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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by QCbride Hi Jodi! Congrats on your amazing wedding!! Btw you and your bridesmaids have the most perfect hair and makeup so kudos to you on that!! Would you be able to tell me what was the cost of those amazing Michael Steingard photographs? Did you split his cost with another bride? If so, what does that come out to about? I know his brother Phil is about 2500$ but I have no idea what he substitutes for splitting the cost with another bride. Thanks so much, i hope I'm not asking an inappropriate question : ( You can also check out my review of Michael at: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t46160
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by QCbride Hi Jodi! Congrats on your amazing wedding!! Btw you and your bridesmaids have the most perfect hair and makeup so kudos to you on that!! Would you be able to tell me what was the cost of those amazing Michael Steingard photographs? Did you split his cost with another bride? If so, what does that come out to about? I know his brother Phil is about 2500$ but I have no idea what he substitutes for splitting the cost with another bride. Thanks so much, i hope I'm not asking an inappropriate question : ( Thanks for the compliment on our hair and makeup, we actually did it ourselves. My sister is super good at doing hair she was a godsent! Michael charged us $1200+travel expenses. We were unable to share him with another bride. He told us that if we had he would have gone down to $1000+travel expenses. He is getting very popular recently- especially doing weddings at the Majestic resorts- so I can imagine that he may raise his prices. Him and his uncle Phil are down there ALL of the time so I'm sure there is a good chance that you can share the costs. Good luck! Jodie
  3. Hi everyone! If anyone is interested I posted my long due wedding review from June 9th, 2009 at: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...175#post979692 Good luck with all your planning!
  4. Wedding Review: Majestic Elegance 06.09.09 We got married in on June 9th, 2009 at the Majestic Elegance. Sorry about the delay in posting my review as I have had a very busy summer and I wanted to put some thought into it. The whole week was amazing. The resort is as great as the name suggests. Of course the beach was beautiful, there were tons of activities to do, the service was superb, and the food for the most part was delicious! One thing to note is that we planned our wedding very last minute. We were suppose to get married in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico but our trip was cancelled (by Signature Vacations) due to the Swine Flu (or H1N1). As a result things were not completely thought through and we had to “roll with the punches†at various points in time. I dealt with Maritee through email while planning my wedding. She was very helpful, got back to me very promptly, and answered all of my questions to the best of her knowledge. When we arrived at the Majestic, we dealt with Massiel. Both of their English was quite good. One thing for new brides to keep in mind is that things are never written in stone, even if confirmed with the WC by email. All of the details are finalized during your meeting with the WC a few days before the big day. As Massiel was not even the WC we were dealing with over email, she did not know of anything that we had previously requested. For example I wanted bright pink and white lilies for my bouquet and centerpiece. These flowers were not available for my wedding day. Massiel said the shipment comes in on Saturday, and we got married on Tuesday, therefore the flowers would likely be wilty and smelly. This was a disappointment at the time but I got over it quickly and actually was quite happy with my flowers. They were able to use my colors just with different flowers (roses, white lilies) and it looked beautiful. Also I had asked over email if I could have a videographer for our wedding reception. When we got there, there wasn’t one available. A definite disappointment for us but we got over it. The ceremony was so short and our photographer was so great that our special moments were captured in the photos  I wish one of our guests would have taken a video of it on their camera and that would have been enough. The WC is supposed to leave a note under your door to let you know when you will be meeting with her. We did not receive our letter for some reason. We missed our meeting because we didn’t know about it! Fortunately were able to rebook our appointment. Our breakfast in bed was also delivered to my parent’s room. We got it another morning instead  Of course these were things that went wrong but it was no big deal for us. There was no way anything was going to ruin our special day in the Dominican Republic. Overall everything else of the wedding went smoothly. The WC lets you know exactly what will happen for the actual day. I was told to be waiting in my room at 4:30pm with my bridesmaids and my parents (both were walking me down the isle). All of the guest, my fiancé at the time, and the groomsmen were told to wait out front by the Sea and Sea (located right by the beach). Maritee picked them up from the Sea and Sea and led them to the beach location (we had a beach ceremony). She then came and picked us up from my room. One thing to keep in mind is don’t be worried if she is late picking you up. It was well past 5pm (this is when our ceremony was scheduled for) when she arrived at the room. As I have been to a destination wedding before, I think being late is quite common. The music was perfect (we only had one song so it was kind of hard to mess up), and the whole ceremony went perfect. We were lucky that it didn’t rain and we were able to take group pictures on the beach. It was absolutely AMAZING!! I am soo jealous of all you brides still planning your weddings. For dinner we went to the Steakhouse restaurant. The food