Hello ladies, I have followed this blog for awhile and recently got married at BBPD on 2/22. I wanted to share my thoughts because I know other peoples entries helped me so much!
1. The resort is beautiful! It is extremely large, so be ready to walk. All in all, there is nothing to complain about. The views are fantastic and the ocean is picture-perfect! We were upgraded to the master suite, which was fantastic! Make sure to really ask about your free upgrade, if your wedding package included that. We were Club Premium, (highly recommend) and the Club Premium office was extremely helpful with all of our needs.
2. Dinner Reservations- Plan ahead! This was probably the biggest annoyance while there, which really wasn't a huge deal! Just be prepared to eat late because normal dinner times are reserved fast. When accommodating large groups, they will tell you they cannot book more than 12 people, but show them some "cash" and they will magically find a way We tried a variety of restaurants and enjoyed most of them. Top Choice for food- Japanese steakhouse (reserve the hibachi table) Our worst food= seafood
3. Wedding!! Aris was our wedding planner and she had it all covered! We had a quick meeting with her a few days prior to the wedding to finalize all the details. We had the tangerine package and were very pleased with everything! Location- Garden Gazebo! OMG it was so pretty and private; peacocks and parrots were in the background! We were looking for a private and intimate ceremony and we couldn't have asked for more. The beach is gorgeous, but definitely not private for the ceremony. The decorations and flowers were wonderful, the musical trio was a great touch, and we splurged on the "cocktail hour" for our guests. All the guests said that the appetizers were the best! Our reception was at Bar Higuey- once again, spectacular! Everything is closely located to the gazebo and we were the only people there! The set-up is breathtaking and we couldn't have dreamed of anything better! I trusted Aris and went with the centerpieces that came with the Tangerine package and I'm so glad I didn't fuss over that! They were a fish bowl with flower and floating candle. Honestly, nobody pays attention to them and I'm so glad I didn't make the hassle to bring my own!
Music- We opted to rent the speakers and microphone and opted for no DJ. It worked out great and used an App that organized all of our music. The reception goes by very very quick and it was over before we knew it!
Wedding Food- All of our guests said, "this was the best food of our whole vacation" and they were not lying. We had the goat cheese salad, filet, and creme brule. It was FANTASTIC! Our wedding cake was vanilla with strawberry filling with a butter cream frosting. Once gain, SPECTACULAR!!
After the wedding, we rode the train back, and continued the party at Bar Carey, the casino, and the disco. All in all, it was fabulous! I trusted Aris completely and there was nothing for me to worry about.
Photography- We went with Tropical Pictures and were very pleased. We got the silver package and our photographer got some spectacular photos! A few days after the wedding, we received the CD will all of the wedding pictures.
Ladies, I know it stressful trying to plan but believe me, it will all work out. They are professionals and do weddings several times a day. We had a wonderful vacation and wedding and I will now advocate for destination weddings!!
Let me know if you have any questions!