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  1. quote name="dcheer14" url="/t/79802/2013-now-larimar-brides-any-out-there/330#post_1932044"]Juli33s- who did your photos? I flew a photographer down that was a friend of ours.. She did all of our pics and they did not charge us a fee to have her there.. I did buy some if the photos that the resorts photographer took, they also did a great job! Good luck!
  2. Hey! My photographer was a close friend---but some of these pics are from the photo's the photographer at the resort took that were included in the package. Tissue paper lanterns are a great idea and easy to pack! They do make you fluff them yourself though...lol Good Luck!
  3. Juli33s

    NOW LARIMAR BRIDES

    Yes this site was a huge help to me in my planning so I figured I would return the favor!! Yes the room thing was very stressful but if your guests are all in gardenview you shouldn't have a problem--most of the issue was with oceanview. I really didn't have much decor. If you are on a budget--the sashes are not needed for the chairs--they look great in the white. A great thing to bring for decoration are those tissue paper balls--Martha Stewart has a collection at AC Moore. They a flat and easy to pack and then you fluff them when you get there--I saw a lot of brides with these. In the end you guests want to have a good time---they are not going to remember what color your sashes were. With that said I saw weddings with sashes and yes it looks great but I chose to use my money in other places like the welcome bags. We had an extra 2 large heavy suitcases with us just for the extras--and like I said I didn't even have a lot of decorations--so keep that in mind. My ceremony was at 5 pm which was great b/c the beach was clearing out and the sun was not too hot--this made for amazing pics! Our reception was at 7 so everything flowed into another.... ceremony 5pm--which started more like 5:20. Cocktail 5:30-6:30 them reception at 7. Yes my niece was there who is 15 months...her parents came and they watched the baby. They have an explorer's club for kids but I think the age limit is 2 or 3---I am not sure, I know they didn't use it.. Hope this helps!
  4. This is a great thread for ideas for Welcome bags!! Here is my welcome bag. I got the bags from the dollar store along with the drink cups. I bought waterproof labels for the cups. I also made a hangover helper kit which had advil, tums, pepto, emergence C packets and mints. I also enclosed a welcome letter, sunblock, aloe, bug off and a first aid kit. They were a huge hit and everyone loved them!!!!!!!!
  5. Juli33s

