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  1. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    Hi, hmszafranki! I was married at Dreams in early December, and it was pretty dark by 6-6:30. I'm not sure if it's changed much since then... And, we were the same way with both the rehearsal dinner and reception - we had 12 guests and I just couldn't justify paying $15 a seat for a reservation. So, for our rehearsal, my husband's father went to Oceana when it opened to try and put in our request. Unfortunately, there was a line for the restaurant so we couldn't have it there (if you have a large party, they have to seat everyone in line before they'll seat your party). But, we were able to get in a Seaside Grill (it's right next door) with no problem, so we waited for everyone outside Oceana and just walked over to Seaside Grill together. It was really nice! They put us in the left side of the restaurant at three tables right next to each other, and it worked out perfectly. It even felt very private, even though we were in the middle of the restaurant. My advice is to have a Plan A and Plan B if you aren't doing the reservation, and to have your designated table-getting there when the restaurant opens (restaurant times will be on the daily newsletter you get in your room). Plus, there's always the World Cafe if for some reason it doesn't work out. There was always a lot of extra room and big tables in there. Good luck!!
  2. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    Hi! No, we got married at Dreams Punta Cana.
  3. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    thanks, karleen! we were married dec. 8. we stayed at the resort from dec. 4-14. it was amazing! 85 degrees every day with about 5 minutes of rain every day. but, it was beautiful! the cake seriously feed 30 people. we had 14 people. Everyone had a piece of cake at the reception, and we had about more than 1/2 left. and, we cut the pieces ourselves so i'm sure they were bigger than what the resort would have done (they offered, but we already started so we just kept cutting). if you have extra cake, they will deliver it to your room! haha just make sure you ask for a box. we just assumed they would give us one, and it arrived to our room on the platter it was served on in the restaurant. and, we never able to get someone to find us one ("the place with the boxes is closed... oh, they should have already given you one.... we dont know where to get one"). but, the resort brought us some foil to cover it, and that worked just fine. there are pictures of the cake on my facebook page if you'd like to see it - facebook.com/caitlinsmith70
  4. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    hi! sorry about the delay in getting back to you! things have been crazy with the upcoming holiday! our ceremony was at 4 p.m. it was the perfect time - just late enough to still enjoy the day, and we still had lots of sunlight afterwards for pictures. the sunsets around 6:30ish in December. and, my facebook url is facebook.com/caitlinsmith70. that's the worst part of having a common name... there are like a million other caitlin smith's so i'm a little hard to find!
  5. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    hi! we had two round tables, but they were right next to each other. we had a total of 14 (with ryan and i), so there were some extra seats because each table held 8. we bounced back and forth in between courses to talk to everyone. none our of guests seemed to mind. the set up was similar for our rehearsal dinner at the sea side grill, except they were two rectangular tables. depending on what time of year you go, i would NOT recommend doing a reservation at one of the restaurants for your rehearsal or after your wedding. apparently, in december, the resort is empty - something we did not know until we got there, but it was so nice!! yessica mentioned it was $15 per person to make a reservation. we thought about it and decided against it. on our way to the wedding, yessica told me that she went ahead and had tables set up at el patio, and she did not charge us. as for the rehearsal, we got to the restaurant when it opened and put it our request and they had no problem accommodating us. i know our family members took pictures of both events. as soon as i get one, i'll post it here for you to see. also, at the reception dinner, the manager of el patio set up a cake table for us and brought out our cake after dinner was complete, along with a cake server and knife. they even brought out champagne for everyone and our family did their toasts. no charge!! and, they will deliver the extra cake to your room... haha!
  6. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    hi! we just returned from our wedding at dreams punta cana! everything was BEAUTIFUL! you will not be disappointed. we had a small group come with us - 12 family members and friends. yessica was our wedding coordinator, and she did our symbolic ceremony at the gazebo. it was perfect and just so sweet. she even read a traditional irish prayer and toast for us during and after the wedding. afterwards, she arranged for tables to be set up at el patio. it was so pretty! and, personally, i thought it was the perfect spot. the restaurant has a large open space in the back - enough for 2 tables and the wedding cake table - and it felt surprisingly private despite being in the restaurant with other people. michael weiler from caribbean emotions was our photographer, and he was AMAZING. so funny and patient, and even my fiance who HATES having his picture taken had fun! the pictures are just stunning. if you like to see them, feel free to friend me on facebook - facebook.com/caitlinsmith70. i'd be more than happy to answer any questions you might have! good luck and congratulations to everyone out there!
  7. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    Ours is at 4pm at the gazebo! it's nice to find someone who's getting married the same day!
  8. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    i thought that would post under your post, @worried bride. so sorry about that! i'm getting married dec. 8, too, at dreams. what time is your wedding?
  9. Caitlin Smith

