Secrets Resorts & Spas Cordially Invites You to…

The Wedding Salon
 
Find the Best Resources for Wedding Planning-
including the prefect location for your destination wedding and honeymoon!
 
Couture Fashion Show Featuring
Jobyna’s Bridal by Ines Di Santo
 
Beauty Makeovers, Cake Tastings & Goodie Bags
Plus…stop by the Secrets Resorts & Spas booth for a special tequila tasting!
 
Monday, March 21, 2011, 4 PM–9 PM
The London West Hollywood
 
For Complimentary Tickets ($50 Value, Admits 2)
Use Code SRSC at www.WeddingSalon.com
Call 212.631.7777
 
Please note this code is only for brides

Luxurious Locations: Weddings at Secrets Resorts & Spas

Elegant, modern, or completely private – no matter what type of location you seek for your wedding ceremony, Secrets Resorts & Spas has the ideal setting for you!
 
Lights reflect off the water at the elegant Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun wedding gazebo
 
Delight in the traditions of the destination at the rustic gazebo at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
 
Chic and modern –say “I do” at a gazebo unlike any other at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun
 
Elegant beauty finds you at the wedding gazebo at Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Find out more about luxurious weddings at Secrets Resorts & Spas and start planning yours today!

Your Wedding Day Awaits You at Secrets Silversands

Get primped, pampered and photo ready at the well equipped salon – featuring a bridal suite!

 
See your groom smiling at you adoringly as you walk down the aisle of this chic and modern wedding gazebo

Pop the champagne and enjoy some hors d’œuvres at your cocktail hour overlooking the sparkling infinity pool

While being serenaded by a Mariachi Band

Followed by an elegant dinner reception in the open air

Then retire to your honeymoon suite

And be greeted by a sea of rose petals

And enjoy a late night snack of chocolate decadence!

Wedding and honeymoon bliss awaits you at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun! Contact your personal on-site wedding coordinator at weddings.sesrc@secretsresorts.com and start planning today!

Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James Montego Bay Opens New Wedding Showroom

Calling all couples considering a destination wedding in Jamaica! Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James want to give you the wedding of your dreams! To ensure we are able to exceed the expectations for all of our brides and grooms, we have recently opened a beautiful new wedding showroom in the shops across from Coco Café in the Promenade. This is the location that all pre-wedding meetings will take place and any questions can be answered about having a wedding at one of our resorts.

So why get married at Secrets Resorts & Spas? Our resorts completely embody romance, making it the perfect choice for an island wedding. Our wedding planners take special care to diligently plan every element of your nuptials. From the room and flowers to the cake and couples turndown service, we promise to make your wedding day everything you always dreamed it would be.

In addition to having a beautiful, hassle-free wedding, couples who choose to get married at one of our properties receive complimentary anniversary night(s) and a free pair of Vera Wang Love Knots champagne flutes with a qualifying wedding package.

So what are you waiting for? Explore the wedding packages for Secrets Wild Orchid or Secrets St. James on our website for more information on getting married at Secrets. Here are a few pictures of our new wedding showroom, ceremony locations and reception set-up options.

An Open Letter to the Staff of Secrets Wild Orchid

We were lucky enough to receive a wonderful letter to the staff of Secrets Wild Orchid from James and Gabrielle, a couple who recently tied the knot at the resort. With the guests’ permission, we thought it would be nice to publish the letter in its entirety here, along with a few photos.

To the wonderful staff of Secrets Wild Orchids,

Gabrielle and I want to thank everyone who made our time at Secrets Wild Orchids such an unbelievable experience! We cannot praise enough your entire staff’s dedication to our comfort and enjoyment! The pride and passion your staff takes in what they do makes your resort extraordinary! It’s not often when you leave a resort you feel you are leaving friends behind. But this is how we feel about the incredible people whom we met at Secrets.

We want to start with Monica Cordova, our wedding coordinator. From Monica’s first e-mail we knew we could entrust our wedding arrangements. Monica’s attention to detail is amazing. We were so impressed with Monica we left all of the planning up to her. We could not have had a more perfect wedding – it was a dream come true! We wanted an incredible wedding by the sea; we got that and more! From the decorating of the gazebo, to the beautiful flowers, to organizing Gabrielle’s hair and makeup, to the cake, to the incredible musicians and photographers, to our romantic dinner by the sea–every detail was perfect! It felt like our best friend was making sure our wedding was exactly as we wanted it to be. Even her choice of minister, Terrence Gordon, was a perfect fit for us.

