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  1. My husband and I worked with this company during our summer wedding (in June). They are AMAZING! As we were planning from afar, we spent a lot of time researching various companies and read nothing but wonderful reviews about HDC, so we just went for it. Arnaud was very prompt, professional and TRUSTWORTHY (this was a huge deal as we were dealing with expenses with a company from another country!) . We met with him a few days before the wedding and had the pleasure to work with him during our ceremony. Our other photographer was Charlie and he was just as fantastic. They were both very easy going, flexible kept me calm before the ceremony, captured all of the moments we wanted to remember forever, were flexible, maintained professionalism throughout our wedding and engaged with our guests. We could not believe how quickly the images were available for us to view and they were printed for us the day before we left to go home! Our photo book came exactly when Arnaud stated, and it is beautiful! We chose the diamond package and were astounded by all of the services and pictures were received for the price and the prompt timing! If you want memorable, gorgeous photos for your wedding and not stress about it from afar, I would HIGHLY recommend HDC Photography.
  2. Sky girl- Yes blue/turquoise is very popular…it just looks so beautiful in “paradiseâ€. -I think the Ocean view Master suite will be just fine. The only next step up is a presidential suite and that supposed to have a kitchen which is totally unnecessary when its all inclusive food and drinks! -I had Welcome Bags for all of our guests that had a “Wedding Weekend Survival Kitâ€, DR Postcard and a welcome letter. Within the welcome letter it had some kind words and details about the upcoming events. This being: Welcome Gathering, The actual wedding and then after out meeting with Mercy, I handwrote a rehearsal time for our wedding party. I don’t think everyone needs to do a rehearsal but I requested a quick one since we had 5 children in our wedding and we had the wooden platform that they were going to be aware of walking down on. It was quick and easy. From there, we had our Welcome Gathering at the Carnival Buffet for a set time and reserved section. -As far as welcome bag distribution, since you are all flying down together, it may be easier to hand them off to them immediately. We had staggered arrivals so aside from our parents and the bridal party, we sucked it up and just paid the fee to have them delivered because it was crazy trying to find all 50 guests to give them bags when we had a ton of other things to focus on. -As far as cocktail hour, we had some whole wedding group pics and then we took some pics with our bridal party on the beach and then we were solo. To be honest, I am a bit bummed we missed out on the cocktail hour since we planned it and we didn’t have pictures of our guests there since our photographer was with us, but if that’s the least of my concerns oh well. We did not have the bridal party for long so they just went back to the fountain where the cocktail hour was happening after their pics. -I will mention this, I originally thought that we would have the ceremony (which was at 4), cocktail hour from 4:30-5:30, then the reception at 6. Well, because it was at Castaways and the restaurant is open at a certain time, our reception was not until 7. Not a huge deal since everyone went back to their rooms to freshen up, change shoes or go to the bars, but it pushed back our photographer and DJ time which may bother some people. -We tipped our servers at our welcome gathering/dinner $50 and I know some guests did as well. KEEP IN MIND: 1 US dollar I s equivalent to 39 Dominican pesos. These people are verrrry hard workers and extremely appreciative people. We tipped some servers at the wedding but I am not sure how much our hubby gave them. ***We also tipped Mercy. She was amazing. I cannot believe she had everything we wanted (minus the sparkler mishap) the way I had asked, based on an initial meeting we had…which was about 4 hours, but we had a larger group and I had specific details for the reception. I say pending on your experience, I would suggest a $50-100 tip or whatever you like. -My husband and I said from the get go we would do the buffet. Its easier, causal and we liked the options. We actually kept the Divine cocktail hour and paid the difference per head but liked the Gold Buffet Menu better than the Platinum menu and paid the difference. It was surprisingly good. We didn’t have high expectations for a lot- just wanted it to be beautiful and fun….but the food was sooo good! Better than the usual buffet food (although that is good too, but they are not mass producing it all for these events). ****Oh and check to make sure the bar liquor is set before the day of your wedding. We assumed we had top shelf,but it was local liquor so an hour into the reception we asked Mercy for an upgrade and with a simple call and signing an agreement for the new charge, it was fixed just like that. -Are there any specific wedding décor you want to see pics of? My tables were simple, I had a special table set up for family history wedding décor and a suitecase with postcards for people to fill out in lieu of a guestbook, disposable cameras and pictures of us (from our engagement photos from the year before when we were at the DR). -The wedding service was excellent. Service