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  1. We had 3 people who were not staying at our resort and they were NOT charged a day fee...neither were we. I am not sure why, or if we were just lucky. I did tell my 3 guests that they would be responsible for that, but no one came collecting. I am thinking we were just lucky.
  2. Hi Everyone! I had my wedding at the Palace on Saturday, June 22nd at 5pm and my reception at the Chak Halal promptly at 7pm. I will post my review as soon as I get a chance but let me say this...my big day was nothing less that PERFECT! After finding this forum, I scaled back ALOT. I am so glad I did. IT was the most stress free experience I have ever had...EVER! I started off with Xhail as my WC (a little worried about communication,) but somehow ended up with Victoria. VICTORIA IS AN ANGEL GOD SENT and I was SO lucky! Here are just a few pics...
  3. Hi Everyone! I had my wedding at the Palace on Saturday, June 22nd at 5pm and my reception at the Chak Halal promptly at 7pm. I will post my review as soon as I get a chance but let me say this...my big day was nothing less that PERFECT! After finding this forum, I scaled back ALOT. I am so glad I did. IT was the most stress free experience I have ever had...EVER! I started off with Xhail as my WC (a little worried about communication,) but somehow ended up with Victoria. VICTORIA IS AN ANGEL GOD SENT and I was SO lucky! Here are just a few pics...
  4. Hi! My wedding is in 2 weeks. I have also been working with Xhail and i've not heard from her in weeks. We stopped on the phase with flowers... I have a few questions for you. I picked the Saxaphone. Do they play before (while guests are seated,) while (the procession) and after you walked down the aisle? Also, what other "shocks" did Xhail throw your way. I, too, feel as though she isn't timely or thorough...though I'm not too worried. I just don't know what to expect. I've opted for an indoor wedding in a banquet hall because we are from a hot state and its night time...didnt want to fool with bugs/mosquitos.
  5. My wedding is on June 22nd! I am excited. My wp is Xhail. I, too, have not heard from her (I think someone else has mentioned that on here.) We are in phase 2 - picking the menu. We have the Mint Breeze package and I am excited about the Gazebo wedding and the INSIDE reception. We are coming from Texas so we have NO PROBLEMS being inside in the air as opposed to the blazing summer heat. We will get enough sun on Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun and Monday before we leave! :-) Does anyone know the flavors of cake to chose from? That is the only thing holding me up and I have been waiting on the response for that for over a week now.
  6. When you say OFFICIAL does this mean that a bride that uses you DOES NOT have to pay the outside vendor fee or book the room in order to have you there? Meaning SMILE MARKET is not the OFFICIAL any longer? That is what OFFICIAL means to me. Please clarify
  7. Hi everyone! I am finally in touch with my Wedding Coordinator, Xahil. I am in the 2nd phase of planning...picking the menu. After reading on here, I have opted for the banquet room instead. I, too, think it would be a great relief from the heat and the bugs. I really don't want to be bothered with either. :-) Does anyone have any recommendations and what is good to eat as far as the menu for the reception goes? Right now I have a salad, soup, main dish and dessert to pick. I am pretty set on the creme brulee...I LOVE creme brulee! I am torn on the other three areas. Any help would be appreciated! Here are my choices: Tomato salad or Sea scallops with Lime Vinagrette Minestrone or Onion Soup as for the main dish...fish? pork chops? beef tenderloin? Rack of lamb? I need to know what tastes amazing!!! If anyone has already had it. As for the photographer, is there ANYONE on here who went with the resort photographers? I know the consensus is that they suck, but I would like to see. Anyone have the site so I can look?
  8. I am so very glad that I found this forum...you ladies are offering some GREAT advice. I will go ahead and contact a WC today and continue to read for more tips! :-) For right now, I am walking away with NO cocktail hour and use my IPOD! :-) Just have to get this photographer/videographer deal figured out and I will be one happy lady!
  9. I have not...I am working through a travel agent and I wasn't sure if I contact them or they contact me. I read here there and everywhere that they are slow to answer. I will go ahead and reach out to them. I've looked online and found out a few answers to my questions. I've also learned in the last 24 hrs NOT to book a cocktail party. I am so glad I read that...LOL! So, I guess my most pressing item is the photographer/videographer. Is there anyone here that has used to resorts? I saw their website and I (TOO) was not crazy about the photos either. Is there anyone in this forum that DID use them and have pics to show? Also, for brides that HAVE used an outside photographer, what all needed to be done? I read 2 days stay minimum (then I read one, then I read three) and $500 outside vendor fee to Barcelo PLUS whatever the cost of the photographer is...Is that accurate?
  10. Hi Everyone! I am having my "big day" on June 22, 2012...the sunset ceremony. I am completely GREEN on everything...and when I say everything, I mean everything! All I know is that I am getting married in the gazebo. LOL... I would like to hear from brides who have already gone through the experience. I mainly would LOVE to be given tip and tricks for saving $$. I am expecting about 40-50 people. I believe I am booked for the Mint Package. My thoughts are wedding, cocktail hour then dinner/dancing. I am thinking I am going to use my IPOD/IPAD for music. My main questions center around the room upgrade and the extra room for the groom the night before, photographer/videographer and prices, what the resort ACTUALLY provides for that package, and location suggestions to have my "reception." I am going to go back and read, but if anyone could give me some "suggestions" that would be GREAT!!!! Thanks so much...truly!
  11. my email is habhola@hotmail.com. I really appreciate your insight. I am STILL waiting on them to email me back so I can pay my deposit to lock down the March 9th date...UGH! Any direct emails to folks to get the ball rolling would be greatly appreciated as well! You are an absolute doll...thank you for your help!!!
  12. Hi everyone! I am looking at Dream Palm Beach for March 9, 2013 for my wedding. I've been engaged for all of a week and have decided to let it all set in this week and then get back on the planning to see if I still feel the same way about Dreams. In the meantime...if there are other DPB brides out there who have information and PRICING, if you can share or tell me what you've found that would be GREAT!!! I got an email yesterday from them to send back a date so I want to see what you ladies advise before I do that. I am really pretty open for a date. I picked March 9th because I am in Education and it would roll right into Spring Break. The deciding factor between March and either June or July will be prices. I know islands have PEAK and OFF PEAK - Which of these months are cheaper in airfare/accommodations?
  13. I am so glad to get to chat with someone who recently experienced a wedding at DREAMS! I have MANY questions: 1) We want a symbolic ceremony - do we really need to be there 3 days before? 2) We want to do the ceremony in the gazebo and then a cocktail reception with finger foods INSTEAD OF a sit down dinner. Is that an option? What are the additional costs for the "after wedding" happenings? 3) What does that bouquet included in the packages look like? Do they upgrade and personalize or do you get to sit down and pick everything? 4) Did you get to go to the Disco? If so, what was that like? 5) I really just want to get an idea of per person costs, so anything you can tell me would be wonderful!!! I am expecting roughly 40-50 people.
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