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#551 jaccat15

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    Posted 01 September 2010 - 06:34 AM



    pics please!!!!!!!

    Originally Posted by Massagegirl 

    We were just married at SMB July 23rd. I havent posted a review yet, but I have a ton of pics and answers to any questions!!





    #552 Simistar

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      Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:07 AM

      Hi ladies!

      Haven't posted on here for awhile, but I've been following the thread:-)

      I feel like I got married soooooo long ago (2008) and things have changed so much since I got married at SMB that I'm not sure how much help I'd be...

      However, just thought I'd throw my two cents in on a few things, for that it's worth:-)
       

      Originally Posted by jaccat15 

       

      does anyone have any info concerning hair and make-up appointments for the bridal party? how does the spa handle this? any experience?

      i have 5 bridesmaids plus my mom, the grooms mom and grandmother - any thoughts are appreciated!


      When I went, they were totally disorganized, so hopefully this has been sorted out, and it sounds like it has.

      (My mom and I went together and they didn't have a room where we could both be in at the same time, but they squished us into the "bridal suite"...which at that point was really just a room where I think they did massages:-)...Anyway, with two blow dryers going in that one room, we blew out the power in the whole salon:-) So they moved my mom to the main area...)

      Again, I'm sure that has all been sorted now, but I would suggest you let Cecilia know beforehand what you have in mind, and tell her in the MINUTEST of detail, and then when you get there, go to the spa/salon yourself, talk to the manager there and make sure everything's okay... i.e. don't leave it all to Cecilia...she's busy and can let things slip.

       

      Originally Posted by bellajovie 

      Hey Everyone! Has anyone stayed or will stay in their honeymoon suites? I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth the extra money!


      We didn't stay in the honeymoon suite, but friends of ours did!

      (Which was kind of funny since they were there for our wedding,lol:-))

      Anywaaay, it was GORGEOUS...it was ground level though, so if you don't have a view. But you do have a private swim-out pool. And jacuzzi tub.

      We had an ocean-front room on the top level (third floor? fourth? can't remember) because we loved being able to look out at the beach and the ocean, so we preferred our suite.

      Either ocean-front or honeymoon suite gtes you into the "preferred club" which I thought was worth it:-)

      The honeymoon suite is quite large, so it would be good for getting ready with your bridesmaids and for pictures...

      I'd say, if it's in your budget, splurge on it (or at least an ocean-front)...they ARE beautiful.

       

      Originally Posted by Kits55 




       

      Hey Melly:

       

      I also only had 20 people at my wedding (including myself, DH, and our two photogs) and we hired the sound system and hooked my Ipod up to it. We made a playlist ahead of time and used that as our music. I think Simistar hired a DJ and her reception looked like a lot of fun with the a cool floor, lights,and dancing. It's probably "cooler" to hire a DJ but for us we didn't have very many dancers which is why we went the sound system route. You could search on the forum for Simistar's review of her wedding at SMB for more info on "to hire or not to hire a DJ"...she was married at SMB in December also.


      Hey Kits!:-)

      Yes, we had 24 guests (so 26 incl. us total) and we LOVED having a DJ! But we had some dancers/partiers on our crowd:-) The DJ also helped with some announcing and kept the mood upbeat...

      So if you think your crowd isn't really the type, you may be better off with an iPod and speakers.

      Plus, my DH and I did a cool first dance and we needed the DJ to be controlling the music for us:-)

      And generally, my DH and I did not want to have to worry about the music, we just wanted to relax and have fun...and with our luck, the iPod or speakers would have broken two minutes before our reception started, lol:-)



      #553 Simistar

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        Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:16 AM


         

        Originally Posted by ReeRee 

        I was wondering about the hair and make up too! I did trial run here and took pictures and I am planning on doing my own hair and makeup.  But I am leaning towards getting it done at SMB spa if they are good and from Kitts55 and Newyork6156's comments, they did meet the expectation, right?  It would be two less things to worry about!!   Can't believe my wedding is only a month away!!

         

        Haha -- you don't want to ask me about my experience getting my hair done:-)

        (Anyone who's read my review -- there's a link to it at the bottom of this post -- knows it was a disaster:-))

        I would suggest getting a trial FOR SURE...and if you have any hesitations at ALL about the person doing your hair...i..e she's just not getting it, or you're not entirely happy with it, have a back-up plan! Either know how to do your hair yourself or take the number of a recommended hair stylist (I there's a thread somewhere on that...under the RM Vendors I think...) and call that person if you need to.