at the resort was a bit slow, but we saw tremendous improvements throughout our stay. Please let me know if you have any other questions! NOWBride2013: -We looked into other DJs, but the resort DJ seemed fair priced compared to others. Again, we were surprised with them. We never met with them- just filled out a paper with songs for specific dances (our dance, parent dance, cake cutting, and other songs we wanted play). It was a brief list and we just had to give it to Mercy who scanned it and emailed it to them. There were a few cheesy s ongs during dinner (like Lady in Red, but the older folks loved it) but after dinner, we didn’t say anything and they played awesome dance music and we all had a blast! If you have specific songs, they are very receptive and seem to have a wide variety of songs to play. All in all, aside from about maybe 7-9 specific songs to play, they did the rest on their own and were awesome! To be honest, I do not remember the company. It is something you will have to ask your wedding coordinator, sorry! Avantkt: -Let me tell you- it drove me nuts how long it took them to respond to emails when I was planning. If worse came to worse, I called and they were very receptive to that. As our wedding approached, I ensured that I had confirmation of the place we requested for both the ceremony and reception and sent an updated wedding planner to Mercy. We actually requested ours sooner than a month before to help us plan better. You can ask for this about 2 months beforehand. This breaks everything down for you on a spreadsheet and gives you an idea of how much extras/upgrades would be (and your overall budget/balance). -Mercy is such a sweet, accommodating and efficient wedding coordinator. Our initial impression was not the best since she thought we were coming a day later and we did not receive a letter upon our arrival about our wedding meeting. A heads up, you should receive a letter at check-in our at your room your first day about your wedding meeting/interview. If you do not, go to the wedding office. This is located in the Preffered Club on the 2000 side buildings. After she realized we were already there, we received a letter within the hour for our meeting the next day. -My husband was jokingly giving her a hard time because she did not respond to one of our emails. She was sincerely apologetic and literally showed us her inbox in the last 3 days……OVER 481!!!! Ladies,I know it is extremely frustrating to communicate with them. But please, make sure you are persistent with emails if you really want to know something or call them. Once you get there, have everything organized and ready to go and she will work it all out the way you want….seriously, she will support you and make your day amazing and unforgettable! -We had a welcome gathering- please seem post to skygirl above and on the last page for details. -I think you will be happy with the Ocean front master suite. We initially were on the first floor which was convenient, but we did not get much sun or much privacy, so when a room on another floor opened up, we moved 2 days later. I’m so glad we did, but that’s a personal preference. The only next step up is the presidential suite with a kitchen- I do not think this is necessary. The upgrade they speak of is tricky. Its really just for location of your room for the view. And since you have ocean front master suite in the preferred club, that’s as the best view you can get. I think is applies more to people who have a standard room or just a regular room in the preferred club. Some regular rooms in the preferred club are on the side and you cannot see the pool or ocean so that may be where they upgrade you. You will love the view from the master suite. -Our guests had a blast. Only a handful who had been to the DR, but other than some slow service in the a la carte restaurants, it was fantastic! We had guests from ages 2 to 83 years old. There are plenty of places for shade by the pool, lots of free activities to do and an entertainment team during the day to get you to participate in fun daily gatherings or workouts. There is a nightclub and casino by the plaza where they also have all of the restaurants and some shows at night. I think it is great for all ages. -This was our 4th time to the DR, so my husband and some of our friends have gone on several excursions off the resort. We always book through Apple Vacations so there is a rep onsite to guide you through legit excursions and set everything up for you. We have traveled from 30 minutes to 2 hours off a resort and were just fine. We went snorkeling, 4-wheeling, on the outback safari, a party boat, and Saona Island. 30 of my family members went on the Saonoa island excursion and some to Catalina Island (both included snorkeling or scuba diving, party boats and speed boats). Some of my families’ luggage did not arrive so they went shopping off the resort. I believe there are shuttles that come often to take guests throughout the week. But we passed it and it was not far from the resort either. Just venture off with a group and have a plan. -I will tell you my husband and I underestimated how much time we would be running around to spend time with others. We barely had time to relax! Stay longer, much longer if you can. I think we came to early and should have stayed later. We arrived Monday, wedding meeting Tuesday, rest of guests arrived Weds, rehearsal & welcome dinner Thurs, wedding Fri, some guests left Sat, others left Sun, remained (about 35 ppl) left Mon, photography meeting for hooooours on Tues(But we got all of our picture before we left!), then we left Weds L It goes by sooooooooooo quickly ladies. I am truly sad its over. Let me know if I can provide insight on anything else! -Dolly
