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#11 Recy

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    Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:46 AM

    Very nice pics!!1 You add a lot to your wedding simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congrats!!!!


    "Make or accept no excuses. You are where you are today (and will be tomorrow) as a result of what you did or did not do yesterday."


    #12 alexisinjamaica

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    Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

    Originally Posted by Recy 

    Very nice pics!!1 You add a lot to your wedding simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congrats!!!!


    Thanks!!



    #13 Recy

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      Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:50 AM

      Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


      Thanks!!

      I heard you took a bucket to Jamaica for your wedding. How did that work? They said you left it in JA.  How was your dress on the plane? 


      "Make or accept no excuses. You are where you are today (and will be tomorrow) as a result of what you did or did not do yesterday."


      #14 alexisinjamaica

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      Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:11 AM

      Originally Posted by Recy 

      I heard you took a bucket to Jamaica for your wedding. How did that work? They said you left it in JA.  How was your dress on the plane? 

       

      We took three large plastic Rubbermaid bins that we taped up really well and checked in as extra luggage. They were only $8 or $9 each so we left them (and some of the wedding items we didn't care about keeping) behind.

       

      As for the dress, we flew American and had to take two flights-- one to Miami and then a connecting flight to Jamaica. On both flights the flight attendants let me hang my dress in the closet. So nice! Having the big bag definitely helps. I'm sure you won't even have to ask-- they are just so happy to help a bride and they offer. I remember on our flight to Jamaica there were 2 or 3 other brides too and we were all able to hang our dresses!



      #15 Recy

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        Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:52 AM

        Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 

         

        We took three large plastic Rubbermaid bins that we taped up really well and checked in as extra luggage. They were only $8 or $9 each so we left them (and some of the wedding items we didn't care about keeping) behind.

         

        As for the dress, we flew American and had to take two flights-- one to Miami and then a connecting flight to Jamaica. On both flights the flight attendants let me hang my dress in the closet. So nice! Having the big bag definitely helps. I'm sure you won't even have to ask-- they are just so happy to help a bride and they offer. I remember on our flight to Jamaica there were 2 or 3 other brides too and we were all able to hang our dresses!

        GREAT the rubbermaid bins are an awesome ides!!! Good to know my dress will be ok.


        "Make or accept no excuses. You are where you are today (and will be tomorrow) as a result of what you did or did not do yesterday."


        #16 alexisinjamaica

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        Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:11 PM

        Originally Posted by Recy 

        GREAT the rubbermaid bins are an awesome ides!!! Good to know my dress will be ok.


        Make sure you check the luggage rules for your airline to get the maximum dimensions/weight. You don't want to have to pay any oversized luggage fees on top of everything else! Also depending on the rules you may have to pay for extra checked bags. We were allowed 1 each, so the 3rd bin cost us $40 to check. Not too bad in the scheme of things, just trying to prep you for any surprises!



        #17 Recy

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          Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

          Make sure you check the luggage rules for your airline to get the maximum dimensions/weight. You don't want to have to pay any oversized luggage fees on top of everything else! Also depending on the rules you may have to pay for extra checked bags. We were allowed 1 each, so the 3rd bin cost us $40 to check. Not too bad in the scheme of things, just trying to prep you for any surprises!

          Thank you so much! You have been very helpful!!!

          "Make or accept no excuses. You are where you are today (and will be tomorrow) as a result of what you did or did not do yesterday."


          #18 Nicole Perkins

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            Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:18 AM

            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.

             

             

             

            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.

             

             

             

             

            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.

             

            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.  



            #19 Nicole Perkins

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              Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:42 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: 

               

               

              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. 



              #20 Nicole Perkins

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                Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:48 PM

                Hi everyone, I posted a review of Secrets here: http://www.bestdesti...mes-weddings/20    I can't figure out how to put it here.






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