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Secrets Montego Bay Wedding W/pics- Any Questions?

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Thank you So Much for your post. Getting married at SWO in a little over 3 months.

Wondering is it better to tell the wedding coordinator everything I want in advance, or wait till the last minute. I want the steel drum band for the cocktail hour, but when I mentioned this she told me it was $1500.

I love your cake. I thought it would just be a plain blank cake.

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Thankk you @@cora4600 your reviews/tips and these posts were SOOOOO useful.  i'm getting married there 10/2.  Your answers really helped me.  Even though Im going through some "issues" with the wedding crew there right now.  Your comments sort of help me feel a little more positive about things.  Because I have been lately regretting choosing this resort.  Thanks so much. 

Ladies lets try to keep this thread going?  For some reason There's not alot out here on SECRETS Montego Bay

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@@cora4600 Congrats on your wedding and thanks for posting a review! It's always helpful for the brides on the site when they get to read about other brides' experiences.

 

Your photos are gorgeous! Who did your photography? I'm a Jamaican bride too but October 2011 and we were at Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica in Runaway Bay. We loved Jamaica and fell in love with the island.

 

Thanks! We had WPA do our photography and Rounald was great! 

Thank you So Much for your post. Getting married at SWO in a little over 3 months.

Wondering is it better to tell the wedding coordinator everything I want in advance, or wait till the last minute. I want the steel drum band for the cocktail hour, but when I mentioned this she told me it was $1500.

I love your cake. I thought it would just be a plain blank cake.

 

That's so weird! We only had to pay the $200 for the upgrade for the band. I wonder what package you are getting? For a couple of the things I waited until we got there, since I kinda wanted to get a feel for what things looked like, but for everything else, I had let them know prior to arrival. About a month prior they sent my a "Banquet Invoice" and it detailed the total cost of everything that that was super helpful. 

Thankk you @@cora4600 your reviews/tips and these posts were SOOOOO useful.  i'm getting married there 10/2.  Your answers really helped me.  Even though Im going through some "issues" with the wedding crew there right now.  Your comments sort of help me feel a little more positive about things.  Because I have been lately regretting choosing this resort.  Thanks so much. 

Ladies lets try to keep this thread going?  For some reason There's not alot out here on SECRETS Montego Bay

 

Good I'm glad they helped! I had to scour the interwebs to learn stuff about Secrets Montego Bay, so I was right there with you, it was so frustrating! So please let me know if you have any other questions! 

 

I will also add that as much as I was frustrated about the lack of communication leading up to the wedding from the Coordinators, I can honestly tell you that they know what they are doing. The whole weekend (we did a welcome bonfire the night before) went off without a hitch, and she did things, or set thing up (like a shoe rack for all the guest since it was on the beach) that I would have never thought about. So as hard is this will be to accept.... trust them. I had the best time, with zero stress the day of. Everything went perfectly, and the resort and location were everything I hoped they would be. 

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Thanks! We had WPA do our photography and Rounald was great! 

 

That's so weird! We only had to pay the $200 for the upgrade for the band. I wonder what package you are getting? For a couple of the things I waited until we got there, since I kinda wanted to get a feel for what things looked like, but for everything else, I had let them know prior to arrival. About a month prior they sent my a "Banquet Invoice" and it detailed the total cost of everything that that was super helpful. 

 

Good I'm glad they helped! I had to scour the interwebs to learn stuff about Secrets Montego Bay, so I was right there with you, it was so frustrating! So please let me know if you have any other questions! 

 

I will also add that as much as I was frustrated about the lack of communication leading up to the wedding from the Coordinators, I can honestly tell you that they know what they are doing. The whole weekend (we did a welcome bonfire the night before) went off without a hitch, and she did things, or set thing up (like a shoe rack for all the guest since it was on the beach) that I would have never thought about. So as hard is this will be to accept.... trust them. I had the best time, with zero stress the day of. Everything went perfectly, and the resort and location were everything I hoped they would be. 

  Whew!! I'm glad it's just not me.  When I call them, I get the impression that my event is not important. They don't sound understanding at all.  This is very frustrating.   I can't wait to see your pics.  Im on the computer at work right now, and for some reason I'm not able to view your pics.  But thank you again for your viewpoints.

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As I get closer to my date, I know I will have more questions.  Just so happy, everything will be okay in the end.

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I am planning on doing the welcome bonfire as well do you have any pictures I haven't been able to find many. Did you do the one with the dj and open bar. I saw one and it looked like they were just little burners instead of a huge fire with wood on the beach. Did you bring stuff for smores with you.

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I am planning on doing the welcome bonfire as well do you have any pictures I haven't been able to find many. Did you do the one with the dj and open bar. I saw one and it looked like they were just little burners instead of a huge fire with wood on the beach. Did you bring stuff for smores with you.

 

 

Nicole- We just did the bonfire. We had about 85 people there for the wedding, and I didn't feel like paying for booze again that night when everyone was already paying the all inclusive price. It was still nice though. The WC's set up cocktail tables and a bigger table for everyone's Welcome Bags. Honestly it was just a good place for everyone to converge and meet before the wedding since we had people from all walks of life that had not met yet. 

 

Honestly I'm also not sure the smores would be worth bringing. The fire was off to the side (I'm assuming as a safely precaution) so we really weren't close enough to even roast marshmallows. (I looked for photos but I don't really have any of the set-up since it was so dark, sorry!)

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Ok I did find a few more pics that might help.... funny how you don't realize that you don't have any pics of the details until you are trying to find them! Ha! 

 

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Shoe racks....

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Nicole- We just did the bonfire. We had about 85 people there for the wedding, and I didn't feel like paying for booze again that night when everyone was already paying the all inclusive price. It was still nice though. The WC's set up cocktail tables and a bigger table for everyone's Welcome Bags. Honestly it was just a good place for everyone to converge and meet before the wedding since we had people from all walks of life that had not met yet. 

 

Honestly I'm also not sure the smores would be worth bringing. The fire was off to the side (I'm assuming as a safely precaution) so we really weren't close enough to even roast marshmallows. (I looked for photos but I don't really have any of the set-up since it was so dark, sorry!)

 

That is awesome that you had 85 people come and thank you again for all of your help! Was the bonfire big I saw a picture where it looked like just a smaller burner but maybe that was because they had smores they might have set that up on the side. Did they charge to set up the tables at the event for the wecome bags or the show racks. 

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