  3. Sky girl- Yes blue/turquoise is very popular…it just looks so beautiful in “paradiseâ€. -I think the Ocean view Master suite will be just fine. The only next step up is a presidential suite and that supposed to have a kitchen which is totally unnecessary when its all inclusive food and drinks! -I had Welcome Bags for all of our guests that had a “Wedding Weekend Survival Kitâ€, DR Postcard and a welcome letter. Within the welcome letter it had some kind words and details about the upcoming events. This being: Welcome Gathering, The actual wedding and then after out meeting with Mercy, I handwrote a rehearsal time for our wedding party. I don’t think everyone needs to do a rehearsal but I requested a quick one since we had 5 children in our wedding and we had the wooden platform that they were going to be aware of walking down on. It was quick and easy. From there, we had our Welcome Gathering at the Carnival Buffet for a set time and reserved section. -As far as welcome bag distribution, since you are all flying down together, it may be easier to hand them off to them immediately. We had staggered arrivals so aside from our parents and the bridal party, we sucked it up and just paid the fee to have them delivered because it was crazy trying to find all 50 guests to give them bags when we had a ton of other things to focus on. -As far as cocktail hour, we had some whole wedding group pics and then we took some pics with our bridal party on the beach and then we were solo. To be honest, I am a bit bummed we missed out on the cocktail hour since we planned it and we didn’t have pictures of our guests there since our photographer was with us, but if that’s the least of my concerns oh well. We did not have the bridal party for long so they just went back to the fountain where the cocktail hour was happening after their pics. -I will mention this, I originally thought that we would have the ceremony (which was at 4), cocktail hour from 4:30-5:30, then the reception at 6. Well, because it was at Castaways and the restaurant is open at a certain time, our reception was not until 7. Not a huge deal since everyone went back to their rooms to freshen up, change shoes or go to the bars, but it pushed back our photographer and DJ time which may bother some people. -We tipped our servers at our welcome gathering/dinner $50 and I know some guests did as well. KEEP IN MIND: 1 US dollar I s equivalent to 39 Dominican pesos. These people are verrrry hard workers and extremely appreciative people. We tipped some servers at the wedding but I am not sure how much our hubby gave them. ***We also tipped Mercy. She was amazing. I cannot believe she had everything we wanted (minus the sparkler mishap) the way I had asked, based on an initial meeting we had…which was about 4 hours, but we had a larger group and I had specific details for the reception. I say pending on your experience, I would suggest a $50-100 tip or whatever you like. -My husband and I said from the get go we would do the buffet. Its easier, causal and we liked the options. We actually kept the Divine cocktail hour and paid the difference per head but liked the Gold Buffet Menu better than the Platinum menu and paid the difference. It was surprisingly good. We didn’t have high expectations for a lot- just wanted it to be beautiful and fun….but the food was sooo good! Better than the usual buffet food (although that is good too, but they are not mass producing it all for these events). ****Oh and check to make sure the bar liquor is set before the day of your wedding. We assumed we had top shelf,but it was local liquor so an hour into the reception we asked Mercy for an upgrade and with a simple call and signing an agreement for the new charge, it was fixed just like that. -Are there any specific wedding décor you want to see pics of? My tables were simple, I had a special table set up for family history wedding décor and a suitecase with postcards for people to fill out in lieu of a guestbook, disposable cameras and pictures of us (from our engagement photos from the year before when we were at the DR). -The wedding service was excellent. Service at the resort was a bit slow, but we saw tremendous improvements throughout our stay. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
  4. NOWBride2013, We looked into other DJs, but the resort DJ seemed fair priced compared to others. Again, we were surprised with them. We never met with them- just filled out a paper with songs for specific dances (our dance, parent dance, cake cutting, and other songs we wanted play). It was a brief list and we just had to give it to Mercy who scanned it and emailed it to them. There were a few cheesy s ongs during dinner (like Lady in Red, but the older folks loved it) but after dinner, we didn’t say anything and they played awesome dance music and we all had a blast! If you have specific songs, they are very receptive and seem to have a wide variety of songs to play. All in all, aside from about maybe 7-9 specific songs to play, they did the rest on their own and were awesome! To be honest, I do not remember the company. It is something you will have to ask your wedding coordinator, sorry!