was FANTASTIC!! The steak was so soft and tender it melted in our mouths. The setup in the steakhouse is in the same area as the rest of the tables in the restaurant but it is off in a private area. Therefore we were able to do speeches and toasts and the cutting of the cake here. The set up at the table was great. They had the bouquet from the table at the ceremony in the middle and candles and decorations all along the table (you can check out the set up in the photos attached below). Afterwards I read somewhere that you can actually rent this area out for the reception too for $300- at least at the Colonial you can. We were not aware of this at the time, but this is one thing to keep in mind if you are planning your dinner here. As we also had a full out reception in our home town recently, with 100 people at a hotel with dinner, dancing, ect., ect., we did not have room in our budget to rent out an area to have a reception in the Dominican (e.g., Parrot Bar, Wet Bar, Presidential Suite, ect.). We defiantly would have if we had the money though. We ended up going to the Jazz bar (I put pictures up of this area), a bar that plays only latin music. My father in law just went up to the band and asked them to play a slow song for our first dance. They played “Hopelessly Devoted to you†by Olivia Newton John. The singer did half in Spanish and half in English. It was perfect! And then everyone got in and danced for a while. After this we did a group photo on the bridge which crosses over the pool and also took a few more bride and groom photos. Then we decided last minute to do the bouquet toss over the bridge. This turned out great! By this time the disco was open and off we went to dance our hearts out. Overall it was an amazing trip and a fabulous wedding. I don’t think we could have asked for anything more. All you couples should be soo excited, you have a trip of a lifetime ahead of you!! A few notes about the Majestic Elegance Resort: - The rooms are absolutely beautiful!! Everything is brand new and very modern. Make sure you ask for your upgraded room when you check in- as it comes with your wedding package (if available). We only got this because we asked for it. Our room was just like everyone else’s but it had 2 Jacuzzi’s! One inside and one outside on a deck (there was 2 decks as well). - We found all of the restaurants to be very good. One exception was on our first night we went to the Sea and Sea for dinner. We were in a large group, so I am not sure if we got a limited menu or what (we came to dinner late) but there was only an option of Prawns or Lobster. Neither was very good. It may just be how the seafood is in the Dominican, it was very different from what we are use to. We did have our romantic dinner for 2 here another night and it was quite good- not our favorite though. The Japanese restaurant was probably our favorite. They have a sushi bar to start with and then your dinner is cooked on a grill in front of you (chicken, steak, prawns, vegetables, ect.). - You should check out the market that is nearby. Ask at the front desk. It is only a 5 minute walk. - The weekends are the best nights at the disco. They have various contests (dance offs, a women and man switch clothes, dance lessons, ect.) and the staff are very energetic and fun. If you are hungry later on at night, as we often were, check out the after hours food shop located along the shopping walkway located between the Majestic and the Colonial. The food is greasy but it is yummy after a night of drinking and dancing. It serves fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, beer, ect. Activities we did while in the Dominican - Note: we stayed a week longer than our guests did, at another resort, so we did a lot of these activities in our second week. - If you have a party type group you should check out the club “Imagineâ€. It is a club located in an underground cave. We booked ours through a travel agent and it cost us $30. It included the entrance fee, a free drink, and transportation there and back. They picked us up at 11:00pm and dropped us back off at 4:00am. I know this sounds late but we had so much fun (just the 2 of us) that 4:00 was a perfect time to go home. - We also went swimming with sharks and stingrays with Marinarium. There are 2 different types of trips you can take through this company. One is a relaxing trip, which we did, where you get dropped off on a dock in the middle of the ocean. You get to snorkel, swim with sharks and stingrays, kayak, and you get a relaxing massage. The other option is a party boat where I believe you just go swimming with the sharks and stingrays and alcohol is included. My father in law didn’t know about the difference between the 2 and he got stuck on the party boat, so don’t make this mistake if you aren’t a big partier! Overall we thought the experience was ok. The food was low quality (white bread, with some meat, processed cheese, and a bit of fruit) and the whole trip was very rushed. It was described to us as a very relaxing trip and we liked the idea of a massage, but there was too much to do in 3 hours. As we were running out of time we had to choose between either doing the kayaking or the massage (which was very short). Not exactly what we were expecting. Swimming with sharks and stingrays was quite exciting though. You can tell that they are very sad as they are trapped in a big net but it was a cool experience. You can buy a picture of yourself holding stingray so don’t forget to bring money if you want to do this (we did!). - We went on the day Jungle Safari. Our guide was very knowledgeable and outgoing. He told us all about the Dominican and Hadi cultures and land. We were taken to a small Dominican home/farm where we got to see how coco, coffee and sugar are made. There is an opportunity to buy these items here as well. The family was quite large- with lots of children around. Some of the guests had brought school supplies for the children. You are NOT allowed to give them