So many other people contributed to our incredible experience, we cannot help but mention a few:

When we first met Conroy Salmon he had the task of getting guests through some last minute adjustments. He never stopped smiling and went to every level to ensure his guests were comfortable. It was such a pleasure to be greeted by Billy Love upon arriving at your fabulous resort. Billy’s smile and style made us instant friends. He ensured our complete Secrets experience was relaxed from the get go – he took care of our luggage while we could enjoy the resorts’ hospitality. No mention of Billy would be complete without mentioning the great gift he gave us for our wedding – a simple serenade that will be a memory we will always cherish.


We want to thank Matthew who worked so hard with so many others to make sure our rooms were just what we needed and with a little creative ingenuity got everything and more. During this process, we met Devon. No matter what time of day, it always seemed to us Devon was always there to ensure we had everything we needed. His work ethic and drive had us question whether he had ownership in the resort because you could see he was committed to the resorts success. He even went the extra mile and gave us a special gift to complete our wedding memories.


No trip to Secrets would be complete without Dionne. We met her and her colleagues by the poolside restaurant/bar giving out complimentary back and neck massages to any volunteering guests (I was a repeat customer). Dionne too went out of her way by staying past her shift to give us those much needed massages. It’s a rarity today that someone would volunteer time out of his or her personal time to do this.

Coupled with the great menu items whether it be in your restaurants or the lounge area of the preferred club, our dinning experience was greatly enhanced by your staff’s professionalism, courtesy and many smiles. Staff like Agri (our private butler for our wedding dinner), Sonia (Oceana restaurant) or Derval who served us our first rum punch, to Melanie and Candy-Lee, or Vanessa and Isaac (entertainment crew) or Dexter, Natania, Lisa and Sophia (concierge) it’s obvious they all take pride in their roles to ensuring your guests are happy and comfortable.

It is clear to us, your choice in staff reflect the vision Secrets sees for the ultimate holiday experience, as it is typified by its role models Albert Ocasio, Delwin Rochester, Rod Gahr and Emilio Huhn, the management team. Being a part of the opening of a new resort was an incredible experience. Watching the day-by-day, hour-by-hour transformations unfold was like watching your favorite team become championship material.

We cannot wait to come back next year and celebrate our anniversary with our new friends and once again enjoy the Secrets experience!

Thanks so much for all your hard work!

James & Gabrielle

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10 Tips for Planning Your Destination Wedding

After planning over 1,000 weddings at various Secrets and Dreams Resorts & Spas, Claudia Cantillo, our wedding planner extraordinaire from Dreams Cancun, has tons of great tips to share. Here are her top 10 tips for planning a destination wedding.

  1. Save yourself some money. Few people realize that destination weddings are less expensive than traditional weddings. You’ll be able to combine the wedding and honeymoon for a much more affordable option.
  2. Relax before, during and after the wedding. Choosing a destination wedding means you’ll also have time for a mini-vacation. Most countries require couples to arrive a few days prior to the wedding day to finalize details and paperwork. After all this, you’ll have a few days to enjoy quality time with their friends, family and each other.
  3. Pick the perfect location.  It is best to decide on a location after you estimate the number of guests who will attend the wedding. This will help narrow your property search.
  4. Reserve early. Reserve rooms for the wedding party and guests as early as possible. The sooner the better.
  5. Make a budget and stick to it. Once you decide on a budget, it is important to keep track of all of your spending. Go over the budget with the wedding coordinator to ensure all your wedding needs are met while staying within your budget.
  6. Get help. An on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your wedding day is simply perfect. They’ll help organize, prepare and coordinate every detail leading up to your special day.
  7. Take some time for yourself. As newlyweds, you’ll be exhausted from the wedding. Take a few days to sleep in, slow down and rest.
  8. Keep everyone informed. Wedding websites are the perfect way to keep all of your guests informed about your big day. Include photos, addresses, directions, accommodations, travel information and other important information that will help your guests.
  9. Enjoy the great outdoors. Consider a wedding location with outdoor options. Having an outdoor wedding gives you flexibility in the number of people you can invite and also offers spectacular views.
  10. Find the right package for you. All our resorts offer a variety of wedding and honeymoon packages. Each package provides an array of services and amenities tailored specifically for the bride, groom and newlyweds.