  5. Sky girl- Yes blue/turquoise is very popular…it just looks so beautiful in “paradiseâ€. -I think the Ocean view Master suite will be just fine. The only next step up is a presidential suite and that supposed to have a kitchen which is totally unnecessary when its all inclusive food and drinks! -I had Welcome Bags for all of our guests that had a “Wedding Weekend Survival Kitâ€, DR Postcard and a welcome letter. Within the welcome letter it had some kind words and details about the upcoming events. This being: Welcome Gathering, The actual wedding and then after out meeting with Mercy, I handwrote a rehearsal time for our wedding party. I don’t think everyone needs to do a rehearsal but I requested a quick one since we had 5 children in our wedding and we had the wooden platform that they were going to be aware of walking down on. It was quick and easy. From there, we had our Welcome Gathering at the Carnival Buffet for a set time and reserved section. -As far as welcome bag distribution, since you are all flying down together, it may be easier to hand them off to them immediately. We had staggered arrivals so aside from our parents and the bridal party, we sucked it up and just paid the fee to have them delivered because it was crazy trying to find all 50 guests to give them bags when we had a ton of other things to focus on. -As far as cocktail hour, we had some whole wedding group pics and then we took some pics with our bridal party on the beach and then we were solo. To be honest, I am a bit bummed we missed out on the cocktail hour since we planned it and we didn’t have pictures of our guests there since our photographer was with us, but if that’s the least of my concerns oh well. We did not have the bridal party for long so they just went back to the fountain where the cocktail hour was happening after their pics. -I will mention this, I originally thought that we would have the ceremony (which was at 4), cocktail hour from 4:30-5:30, then the reception at 6. Well, because it was at Castaways and the restaurant is open at a certain time, our reception was not until 7. Not a huge deal since everyone went back to their rooms to freshen up, change shoes or go to the bars, but it pushed back our photographer and DJ time which may bother some people. -We tipped our servers at our welcome gathering/dinner $50 and I know some guests did as well. KEEP IN MIND: 1 US dollar I s equivalent to 39 Dominican pesos. These people are verrrry hard workers and extremely appreciative people. We tipped some servers at the wedding but I am not sure how much our hubby gave them. ***We also tipped Mercy. She was amazing. I cannot believe she had everything we wanted (minus the sparkler mishap) the way I had asked, based on an initial meeting we had…which was about 4 hours, but we had a larger group and I had specific details for the reception. I say pending on your experience, I would suggest a $50-100 tip or whatever you like. -My husband and I said from the get go we would do the buffet. Its easier, causal and we liked the options. We actually kept the Divine cocktail hour and paid the difference per head but liked the Gold Buffet Menu better than the Platinum menu and paid the difference. It was surprisingly good. We didn’t have high expectations for a lot- just wanted it to be beautiful and fun….but the food was sooo good! Better than the usual buffet food (although that is good too, but they are not mass producing it all for these events). ****Oh and check to make sure the bar liquor is set before the day of your wedding. We assumed we had top shelf,but it was local liquor so an hour into the reception we asked Mercy for an upgrade and with a simple call and signing an agreement for the new charge, it was fixed just like that. -Are there any specific wedding décor you want to see pics of? My tables were simple, I had a special table set up for family history wedding décor and a suitecase with postcards for people to fill out in lieu of a guestbook, disposable cameras and pictures of us (from our engagement photos from the year before when we were at the DR). -The wedding service was excellent. Service at the resort was a bit slow, but we saw tremendous improvements throughout our stay. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
  6. Sky girl- Yes blue/turquoise is very popular…it just looks so beautiful in “paradiseâ€. -I think the Ocean view Master suite will be just fine. The only next step up is a presidential suite and that supposed to have a kitchen which is totally unnecessary when its all inclusive food and drinks! -I had Welcome Bags for all of our guests that had a “Wedding Weekend Survival Kitâ€, DR Postcard and a welcome letter. Within the welcome letter it had some kind words and details about the upcoming events. This being: Welcome Gathering, The actual wedding and then after out meeting with Mercy, I handwrote a rehearsal time for our wedding party. I don’t think everyone needs to do a rehearsal but I requested a quick one since we had 5 children in our wedding and we had the wooden platform that they were going to be aware of walking down on. It was quick and easy. From there, we had our Welcome Gathering at the Carnival Buffet for a set time and reserved section. -As far as welcome bag distribution, since you are all flying down together, it may be easier to hand them off to them immediately. We had staggered arrivals so aside from our parents and the bridal party, we sucked it up and just paid the fee to have them delivered because it was crazy trying to find all 50 guests to give them bags when we had a ton of other things to focus on. -As far as cocktail hour, we had some whole wedding group pics and then we took some pics with our bridal party on the beach and then we were solo. To be honest, I am a bit bummed we missed out on the cocktail hour since we planned it and we didn’t have pictures of our guests there since our photographer was with us, but if that’s the least of my concerns oh well. We did not have the bridal party for