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#281 LisaJoy

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:40 AM

PHOTOGRAPHY - We used "RS' Rounald for our wedding on July 1st, 2013. The agreement states a delivery time of 4-6 weeks. We are going onto our 10th week...and counting. Not happy at all!! Did not even get a sneak peak on WPA's Facebook page as promised. So glad we took some photos with our own camera that day. My excitement to see the photos has diminished.

#282 LisaJoy

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:42 AM

Sorry....Rounad "RS" with WPA Jamaica (associate to SunGold photography). Rounald had a great personality and I'm quite sure the pictures will be amazing. But I'm over the wait....

#283 Nicole Perkins

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    Posted 04 September 2013 - 04:38 PM

    We just got married at Secrets St. James July 13, 2013. It was everything I hoped it would be. The wedding was beautiful. We were a little nervous about the weather because the previous days it rained. However, even though it was a bit hot the sun was out shining. We had 50 people and got the Ultimate Secrets Package. However, as you will read I’m a bride on a budget and was unwilling to pay for hardly any upgrades, so I brought my own decorations and made my own centerpieces.

     

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    Wedding Coordinator/Minister/Drum Band

    Rocio was our lead coordinator at the hotel. She was very nice. She try to accommodate us as best as she could. She told us to keep in mind that based on the previous days weather our wedding reception may have to be moved inside, but she would try her best to have the ceremony outside. But, it didn’t matter because our wedding day was beautiful.

     

     

    When you first arrive they have will have a meeting with you and your groom to finalize all the details. The Meeting was not very long. It lasted about 40 min. We met with the minister there as well. His name was Terence. He was very funny and made the wedding a blast.

     

    We upgraded from the mento band which was included in our package to the steel drum band for $200. The guests loved them.

     

     

     

    Hair/Make-UP

    My hair and make-up was included in the package. I just showed Ms. Joyce a picture of how I wanted my hair and she made it happen. She did a great job and I was definitely satisfied. She did my hair and make up. The hotel photographer took pictures while I was getting my hair and make up done which was a part of the package. Later, he took pictures as I was pretending to get dressed with my bridal party.

     

    LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

     

     

     

     

    Wedding Rehearsal

    We did not pay for a wedding rehearsal ($120). My husband thought it was not worth the money. So, we met with the bridal party and talked about the details. We’re so happy we didn’t because half of them were extremely late anyway and everything turned out fine.  During the ceremony the minister walks you through everything anyway. So, we just need  to discuss with your bridal party who is walking with who, the order, and where they should walk down.

     

    Preferred Club Room

    We loved the preferred club. They were so nice and pleasant. They will accommodate anything you want. Also, there are snacks downstairs in the lobby which comes in handy when you are at the pool. In addition, you get free wifi which everyone wanted to use.

     

    The night before the wedding the groom did get a separate room which was nice.

     

    Decorations/Flowers

    I thought the decorations at Secrets were extremely expensive. So, I brought everything myself and we delivered our OOT bags ourselves (we wren’t paying $4 a bag to have them delivered). However, we paid secrets to put them out for us which was about $50. I didn’t want to worry about setting anything up. I just had to explain how I wanted everything. I had 2 suitcases for decorations: 1 for the flowers and 1 for table decorations. My bridal bouquet was made by the florist and Michaels. I made the bridesmaids bouquets myself. Just go to Michaels when they are having the 50% off sale and pick some that you think will be pretty together.

     

     

    We had red chair bows and table runners and rose petals which have to be biodegradable. I made my own centerpieces. They were 4 picture frames taped together in a square. Since we are high school sweethearts and have been together forever… 2 pictures were of us back in high school and the other 2 were pictures of us now. They came out beautiful. In the middle I put a large battery operated candle which illuminated through the frames at night. Then, around the frames we put votive candles. We saved a ton of money doing it ourselves. So, go to Michaels and get everything when it’s on sale. It will be worth it.  Oh we even bought the ribbon and topper on our cake so it could be pretty too.

     

       

     

     

    Wedding Day

    We had a sunset wedding. So, the morning of the wedding I hung out with my bridal party by the pool. I ended up seeing the groom twice that day. Booooo. Then, I went and got my hair and make up done by Ms. Joyce at the salon. Some of my bridesmaids got dressed in their room and some came to mine. We had our private photographer which was a friend (Keenan Peterkin: www.keeneyegallery.com) who took pictures when I was really  getting dressed. Then, I had enough time to go downstairs in front of the preferred club and take pictures with my bridemaids and mom which was a great idea.

     

     

    Also, the hotel photographer took pictures of us in the room and on the balcony which came out beautifully.

     

    Rocio came to get us. The bridesmaids walked down with one of the other coordinators. Rocio took me in a golf cart. The ceremony was lovely. We wrote our own “words of expression” which is what the minister called them. We had a sand ceremony and jumped the broom which we all brought ourselves.

