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    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    Thank you so much! Well, I've been told the Bordeaux has a 30 max so double check with your wedding coordinator on that one. Another option is to do your reception on the beach ;-) They put up a fenced sorta wall which was cute and gave us privacy from those waiting to be seated at the restaurant. I didn't feel like there were many people waiting so I felt there was sufficient privacy. There is a bar downstairs to wait at as well(which is where we would wait whenever we ate at that restaurant). I didn't have a DJ so I wouldn't be able to help you out on that one. What I'm assuming they would do is move the fenced wall thingy farther over to accomadate more tables and the DJ and have room for dancing. Remember you can make all these decisions when you get there! I brought my own hair accesorries which I bought from a seller on etsy ;-) They have fresh flowers they could put in your hair though! We also had the ultimate package and used the resort photograper. So heres to clarify what you get with that package from my understanding of it: you get the session with the photographer/videographer and you choose 50 photos of the bunch he has taken and edited printed. He offered 2 cd's of the edited and original photos for appx $900 (my mom bartered down to $800, shes a magician). That way I could own all the photos and print them as I wish. The videographer was there during the ceremony and our video was ready, fully edited, the next day! It came in a dvd case with stills from the video on the front back & on the dvd itself with our names and dates. I loved that they did that! For some reason I wasn't ex[ecting that. The video was really important to me because I felt that people who didnt come could feel like they were there by watching the video. They did a great job! I didnt do centerpeices. I felt it was unneccesary. I was already toting with my and extra suitcase full of OOT bags and 25 straw fans. She put flowers on the tables for extra money I dont remember how much. Ill attach a picture. It would be nice to maybe have some starfish & shells scattered on the table or something if you want to keep it simple.
  2. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    Thank you so much! Well, I've been told the Bordeaux has a 30 max so double check with your wedding coordinator on that one. Another option is to do your reception on the beach ;-) They put up a fenced sorta wall which was cute and gave us privacy from those waiting to be seated at the restaurant. I didn't feel like there were many people waiting so I felt there was sufficient privacy. There is a bar downstairs to wait at as well(which is where we would wait whenever we ate at that restaurant). I didn't have a DJ so I wouldn't be able to help you out on that one. What I'm assuming they would do is move the fenced wall thingy farther over to accomadate more tables and the DJ and have room for dancing. Remember you can make all these decisions when you get there! I brought my own hair accesorries which I bought from a seller on etsy ;-) They have fresh flowers they could put in your hair though! We also had the ultimate package and used the resort photograper. So heres to clarify what you get with that package from my understanding of it: you get the session with the photographer/videographer and you choose 50 photos of the bunch he has taken and edited printed. He offered 2 cd's of the edited and original photos for appx $900 (my mom bartered down to $800, shes a magician). That way I could own all the photos and print them as I wish. The videographer was there during the ceremony and our video was ready, fully edited, the next day! It came in a dvd case with stills from the video on the front back & on the dvd itself with our names and dates. I loved that they did that! For some reason I wasn't ex[ecting that. The video was really important to me because I felt that people who didnt come could feel like they were there by watching the video. They did a great job! I didnt do centerpeices. I felt it was unneccesary. I was already toting with my and extra suitcase full of OOT bags and 25 straw fans. She put flowers on the tables for extra money I dont remember how much. Ill attach a picture. It would be nice to maybe have some starfish & shells scattered on the table or something if you want to keep it simple.