long so they just went back to the fountain where the cocktail hour was happening after their pics. -I will mention this, I originally thought that we would have the ceremony (which was at 4), cocktail hour from 4:30-5:30, then the reception at 6. Well, because it was at Castaways and the restaurant is open at a certain time, our reception was not until 7. Not a huge deal since everyone went back to their rooms to freshen up, change shoes or go to the bars, but it pushed back our photographer and DJ time which may bother some people. -We tipped our servers at our welcome gathering/dinner $50 and I know some guests did as well. KEEP IN MIND: 1 US dollar I s equivalent to 39 Dominican pesos. These people are verrrry hard workers and extremely appreciative people. We tipped some servers at the wedding but I am not sure how much our hubby gave them. ***We also tipped Mercy. She was amazing. I cannot believe she had everything we wanted (minus the sparkler mishap) the way I had asked, based on an initial meeting we had…which was about 4 hours, but we had a larger group and I had specific details for the reception. I say pending on your experience, I would suggest a $50-100 tip or whatever you like. -My husband and I said from the get go we would do the buffet. Its easier, causal and we liked the options. We actually kept the Divine cocktail hour and paid the difference per head but liked the Gold Buffet Menu better than the Platinum menu and paid the difference. It was surprisingly good. We didn’t have high expectations for a lot- just wanted it to be beautiful and fun….but the food was sooo good! Better than the usual buffet food (although that is good too, but they are not mass producing it all for these events). ****Oh and check to make sure the bar liquor is set before the day of your wedding. We assumed we had top shelf,but it was local liquor so an hour into the reception we asked Mercy for an upgrade and with a simple call and signing an agreement for the new charge, it was fixed just like that. -Are there any specific wedding décor you want to see pics of? My tables were simple, I had a special table set up for family history wedding décor and a suitecase with postcards for people to fill out in lieu of a guestbook, disposable cameras and pictures of us (from our engagement photos from the year before when we were at the DR). -The wedding service was excellent. Service at the resort was a bit slow, but we saw tremendous improvements throughout our stay. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
  7. Hi Skygirl- We did pay per head extra for the champagne toast and the cocktail hour- however, we did not pay extra for the cake. I remember reading some other posts on here saying it was not necessary because the cake is large enough and there are other desserts offered. And this was very true. With 35 people, you will definitely be fine with the original cake. The preferred club DOES exist. These rooms are closer to the ocean side. I really wanted a larger balcony that overlooked the ocean and more space because I knew a lot of my girls would be getting ready in our room the day of the wedding. Here's the thing- I highly suggest booking a Master Suite in the Preferred Club. If you book a regular preferred club room, it is pretty much like a standard room, with maybe a nicer bathroom and maybe bigger room and access to the "quiet/exclusive" pools but you will not necessarily have an ocean view because those are for the master suites. BUT with a Master suite, you have a separate bedroom, 2 full baths a sitting area, living room space, large balcony with table and hot tub. This is the way to go for the bride & groom. You also get free wi-fi access in the preferred club which was awesome (but often was hard to connect to) and access to the private lounge with food, drinks, TV and computer access. The standard rooms are in the same building as the preferred club; however, there are many many rooms. There are 2 sides to the resorts, both not far from each other. The beginning of the buildings start by the main lobby and they go allllll the way down to the ocean. Most of our guests were on the side in the 2000 and we were on the 1000 side which ended up working out well because we had a little more privacy. The resort is big and beautiful, but you will definitely be able to find or run into everyone easily. My only real qualms or cons for the resort was that service took a lot longer than I expected (based on our other stays at resorts in the DR). It is a new take over and under new management so we were understanding, but I think since we had been there before, we had higher expectations. Examples included, mini fridge not being stocked upon our arrival, room service initially took over an hour for simple orders, requests were not met within a reasonable time. HOWEVER, within our 10 day stay at the resort, my husband and I noticed a tremendous improvement in service! It's like they knew that had to get it together asap. The other issue was lack of staff at a la cart restaurants so people waited forever for a table when there were several open and it took some time for food to be served. The wedding itself and the service for it (and our welcome gathering) was phenomenal! We said that was our initial focus for the trip, so the rest of the stuff was not that big of a deal. I have many pictures but here are a few: *ceremony at the fountain with wooden walkway...this picture does not do it justice! I am sooo happy we had the walk way!, * brief overview of Castaways- I brought almost all decor with me. I wanted to keep it simple, but I had a whole table with family pictures, guestbook items, pictures of us, etc * simple cake * blue lighting we last minutely added through the DJ at the resort for just an extra $100 I think- again totally worth it as it added to the ambiance. Let me know if anyone else has questions! I am so happy to share my insight as this message board was extremely helpful to me and I loved every second of our wedding and time there.
