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  1. Hello If it's Non-Private it is included in the package. If you'd like a private dinner, at the time of my wedding it would've cost $1000 USD.
  2. Hi Jenmheadrick Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. To have or not to have an open bar? Its very subjective. My beach party was beside the POP (People of Palladium) beach hut, just behind the Parrilla Steakhouse restaurant. The closest bar was the Punta Cana lobby which was 2mins away. I had read mixed reviews on the open bar as well, but in the end my now hubby and I decided it would be best to have the open bar right on the beach. We thought...guests are paying 1K + for travel + gifts, so the least we could do is have the bar. The cost is $15US per person. Our barman/bartender was very energetic and we had no shortage of drinks. Hope this helps.
  3. Hi For our June 2012 wedding we hired the resort DJ ($300 for 3 hours) for our beach party. I'm not sure if they rotate DJ's, but the one we had didn't really speak English. Wasn't a big deal to me since I'm fluent in Spanish. I can't remember his name. I took my own music on a CD and ipod and handed those to the DJ to play. I have to admit, he wasn't very enthusiastic, looked tired, did not interact with guests. Basically sat in his beach bar hut and played music, just that. I have heard good things about DJ Mannia (outside vendor), his price is around $800 I believe. Hope this helps.
  4. Hello I have sent you some of my photos to the email above. I had 29 guests (1 infant, 1 teenager). When I inquired about the beach party, the coordinator emailed me stating the following: "The private beach part apply for groups with more than 25 guest." Not sure how flexible they are with that number as I fell within the limit. I did look into DJ Mannia, but it was $800US. Keep in mind that to bring an outside vendor a fee is required at most resorts. For my June 2012 wedding at the Palladium there was no such fee yet. Ask the coordinator if there is a vendor fee for the year 2013. There is however a Day Pass you must purchase for any visitor. At the time of my wedding it was $60US per person. I had a videographer and photographer cover my wedding, so I had to purchase 2 day passes for them ($120US total). Party in another location? From the extra services file that I was sent the only option was the beach for a party. Unless, you have more than 40 guests and 'rent' out a restaurant from 6:30pm until midnight, which costs $1000US. Perhaps this may change in the new year, I'd suggest you ask Carolina about that. Good luck CC
  5. CORRECTION: Sorry the Open Bar for 3 hours is $15US not $12US (price went up). Also, my dinner reception took place at the Asian restaurant Bamboo, not Sumptuori.
  6. Hello Dawn I have sent some of my photos to the email provided. For the beach party I was told in an email the following: "The private beach party apply for groups with more than 25 guest". I had 29 guests attend. I don't know how lenient they are with that number and if for the year 2013 there are any changes. Ask the coordinator. The beach party with open bar for 3 hours is: $15 US (Price went up in 2012 from $12 to $15 US per person). So if you did have 20 people, it would be: 20 * $15 = $300 US. The DJ is $300US for 3 hours and it is optional. I included a DJ to avoid the hassle of taking my own speakers and having a guest of mine be in charge of DJ'ing. Also for groups with more than 14 guests a set menu is required (1 app, 1 main, 1 dessert). They make exceptions for kids, allergies and vegetarian guests. 13 of my guests were vegetarian, so what we did was order 2 main (Beef medallion for the meat-eaters and the Salmon fillet for the vegetarians). You can see in the photo I sent you the 2 meal options. There was an extra charge of $5US per plate for this change/addition. I hope this helps, any more questions feel free to ask. Good luck, Cc
  7. Hello I got married at the GP Punta Cana in June 2012. As far as the planning, most you will do once you meet with Carolina or her assistant (Kenia). You are handed a book which includes: bouquet, boutonniere, chair sash (various colours to choose from), cake (vanilla, chocolate), and extra services (horse & carriage, musical trio, clothes steam, DJ, live music, open bar). You will also choose your dinner menu (1 appetizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert), and music. My wedding was as such: Silver Renewal of Vows Package 2012 3pm: Ceremony @ Oceanview Gazebo (highly recommend the gazebo). When I initially booked the wedding I specified that I wanted the ceremony at the Oceanview Gazebo. Ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. We had a symbolic wedding performed by Carolina, and we had a sand ceremony included. 3:30 - 6pm: Photo session with Caribbean Emotions (recommend this company to cover your photography. Michael and Pascal are great!.). Also booked a Trash the Dress session the day after the wedding (highly recommend). 6pm-8:30pm: Dinner reception at Sumptuori. Venue and whether it's private vs non-private dinner comes at a cost and depends on the number of people in your party. 9pm-12pm: We included a Private Beach Party and hired the resort DJ for $300 for 3 hours and Open Bar @ $12pp for 3 hours. This was an extra service and needed to be booked prior to arrival since it was dependent on availability. We took our own music on an ipod and CD and handed it to the DJ. Just a heads up, you will often see in your emails "Will confirm upon arrival". Nothing is set in stone, your ceremony time may change, dinner venue (ours was changed, but we were happy with the result). As far as decorations, I bought: -raffia fans (huge hit with guests) -sand ceremony kit -centerpieces for dinner which we also used for beach party (vase, orchids, submersible lights and clear beads) -sandal luggage tags favours -on Esty I found these adorable sugar starfish boutonnieres ($5.50 each) -instead of a traditional guest book, we took a signature picture frame -rose petals -Bride and Groom signs -Love sign for the cake table I would suggest you ask her to send you the "Options for the set menu" and "Wedding Services" files. If you want more information or photos, I'd be willing to forward them to you. Like it's been said before, don't stress because the wedding coordinators will take care of everything. Good luck.
