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  1. Hi ladies - here are some pictures from Sanctuary - shot from a friend's camera.
  2. @cnwilson I really hope you enjoy your visit to Sanctuary. My husband and I did a tour of the property 10 months ago and were so impressed. It's a great spot for a wedding (classy) and it's small enough for your entire wedding party to bond. We loved it (as if you couldn't already tell from my raving review, lol!) If you choose Sanctuary for your wedding (and I hope you do) feel free to reach out, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. All the best and good luck!!
  3. Hi ladies! I feel the need to say that I just had the BEST experience at Sanctuary Resort...so if any of you are reading this because you're still picking a place ( I was between Paradisus and Sanctuary) go check out the Sanctuary thread (http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/80257/sanctuary-cap-cana-brides/50) because they were fantastic. As cliche and perhaps trite as it sounds...I'll say it anyway...they gave us the wedding of our dreams!!! Either way - I wish you luck with your weddings!!!
  4. Hi ladies! ...and hubby My husband said it right - it was amazing! Not so sound like a total cliche but they gave us the wedding of our dreams. It was perfect. I don't quite know how to recap the past two weeks of our lives in the Dominican Republic so I'll try to keep it to what I think you'll want to know - and if you have any questions, please PM me: #1. Stop stressing out. As Americans we all think we need to plan our weddings 5 months in advance and obsess over every single detail. 3 months before our wedding I still had a LOT I thought I had to do and the response fro
  5. Hi ladies, Just want to say I'm getting married at Sanctuary Hotel in a month and I've had really good contact with them - but it definitely took some getting used to. In NYC, when I send out an email I get a response within the hour. Obviously you all know it's not like that in the DR. May take a couple days/week to hear back (especially if you're a few months out til your wedding day). But as our wedding day has gotten closer, their correspondence has improved tremendously. It may help that both my fiance and I speak Spanish (and he's Dominican) - but that's absolutely not a pre
  6. Ladies, thanks SO much for the good advice. Great to know I'm not alone feeling this way. @maridr2012, I think your advice on not sharing things with people (at least certain people) is a good idea, I may have to do the same. At the end of the day there are many reasons we decided to go this route and I just have to keep them in mind when things get crazy... If anyone has other thoughts, keep 'em coming.
  7. haha. Eloping is tempting at those stressful times, but I know that I'd miss spending the day with our families. In fact, I would totally regret it. For us, the point of our destination wedding is to really introduce our families to each other because I'm from Northeast, he's from Southeast, and they've never met! We want our families to play on beach, do water activities, relax, and give our parents a vacation from their daily stresses. In theory it all sounded so perfect for us. It's just been all the unexpected stresses (the hotel management changes, the increasing flight costs, being
  8. Ladies... Are any of you fighting more with your fiance now that you're engaged than you ever did before you were engaged?? So my fiance and I have had the most amazing 2 years together. It's been unreal at times how loving, secure, and right it feels. Simply put we just clicked right away and from the moment it started I knew we were going somewhere. So when he got down on a knee and asked me that important question, I didn't have any doubt in my mind, of course I said yes, and couldn't wait to officially start our lives together. ...Then came wedding planning!!! UGH!
  9. Hi all! WOW, it's SO good to read these responses!! So, like everyone else reading this SAD thread I'm going through the same feelings of guilt and stress over our upcoming wedding in the Dominican Republic. 4.13.13. The truth is, I've always loved the idea of a destination wedding and I was so excited to plan this. Also my FI and I attended a wedding in Costa Rica last February and we both had the BEST trip of our lives. We thought by having a destination wedding our guests would come away with the similar memories because in theory it's an adventure, it's less stress, deali
  10. @Jello - love that quote We've decided not to do a bridal party either for many of the reasons you all already listed out. Also, we have a lot of little cousins, nieces, and nephews in our family. So, instead of asking friends & family to buy matching dresses, suits, etc. we've decided to have a bunch of little ring bearers and flower girls to walk down the aisle. I'll still have my sis as my MOH and my fiance will have his best friend as BM. Other than that, we're keeping it simple. And honestly, I think my friends are grateful for it.
  11. Not sure if it's too late to post...but def agree with Cinnagirl. Your FI needs to lighten up and understand that things aren't always going to be perfect and if your girls aren't going to be there, he needs to understand that. Also...not sure if this is weird or not...but so what if things are asymmetrical? If you just have your mom up there he can still have his boys?
  12. Hi ladies! This is a really helpful thread. My FI and I are getting married in DR in April 2013. This is causing major stress in my family because it's a lot of money to fly down for some members. So, we'll be holding a AHR in June 2013 and hoping this appeases everyone. Is the general consensus that you invite everyone on the DW invite to the AHR party?? I was originally thinking we'd do something small and intimate back home but the more I think about it I wonder if we should make this AHR really big? Did some of you wait to decide how big/small until after you got your DW RSVP's
  13. 12/29 seems a tough time to have one because it's holiday time. People may get annoyed. I would wait til early Spring when things warm up? Or even Summer in case there's lots of children/families you want to attend? I don't think there are rules when it comes to this, but some people on here may disagree. My fiance and I are getting married in April in the Dominican Republic. A few members of my family have been a huge stress on me because they a) don't understand a destination wedding idea think it's too expensive and are asking me to have a wedding stateside instead (ie Fort Laud
  14. Hi! Just a quick question, are you having a big destination wedding? Or keeping it small and then having a big at home reception afterward? My fiance and I are sending out the save the dates this week for our April wedding. We expect approx 75-100 friends and family to attend our wedding in the Dominican Republic but still want an AHR in NJ in June for close family and friends who aren't able to attend (obviously we don't know who they are yet because we're sending save the dates out this week). Just curious if you all are doing something similar.
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