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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by twinkletoes This has nothing to do with PPC, but I noticed you were married in August. Would you mind telling me what the weather was like? So did the coordinator just translated the ceremony for you? I have a very close friend (she was actually there when FI and I met) that is fluent in Spanish and I thought it would be nice to incorporate her in the wedding by asking her to translate. Do you think that would be too degrading of a task? It was pretty hot. It didn't rain much when we were there, but there was a hurricane that passed by just the week before our wedding. We did have the wedding coordinator translate for us, but they give you the option to have whoever you want translate. I don't think it's degrading to ask a friend to do it. Ask her how she feels about it, she may want to.
  2. I'm not sure if any of the resorts offer the ceremony in english, but I was married at PPR in August and the translation wasn't bad. I think it added to the whole island wedding experience.
  3. christie272

    Paradisus Palma Real Wedding

    yea, go to www.weddingindr.shutterfly.com there's 2 albums there the big one is the photographer pics, the smaller one at the bottom is some pictures the guests took, the guest pics have some great views of the resort.
  4. Hi everybody, I was just looking through the site and I realized I never posted my review. I'm sorry it took so long. I want to thank everyone for all the help. I couldn't have done it without this site! so here it is: My wedding was August 25, 2007. I started planning 6 months before, which was plenty of time. I sent out my save the dates in February. and my invitations in may with RSVP for july 5th so I had some time to know exactly how many would be there. One suggestion I do have is encourage your guests to stay at that resort. We had 2 guests stay at a different resort and they had to pay for a day pass to get in for the wedding. It cost $120 per person. so that kinda sucked. I used destinationweddings.com for my travel agent and had no problems with them. The only thing everyone should know is that although they do have a nice payment plan, when you book with them you have to pay airfare in full. We chose to do the symbolic ceremony in order to avoid translation costs and any other difficulties that may arise with an out of country wedding. We went to the court house in our home town the day before we left with two of our close friends who could not attend the wedding. We didn't let the guests know because we didn't want anyone to think that this wasn't really our wedding day, because it was. We will always celebrate our anniversary on the 25th because that is the day we exchanged our vows in front of friends and family. We had 36 guests. We went with the wish package which is included when you have an oceanview or oceanfront room with royal service. On the website, it says max of 6 guests, however we were not charged for having more than 6. We stayed for 10 days, from the 22nd(wednesday) to the 31st(friday). Most guests stayed from friday to monday, some stayed for a week. We had people there with us up until our last day, which we spent by ourselves. I loved it that way. Some are worried about having guests there for the honeymoon, but I thought It was nice to have people to have dinner with or go out with. And of course no one follows you to your room The ceremony was on the beach, and thank god, the weather was beautiful! The ceremony was supposed to start at 5pm, however, the officient was running a little late, so we started more like 5:30. It wasn't a problem though because the photographer met the girls in my room at 4 for before the ceremony pics and he just took us more places to take pictures. Kelly set it up for the boys and the guests were to meet at one of the bars near the ceremony site at 4:15. Then just before the ceremony started, she rounded everyone up and brought them to the site. We used the CD player they offer and played Eric Clapton acoustic guitar while everyone waited for the bridesmaids, and then the music changed to the bridal march when I came out. It was really nice. The ceremony lasted about 10 minutes. The officient said the ceremony in spanish and Kelly translated. They used microphones so everyone could hear. Instead of having personal vows, we chose to add something to the ceremony. It was a real tear jerker, it was great! After we exchanged rings, we had them read this: "(Now please take your hand together) These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow or tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch....... I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together –as you shall remain each other`s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect for each other. " I thought that was a really beautiful personal touch. After the ceremony, champagne was provided for everyone and we took group photos on the beach. After that the photographer took matt and me to more places to take pics, the resort is full of beautiful places for pics! And everyone else went to the reception site. I changed dresses before the reception, and thank god I got 2 dresses. The first dress was from davids bridal and although it was beautiful, it was very hot! The second dress I found on sale for $130 at macy's and it was also very beautiful. The reception was on olympus terrace over looking the main pool. We chose round tables, we had 5 of them and matt and I were at a sweetheart table. We chose the buffet dinner which is $50 per person, we had to cut the menu in half because we only had 36 people, but there were still 3 entrees, 3 salads, soup, 2 vegetables and 2 desserts so it was plenty of food, and it was very good! We went with the french DJ, and I was not disappointed. We gave him a CD with the father/daughter, mother/son, and bride/groom dance. And he did the rest himself. I am happy to say, he read the crowd very well and kept people dancing. There was no MC, only the DJ was provided, however, the DJ had a mic, so our friends took it upon themselves to announce when the dances were, when it was cake cutting time, and when it was time for the speeches. I'm not sure if Kelly had something to do with it, but the timing was great and it all worked out perfectly. The DJ even stayed an extra half hour for us since the ceremony started a little late. It was great! The cake we had was provided by the resort and it was beautiful and also very tasty. They had a bar set up by the DJ so there was no problem getting drinks. Then after the wedding, the immediate family and some friends stayed behind at one of the tables and they brought us more wine and cigars! They never once asked us to leave, they just let us enjoy ourselves. Okay, I think I covered all the bases, again good luck to all you girls and you are REALLY going to have the best time of your lives. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me. My e-mail is christie272@yahoo.com Christie
  5. christie272

