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#21 Kat&Dan

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    Posted 20 July 2010 - 09:50 PM

    Originally Posted by maromabride

    I am getting married at the Maroma in Aprill 2011! It looks like no one has responded to this thread that has gotten married there, yet. How is everyone's wedding plans going so far? I'm just getting started - ordered save the date cards earlier this week. I have been corresponding with Valeria at EDM as well.

    Hope to hear from someone!

    I am getting married there May 16th 2011 :) How long after you filled out the application did you hear from Valeria?

    Thanks :)

    #22 maromabride

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      Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:02 AM

      Hi Kat! What made you choose EDM? Just curious. :-)

      The WC I have corresponded with the most is Valeria Martinez. She normally responds to my emails within 24 hours, 48 at the most. You should hear from her or another WC soon!

      BTW, I too think the dj rate is high.

      #23 maromabride

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        Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:41 AM


        Which hotel suite are you booking for you and your FI? Any particular reasons why?

        I like the swim-up and the infinity pool suite, but I'm not sure how much we'll use the swim-up or the infinity pool.

        #24 GCSC212

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          Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:32 PM

          Welcome Kat!! Maroma is beautiful, no brown water in sight!!!
          So I have gone back and forth between getting a DJ and using their speakers with our IPOD and have decided on the IPOD. We are having about 55 guests so I thought for sure we needed a DJ but the more I thought about it the more I realized my ideal DJ would be someone I could hand a list of songs that I wanted played and they would play them. I just couldn't justify paying someone $1500 when I could just make a playlist on my ipod and have have someone who wants to help out be in charge of it. We also have one of our guests who sings and plays guitar who said he would love to play some songs at the reception and during the ceremony, and Valeria said it was no problem to provide him with the speakers to do that! I think that's the music I'll use during the ceremony, otherwise an IPOD could be used (no idea what songs i'm going to play during the ceremony though, any suggestions). I have read a few reviews from people who used an IPOD during their ceremony and said it worked out great so that helps! Our reception will be inside Sabores so that saved us from having to get a dance floor. I would love to have it on the beach but I was just concerned with it being too hot or too windy, and the costs for getting a tent or dance floor were more $$$ out of the budget that I would rather spend on other things.
          We put a deposit down on one of the infinity pool suites. The swim up suite would be great, but we wanted to have a little bit of privacy from our guests and all the swim ups are on the first floor overlooking the main pool, so you can pretty much see everyone that walks by if your on your balcony. That was the only reason for choosing that one. Last time we went we stayed in one of the Mi Hotelito rooms and LOVED it! The Infinity pool suites are just as nice just much bigger so we thought we could use the extra space this time around.
          We didn't speak with the WC Valeria till after we signed the contract either, i think it was within a day that she contacted us and has been great at getting back to us with answers to all of our questions ever since.

          #25 Kat&Dan

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            Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:41 PM

            Hey Everyone

            I went to do a site visit and really liked Azul (except for the water). Let me say that the staff and wedding cordinators at Azul were outstanding. I know that they all seem to work together so I am thrilled!! I came home and talked with my fiance and our travel agent. I explained what I liked and didnt and our TA suggested this place.:) My fiance is crazy about making sure everything about the resort is perfect. I think he looked on every single website and never came across any bad reviews. I think that alone is pretty impressive.

            We booked the swim up for seven nights so that we could recieve the Sweet wedding package. I think someone on here already posted what this includes but if not I will. Since I did a site visit to one of their resorts we also receive $1,000 credit. so for any of you that did that be sure to ask about it :)

            About the swim up room..

            It isnt all that private during the day. But it is tons of fun! When I did my site visit to Azul we stayed in one and it was awesome. You have shades that cover so no one can see in. On the back patio area its open. But this was at azul and they have a much biggger resort. I dont know if that helps any..

            As far as the DJ I am having mixed feelings...I was considering treating a cousin of mine to come to the wedding and asking him if he would want to control the music and mic. My brother also plays guitar so that would be a nice touch! I didnt even think about that!