     

    LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

     

    During the ceremony and reception we used our own radio. We got the BOSE speaker which we plugged into the gazebo. We saved a ton of money doing this too. We just plugged our IPOD into it and we already had the music in order. 2 of our friends were the DJs during the ceremony. So they could play and stop the different songs …. Bridal party processional… bride processional…. Sand ceremony…. Recessional….

     

     

     

    Everything was wonderful. We were pleased with our dvd and photos which were given to us before we went back home.

     

    At the end of the night we had wish lanterns which was a big hit with our wedding party. It was a perfect way to end the night. However, we were lucky the servers were there to help us because we had no idea what we were doing.

     

     

     

     

    Overall

    Secrets St. James was a great place to get married. The food was yummy. The guests really enjoyed it. I was too excited to really eat. But, things can get very expensive if you buy it through them. So, be a do it yourself bride. Like I said, the only extras we got from them were the upgrade to drum band and tiki torches. We bought everything else ourselves.  

     

     



    #284 pzl101

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      Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:08 AM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by LisaJoy 

      Sorry....Rounad "RS" with WPA Jamaica (associate to SunGold photography). Rounald had a great personality and I'm quite sure the pictures will be amazing. But I'm over the wait....

       

      How long did he shoot for? The photographer I'm about to sign for is an all day package and I'm trying to figure out how to do dinner for him and assistant ... Did you have to provide a meal for Rounad?



      #285 LisaJoy

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      Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:43 AM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by pzl101 

       

      How long did he shoot for? The photographer I'm about to sign for is an all day package and I'm trying to figure out how to do dinner for him and assistant ... Did you have to provide a meal for Rounad?

       

      We booked him for 3 hours. Rounald did stay an extra hour at no charge, which was nice. It rained for a solid 2 hours right up till our wedding start time. Due to moving to the banquet hall, then at the last moment, back to the gazebo....we started 45 minutes than planned. We did not have to provide a meal since it was only 4 hours.

      #286 Mimi127

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        Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:04 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by RandL2015 

        That's Wonderful!! So happy everything went well for you!!

         

        Thank you!



        #287 Mimi127

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          Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:04 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by LisaJoy 
           

           

          Congrats!! Can't wait to see your photos!!

           

          Thank you!



          #288 Mimi127

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            Posted 08 September 2013 - 08:00 AM

            First I must say the resort is beautiful. You will not be disappointed. When we arrived we were upgraded to the Preferred Club which was a pleasant surprise and it gave us some privacy away from our guests. We had our wedding at the Seawind Beach Club which is next door to the spa. We had some bumps in the road prior to,our wedding but overall mostly everyone was helpful. There were communication issues between the resort and the club so if any of you ladies decide to get married at Seawind you have to stay on top of them as the beach club did not inform the resort that there would be a wedding and the resort gave my photographer a difficult time getting onto the property even though we were paying for a day pass. My MOH literally had to go to the lobby and speak to someone she and befriended to get Clayton in. The strange thing is they did not give my make-up artist Rashel any problems when she arrived they just called the Spa to let me know she was waiting for me. Sidebar: Rashel is so sweet and does a phenomenal job. She informed that Secrets does not like when outside vendors are used and Clayton also told me its one of the most difficult resorts for vendors to get into. As for the spa I went for a manicure, massage and to get my hair done (my stylist was supposed to travel with me and canceled at the last minute). For ladies with short hair cuts the stylist did a decent job but not what I am used to and that could be due to the fact that I am extremely picky when it comes to my hair. Well about an hour before the ceremony was to start there was a unexpected tropical storm. Thank God it didn't last very long but there was a little damage so they wedding started a little late because the club had to set everything back up. Now here is where things get a little tricky. My wedding planner had made arrangements for golf carts to pick up our guest a half hour before the wedding started however when my MOH called she was informed that the cart would only pick me up. What an inconvience and my husband and I both had our grandmothers there and after the storm it felt like the hottest day ever. Fortunately when the reception was over one of the staff was kind enough to drop our grandmothers back at the resort because wephen evening arrives there is no more golf cart service. When I arrived at the beach club I was pleased with how beautifully everything was decorated. Jan's flowers did a great job. Everything looked better than I expected. Her book does no justice for the work provided. My only issue was I did not want my ceremony on the beach and they were well aware of that but somehow that's where it was set up. Oh well it still turned out beautiful. For the cocktail hour we had the steel band. We took some group pictures so we were able to hear a few songs and they were awesome. We also,asked for a blue signature drink which they were able to provide and everyone said the appetizers were great. As for the dinner the food was delicious much better than the food served at the resort not to say the food isn't good there. I enjoyed the cake but my husband didn't. The cake was also provided by Jan's. I don't have any pictures yet only a few from our guest. Our photographer is going to be in NY in October and has promised to hand deliver them however I will post a few that I have. I'm also going to finally work on my planning thread. Better late than never.......:D [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219656/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219657/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/219658/width/350/height/700[/IMG]

            #289 futuremrsbono

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              Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:59 PM

              Does anyone know if the ballroom has doors that open to the outside?

