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#41 JOSIE

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    Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:00 AM

    Hi Girls. I'm not getting married here but we're going on our 5 day private honeymoon @ Secrets Maroma Beach and I am SOOOO EXCITED!!!! The resort is SO GORGEOUS!!! All your pics will be amazing :)
    11.28.2009

    #42 Kits55

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    Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:23 AM

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lauraereed
    For our ceremony we rented speakers (they were having a "sale" for $80 plus the 10% tax. We hooked up our Ipod and there was a guy (i think from the resort) that played the songs at the appropriate times. He actually did a great job and even took my requests afterward.



    Kits55 - Did you rent the speakers from the resort or from an outside vendor? Congratulations.
    Hi Lauraereed- we also rented the speakers from SMB as they were "on sale" for the same cost. We did get kind of hosed because it was a red flag day (really rough surf and terrible wind). We had our ceremony on the beach still but it was too windy to have the cocktail hour and reception on the beach as planned. We used the speakers for the ceremony but if we had moved the speakers to World Cafe where our reception ended up being then we would have had to pay TWICE for the speakers. We decided we didn't care about music at the reception that much. It was a good thing because all of our guests went to bed by about 10 pm and our reception started around 6:30/7pm.

    Congratulations to you too! :)

    #43 MartynKennyinMX

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      Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

      Hello July SMB brides!

      I'm getting married there on the 18th of July. Super excited! Can't believe it is literally right around the corner. We have 42 guests attending! My colors are Fuschia and Orange.

      Things I already have and done:
      DRESS- Still getting altered, no biggie small alterations
      FLIP FLOPS- Bought them online at AdvantageBridal.com, they have very cute stuff Bling Bling Platform Flip Flop in Ivory, White, Black, Brown - Bridal Flip Flops - Bride Sandals - Wedding Flip Flops
      VEIL- Bought a cathedral length one from online on eBay, way cheaper than the store. Should look beautiful on the beach and for the pictures especially if the wind is blowing. Plain and perfect!

      BRIDESMAIDS- Ordered their dresses from David's bridal. cute, empire waste, strapless, perfect for beach!

      GROOM- Bought his linen suit at Macy's- got the best deal! Wow, great sale. Brand is Cubavera, neutral color, got it for a total $60, I saved over $120. You can also find them online.
      GROOMSMEN ATTIRE- They ordered their guayabera shirts from penners.com, the best store located in San Antonio, TX and you can order their shirts online. Perfect shirts for the beach, fits the Mexico beach theme. They got Poly-Cotton, color Orange. The bought their linen pants at Macy's same brand as my FI suit, very cheap too. They are drawstring. The shirt and the pants will fit perfect! They will need some brown flip-flops.

      INVITATIONS- went out last Friday! Yah

      Found a photographer, he is actually an aquaintance from back home in TX, his first cousin is one of my good friends and she is going to my wedding. he lives in San Miguel De Allende in MX, you should check out his site! Amazing photos. index

      DJ- Using DJ Doremixx. Was a better deal than DJ Mannia, I have him for 5 hours and he will be bringing an additional speaker and Mic for the ceremony on the beach.

      Now I need to work on:
      My welcome bags, and I will be shipping many things over to the resort ahead of time. I have glass centerpieces that I will be shipping to MX. It is a big bowl, and inside I will put a pillar candle, sand, and shells around and a ribbon around the base of bowl. If any brides that are getting married after me are interested in seeing them and want to buy them from me, let me know! I can leave them there for you to use.

      I am taking a bunch of tulle for my chairs to be decorated my colors for both ceremony and reception.

      Alright! Talk to you ladies later!

      -Marty

      #44 Kellykm7

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        Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:31 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by airampz
        So am I!!! I am taking this wedding with such ease and relax. That was the reason why I chose to do just a bride and groom only wedding so that I wouldnt have to stress over things like this. I just need a simple, white dress and it doesn't even have to be a wedding dress by the way that's why I haven't been too proactive on it. And I'm just like you, I really don't have any particular or special requests, thats the whole idea behing bride-groom only right?
        Yes, you are doing it the right way! We do have about 40-50 people coming. Mainly family and a few close friends. Jamie and I think people can enjoy the natural scenary and the package we paid for (the wedding package) and if they are expecting some fancy wedding, then they can get over it!
        One of the best weddings I went was in Mexico and the bride didn't do anything..no decorations for dinner, no DJ, no chair decorations and we had a BLAST!!!

        #45 Kellykm7

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          Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:38 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Kits55
          Kellykm it would be so beautiful to have a solo guitarist for the ceremony. I will say though that if you are doing group pictures AFTER the ceremony then your guitarist may not stick around for the beginning of the cocktail hour. We used the videographer, photographer, and Mexican trio in the Ultimate package. They all only stayed for 60 minutes exactly. It might be different if you are paying for an outside vendor but our group pictures took like 45 minutes! So by the time I was able to get up to the cocktail hour our trio only played like 3 songs and they were already done Are you guys having your reception by the pool? The gazebo there is gorgeous!
          We are def. doing any group pictures BEFORE the ceremony. I am not missing cocktail hr!! :) So, we will go straight from the ceremony to the cocktail hr. Yea, they said the package music (Trio, guitarist, etc) was for the cocktail hr, but we asked to have it for the ceremony instead and I think they said that was ok. When he is done, then the DJ can just take over. I think we have the DJ 4 hrs which should be plenty for cocktail hr and dinner.

          I think we will get married on the beach but have cocktail hr and dinner by the pool. I've heard you get better service there, b/c they are closer to the kitchen(s) and now you are telling me the gazebo is gorgeous, so I like that!!!