  8. Hi Ladies, I had my wedding at NOW Larimar on Friday, June 22, 2012. Our ceremony was at the Main Fountain and we chose to have the wooden walkway built. It is a $1500 charge but it includes the decorations for it and I am so glad we chose to do it! We also had our reception at Castaways. I had requested it to be there however, the second we reserved our date which was over 9 months before the wedding. We had 55 guests and they seemed to have a blast. My husband and I have been to the DR 3 times before and have stayed at other resorts under Amresorts (Dreams Palm Beach and Punta Cana). While the wedding was EVERYTHING I wanted, the resort was not quite up to par as the other resorts but I believe they are working on their service to reach the standards of the other resorts. I brought a binder with pictures of how I wanted most things and let me tell you, Mercy did everything the way I had asked....she is amazing! I brought down my own linens (bought them off ebay for the cost of about renting 2!), my own simple centerpieces (mosaic wineglass pieces and organza scatter flowers), table numbers and other decor for personal touches. We had the Divine Package, used HDC for photography, and also hired the DJ from the resort. We had a Welcome Gathering (instead of a welcome dinner) and just had it at the buffet. Mercy ensured we would have a designated spot for our group and it was just what we wanted. I definitely did not think it was worth spending $5000 or $30/person for a welcome dinner since that would be like paying for part of another wedding! We had a symbolic ceremony so she was our officiant but we also included some parents speaking and some brief traditions (but our ceremony was still only 15-20 minutes...our goal!). Everything was just gorgeous! We also released sky lanterns on the beach (about 12 of them). We paid for sparklers but they did not turn out well because something happened to the ones she originally ordered. I am so sad it is over. If anyone has any specific questions about anything, please feel free to send me a message. I can also send some pictures if you wanted to see some of the spaces. I am sooooo happy with how everything turned out. I know this may not be that helpful for those of you in the process of planning- but if you come prepared with some ideas and trust that Mercy will execute them all- it will all be wonderful!!!! Dolly
  9. Thanks Skygirl. We are expecting approximately 60-80 people to attend (40 alone with just immediate family and bridal party + significant other). We are more than likely leaning towards NOW, and this thread has really helped us believe that this would be the best choice for us. Our original date was set in June and we hope to be able to keep the same date if possible (where ever we decide). We are in the process of communicating with Claribel; but as we all know, planning from another country takes patience since it takes quite some time for responses. Thanks for your feedback and support!
  10. Hi Ladies! I am new to this forum and would really appreciate any feedback, suggestions, recommendations, etc from you all. We are thinking about changing our wedding resort location to NOW Larimar and are hesitant about doing so since we have never been. We had actually booked with another resort in Punta Cana, put down a deposit, sent out our save-the-dates and everything. Our TA helped us price out everything based on 2011 prices for our guests, and we just met with her yesterday and they are astronomical. We want people to actually come to the wedding and would feel horrible for them to pay so much so we decided to change the resort after all we have planned for (ahhh). I loved our previous resort's wedding location options and packages especially since we were able to visit and meet with the WC in person....now we are back to square one and we are confused! We are debating between Dreams Punta Cana (which we stayed before 3 years ago) and NOW Larimar. It makes us nervous to book somewhere we have never seen in person, but that's why we need as much feedback, pictures, etc as possible. Please let me know how your experiences have been through this process, how the WC is, and send any pictures. We felt like we had made so much progress before and now we are starting from scratch and it is frustrating. I am just glad to be able to get married on a beautiful beach and get feedback from some ladies going through the same thing. Thanks in advance for your advice! Dolly
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