        I kind of had a bad feeling about the woman who did my hair even during our trial and I should have followed my gut instinct and just have done it myself on my actual wedding day...which is actually what ended up happening, lol:-)
         



        #554 sfrost3

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          Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:28 AM

          Hey SMB brides!

          I have been following for a while, and wanted to be more actively involved since my date is VERY close!

          Will any of you be there in early November?

           

          I am relieved to hear many of you have dealt with similar issues like slow responses from Cecilia and inconsistent pricing quotes.

          I will certainly be posting info/happy to answer your questions when the time comes!

           

          A few quick questions to throw out there:

          - Was the beach bonfire worth the $?  (Was thinking of having after my rehearsal dinner, but with the whole group)...Oh and did anyone do fireworks???

          - How did you choose your menus?  (I did get Cecilia to agree I could mix and match from the different menu 'levels')

          - Where to buy the actual bags for the OOT bags??

          - Did you set up outside activities/excursions for the guests?

           

          Thanks in advance for your input and support!!!  



          #555 Kits55

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          Posted 07 September 2010 - 12:18 AM

           

          Originally Posted by sfrost3 

          A few quick questions to throw out there:

           

          - How did you choose your menus?  (I did get Cecilia to agree I could mix and match from the different menu 'levels')

           

          I chose my menus based upon what I personally like (I have simpler tastes than our guests so I wanted to be darn sure there was SOMETHING I'd like) but otherwise I wanted to please my guests

           

          - Where to buy the actual bags for the OOT bags??

           

          I bought mine online and they were actually small coolers bags with a design I made/had made for them. I split the bags with another bride on the forum. We still use ours and I'm glad we did it the way we did. Other brides get theirs all over the place, craft stores, online, Target (when they have the $1 bins), etc

           

          - Did you set up outside activities/excursions for the guests?

           

          I kind of "set-up" our guest's trip to the ruins in Tulum. The ones that went LOVED it and had a great time. They also loved the driver. We did not pay for them but we booked them through the person in the reception area. Due to the fact that the people in the reception area can set pretty much anything up I didn't bother with doing it myself. Plus some people wanted to hang out on the beach while others were sunburned and did not want to do that.

           

           





          #556 ReeRee

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            Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:49 AM

            Thanks for your two cents Simister! Yes, I did read your review and it was very helpful!!  I made trial run appointment and also for the wedding day, if I do not like what I see on the trial run, I will cancel and just do it myself.  I think that'll be my plan. 

             

            Can't believe it's only 2 weeks away! 



            #557 jaccat15

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              Posted 07 September 2010 - 07:24 AM

              I'm doing the same thing :) i just emailed Cecilia last night to make my trial appointment when I arrive. I def won't be able to do what I want by myself but I think with a trial run, we should be able to get it.

               

              I can't believe yours is 2 weeks away too!!! you have to be so excited!!! 
               

              Originally Posted by ReeRee 

              Thanks for your two cents Simister! Yes, I did read your review and it was very helpful!!  I made trial run appointment and also for the wedding day, if I do not like what I see on the trial run, I will cancel and just do it myself.  I think that'll be my plan. 

               

              Can't believe it's only 2 weeks away! 





              #558 ReeRee

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                Posted 07 September 2010 - 07:26 AM



                Originally Posted by Massagegirl 

                We were just married at SMB July 23rd. I havent posted a review yet, but I have a ton of pics and answers to any questions!!



                Hi Massagegirl!

                 

                I have a few questions for you!  Do they have a standard music for the wedding ceremony? Or did you bring yours and they'll play whatever you like for you? 

                 

                Also was the minister speaking Spanish or can they speak English during the ceremony?

                 

                Also, would looove to look at your pictures!!

                 



                #559 jennyyhwang

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                  Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:25 AM

                  ReeRee, you ask great questions!  I'd love to know the answers too. =)

                   

                  Thanks!!



                  #560 Kits55

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                  Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:51 AM

                  Hey ReeRee: even though your questions are directed at Massagegirl the minister that did our ceremony spoke English although she was a native Spanish speaker. She had some pretty good one liners, too. The red polyester suit gave some of our guests a laugh but our guests thought the minister was good too.






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