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  1. Hi, hustyg! Our photoshoot was about an hour and a half after our ceremony took place. Hope that helps! Â You guys shouldn't worry about anyone stealing anything. We did not have an IPOD docking station but my husband and I had our passports, wallets, IPODS, 2 sets of wedding rings, lots of cash, and my Coach wristlets in our safe for 2 weeks and were fine:) As long as you make sure you lock it whenever you leave the room, I am sure you will be fine:)
  2. lol, Bee! My husband and I spent 5 hours in our hotel room the day we got the picture CD trying to decide what pictures we wanted! We went through 5 bottles of champagne that day so I totally understand!! Have a great rest of your stay!! =D
  3. Hi, girls! Congrads, Bee!! Glad to hear everything went well:) Â hermosahoops, I love your mugs! We also gave mugs to our guest. We ordered them from Discountmugs.com so they were a little more expensive. But yours are a great idea! The only problem we ran into with them was that some people lost theirs or misplaced them. But, those that still had theirs at the end of the week still use them at home:) Also, I know that target sells mini first aid kits for 99 cents . Â sera1124, I had a beach ceremony and reception about 2 months ago and I did not hear anything about a private area that they were constructing. It could be true but not sure where they would put it. The ceremony and reception were both fine. We had some onlookers but security kept the swimmers away from the area right in front of us and honestly, I was so focused on my husband that he was the only one I saw:) We did not have an arch. They set up a table in between the mionister and you guys so that was fine for us. Also, the reception was no problem. Our ceremony was at 4 and our party didn't really start till after 6 so most people were gone from the beach by then. We actually did have some party crashers- which we wlecomed them- but they came at like the second to last song. lol:)
  4. Hi, girls! Â hustyg, not sure about what minister is included, sorry. I did have a free trial done on my hair. I set that up with Tiara when we met. Also, the resort does have spotlights that they set up on the beach so you can see at night. Â Good luck, Pink!! I hope you have a safe trip and an amazing time!! Just enjoy yourself - especially your wedding day!! And drink lots of champagne!! =) Â Today is our recovery day from the last two days...lol. Our celebration party went so well and we had such a great time! I didn't wear my dress, again. I actually got a cute white dress that I wore and had my Bridesmaids do my hair:) We put out some pictures from the wedding, had our video playing, and just had a great time with everyone that came. Thanks, again, for all the well wishes:)
  5. Hi, girls! Thank you so much for all the well wishes about or party this weekend:) We can't wait and cannot believe it is here, already and that we left almost 2 months ago! Just please ladies, ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!!!!!!! So far, our party is getting crazier and bigger every day- which is a good thing:) It is at my mom-in-law's house and she is setting everything up just like we had it on the beach:) yeyeyey!!!! Â NancM- thats great about your dress!! Congrads katierenae! Â I talked briefly with Elke when I went to get my hair done at the spa and she speaks really good english, fyi. Â I am praying for you, PP, that the storm passes! I think its supposed to be in the states by friday so I think you will be okay:) Â hustyg, what kind of ceremony are you having? Also, I did go to the spa and I had Maria do my hair and makeup and nails- as well as hair and nails of my MOH's and she did an amazing job. I was nervous from past reviews of girls on here but everything turned out great:) If you are talking about the photos you receive from the resort's wedding package then yes, they are only during the ceremony. If you purchase an HDC package, it depends on which one you choose as to how long they will stay.
  6. Hi, ladies! Sorry I have posted in a while...my hubby and I have our celebration party this weekend and are busy planning that and getting everything ready:) We can't wait! Â Congrads, Nadia!! Good luck and have an amazing time!!!!! Â Good luck, dcairns with the shipping. I am sure the bubblewrap will be fine:) Â hustyg, we had DJ Mannia nad he was great. But, I know some people do bring their own music and stuff and that is good, too. Yoiu can rent the resort's speakers for $250., I believe. Â Krod, DJ Mannia charges $900. for 4 hours. I think he is definitely worth it because then you don't have to worry about the music- he takes care of everything. He follows your lead and platys whatever you want. He also did introductions for us and played some songs from a CD that we brought. Plus, he was actually there longer for us. He came around 4 (when the ceremony was starting) to set up. He played while we were all taking pics and then we even tipped him and he stayed till almost 11- which is the time it has to end, anyway. Â PP, good luck with everything! When do you leave?