money. We also stopped at a farm where Mamajuana is made. There was a taste testing and an opportunity to buy a bottle. We did! - One fun trip that we did with almost everyone from our wedding group was the “Tropical Storm†snorkeling trip. As we had over 20 people who signed up, we got a whole boat to ourselves! It was defiantly a party trip. Booze was supplied the whole time on the boat. We stopped at a natural spring where we swam and drank from a floating bar. We also went snorkeling and saw some beautiful fish and corrals. We also stopped at a HUGE air filled slide where we had quite a bit of time to slide down. A lot of fun. The crew on the boat gets everyone dancing and singing. It may have been because we were with our friends, but it was a great time!! Well good luck to all those couples getting married in the years to come. My advise- don’t worry about the small details, the people at the resort do 3-4 weddings a day so they know what they are doing. If you plan too much you may do a lot of unnecessary work and you may be disappointed if it doesn’t turn our exactly how you expected. They do a great job of setting up and decorating, honestly you do not need to bring anything extra. The one thing you should bring though is decorations for your cake (ie, flowers, ribbon, ect.). They provide you with a plain cake and you need to bring stuff to decorate it yourself. I posted the links to my pictures previously on the review of my photographer (Michael Steingard) but for anyone who has not seen them here they are: Jodie Anne Stearns July 17 at 2:02pm Hello everyone! I figured some of you would like to see the rest of our professional photos from wedding in the Dominican. I have uploaded them all to flickr for your viewing. Just to warn you there is A LOT!! WEDDING DAY: Boys getting ready: The Boys Getting ready Girls getting ready: Girls Getting Ready Photos before the wedding: Photos before the ceremony The ceremony: The ceremony Post-ceremony photos: Leaving Facebook... | Facebook Reception/Dinner: Reception/ Dinner First dance/Night photos: First dance/ Night photos TRASH THE DRESS: Sunset photos: Sunset pictures Jungle photos: Jungle Pictures Happy Planning to everyone! Jodie
  5. Erin- We got the photos on CD a month after the wedding.
  6. Photographer Review: Michael Steingard 06.09.09 Majestic Elegance, Dominican Republic I am posting this review in the Dominican Republic thread because Michael goes to the Dominican, specifically the Majestic Resorts, quite frequently. I could not find another thread that was more appropriate. Sorry if it is in the wrong place. We were very pleased with the work that Michael did for us. He is very a professional, friendly, outgoing guy that has a passion for photography and it shows. Although we did not give him too much direction with what kind of pictures we were looking for, he delivered exactly what we wanted (candid photos as well as posing type photos). He organized a plan for the entire day (i.e., who would meet where and at what time), which was described to our friends and family. As he has a lot of experience doing weddings at the Majestic Resorts, he knows how things are run, therefore the plan ran very smoothly. In addition, he knows all of the best areas around the resort to take photos. This is beneficial because less time is spent finding photo shoot locations and more time is devoted to taking photos. We feel that the pictures of the day (especially during dinner) fully capture the sequence of events and emotions felt during the day. As we did not have a video taken on our wedding day we are truly appreciative of these pictures. Michael also took great care in getting to know our family and friends. We were impressed with how he took the time to learn everyone’s names. He came out to dinner with us every night; it was such a joy to have him around. Our entire wedding group was very impressed with him (including my father in law who was very sceptical about hiring a photographer- he now understands why we did). As we were the only wedding he was doing the whole week he also did an extra photo shoot at no extra charge. He did a group photo shoot of our whole wedding group in the ocean. That was soo nice of him to do as it was not part of our agreement whatsoever. He also spent the WHOLE day with our wedding party, from getting ready in the morning to the disco at night- he photographed everything. We really appreciate that he came out to the disco with us (I’m sure he was getting tired by then) as we love to dance! These photos turned out fantastic! Here is the link to all of the photos he took: WEDDING DAY: Boys getting ready: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...64281445/show/ Girls getting ready: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...15092573/show/ Photos before the wedding: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...59181600/show/ The ceremony: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...65434993/show/ Post-ceremony photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...14135956/show/ Reception/Dinner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...14399844/show/ First dance/Night photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...89623769/show/ TRASH THE DRESS: Sunset photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...65790290/show/ Jungle photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4030965...66115826/show/ When you see them I am positive that you will agree that Michael Steingard is a fabulous photographer and we would highly recommend him. Thanks Michael!
  7. I just stayed at the Majestic Elegance and the prices were actually $50 cheaper than the Colonial. Either way you will have a beautiful wedding. Good luck!
  8. JodJ

    A Punta Cana Bride-to-be

    Hi Dianne, Congradulations and welcome to the forum. I just got married in Punta Cana 2 weeks ago and it was absolutely AMAZING!!! We got married at the Majestic Elegance. I highly reccomend it. Happy Planning!