  3. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    hey ladies! im back! I came home on Thursday and my wedding was Oct 22. Everything was perfect! I can honestly look back on the wedding day and not take back or wish it was different in any way. I'm not really going to do a review, I'm just going to share with you guys some information you might find useful. When we arrived, I had a messege on my voicemail in the room from Deyanira telling me my appt with her was the next day (which i found convenient that i didnt have to call her). The meeting went really well and she is so sweet! she is having a baby in January I think! There were 3 other weddings going on that friday and noone had picked which location they wanted the reception at yet, so I had first choice. I was dead set on having it on the Bordeaux Terrance. She told me that the downfall of the Bordeaux was that the rain is sooo unpredictable so incase it was to rain, the reception would have to be taken inside the restaurant and we would not be able to have music in that instance. That made me really nervous about picking the Bordeaux, but I finally decided to just go with it because the view is amazing and afterall it is my wedding and I should get what I want right?! It ended up NOT raining, it was so beautiful up there and since it was by the ocean the breeze felt soo nice! Also to point out, the sun sets towards the front of the resort, the moon rises by the ocean, which was beautiful because it was also full that night!! And we also had plenty of room for dancing! (I had 24 guests). Bordeaux also has its own built in bar, where as the Himitsu doesnt (they set up a table instead). The ceremony was at 4pm on the beach with the Huppah which I had decorated with the linens and flowers, the aisle was also lined with palm. I made this decision after looking through a very detailed photo book they had during our meeting. The breeze felt sooo nice that there was NO need for the fans I brought. My bridesmaids and I walked down to "Somewhere over the rainbow" from 50 first dates, which Deyanira had on an ipod. She recommended that I do not have the caribbean trio walk me down because I get a full hour with them with my package and it would be more useful to have the during the cocktail hour, which I was very happy with. Originally, the wedding ceremony was going to be at 6pm, but after researching the sun set times I switched it to 4pm so my photos wouldnt be dark. This meant that I wouldnt have the judge during the ceremony. Well guess what?! An hour before the wedding Deyanira told me the judge would be there just shortly after 4pm! So the wedding started a little later, but we luckily got the judge during our ceremony! She performed the ceremony in spanish and Deyanira translated for her, and after our vows we signed the paperwork. I don't remember the name of the girl who did my hair, but she did a great job with both my hair and makeup. I had no pictures, I just told her in general how I would like it and she gave me suggestions. The resort photographer was soo fun to work with by the way! We had a great time taking our pictures and I'm more than happy with the way the turned out!! Dinner was amazing, and I recommend choosing the "sancocho" Dominican stew, its like a beef stew as one of ur starters. Since I am dominican, that was the only dominican dish they had on the menu, so I figured what the hell I want my family to try it whether they like it or not. People could not stop talking about it! That was their favorite dish! Now, besides the wedding day, Dreams is an amazing resort! You can never get bored, the entertainment is amazing! Very clean, polite and corteous staff! During our honeymoon, we traveled all around the island and for 2 nights we stayed in another all inclusive, Barcelo Puerto Plata. That place really showed me how great Dreams is! The staff was rude, it was overrun by kids and locals on vacation and the buffet was teeerrriible! I HIGHLY recommend trying out the preffered club. I've stayed at Dreams twice, the first time without preffered club, and this time with it. You get a full tour of the resort and then they take you into this really nice airconditioned room where they go into detail about everything the resort has to offer. In this room they have a bar with better liqour, fresh fruit, special towels, bathroom, and computers. Explaining it, it doesn't sound that special but experiencing both parts of it, I will always get preffered anytime I go back. One bad thing I have to mention about Dreams: they really need to start letting you make reservations at restaraunts. It was a pain in the ass to get everyone to dinner together. You never knew how long the wait would be and sometimes we would have to split our group in half. Okay so maybe this is a review! HA! Let me know if you have questions about anything! xoxoxo Heres pictures: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0QcuWbRwyaM3LA
  4. If anyone has it that can sell to me asap! My fiances brother(which is much larger) backed out on our wedding last minute and now we need to find this exact pants in a smaller size 31-32w. thanks so much ladies!
  5. Hey guys! Just made this packing list that I'll be sending out to my guests along with luggage tags and I thought I'd share. I made it on word so you can easily edit to your location and needs. Dominican Packing List.docx
  6. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    hey ladies! so i was looking all over the forum for a simple packing list list template and I couldnt find one I liked so I made one! I'm printing these out and sending them out with my luggage tags. Thought it would help you ladies and you can edit it to your needs ofcoarse! xoxoxo Dominican Packing List.docx
  7. cogswellgray