            One other thing I wanted to suggest, I am thinking of using artifical flowers for the bridesmaids. I know some people may not even give this a thought but there are some beautiful slik flowers out there that would end up being much cheaper than the bouquets they offer...Just a thought :)

            #26 maromabride

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              Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:16 PM

              Thanks for sharing!! It helps!

              Kat, do you know what time you want your ceremony? I'm considering an early ceremony, making my wedding an entire day thing. Plus, I want to wear my dress as long as possible :-)

              I've read about silk flowers in other posts and think that is a good idea for the BMs.

              Do either of you know if there are still those long, black sandbags in the water? I noticed them in some of the pictures I've seen. How do you feel about them? I don't exactly like how they look.

              #27 GCSC212

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                Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:31 PM

                the sand bags aren't my fav, but honestly when I was there it didn't ruin the view at all. The water is crystal blue and gorgeous and the bags don't stick out as bad as they do in pictures. But they really do help in keeping the water right in front of the resort VERY calm! We spent hours in the ocean just wading around and floating on our rafts. We stayed at Secret Maroma last year and couldn't even imagine doing something like that because the water was so rough and wavey so you couldn't just relax in the ocean. Also you can walk just past the marina right next to EDM and there is at least 2 miles of untouched beautiful beach with no other resorts in sight.

                #28 maromabride

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                  Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

                  My mind keeps jumping from thing to thing. I have so many questions and concerns. I've done research too, so feel free to ask me anything as well! I'm so glad that I found this forum and future Maroma brides! I don't feel alone anymore! :-)

                  Gail, is this what you are going to use for music:
                  Amplifier for private events IPOD & Microphone connections. (No CD). 4 hours. $250

                  Is the microphone separate??

                  #29 GCSC212

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                    Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:36 PM

                    I feel the same way! I have a million questions and once I think I have something figured out, I have a million more!! AND I wonder after all this planning we go through how it will play out once we're down there?
                    The music portion I think right now is what I'm struggling the most on trying to figure out. I go back and forth, i swear last week I was set on having a DJ and not worrying about Ipod hook-up speakers ect!
                    Those are the amplifiers I was looking to get for the reception for $250, much better than $1500 and it does include a microphone too so that's a plus. I also heard the sound quality is good when hooked up to an IPOD. I read a review on the AZUL thread and those resorts all work through lomas as well.
                    Valeria told me that a microphone and speakers are available at no additional charge for the ceremony too.
                    Have you ladies decided on what your doing between your ceremony and reception or dinner or whatever you might have planned after? our ceremony starts at 4 pm and they told me it lasts about 30 minutes, so from 4:30 till about 6 I don't know if I could have people just hangout somewhere at the resort or if I need to do a cocktail hour or something to keep everyone together?
                    Also have you ladies decided where your having your ceremony?? beach , chapel?? They have the massage hut over the water but i'm not sure how many people it holds?
                    Love the idea of silk flowers, I need to look into that!
                    Anyone doing any excursion or anything with their guests when their down there?
                    I'm so glad there are some other Maroma brides on this website!!!

                    #30 maromabride

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                      Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:53 PM

                      I'm considering having my wedding ceremony at 11, followed by a lunch reception. I like the idea of taking an excursion later that afternoon (maybe a catermeran cruise). I think I will also have a welcome cocktail reception the day before. With this schedule I'm not sure what to do in the evening since we will have already had a lunch reception. I think I can reserve a table (or tables) at one of the restaurants for dinner.

                      I think I will have a beach wedding. Valeria told me that to have the ceremony on the water gazebo would cost $500 extra. Whoa!

                      I checked out silk flowers at this website, which was posted in another thread:
                      Realistic Silk Wedding Flowers, Natural Touch and Silk Bridal Bouquets

                      Gail, if you don't mind me asking, around how much is air and hotel costing your guests? How many days are most of them staying? Any staying as long as you?

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