrote down all of the things we spoke about - but I am keeping fairly simple since I like the white table cloths and place settings and we are going to use Tiffany chairs instead of the white ones.
Boo - I know you want to know dimensions of tables and the gazebo but she was unable to give them to me as she didn't have the specs on her. BUT - If you really want to bring your own stuff, I would try and make a site visit before hand so you can take your time to check EVERYTHING out. I went on this trip with my mom and will be back in the area Memorial Day weekend (we have another wedding at the Paradisus - which is gross btw compared to SMB, too bad we booked our rooms for that!) and I'm going to show the resort to my fiance' and plan a few things with Cecilia if we can.
I didn't want to make this too long but if you have any other questions, let me know
p.s. We got upgraded to a swim out room and it was really nice - except the mosquitos! I guess this time of year they are bad so bring bug spray. The hotel also gives you little repellent towelettes in the bathroom but bring your own too.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:10 PM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:40 PM
A lot of my guests started to book and most are excited about the swim-outs so I would recommend everyone offer them to their guests if you are working on a package with a TA. We aren't sure if they are going to give my fiance' and I a special room but we will see what my TA comes up with
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