  8. Hello I got married at the GP Punta Cana in June 2012. As far as the planning, most you will do once you meet with Carolina or her assistant (Kenia). You are handed a book which includes: bouquet, boutonniere, chair sash (various colours to choose from), cake (vanilla, chocolate), and extra services (horse & carriage, musical trio, clothes steam, DJ, live music, open bar). You will also choose your dinner menu (1 appetizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert), and music. My wedding was as such: Silver Renewal of Vows Package 2012 3pm: Ceremony @ Oceanview Gazebo (highly recommend the gazebo). When I initially booked the wedding I specified that I wanted the ceremony at the Oceanview Gazebo. Ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. We had a symbolic wedding performed by Carolina, and we had a sand ceremony included. 3:30 - 6pm: Photo session with Caribbean Emotions (recommend this company to cover your photography. Michael and Pascal are great!.). Also booked a Trash the Dress session the day after the wedding (highly recommend). 6pm-8:30pm: Dinner reception at Sumptuori. Venue and whether it's private vs non-private dinner comes at a cost and depends on the number of people in your party. 9pm-12pm: We included a Private Beach Party and hired the resort DJ for $300 for 3 hours and Open Bar @ $12pp for 3 hours. This was an extra service and needed to be booked prior to arrival since it was dependent on availability. We took our own music on an ipod and CD and handed it to the DJ. Just a heads up, you will often see in your emails "Will confirm upon arrival". Nothing is set in stone, your ceremony time may change, dinner venue (ours was changed, but we were happy with the result). As far as decorations, I bought: -raffia fans (huge hit with guests) -sand ceremony kit -centerpieces for dinner which we also used for beach party (vase, orchids, submersible lights and clear beads) -sandal luggage tags favours -on Esty I found these adorable sugar starfish boutonnieres ($5.50 each) -instead of a traditional guest book, we took a signature picture frame -rose petals -Bride and Groom signs -Love sign for the cake table I would suggest you ask her to send you the "Options for the set menu" and "Wedding Services" files. If you want more information or photos, I'd be willing to forward them to you. Like it's been said before, don't stress because the wedding coordinators will take care of everything. Good luck.
  9. The message no longer appears as of today. I had used several browsers: Firefox, IE, Chrome and was stuck in loop. Signed in today and the message is gone. All is good now, thank you.
  10. wow, thanks so much to all posters. I've gathered a lot of valuable information. My date is set for June 5th, 2012. I'm nervous already!, I'll be a wreck a week prior to departure. OH, just and FYI. The wedding coordinator - Carolina, is out of office until Jan 11, 2012.
  11. Hello all I'm June 5th, 2012 Punta Cana, DR Grand Palladium Punta Cana
  12. Ooh my, I shouldn't have copied and pasted. Format is all wrong, sorry about that.
  13. Hello Carly Yes I'm still stuck. This is the loop. Message on top reads: "Welcome elektrokitty! Please check your email inbox for our verification message and follow its instructions. Didn't get it? Click here to resend." >>I checked email, clicked on "Click here to verify your email address", and I get redirected to my Community Profile and the message to verify my email appears once again.
  14. Hello Newbie here, I seem to be stuck in a loop with the following message. I receive the email, but when i click on the link to complete registration, it takes me to my profile page with the following message. What am I doing wrong. Welcome elektrokitty! Please check your email inbox for our verification message and follow its instructions. Didn't get it? Click here to resend.
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