              #290 Nicole Perkins

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                Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:39 PM

                We just got married at Secrets St. James July 13, 2013. It was everything I hoped it would be. The wedding was beautiful. We were a little nervous about the weather because the previous days it rained. However, even though it was a bit hot the sun was out shining. We had 50 people and got the Ultimate Secrets Package. However, as you will read I’m a bride on a budget and was unwilling to pay for hardly any upgrades, so I brought my own decorations and made my own centerpieces.

                 

                 

                LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

                 

                 

                 

                Wedding Coordinator/Minister/Drum Band

                Rocio was our lead coordinator at the hotel. She was very nice. She try to accommodate us as best as she could. She told us to keep in mind that based on the previous days weather our wedding reception may have to be moved inside, but she would try her best to have the ceremony outside. But, it didn’t matter because our wedding day was beautiful.

                 

                 

                When you first arrive they have will have a meeting with you and your groom to finalize all the details. The Meeting was not very long. It lasted about 40 min. We met with the minister there as well. His name was Terence. He was very funny and made the wedding a blast.

                 

                We upgraded from the mento band which was included in our package to the steel drum band for $200. The guests loved them.

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Hair/Make-UP

                My hair and make-up was included in the package. I just showed Ms. Joyce a picture of how I wanted my hair and she made it happen. She did a great job and I was definitely satisfied. She did my hair and make up. The hotel photographer took pictures while I was getting my hair and make up done which was a part of the package. Later, he took pictures as I was pretending to get dressed with my bridal party.

                 

                LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Wedding Rehearsal

                We did not pay for a wedding rehearsal ($120). My husband thought it was not worth the money. So, we met with the bridal party and talked about the details. We’re so happy we didn’t because half of them were extremely late anyway and everything turned out fine.  During the ceremony the minister walks you through everything anyway. So, we just need  to discuss with your bridal party who is walking with who, the order, and where they should walk down.

                 

                Preferred Club Room

                We loved the preferred club. They were so nice and pleasant. They will accommodate anything you want. Also, there are snacks downstairs in the lobby which comes in handy when you are at the pool. In addition, you get free wifi which everyone wanted to use.

                 

                The night before the wedding the groom did get a separate room which was nice.

                 

                Decorations/Flowers

                I thought the decorations at Secrets were extremely expensive. So, I brought everything myself and we delivered our OOT bags ourselves (we wren’t paying $4 a bag to have them delivered). However, we paid secrets to put them out for us which was about $50. I didn’t want to worry about setting anything up. I just had to explain how I wanted everything. I had 2 suitcases for decorations: 1 for the flowers and 1 for table decorations. My bridal bouquet was made by the florist and Michaels. I made the bridesmaids bouquets myself. Just go to Michaels when they are having the 50% off sale and pick some that you think will be pretty together.

                 

                 

                 

                We had red chair bows and table runners and rose petals which have to be biodegradable. I made my own centerpieces. They were 4 picture frames taped together in a square. Since we are high school sweethearts and have been together forever… 2 pictures were of us back in high school and the other 2 were pictures of us now. They came out beautiful. In the middle I put a large battery operated candle which illuminated through the frames at night. Then, around the frames we put votive candles. We saved a ton of money doing it ourselves. So, go to Michaels and get everything when it’s on sale. It will be worth it.  Oh we even bought the ribbon and topper on our cake so it could be pretty too.

                 

                  

                 

                 

                 

                Wedding Day

                We had a sunset wedding. So, the morning of the wedding I hung out with my bridal party by the pool. I ended up seeing the groom twice that day. Booooo. Then, I went and got my hair and make up done by Ms. Joyce at the salon. Some of my bridesmaids got dressed in their room and some came to mine. We had our private photographer which was a friend (Keenan Peterkin: 

                 

                 

                Also, the hotel photographer took pictures of us in the room and on the balcony which came out beautifully.

                 

                Rocio came to get us. The bridesmaids walked down with one of the other coordinators. Rocio took me in a golf cart. The ceremony was lovely. We wrote our own “words of expression” which is what the minister called them. We had a sand ceremony and jumped the broom which we all brought ourselves.

                 

                LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

                 

                 

                During the ceremony and reception we used our own radio. We got the BOSE speaker which we plugged into the gazebo. We saved a ton of money doing this too. We just plugged our IPOD into it and we already had the music in order. 2 of our friends were the DJs during the ceremony. So they could play and stop the different songs …. Bridal party processional… bride processional…. Sand ceremony…. Recessional….

                 

                 

                 

                Everything was wonderful. We were pleased with our dvd and photos which were given to us before we went back home.

                 

                At the end of the night we had wish lanterns which was a big hit with our wedding party. It was a perfect way to end the night. However, we were lucky the servers were there to help us because we had no idea what we were doing.

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Overall

                Secrets St. James was a great place to get married. The food was yummy. The guests really enjoyed it. I was too excited to really eat. But, things can get very expensive if you buy it through them. So, be a do it yourself bride. Like I said, the only extras we got from them were the upgrade to drum band and tiki torches. We bought everything else ourselves. 






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