    DR wedding pics

    wow, you guys are quick Yes, it was the paradisus palma real, august 25th. Thanks so much for all the nice comments.
  6. Hi girls, sorry its taking me so long to get all this up for you. I just want to thank you all for all the great advise and info on this site, It truely helped to make my wedding no stress and beautiful! I wouldn't have changed a thing. I will write a review for you all as soon as I can. I just got a lot of my pics organized, so here is the link (copy and paste). There are 2 albums on sutterfly, you don't need a password, just click on view pics. www.weddingindr.shutterfly.com thanks again!!!!
  7. Hi everyone, I'm MARRIED!!!!! August 25th at the paradisus palma real and it was AMAZING!! Everything went perfectly, and I couldn't have asked for more. I'm at work today, but tomorrow I plan on posting some pics and a review. Christie
  8. Hi, I'm getting married in punta cana next month, at the paradisus palma real. I used dw.com and I had a great experience with it. My travel agent was very helpful on finding me prices for the resorts for myself and my guests. The biggest reason I chose them is because they offer the payment plan. That way my guests didn't have to come up with the lump sum all at once. I didn't have to pay anything else after the initial $50. And I didn't have to pay any extra for the wedding coordinator. Her name is Kelly Hunt, and she is also helpful and quick with returning e-mails. Hopefully that helps a little. If you have any other questions let me know. Christie
  9. Hi and congradulations. I haven't stayed at the palma real yet, but I will be getting married there in a month (august 25)!! I'm so excited!! Once we get married i'll have lots of info and pictures for you.
  10. christie272

    Newbie -- DR wedding

    Wow, this is great, so many new DR brides!! I'm getting married at the paradisus palma real in august. I was at the paradisus punta cana last year and it is sooooo beautiful. Congradulations!!
  11. I am so glad you are having such a great time. Thank you for posting the pics. I am getting married there in august of this year and I can't wait!!
  12. christie272

    Dominican Bride!

    hey Salome, welcome!! I'm glad you joined, I found lots of great ideas from the girls here and I hope you do too!
  13. christie272

    Paradisus Punta cana

    I'm getting married in august at the paradisus palma real. I've heard that paradisus punta cana was no longer doing weddings. But maybe they have started again. I'm not sure. But you could try e-mailing the people at the paradisus palma real, I'm sure they would know since they are affiliated with one another. here is the e-mail that I have. They are usually pretty prompt with a reply. romance@ paradisuspalmareal.com good luck
  14. Hi, I chose the paradisus palma real. I'm getting married august 25, 2007. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  15. christie272

    Save the date boarding pass...

    I did the save the date boarding pass on magnet paper. I used the template the host posted on a thread under "invitations and save the dates." I bought the magnet paper from staples and printed them at home. They came out pretty good considering I'm not much of a do it yourselfer. I folded them inside a STD letter and sent them in business envelopes with nice little heart stamps. Here is the template I used I hope it helps boarding pass template.doc