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#21 lindsnjosh

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    Posted 30 July 2011 - 02:32 PM

    I know that there is an up charge for pretty much everything ; ). As I understand, they can do anything, for a price. I mentioned to Andrea that I wanted to use orchids for flowers at the reception to keep things cohesive. I am not sure what to do for linens. I was thinking about keeping it simple and using a neutral color scheme with an accent color (deep purple) which is what my attendants are wearing. I am waiting for prices which will ultimately help us decide on how much we do. I was considering doing some things myself but at the end of the day shipping, and actually setting things up does not sounds worth saving a few bucks. When I get to the resort I do not want to have to stress about anything more than having to answer questions related to preferences!! What are you doing for photography? 



    #22 lkw4568

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      Posted 06 August 2011 - 08:25 AM

      We are just going to use the resort photographer, from what I have seen his work looks beautiful. I believe Secrets works with a company called Caribbean Celebrations for the decor, check out their website or facebook page and theie work is amazing too! We just booked the private island for the ceremony and I am super excited about that! My MOH is wearing sangria...so I'm trying to decide on a color scheme?! Decisions decisions! Let me know if you find out any more information! Good luck!

      #23 azalea518

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        Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:33 AM

        Hey ladies,

        I recently saw I trip advisor that the resort has been bought out. It will no longer be all inclusive or adults only. I hope I'm not catching you off guard since I was not informed and I planned to have my wedding here. Since the changes I think I will look at my options again. What do you guys think?



        #24 DNJ13

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          Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:21 PM

          Hi!

           

          Yes, the resort is no longer being managed by Secrets.  It is now being managed by Grand Resorts at Cap Cana.  As far as my understanding, they are looking into hiring a wedding specialist to handle weddings.  I've been pretty much up in the air with my wedding as nobody contacted me about the changes.  I found out through my travel agent.  It does not seem like it's been a smooth transition.  According to the new management, if your wedding was booked before the transition then they will honor what was negotiated w/the previous management (Secrets).  I don't know but I'm a bit uneasy about this whole thing...  

          As far as the all-inclusive option, it will no longer be an all-inclusive resort but it will be an option to purchase.

           

          Happy planning!



          #25 lkw4568

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            Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:16 AM

            Yep - I found out only through facebook and have not been contacted from the resort as of yet in regards to the change. We did have our wedding planned there for May of next year - but have decided to change to Secrets Royal Beach - we think that the adults only atmosphere is something that we were looking for. I have heard though that people have been pleased who have decided to stay with the resort in terms of weddings and just vacations as well. It was a tough decision to move resorts because it took me forever to decide on a resort. groupscoordinator.scc@grandresortsatcapcana.com - this is the email address that was given on the facebook page to an inquiry about weddings. I emailed them today to see if I could get my deposits back...**crosses fingers that they can do that easily**



            #26 DNJ13

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              Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:34 AM

              good luck!



              #27 sarahgn4t

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                Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:04 PM

                I was booked at this resort for my honeymoon in Feb 2012. I am getting married at the Now Larimar which is also owned by AM properties but is not an adults only resort. I am pretty bummed out about this because now I have to choose a new resort for our honeymoon and we will not get all of the comps that we were originally going to get because we will have to choose a different resort. We were going to go to Secrets Royal Beach but it is attached to the Now Larimar and they share restaurants so we didn't want to be connected to the same resort with the rest of our guests and eat at the same restaurants for two weeks!! Too many decisions! We stayed at the Now this summer to check out the hotel and they were still in transition from being owned by NH Real. They opened in May and we stayed there in August and they were clearly not ready to be an AM Resort. The food was pretty terrible but we already have 50 people booked so we don't have many options as to change hotels :( I thought planning a destination wedding was supposed to be easier but I am getting stressed out with all of these changes being made!! Any thoughts??



                #28 DNJ13

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                  Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:06 AM

                  Hey Sarahgn4T,

                   

                  Did you contact Sanctuary about your honeymoon? They claim to be honoring all previous agreements that were already booked.  if you were booked already at Sanctuary, then everything should be remaining the same.  If you haven't done so, I would contact the hotel directly and see what they can do for you.  Given the transition, it seems they're willing to work with the clients that were already booked.

                   

                  Good Luck.



                  #29 sarahgn4t

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                    Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:40 AM

                    DNJ13 I heard it was not going to be adults only anymore though? Is that correct?



                    #30 lkw4568

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                      Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:39 AM

                      That is correct as of Dec 12, 2011 the resort will only have one adults only section and I believe that is the Castle. Maybe you can move your reservations to that area of the resort - the adults only thing was a big deciding factor for us. They will honor all previous reservations including the all inclusive ones.






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