    Incorporating your Pet??

    omg i want those wedding toppers with my dogs! thats so cute! do u guys know how long it takes to make? im leaving in 2 weeks, so defn last minute!
  8. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    loooved that slideshow jenise!! u looked GORGEOUS!! i want to be there...RIGHT NOW!! I've been extremly MIA and I dont even know any of you ladies anymore, there are sooo many new brides! how exciting!! well i just wanted to say that I leave in 2 WEEKS! Ill have feedback & pictures for everybody when I get back ofcoarse ;-) Happy planning!!
  9. cogswellgray

    "Primal" Brides!

    holy crap that girl has an AMAZING body! i want abs like hers!
  10. these keratin treatments will not permantly straighten your hair. they last about 2-6 months (depending on the brand, & washing/coloring) they will straighten your hair to a certain degree depending on your degree of curl, so even if your hair doesn't straighten completly it makes it soo much easier to do so, w/out the frizz and possible rivertion when you get in humidty. Â If you want PERMANENT straightening i recommend a relaxer or Yuko japanese straightening, but beware or coloring your hair afterwards because it causes a considerable amount of damage. Â
  11. cogswellgray

    "Primal" Brides!

    Hey Ladies! I could've sworn there'd be a Primal thread in here but I guess not, so I'll start it! Has anyone heard of the Primal Blueprint?? It falls within the same lines of gluten-free,low carb,paleo diets. I'm not that good at explaining this diet but I recommend anyone who is trying to lose weight or tone up/build muscle visit this website http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ Â Basically, its eating the way our great ancestors ate, caveman style ladies! Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts....NO GRAIN! Accompanied by primal workouts, outside & barefoot! Its so fun and you get results! I feel like its more of a lifestyle change rather than a "diet". Â I've been doing it for 2 weeks so far and I feel great! More energized, no cravings, and lean and less boated feeling!I'm having so much fun with this! My friend lost 20 pds off this in about a month, she needed to lose weight, where as I have only lost a few pounds (im already skinny) but have leaned up! My focus is not to lose weight, therefor Im not eating fewer calories than I had before this diet. Â Eating protien and good fats( avocado, eggs, nuts ect) your body startes burning fat, instead of carbs, therefore losing weight and gaining muscle! I thought this would be a perfect lifestyle change for us Destination brides out there to look amazing in your wedding dress as well as in your bikini! So check out the website, for further information, and lets get this thread rolling!The book is awesome and I have to cookbook, which my non-primal fiance has been cooking out of more than I have! I'm curious to see if theres already other brides doing this as well!! Â
  12. Hi Ladies! I'm a hairstylist and we are CONSTANTLY doing Brazilian Blowouts in our salon because of its diversity!All hair textures have different degree of relaxation of the curl but all results are smooth completely frizz free which is PERFECT for a destination wedding. I have semi-wavy hair, that just tends to POOF when I blowdry it so it requires a flat iron...when I got the brazilian blowout all i had to do was round brush the top because it did get too flat but thats a WHOOOLE lot easier than having to do the entire thing and flat iron as well! . I would actually recommend getting it done about 1 month before your wedding and after your haircolor as well because it will hold your hair color in longer as well and protect it from sun damage and fading.
  13. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    congrat jenise!! glad to here u had a great time! can't wait to see photos! Â ive been super MIA just working and getting some things done for the wedding,although theres really not much to do! i can't beleive its only a month away now! i know i have atleast one october bride out there, where ya at girly??!! Im just wondering what stage you guys are at in planning and getting things ready! I've started packing already, hahaha! can;t wait! and thanks for all your guys help with everything, im soooo glad i found this website!!
  14. Hey Ladies! I orignally bought these "print at home" invitations at Michaels, but I got lazy and ordered boarding pass invites instead! Now because I was messing with them a little, it is an incomplete set. I thought this would be good for someone who bought this invitation kit and needs a few more things and doesn't want to buy a whole extra kit. I don't remember exactly how much I payed for it, approximatly $40. Will sell for $20 or certain items in kit can be negotiated plus shipping costs.   Orignally $30 of each item quantity of items breakdown:  28- pocketfold jackets 28- blank printable flat invitation 2 sheets/ 29-round sticker seals 23- blank address labels 30- blank rsvp cards 29- rsvp envelopes 30- brown satin ribbon strings 29- foam sticky mounts to attach flat invitation to pocketfold.  Actual color is true to image on computer except the white is more of an off-white and it has a light texture to the cardstock.  Templates for printing here:http://oldwww.gartnerstudios.com/skuDetail.cfm?sku=76324  ULine boxes!   I was going to mail those invitations in boxes which I ordered on uline.com  49- 9 x 6 1/2 x 1 3/4" Kraft literature corrugated boxes $15 plus shipping  http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-11221/Indestructo-Literature-Mailers/9-x-6-1-2-x-1-3-4-Kraft-Literature-Mailers?FromOrderHistory=Y
  15. cogswellgray

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    i loved ur pics! they were so fun to look at! i have to say my fav is the one where he's picking you up on the beach and the backround is nothing but ocean, classic! You looked gorgeous!
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