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Ok girls, so I leave next week! & I am trying to make sure I have budgeted everything out correctly.  For the private beach party.....am I correct in saying that it does NOT cost extra to have the party?  The extras will be open bar and dj correct but the party doesn't cost you anything????

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Originally Posted by kitty25967 View Post

 

Ok girls, so I leave next week! & I am trying to make sure I have budgeted everything out correctly.  For the private beach party.....am I correct in saying that it does NOT cost extra to have the party?  The extras will be open bar and dj correct but the party doesn't cost you anything????

 

As far as I know it's only the open bar and dj you pay for. But I'm pretty sure that in order to have the beach party you have to have the open bar. How long will you be there? I leave next week too but I will be in Santo Domingo for the first week then checking in June 4th. I was hoping to see the past 2 brides reviews before we left.. Good Luck, hope everything is beautiful! any idea how much they charge to steam the dresses?

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Im not sure of the format for the review but here it goes:

 

CHeck In/Rooms: fast and we had a group of 43!...they put everyone with the same last names in the same building. in the palace section everyone is really close together anyways! and just about everyone got one bed or two beds if they requested it...as the bride and groom we got upgraded to the loft suite. not that much of a difference but it was nice for the wedding day to get ready...rooms were nice ..very basic...no one had any complaints about things not working...we had face cloths everyday! haha and fridge stocked everyday. the day of the wedding we asked the maid to clean the room first so it would be clean for getting ready and pics and she did!

 

Meeting with Caroline: We met with Caroline the day after we got there...it took 22 minutes (I timed it!)..we gave her a cd for a song for me to walk down to (marry me by Train)...and she had other music to choose from for the bridesmaids to walk down to and ppl waiting etc.. for costs it cost us $1000 for private at el bohio and it was worth it for us for sure! then it was $12 per person to have vodka, rum, cocktails, and shots (she asked how many ppl would this be for we said 42 ppl (one guest was a baby) but we would have said a few less for older guests or guests who dont drink etc....beer and wine are included but we wanted all drinks..350 i think for DJ (might have been $250 really cant remember)...we got the basic wedding package $1450. altogether it was like $3300! One thing was she changes our wedding from 5pm to 330pm she said judge couldnt make it for 5 pm...so if your picky about your time be aware it can change! and i asked to have it at 5 without judge and she said no! 330 worked better for us anyways cus more time for pictures!

 

Ceremony: went perfect! went really fast! we did a sand ceremony! ceremony was spanish and english... cocktail hour was pretty good too! we didnt pay extra we just had wine and beer for the guests...after group pics everyone went to lobby bar while wedding party got pictures.

 

Supper: we had ceasear without anchoives, beef medallions ...we asked for a different sauce and different type of potatoe and brownie for dessert..we loved the supper and most guests agreed...they can only make the meat one way so we picked medium well...noone seemed to care! supper was at 645 everything was hot! ...we did our speeches during supper and without a microphone...the only way a microphone could be set up is if you get the dj to come to the supper...but no matter what time he comes he will only stay for 3 hours! he has to go to the disco at 1100 pm.  the only thing about the supper was we requested chair covers and caroline said that it wouldnt be a problem but someone must have forgot because there were no covers on the chairs during the supper!

 

Reception: DJ was awesome...I gave him the CDs he played them plus if ppl requested songs he would sneak them in and he spoke english well! The waiters from the reception danced at the recpetion which i thought was fun! A few guests forgot things at the reception and went back the next day and it was gone! There was a wedding card with $$, camera, shoes and something else! Noone knew where it went! Also, I gave Carolina wine glasses that I got as a gift that were engraved and when I got to the supper ..one of the glasses was broken and taped together. but the end of the supper the tape was holding the glass together anymore..If I had it over again I wouldnt bring something like that, that would break! Also they didnt have a cake knife..we used a butter knife to cut the cake ! haha but it didnt bother us! lol our dance started at 8 pm pretty much immediatly after the supper...we got my brother (the mc) to announce first song and father daughter song etc...the recpetion was over at 11 so everyone met a the sports bar/disco! they decorated the room nice for when we got back to the room that night...the breakfast in the morning isnt relaly good/cold but that didnt bother us!

 

overall the entire week went by without any troubles! we loved the food and  the japanesse and mexican we our favorite al le cartes.

 

we also stayed a second week for our honeymoon! everything went well...our only complaint was we were in the same room for 2 weeks...we tried to move to ocean view or royal suites or the other resorts but they wouldnt let us at the front desk. so if you want to move/upgrade make sure you do it before you go! very hard to change rooms once you are there!

 

any questions just ask!!!

sorry this review is very rushed and tons of spelling mistakes

we truly enjoyed everything about our wedding and wouldnt change a thing!

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Originally Posted by kitty25967 View Post

 

Yay!  Love your pics!  It looks like everyong had a blast!!!!  Was that the bouquet the resort provided you or did you bring it b/c I love those roses!!!

 

at the meeting carolina will show you a book with the pics of flowers i picked that bouqet out the book and it is included in the package! have a blast:)

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I am excited that was the bouquet that was included!  Very pretty.  I am requesting chair covers as well.  I am taking engraved glasses, so thanks for the heads up, I will have someone bring them to the reception for me and put them on the table.  I have several people in charge of making sure EVERYTHING is gathered, including ALL of my table runners and chair sashes...I have read before that they will keep things!  I am prepared with baskets, etc.  I've also put $ towards one of my bridesmaid's rooms whose sister is going to help me with the "coordinating" and will go to the restaurant ahead of time to make sure all is in order.  We are bringing our own engraved cake knife and server.  My mom and guests are going to put out most of the decorations for me.  I am not giving much to Carolina except for my chuppah fabric, decor for the cake, and OOT bags. 

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