  9. Kat We did have our ceremony on the beach. It looked like the pics that Maritee sent me origionally. Maybe it is from a different angle. I will have a review up here soon so I will have a bunch more pics up soon. Or I can email a bunch to you if you send me your email address. If you go back a few pages in the thread you will see a pic that Josh posted of the beach wedding location. We did really like the beach location. The gazebo looks like it would be beautiful too. The disco opens at 11. We had our reception dinner at the Steak house. It was awsome!! I highly reccomend it. They did a beautiful job of decorating the table and you are in a room seperate from the others in the restaurant (although you are still very close). No need to bring extra decorations I think. Again I can email you some pictures if you send my your email address. I would look into other florists. I didn't but I kind of wish I had (although I was very happy with my bouquet). I had just had my heart set on certain flowers. Do you have specific flowers in mind that your dying to have? If you are not too fussy then I wouldn't worry about it. The flowers they do are fantastic! I brought over fake flowers for my bridesmaids and the groomsmen bootineers and it worked out great. You may want to look into that too. It was MUCH cheaper than the Majestic prices. I hope that helps! Jodie
  10. JodJ

    Majestic Colonial Bride...I think???

    Welcome to the forum and Congradulations! Majestic Colonial is a beautiful resort you will not be disappointed! I just got married at the Majestic Elegance and it was absolutely AMAZING!! You probably already know there is a threat geared just for Majestic brides, it has soo much helpful information. Also you should check out the Majestic Facebook group. Good luck with all of your planning!!
  11. Hi Everyone, I just got back from my wedding at the Majestic Elegance. It was absolutely AMAZING!!! I could not have asked for a better day. A have a few peices of advice for the upcoming brides - if you want to have decorations on your cake bring your own. They may provide a ribbon but that is it. The cake is super yummy though and you get to pick the flavors (banana filling with chocolate cake was our favorite!). - If you have specific flowers in mind I would bring you own, just to be on the safe side (fake flowers I mean). They confirmed over email that I could have bright pink and white lillies but when I got there they were not available. If you are not too picky then they will make a beautiful bouqet for you. Mine turned out fabulous! - It seems that things you confirm over email are not written in stone. We asked for a videographer over email and when we got there one was not available. Kind of a bummer. We had a great photographer though so hopefully the pictures will capture the whole experience. - If you do not want to pay to rent out a seperate area for the reception (Wet Bar, Parrot Bar,ect) it is possible to do some dancing at the Jazz bar before the Disco opens. This is what we did and it worked out fabulous. My husbands father asked the band to play a slow song for us and we did our first dance here ("Hopelessly Devoted", origionally sang by Olivia Newton John). Keep in mind that the music is in Spanish (half of our first dance song was in English) and if it rains this may not be an option. There is also a nice area by the bar in the front lobby that would be nice to hang out in before the disco opens- it is right beside a bar anyways). We planned on heading up here but ended up taking extra pictures by the pool and doing the bouquet toss off the bridge (a fun idea that came up at the time). I will put up a reveiw really soon will all of the details with pictures. If you would like a sneak preview of our wedding pics here you go: Site Title Our wedding photographer was Michael Steingard and he was absolutely amazing!! Let me know if I can answer any questions.
  12. Hi everyone I am off to the Majestic Elegance tonight at midnight. Wish me luck! I will be back on June 21 if anyone has any questions for me! justgotengaged...now what?- Answers to your questions that I know: 2. No deposit is required. 4. The wedding coordinatior performs the ceremony, I believe that if you would like someone else to do it that is ok too. I am going to let someone else answer these other questions as I live in Canada and the processes may be different in the US. Happy Planning!
  13. Thanks Josh and Khomac for the information! I think I am just going to do the free dinner and hope for the best.
  14. Would anyone be able to tell me about the private dinner at the restaurants. I know that having a basic dinner at one of the restaurants is free, but I have seen a few comments on here about having a private dinner. Does this cost extra? Also I am wondering how the tables are set up at the restaurants. I have seen a few comments that they have a nice set up at the restaurants. Are you girls bringing an extra decorations? Is it neccessary? Khomac- I just talked to Maritee about how late groups can be at the Parott Bar. At the Elegance you can only stay at the Parrot Bar until 10:00 if you do not buy an open bar. She did not seem too lenient at all about this. We are having our wedding late (6:00) so I do not expect we would be able to finish dinner and get down to the bar before 9:00. It seems pretty costly for one hour!
  15. I was told by Maritee few weeks ago that I could get a free wedding for my June 9th date. She didn't mention anything about a deadline, but she could have been giving me a break considering my wedding was just cancelled in Mexico and I had to switch destinations so quickly. I assumed it was the same for everyone but I guess not. For some reason I was previously thinking of it as people and not rooms. I realised we only have 13 rooms booked! We are sooo close! Oh well we did get the 22nd passenger free.
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