  7. Hi, ladies! Â hustyg, I'm glad you enjoyed my pics:) I can't stress enough how good HDC is:) We did have the Ultimate package with HDC and it was definitely worth it. I think you get a lot for the price you pay. Arnaud was there from me getting ready, to the ceremony, photoshoot afterwards, and part of the reception. I actually wish he could have stayed longer...lol. Having the reception on the beach was amazing! Everyone was saying how it looked like a scene from a movie! And the sand was fine to dance on:) We also got the Ultimate package for the reception and was also really worth it. The bonfire was great and I definitely recommend that, as well:) We had our ceremony at 4 and originally I thought it was early, but it actually was a perfect time. We had plenty of sunshine and time to take pictures afterwards. Â Thanks, dcairns! Your centerpieces look beautiful! I would say just be careful with the glass...make sure you have a back up plan just in case, God forbid, one of them breaks in the luggage. The SSG is beautiful and I am sure will be great for your reception. A major plus is the air conditioning and it is really nice inside:)
  8. Thanks, PP! you are almost there!!! 3 weeks to go! Congrads:) and remember to breathe! =) Thanks, KPEG:) Â Hi, Jen! Its funny because Marta and Mariela were telling me about you the other day! They said they knew someone that was getting married at the same place. Marta was my Matron of Honor (and is my hubby's cousin) and Mariela was one of my Bridesmaids. They are great girls:) We all had a blast. You are going to love Dreams! It is just beautiful!
  9. oh, if you just click on my name (GEM) then it will bring you to my info. Scroll down and click on album and boom! my pics:) enjoy!
  10. Ireyes, the heat actually wasn't that bad. It was hotter here in the states than there when we were there. The mosquitos were pretty bad, though. We all had bites from them. I think they are unavoidable wherever you go. Just cover yourself in bugspray before you go out and bring some concealer for coverups. Â Thanks dolfinluck! Â hustg...about the resort photographers. I think they were pretty good. We hired HDC but in our package was included 50 pics from the resort that they took during the ceremony. They came out really nice. Something they did that was amazing and beyond what we expected was the video. It came in our package and covered the ceremony and a little bit after and is just so beautiful! Â hermosahoops, thanks:) It would definitely be worth it to stay for the extra 4 days not only because the resort is great but then you don't have to worry about packing everything up and spending time going somewhere else when you could be at the bar or wherever...=) Â Hi, uninspired. I am glad you are starting to destress:) Its really funny that this is supposed to be such a happy time in our lives but sometimes we lose sight of that because of all of the stress and the drama. I know it is hard to forget all that but please try. This is a fun time- this is your time! And no one else's......good luck:)
  11. Hi, girls! Thanks for all the sweet comments! And today we just got our wedding book from HDC and its beautiful! Â dcarnis, lol I added you on fb:) Â Thanks, NancM. My bouquet, my hubby's boutinere, the Best Man's boutinere, and I think my grandpa is wearing one and my mom in law- they were all real and included in our package with the resort. The girls' bouquets as well as the other groomsmen's boutinere's were fake. I bought them in a flower warehouse in jersey. After the ceremony, we actually used the BM's bouquets as the centerpieces. We got some fancy glasses from the bar, put some blue stones that I brought in them, and stuck the flowers right in them and they worked out nicely:) Â Mrs. Williams and irisheyes, I added you:) Â In my opinion, and my hubby's and our guests that tried the cake, it was delicious!!! We weren't too picky how it looked as long as our cake topper was on top. They actually serve the same cake in the buffet as dessert and whenever we could, we would go and get some during the week because it was so yummy!
  12. Thanks, Katierenae! Congrads on picking Dreams! You will love it! It definitely is a hard decision to make- but I really think you will be happy with it:) And ya know, I always thought it would be less stress to plan a destination wedding...but now definitely not! But it is well worth it:) Â Like I mentioned before girls, if you want to see all my professional pics please request me on fb and send me a little message so I know you're from this forum, please:) I did post some pics to an album here- just click on my name and go to my albums and you should be able to see them. Let me know if this works. Thanks!