          Kelly

          #46 Kits55

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          Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:54 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by MartynKennyinMX
          Hello July SMB brides!

          I'm getting married there on the 18th of July. Super excited! Can't believe it is literally right around the corner. We have 42 guests attending! My colors are Fuschia and Orange.

          Things I already have and done:
          DRESS- Still getting altered, no biggie small alterations
          FLIP FLOPS- Bought them online at AdvantageBridal.com, they have very cute stuff Bling Bling Platform Flip Flop in Ivory, White, Black, Brown - Bridal Flip Flops - Bride Sandals - Wedding Flip Flops
          VEIL- Bought a cathedral length one from online on eBay, way cheaper than the store. Should look beautiful on the beach and for the pictures especially if the wind is blowing. Plain and perfect!

          BRIDESMAIDS- Ordered their dresses from David's bridal. cute, empire waste, strapless, perfect for beach!

          GROOM- Bought his linen suit at Macy's- got the best deal! Wow, great sale. Brand is Cubavera, neutral color, got it for a total $60, I saved over $120. You can also find them online.
          GROOMSMEN ATTIRE- They ordered their guayabera shirts from penners.com, the best store located in San Antonio, TX and you can order their shirts online. Perfect shirts for the beach, fits the Mexico beach theme. They got Poly-Cotton, color Orange. The bought their linen pants at Macy's same brand as my FI suit, very cheap too. They are drawstring. The shirt and the pants will fit perfect! They will need some brown flip-flops.

          INVITATIONS- went out last Friday! Yah

          Found a photographer, he is actually an aquaintance from back home in TX, his first cousin is one of my good friends and she is going to my wedding. he lives in San Miguel De Allende in MX, you should check out his site! Amazing photos. index

          DJ- Using DJ Doremixx. Was a better deal than DJ Mannia, I have him for 5 hours and he will be bringing an additional speaker and Mic for the ceremony on the beach.

          Now I need to work on:
          My welcome bags, and I will be shipping many things over to the resort ahead of time. I have glass centerpieces that I will be shipping to MX. It is a big bowl, and inside I will put a pillar candle, sand, and shells around and a ribbon around the base of bowl. If any brides that are getting married after me are interested in seeing them and want to buy them from me, let me know! I can leave them there for you to use.

          I am taking a bunch of tulle for my chairs to be decorated my colors for both ceremony and reception.

          Alright! Talk to you ladies later!

          -Marty
          Wow! It sounds like you're almost totally ready, congrats! I don't want to rain on your parade but if you ship your stuff down there PLEASE get a tracking number and insurance because even though SMB is a nearly 5 star resort that's not how they treated my stuff!

          I was going to also ship ALL of my centerpiece stuff down to the resort ahead of time but I was advised by different brides and friends and family that that might be a bad idea. So instead I dragged it all down there (we were going to give some to our families to bring but I was so far behind in preparations that we missed our chance since they live in other states). Just make sure you get tracking with your packages and MAKE SURE you stay in CONSTANT contact with Cecilia once your stuff is down there. I let them clean up my stuff after the reception (to bring my room the next day) and they put it in a locked storage locker ON the resort. They never got it to me in my last four days there and now all of a sudden it is "lost"...I don't know how when Cecilia didn't even have the code to the locker so I'm in a dispute with them right now. So, maybe try get her to sign an electronic contract saying that your stuff will be SECURED until you get there or else you'll be giving them your receipts and they can pay you for the cost you're out.

          Just make sure that you're protected! They also double charged us but that's an issue for my review as soon as i finish it.

          #47 Kellykm7

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            Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:57 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by MartynKennyinMX
            Hello July SMB brides!

            I have glass centerpieces that I will be shipping to MX. It is a big bowl, and inside I will put a pillar candle, sand, and shells around and a ribbon around the base of bowl. If any brides that are getting married after me are interested in seeing them and want to buy them from me, let me know! I can leave them there for you to use.


            Alright! Talk to you ladies later!

            -Marty

            Marty,
            I may be interested in buying your centerpieces. I would love to see pics first. We are getting married in Oct. and have about the same # of guests, so I assume the same # of tables. Feel free to email offline and send pictures and prices and we can discuss!

            Kelly

            #48 ebeth

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              Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:30 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by beach2009
              ebeth, we're got the same plan, wedding for 2, then AHR in August.
              Have you considered a TTD photosession?
              Since I am planning to wear my dress at the AHR I can't actually trash the dress but I am thinking of doing a photosession. I really want great pictures! Any tips of photographers? Is the one the resort provides any good? Sorry if this has been asked - I'm just starting this research.

              #49 airampz

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                Posted 13 June 2009 - 07:51 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by ebeth
                Since I am planning to wear my dress at the AHR I can't actually trash the dress but I am thinking of doing a photosession. I really want great pictures! Any tips of photographers? Is the one the resort provides any good? Sorry if this has been asked - I'm just starting this research.
                Hi ebeth,

                If you are thinking about getting an outside photog you might want to hurry up. I chose to go not with the resort photog, there weren't many reviews about him and somehow most brides always went with a different photog than the resort one. I am doing a TTD session, I have seen pics and they look sooooo nice and fun! you should think about it. There are many recommendations for good photogs here just do a search and you'll find so many with every price to accomodate your budget (just don't get Michael Maurus from Cancun Photography LOL, he's had the worst review ever well happy planning and let us know what you decide.
                Maria~

                #50 ahollo02

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                  Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:13 AM

                  I am planning on getting married at Secrets in May 2011. It's so far away
                  But I figure the more planning I do ahead of time, the less stressed I'll be!!! Can not wait!

                  This Secrets fourm is so awesome!




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