    NOW LARIMAR BRIDES

    Hi Ladies!! Just got back from my wedding at NOW Larimar which was on May 4th 2013. I had the Divine package and paid extra for an additional 33 guests. My wedding coordinator was Silvia and she was amazing!!! My wedding day was perfect! They alone had 61 weddings for the month of May...there is no need to worry they handle everything!! I will answer any questions you may have but here are some tips and ideas I went with... --I had my ceremony on the beach which was beautiful!! Yes it was a little windy but it's refreshing since the sun is so hot. There are beach chairs near the set-up and yes there were some onlookers but it was 5pm so most of the beach was empty. The weather was perfect at this time of the day which made for amazing pictures. I did not pay extra for sashes--it became too expensive and everything looked great without it. I did pay for 3 sashes for the cocktail tables and for 2 tiki torches with flowers which were 35$ a piece. --I rented the bridal room for 150$ for 4 hours since we had 10 people for hair and make up--it was well worth it!! 4 bottles of champagne and lots of fruit. I also brought my ipod and played music. They did a great job with hair and make-up but I would recommend bringing a picture of what you want b/c of the language barrier. I also recommend doing a reveal with your groom ahead of time and getting your pics out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests! --Reception--we had booked the ballroom but they changed us last minute to Mercure...the french restaurant. Normally a 5000$ rental fee but since the last min change it was free and boy was I happy they did! Mercure was exquisite!! So beautiful with the red and white decor....the set-up was amazing and if you are looking to rent Castaway's or Mercure I would highly recommend Mercure!! I made a donation instead of favors so that was less to travel with. For centerpieces I rent vases from Silvia--10$ each and brought my own LED lights with clear stones and floating candles. I also brought my own votives with tea lights for each table, it looked perfect. --I paid for their DJ services Package A. The DJ was awesome--he played everything we requested. I did not pay extra for the MC--save your money and have a family member do it! We brought our own props to hand out and these were a big hit!! --I paid to have the reception extended and this was the best decision I made!! If you can do it --do it. 3 hours is not long enough and yes it's an all inclusive and you can go to the bar after but it's nice to be in a private area with your guests....well worth it! All you pay for is 200$ for DJ and how ever many people you X 12$ pp for international bar. --My color was coral and I chose coral and hot pink roses and stargazers and the flowers were incredible. I did splurge on bridesmaids bouquets for pictures and they turned out better than expected. --For dinner we chose the steak and lobster...this was by far the BEST meal we had all week. Dinner was incredible, the best lobster I ever had..guests raved about the food! The one thing I am upset about is that they screwed up 20 out of 26 rooms! Most people booked suites or ocean view and they were placed in a tropical view in Secrets--when they paid for an Ocean view at NOW. Secrets is just across the pool area but our guests were very upset and this was a huge inconvenience. But other than that everything was more than I could have hoped for so don't stress, enjoy yourself, your wedding will be awesome I would also recommend a Booze cruise Party boat--we rented through Malibu Party Boat http://puntacanapartyboat.com/Punta-Cana-Malibu-Party-Boat.php I booked on my own ahead of time. We had the boat to ourselves with 40 of my guests. It was so much fun!! We snorkled, danced, drank, had plenty mamajuana shots...and they took us to a shallow part in the ocean where got out of the boat and hung out in the ocean while partying with our guests. This was a highlight of our trip! Anyway best of luck to all of you!!
  6. Hi Ladies!! Just got back from my wedding at NOW Larimar which was on May 4th 2013. I had the Divine package and paid extra for an additional 33 guests. My wedding coordinator was Silvia and she was amazing!!! My wedding day was perfect! They alone had 61 weddings for the month of May...there is no need to worry they handle everything!! I will answer any questions you may have but here are some tips and ideas I went with... --I had my ceremony on the beach which was beautiful!! Yes it was a little windy but it's refreshing since the sun is so hot. There are beach chairs near the set-up and yes there were some onlookers but it was 5pm so most of the beach was empty. The weather was perfect at this time of the day which made for amazing pictures. I did not pay extra for sashes--it became too expensive and everything looked great without it. I did pay for 3 sashes for the cocktail tables and for 2 tiki torches with flowers which were 35$ a piece. --I rented the bridal room for 150$ for 4 hours since we had 10 people for hair and make up--it was well worth it!! 4 bottles of champagne and lots of fruit. I also brought my ipod and played music. They did a great job with hair and make-up but I would recommend bringing a picture of what you want b/c of the language barrier. I also recommend doing a reveal with your groom ahead of time and getting your pics out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests! --Reception--we had booked the ballroom but they changed us last minute to Mercure...the french restaurant. Normally a 5000$ rental fee but since the last min change it was free and boy was I happy they did! Mercure was exquisite!! So beautiful with the red and white decor....the set-up was amazing and if you are looking to rent Castaway's or Mercure I would highly recommend Mercure!! I made a donation instead of favors so that was less to travel with. For centerpieces I rent vases from Silvia--10$ each and brought my own LED lights with clear stones and floating candles. I also brought my own votives with tea lights for each table, it looked perfect. --I paid for their DJ services Package A. The DJ was awesome--he played everything we requested. I did not pay extra for the MC--save your money and have a family member do it! We brought our own props to hand out and these were a big hit!! --I paid to have the reception extended and this was the best decision I made!! If you can do it --do it. 3 hours is not long enough and yes it's an all inclusive and you can go to the bar after but it's nice to be in a private area with your guests....well worth it! All you pay for is 200$ for DJ and how ever many people you X 12$ pp for international bar. --My color was coral and I chose coral and hot pink roses and stargazers and the flowers were incredible. I did splurge on bridesmaids bouquets for pictures and they turned out better than expected. --For dinner we chose the steak and lobster...this was by far the BEST meal we had all week. Dinner was incredible, the best lobster I ever had..guests raved about the food! The one thing I am upset about is that they screwed up 20 out of 26 rooms! Most people booked suites or ocean view and they were placed in a tropical view in Secrets--when they paid for an Ocean view at NOW. Secrets is just across the pool area but our guests were very upset and this was a huge inconvenience. But other than that everything was more than I could have hoped for so don't stress, enjoy yourself, your wedding will be awesome I would also recommend a Booze cruise Party boat--we rented through Malibu Party Boat http://puntacanapartyboat.com/Punta-Cana-Malibu-Party-Boat.php I booked on my own ahead of time. We had the boat to ourselves with 40 of my guests. It was so much fun!! We snorkled, danced, drank, had plenty mamajuana shots...and they took us to a shallow part in the ocean where got out of the boat and hung out in the ocean while partying with our guests. This was a highlight of our trip! Attached are also pics of my Welcome Bags... I bought them from the dollar store and made a little hangover helper kit for all of my guests--they loved them! And we greeted our guests in the lobby to hand them out--the resort charges a fee to deliver them! Anyway best of luck to all of you!!
  7. I am getting Married May 4th 2013. My coordinator is Silvia, I emailed my travel agent and she sent the resort an email to which Silvia responded that she was my coordinator and to now email her directly. I frequently send her emails and she is very helpful and responds within a week. So I would email them!! It makes it a little less stressful when you can talk to them directly...good luck!
  8. Juli33s

    NOW LARIMAR BRIDES

    Hi ladies! I am a Now Larimar bride getting married May 4th 2013. I also inquired about the specialty drinks and they told me the drinks in the coconut would be $4.00 each extra. The international bar is 12$ per person with just one beer option--Bohemia. The premium bar is $18 per person and you get both Bohemia and Presidente with some upgraded liquers. I am having 50 guests and the extra costs are really adding up!! it's $350 just for 25 extra chairs! I am in contact with Carribean Celebrations to see if I can get them cheaper. I wanted a buffet but it would be an extra $1400 instead of $1000 for 50 people sit-down, so we are just going with the sit down. This website has been extremely helpful with the planning!
  9. I am also a Now Larimar Bride for May 4th 2013! Someone on trip adviser directed me to this page and it has been very helpful! I booked a 5pm wedding on the beach with a reception inside so I do not have to worry about the weather. Now do we choose where the cocktail hour is? If there are 3 other weddings that day how do they choose who gets to go where? I am still undecided as far as the DJ goes..seems pretty pricey. The pics that are on the site, are they our only options for flowers? Does anyone know if they can accommodate certain color schemes? Thanks for all the tips!! This is so helpful! Julia
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