  13. Tiara Tiara is great. She does take a little time responding to emails, but once you meet her and see how much she has to do, it becomes clear why. We met with her 2 days after we arrived. She went through everything with us and answered any questions we had. We told her how we wanted the centerpieces and the tables and it turned out better than we even dreamed of! She is there for anything you need and stays for most of the wedding to make sure everything is going smoothly. She defintely knows what she is doing so please girls, just trust her. I was not one of those brides that had to know everything about everything...I knew that it would turn out great and was even more confident after we met with Tiara. Â HDC Photo HDC takes amazing pictures and we are so glad we chose them. Arnaud is very personable and very sweet and really knows the best places on the resort to take pictures. I will try and post some of our pics but please, if you have facebook and would like to see the rest of ours, just request me (Gaby Michalik) because I cannot describe how good they came out. And, you get so much in the packages. We got the biggest package and it was worth every penny and more. Arnaud even stayed longer than he had to and we were very appreciative of that. He brought us our pics later the second week and sat with us as we went through them. Again, I highly recommend HDC if you really want some amazing pictures to remember your special day by. Â DJ Mannia Carlos with DJ Mannia was great. He was setting up as I was walking to the beach to get married. He is very friendly and will play anything you want him to. He followed our lead- everyone in our group loves to dance- and really played to our crowd. We even brought a CD of Polish songs (my hubby's fam is Polish) and played some songs off of that. He was great and he stayed a little longer for us, as well. Â Pastor Rick York Pastor York was great and we were so glad we made it legal here and official in DR. His ceremony was beautiful and made most of our crew tear up. He is a very sweet man and worth having him if he is available! He is a great addition! Â The Wedding Our wedding really turned out better than we dreamed. I spent the night before with some of my girls- and the boys spent the night together. We went to the spa in the morning and got our hair and nails done. Maria took care of us for most of the day and she was great! All of our hair turned out great and stayed together the whole night! After the spa, we went and got dressed, Arnaud came, and it was time to go get married! We walked to the beach and got some stares but it was so exciting! I asked Eric's grandfather to walk me down the aisle and thats when it really started to hit me what was going on. Our bridal party made an arch for us to walk under with their arms and then I saw my hubby to be! He looked so handsome! We didn't have too many people in the way but we did have some onlookers which was fine by us. If people started to swim in front, the security shooed them away. After our I do's, we had cocktail hour and drinks and it was picture time. We took pictures for a while (again, they came out amazing) and then it was party time! Carlos introduced us and we danced our way in:) We had our first dance and then Mom and Son dance and then dinner. We had the speeches which were beautiful and then a Polish tradition of Vodka and water (whomever gets the vodka is the boss and guess who got it...lol). We ate dinner- which was delicious! Then more dancing and partying and the cake. We also did the bouquet and garter toss and then more dancing and partying...lol. Since everything was on the beach, they had the beach bar open to us- which is a short walk from the reception site. The ceremony is farther down the beach than the reception area. Both spots are perfect and plenty of room. We really lucked out with the weather. It apparently drizzled in the am- I had no clue- but cleared up and was gorgeous. I really believe someone was looking out for us that day...especially after everything we have been through just trying to get married. There are so many more details that I could write about but then this review would be 5 pages long! Overall, we truly believe we could not have picked a better resort. Just with the staff, the location, the Beach, the food, the drinks, the everything...it was just amazing. Everything just turned out so well. You girls have nothing to worry about...like I mentioned before, just trust the planner and breathe and enjoy this time! Believe me, I was in your shoes a short while ago! And it went by sooo fast. Please just enjoy yourselves. If something goes wrong, stay positive and try to laugh it off. It is your and your hubby's special day!!! Do not let anyone or anything get in the way of that!!!! Â Honeymoon We were so happy we stayed at the same resort for week number two. After everyone left, we missed them a little bit...but then got over it...lol. We really felt like it was a different resort because we didn't get to fully enjoy it as much the first week because we were following everyone around. It really is a gorgeous resort and has so much to offer. Please take advantage of the room service, the restaurants, and just the time alone. Whether its walking on the beach, going on an excursion together, or just simply sitting in your room watching TV in your bathrobes....enjoy it and each other. I hope this review was helpful to everyone! I might end up adding stuff along the way:) Congrads to all Dreams Brides....past and future! It really is great to be a wife! Cheers! Mrs. Gaby Michalik Â
  14. Well hello ladies!! I am so sorry for taking so long to write my review! I cannot believe we have been married for over a month already! Time really flies by too quickly.... So here goes my review! Â Travel We flew Continental from Newark, NJ straight to Punta Cana. There were 24 of us. We rented a party bus that picked us up promptly at 4am! Everyone was so excited! Before we left, my husband and I gave everyone their gifts that we made for them which included t-shirts saying "Headed to Paradise...for Eric and Gaby's Wedding," mugs with our names and date on them, and nips (mini vodkas). We got to the airport with plenty of time and had no trouble getting through security. Well, except for my fiance's grandfather that does not speak a word of English. He got searched because he kept beeping going through the metal detector. No one knew what was making him beep until he started pulling nip after nip out of his pockets! lol. Other than that everything went smoothly. They hung my dress up in the front of the plane and the staff was very friendly. The airport is very different from a US airport- no AC but music to welcome you! When the little mariachi band saw me carrying my wedding dress and my Bride tiara on my