Originally Posted by LisaJoy
Lisa-Marie was a point of contact however Simone and Rocio will also be working with you if you proceed with Secrets.
Yes, there are up to 3 weddings a day. The day we were married, we were the only couple. We went with 4pm, the best time slot in my opinion. Most people are off the beach getting ready for dinner compared to earlier in the day.
We rented the sound system. Brought a CD because I was worried the Iphone may skip, freeze, etc. It went perfectly! I provided them a list of songs and had the songs in proper order. They made sure the correct song played for me walking down the aisle as well as for our first dance.
If you are using the gazebo location, it will be crowded for 24 people plus minister, photographer. Just an FYI. You can go with a beach wedding which is what we original wanted. Lisa advised it was not that private because of people on the beach and in the water. From observing while there 10 days, I think it would have worked out well! Since we only had a total of 8 people, the gazebo ended up being perfect for us. There is the beach casita as well. Not that private since its right off the pathway and near a pool but it works. You can decide once you arrive which area you prefer but I'm sure you'll know prior to arriving what you'd like. If you have the money to rent decor or DIY, the beach wedding would be awesome. Out of all weddings while we were there, everyone was married in the gazebos. There are two options, one on the Wild Orchid side and the other on the St. James side. We choose the WO side since our room was in the Preferred Club and it was more private since that beach is solely for PC members. The St. James beach is where the pool parties are at. It wasn't our thing but if that's what you are looking to do...that is your area.
Gotcha ... I emailed Lisa Marie with additional questions and she was quick to reply back. I'm disappointed about the multiple weddings per day but I guess most resorts do that. I also agree about the 4pm being the time slot. That's great you were the only couple on your day.
I def want the ceremony to be on the beach - I'm pretty simple in terms of decor so I may do a mix up paying for certain things or DIY- I don't like the white covers and sash on the chairs but they are just ugly metal folding chairs underneath. If I want plain white folding chairs, they are considered an upgrade.
Did you do a run through the day before or just winged it? Was the minister nice and did you customize the ceremony with your own vows or readings?