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Recently Engaged? Secrets is the Perfect Place for a Destination Wedding

Here are some photos from Andy and Meagan’s recent wedding a Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

Photo Credit: Amanda Julca

Did those pictures make you want to book your wedding at Secrets Capri, but you have some questions? We have all of answers covered in our new Wedding FAQ’s. We cover everything from the legalities to the décor to the logistics of travel. Check it out here.

Still looking for more information, just fill out our wedding request form and we will be in touch with all the information you need!

Wedding911 iPhone Application

Whether planning an at-home or destination wedding, brides-to-be have their hands full with guest lists, to-do’s, budgets and contacts. Websites such as, TheKnot, help brides-to-be manage the to-do’s, so they can focus on the I do’s.

Secrets Maroma Beach, Dreams Cancun and Dreams Tulum are proud to be sponsors of The Knot’s newest wedding planning technologies including applications for the iPhone and Facebook. Secrets Maroma Beach is sponsoring the Wedding911 iPhone application, which serves as a mobile wedding planner where brides-to-be can connect to MyKnot allowing them to receive the most up-to-date wedding information on the go.

Learn more about the Wedding911 iPhone Application here.

Destination Wedding Round Up

We love destination weddings at Secrets Resorts & Spas, and, in that spirit, want to share some of our favorite destination wedding planning tips and tricks, photos of weddings at our resorts and general beach-themed wedding ideas.

Recent Weddings at Secrets Resorts & Spas

  • Amanda Julca shot Andy and Meagan’s wedding at Secrets Capri. This blogger loves the night shots by the pool. What a fun party!
  • We’ve already seen some photos from Nicole and Brian’s destination wedding at Secrets Maroma Beach in our TTD post, here are a few more from our friends Lincoln and Lori at Moments that Matter.
  • Lincoln and Lori also shot Vinny and Samantha’s trip down the aisle (or beach) at Secrets Maroma Beach.
  • Cathy and Dan had some beautiful touches at their Secrets Maroma Beach wedding. We love how the chair decorations match the bridesmaids’ dresses!
  • Great video here showcases Secrets Silversands – both vacation pictures and a few wedding highlights

Quick Tips/Considerations When Planning a Destination Weddings at Secrets Resorts & Spas

  • We have dedicated wedding coordinators on-site at all resorts (same applies to Dreams Resorts & Spas) with no additional fee for their assistance!
  • Weddings should be reserved at least three months in advance
  • Mexico requires that you be in the country at least three business days prior to your wedding ceremony (and, arrival day does not count, nor do weekends or holidays)
  • We offer three wedding packages for your consideration (Secrets Capri, Secrets Maroma Beach, Secrets Silversands)

Gorgeous Inspiration for your Tropical Wedding:
– From our friends at TheKnot.com

Trash the Dress (TTD)

Trash the Dress (a.k.a. TTD) is the latest destination wedding photography phenomenon. Michael Roney of the Wedding Photojournalist Association described it best….

“A bride in a beautiful white wedding dress stands by a large hole several hundred yards into the jungles of Mexico. Followed by her immaculately clothed groom, she descends a ladder into the darkness, eventually entering the waist-high water on the floor of a Cenote cave. Flying bats veer crazily by her face, causing her to shriek, as she and her groom make their way toward a sort of island in the middle of a cavern, her dress dragging in the water. As they reach their goal, they step into a beam of light from the cave roof, and then strobes pop as photographers begin snapping pictures while the bats continue to swoop around them.

The result: Stunning, otherworldly photos unlike any of the shots produced at their wedding two days earlier; photos that express the couple’s personalities through a setting that may have been inconceivable in the past. And yet it works; the bride and groom’s love and dedication starkly highlighted and amplified in a mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime scene. The wedding dress may have gotten a little…um, trashed, but it was well worth it. After all, these moments will last forever through the photos.”

Of course, not all TTD sessions require a blind leap of faith into an underground cave. Many times, gorgeous TTD photos can be captured right at the resort. Often shot the day after the actual destination wedding (for obvious reasons…), TTD photo shoots are becoming increasingly popular.

The fabulous Lincoln & Lori of Moments that Matter Photography have passed along some of their favorite TTD shots captured at Secrets Maroma Beach, Dreams Tulum and Dreams Cancun. We thank them for sharing these gorgeous pics of this new trend!

Nicole & Brian’s Wedding at Secrets Maroma Beach

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Tatiana and Alex’s Destination Wedding at Dreams Cancun

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Cross posted:
Day Dreams Blog