head, they started playing "Here comes the Bride." So cool! After we all got our luggage, we found our bus and were off to the resort! Â Check in/Rooms It took us about an hour and a half to get to the resort. Once there, check in wasn't too bad. There were a lot of us and some with special requests (for my husband's grandparents to be on the bottom floor, etc.) and after a little confusion, everyone had their room. We got ours right away. We did not get a suite but we did get upgraded to preferred club priviledges. We asked about a suite our second week- because the first week we wanted to be close to everyone and didn't mind- but were told we would have to pay more. It really didn't matter to us and were actually glad we stayed where we were because we had so much stuff! Our room was beautiful. We had a great view of the preferred club pool and ocean. We were on the top (third) floor which was cool because the ceiling looked like a cabin ceiling- wood rafters. And at night, when it rained, it sounded really cool. The room was clean everyday- always fresh towels. No bugs in our room. We stayed in building 5. The only thing is I wish they would have refilled our suntan lotion and stuff more often. But that was okay because everytime we passed the maid's cart, I would swipe what I could! lol:) Â Hotel/Restaurants/Bars In my opinion, the hotel is amazing. It is just so beautifully decorated and has a nice modern feel to it. It has so many restaurants and even though we did not get to try them all, the ones we did try were delcious! The buffet is great and you have to make sure you try the pizza by the main pool (served from noon-6). The beach bar was the bar we frequented the most- Santos, Cesar, and Beto were excellent bartenders. They really got to know our family well the first week. Especially Grandpa- he would sit by the bar playing canasta with a bottle of Absolut next to him. They were excellent and during our Honeymoon week, the second week, Santos would even bring our drinks to us. We made sure before we left to tip them extra because they made our trip even more enjoyable. The bar by the main pool is really good, too. Eric and I became familiar with this one really during our second week. I think it started on the day we received the DVD of our pictures and spent 5 hours trying to pick out which ones we wanted. After we left the room, and went through 2 bottles of champagne, we went to the main pool bar and met Antonio. He took care of us for the rest of the day (with 3 bottles later) and also the rest of the trip. We didn't really visit the pool bar too much which surprised us because the pool bar is important to us whenever we are picking a place to go on vacation. The beach was too amazing to pass up, though... Â Beach Dreams's beach is just breathtaking. First of all, the sand is smooth and clean. They have huge palapas all over the beach for people to go and sit under. The water is so clear and really is like a pool. There really aren't any waves so it is nice and calm. The view from the beach is the pier on one side and a local fishing village on the other. It really is so pretty because there are always boats docked over there and it just makes it feel...I don't know...more like you aren't in the middle of nowhere. There are always games going on and the entertainment staff to get you going to participate. If you do, you can earn their funny money which can be used at the auctions during the week to get free stuff like bottles of mamjuana and paintings. You can walk down the beach a bit to go to the little village but be careful because there are vendors there that will walk with you down the beach to try and get you to buy something. Â Entertainment/Disco/Casino The entertainment was pretty good. Some of the shows were better than others. We honestly did not see many of the shows but the ones we did see, we enjoyed. The Disco was pretty cool. Most nights they played local music but they also had themed nights. The casino was small but was fun. We won a little bit but then ended up giving it back:) Other than our wedding night, the best night there was the night we arrived- the fourth of July. After getting pretty tipsy at the pool bar and then on the beach, we all showered and changed and went to dinner at the pool party. They had tables and tables of food set up along with tables and chairs to sit. They had live music, a show, and then more live music. Unfortunately, most of our party went to bed early because we did have a long day of travelling, but Eric and I and a few others were not ready for bed! We danced and sang and me and one of Eric's cousins even jumped in the pool in our undies! It was great! Â Excursions When we were there with everyone, we went to Saona Island. This is a definite must. We had such a blast! We got picked up at our resort at 9am. This was soo cool because usually you have to drive somewhere and spend time on a bus. Once we got on, they gave us beer and rum and water. They had music and a videographer and it was just great. When we got there, they fed us lunch- so good!- and we hung out for a few hours. The water was beautiful and the sand had pink sparkles in it! After our time was up, they took us to a sandbar in the middle of the ocean that was shallow enough to stand. And here, we found and held real starfish! This was so cool! They wanted to take us back but we kept tipping them so they let us stay pretty late. There are other excursions that you can go on, but this one I highly recommend. We didn't go anywhere during our second week because we didn't want to waste time on a bus that we could be enjoying as the resort. Â Miscellaneous We did have one rainy day our first week- and that was LizzyJane's wedding day. We did meet up a couple nights and even though her pictures are beautiful, she was even more beautiful in person! She was very sweet and so was her hubby:) We enjoyed hanging out with them and wished we could have spent more time together. But sometimes it is hard with such a large group. If it does rain, there is always a rain schedule on the newsletter you get every night for the following day. Be careful of the vendors that frequent the resort every other day. They set their booths up by the pool (the main area) and can be very pushy. Just say no thank you and smile and usually that is enough for them to back off. One thing I really want to comment on is tipping the staff. They work really hard and some of them work 12 hours a day, with only one day off a week. We spent quite a bit on tips but it is so worth it. At this resort, they will take care of you regardless, but it is always appreciated and remembered if you do slip them a little something for taking such good care of you. Â My next post will be our wedding review! Â Â
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