    Dreams Punta Cana Brides

    I am! We're getting married Dec. 8 at Dreams Punta Cana!
  10. I just read on the Dreams Punta Cana brides Facebook page that a girl just did a bon fire on the beach with drink service after dinner for her guest. She had a small wedding, too, and said it was a really nice extra without having a big reception. They rented a sound system from the resort and played music from their iPod while their guest enjoyed drinks and dancing. I'm looking into this option now. ) We're not super formal, and something like that seemed more like us. Just something else to consider! Good luck! -Caitlin
  11. Hi! I'm getting married in December, and we are having a tiny wedding at Dreams Punta Cana. I agree with you - it seems like most people are having big weddings! My fiance and I have been together 9 years next month, so we're kind of over the whole "wedding" thing. We invited only family and close friends and have about 10 people coming. We're doing the free symbolic ceremony at the wedding gazebo (the wedding package is free when you stay in the honeymoon suite), followed by photos, then dinner at one of the restaurants. We're getting legally married in the U.S. because we didn't want to deal with getting a judge, doing all the paperwork, waiting for the marriage license, etc. I've heard from other brides/friends who have visited the resort that if you just do to the restaurant you want to eat at when it re-opens for dinner and tell them how many you have, they'll put a table together for you and just give you a buzzer so you can come back when it's ready. It seemed wasteful to send $600 on a reception for such a small number of people... And, I've heard that the beach wedding isn't really that private at some resorts. All they do it rope off a small section, so everyone just hanging out on the beach is watching you. You can have your photographer take everyone over to the beach for some photos - that's what we're going to be going. Hope this helps!
  12. This is a review of:

    Dreams Punta Cana - All Inclusive

    The Perfect Destination Wedding

    Pros: Wonderful wedding coordinators, friendly staff, beautiful scenery, big pool, nice rooms
    If you are looking for the perfect place for your destination wedding, this is it!   We were married at Dreams Punta Cana on Dec. 8, and it was everything we'd hoped it would be and more.   Wedding Our wedding was perfect.   We had 12 guests, and our wedding was held at the gazebo at 4 p.m. with a dinner at El Patio afterwards.   Yessica was our wedding coordinator, and she was just amazing. I was a little nervous because our coordinator was switched about a week before the wedding, but there was no need to be. Two days before the wedding, we met with her and she went through a checklist of items she needed to know and that was it! Everything we wanted just magically appeared on Dec. 8. It was great!   After the ceremony, we had a private dinner at El Patio. Yessica had two round tables set up for us at the back of the restaurant with small table for us to place our guest gifts and cake. The manager of the restaurant came out and told my husband and I how the evening would go, and then brought out champagne for everyone (we never asked if we wanted this, and were not changed for it!). The food and service was AMAZING.   If have a small wedding party, I would highly recommend El Patio for your reception. The restaurant has a large empty space in the back where they put us. Even though we were in the restaurant with other people, it felt incredibly private!   Resort The resort was lovely - giant pool, beautiful beach, gorgeous landscaping.   We stayed in the Preferred Club - Building 6, and so did all our guests.  Everything was very nice, and the concierges were great. If you needed something, they were there within minutes.   Every restaurant was delicious. The buffet had a nice variety of food, and the waiters at all the restaurants were amazing.  Oh! And, the burgers on the beach at lunch - SO good! My favorite was El Patio, and my husband loved Portofino. The only one we didn't get to was Hitisimu.   Just two complaints -   About 50% of the staff doesn't speak English (the waiters at breakfast, some of the late-night staff, housekeeping). If we were to go again, I would definitely learn some key phrases. Everyone is on "Dominican time." I would make sure your ride back to the airport is a good 30 minutes earlier than you think is necessary. Our ride was 20 minutes late, and our families' was 40 minutes late - and no one but us seemed to be bothered by that...   Overall, I would definitely visit the resort again. Everything on our wedding day was just perfect, and we really couldn't have asked for more!
  13. Amazing Experience

    Pros: Ease of communication, friendly, outstanding work
    We booked Caribbean Emotions for our wedding at Dreams Punta Cana on Dec. 8, and we could not have been happier with our decision!   We went with the Royal package (coverage before, during and after ceremony) and did the Trash the Dress session the next day.   Michael was amazing! He was very professional and made taking picture so much fun! He came to our room to take pictures of my friends and I getting ready, and he had us laughing the whole time. He even helped us when the maid came to the room to clean (none of us spoke any Spanish and he was kind enough to talk to her for us).   He was so kind and patient with our guests, which really meant a lot to us. My husband's parents are older and his 90-year-old grandmother came to our wedding. Michael made sure to capture everyone who was at our wedding, and even helped my husband's grandmother when she needed it.   The Trash the Dress session the next day was so much fun - you have to do it! Michael took us off the resort (only about 5 minutes away) to a private area for the shoot. We had so much fun!!    All of our pictures look amazing. My friends, family and co-workers back home couldn't believe how amazing the photos turned out. "This place doesn't even look real!" "These photos are beautiful!" "Everything looks so perfect."    Michael is blessed with such a wonderful gift - to take a special day and photograph every single magical moment. I've looked at the photos at least a dozen times and I feel like I spot something new I love every time I look at them.   If you are still looking for a photographer, you HAVE to choose Caribbean Emotions!