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#2661 Shaina

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    Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:20 PM

    We are doing a symbolic ceremony because the amount of paperwork for the civil was ridiculous. 10 days to go and everything seems to be all set. We booked Jorge Allocco as our photographer and I'm really looking forward to some relaxing time on the beach. Praying the weather forecast changes for the better! Good luck!

    #2662 Shaina

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      Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:22 PM

      I am SO ANGRY THAT I CAN HARDLY SEE STRAIGHT! I received an email 15 minutes ago from the wedding coordinator, Carolina saying that as of tomorrow and through the time of our wedding, she is going on a scheduled vacation!!!! No notice at all...just an email the night before she is going saying that she won't be there and that her assistant will be handling everything. How incredibly unprofessional! We are leaving in 4 days and the wedding is in a week and now, all of a sudden, the person who has been coordinating the entire thing up and disappears!?!? Trying to keep calm and not become bridezilla but c'mon! Any person would be furious at this point! :mad: :( :confused: :eek:

      #2663 melste

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        Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:49 AM

        Hi All, I am due to be married at th GP in feb 2013 and I have had a few emails from carolina, However I am not sure how you go on about booking your wedding reception and party i am also unsure if I am able to bring my own centrepieces and favours etc. I was just wondering what everybody elses experiances have been when being married abroad what did you bring with you and how far ahead did you plan with your wedding co-ordinator as at the moment I dont feel as though I have anything planned for my wedding, any information would be much appriecated.



        #2664 melste

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          Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:59 AM

          Hi all I am due to be married at the GP in feb 2013, I have had a few emails from carolina however I was wondering if anyone could share there experiances that they have had when getting married over there I was just wondering when you actually start planning the wedding with the wedding co-ordinator like when do you sort out were you want your reception and party what flowers and cake you want what extras you want and also are you able to take over your own table centrepieces and favours etc I am just unsure so any information would be appriecated as right now I dont really feel as if anything is planned.



          #2665 melste

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            Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:37 AM

            Hi All, I am due to be married in feb 2013 at the grand palladium punta cana and I was just wondering if anyone can share there experiances of being married over there. I have had several emails from carolina however I am unsure as to when you are supposed to start planning your wedding with your wedding co-ordianator like when am I supposed to start planning what flowers I want and what cake I want and flowers and where I want my wedding reception and evening party. Sorry to ask so many questions its just that right now I dont feel as though anything is planned. Any information would be much appreicated.



            #2666 elektrokitty

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              Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:21 PM

              Hello

               

              I got married at the GP Punta Cana in June 2012.  As far as the planning, most you will do once you meet with Carolina or her assistant (Kenia).  You are handed a book which includes: bouquet, boutonniere, chair sash (various colours to choose from), cake (vanilla, chocolate), and extra services (horse & carriage, musical trio, clothes steam, DJ, live music, open bar).  You will also choose your dinner menu (1 appetizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert), and music.

               

              My wedding was as such:

              • Silver Renewal of Vows Package 2012
              • 3pm: Ceremony @ Oceanview Gazebo (highly recommend the gazebo).  When I initially booked the wedding I specified that I wanted the ceremony at the Oceanview Gazebo. Ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. We had a symbolic wedding performed by Carolina, and we had a sand ceremony included.
              • 3:30 - 6pm:  Photo session with Caribbean Emotions (recommend this company to cover your photography.  Michael and Pascal are great!.).  Also booked a Trash the Dress session the day after the wedding (highly recommend).
              • 6pm-8:30pm:  Dinner reception at Sumptuori.  Venue and whether it's private vs non-private dinner comes at a cost and depends on the number of people in your party. 
              • 9pm-12pm:  We included a Private Beach Party and hired the resort DJ for $300 for 3 hours and Open Bar @ $12pp for 3 hours. This was an extra service and needed to be booked prior to arrival since it was dependent on availability.  We took our own music on an ipod and CD and handed it to the DJ.

               

              Just a heads up, you will often see in your emails "Will confirm upon arrival".  Nothing is set in stone, your ceremony time may change, dinner venue (ours was changed, but we were happy with the result).

              As far as decorations, I bought:

              -raffia fans (huge hit with guests)

              -sand ceremony kit

              -centerpieces for dinner which we also used for beach party (vase, orchids, submersible lights and clear beads)

              -sandal luggage tags favours

              -on Esty I found these adorable sugar starfish boutonnieres ($5.50 each)

              -instead of a traditional guest book, we took a signature picture frame

              -rose petals

              -Bride and Groom signs

              -Love sign for the cake table

               

              I would suggest you ask her to send you the "Options for the set menu" and "Wedding Services" files.  If you want more information or photos,  I'd be willing to forward them to you.  Like it's been said before, don't stress because the wedding coordinators will take care of everything.

               

              Good luck. 



              #2667 elektrokitty

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                Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

                Hello

                 

                I got married at the GP Punta Cana in June 2012.  As far as the planning, most you will do once you meet with Carolina or her assistant (Kenia).  You are handed a book which includes: bouquet, boutonniere, chair sash (various colours to choose from), cake (vanilla, chocolate), and extra services (horse & carriage, musical trio, clothes steam, DJ, live music, open bar).  You will also choose your dinner menu (1 appetizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert), and music.

                 

                My wedding was as such:

                • Silver Renewal of Vows Package 2012
                • 3pm: Ceremony @ Oceanview Gazebo (highly recommend the gazebo).  When I initially booked the wedding I specified that I wanted the ceremony at the Oceanview Gazebo. Ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. We had a symbolic wedding performed by Carolina, and we had a sand ceremony included.
                • 3:30 - 6pm:  Photo session with Caribbean Emotions (recommend this company to cover your photography.  Michael and Pascal are great!.).  Also booked a Trash the Dress session the day after the wedding (highly recommend).
                • 6pm-8:30pm:  Dinner reception at Sumptuori.  Venue and whether it's private vs non-private dinner comes at a cost and depends on the number of people in your party. 
                • 9pm-12pm:  We included a Private Beach Party and hired the resort DJ for $300 for 3 hours and Open Bar @ $12pp for 3 hours. This was an extra service and needed to be booked prior to arrival since it was dependent on availability.  We took our own music on an ipod and CD and handed it to the DJ.

                 

                Just a heads up, you will often see in your emails "Will confirm upon arrival".  Nothing is set in stone, your ceremony time may change, dinner venue (ours was changed, but we were happy with the result).

                As far as decorations, I bought:

                -raffia fans (huge hit with guests)

                -sand ceremony kit

                -centerpieces for dinner which we also used for beach party (vase, orchids, submersible lights and clear beads)

                -sandal luggage tags favours

                -on Esty I found these adorable sugar starfish boutonnieres ($5.50 each)

                -instead of a traditional guest book, we took a signature picture frame

                -rose petals

                -Bride and Groom signs

                -Love sign for the cake table

                 

                I would suggest you ask her to send you the "Options for the set menu" and "Wedding Services" files.  If you want more information or photos,  I'd be willing to forward them to you.  Like it's been said before, don't stress because the wedding coordinators will take care of everything.

                 

                Good luck. 



                #2668 canadiandawn

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                  Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:38 AM

                  Hi Elektrokitty,

                   

                  Thanks for all your helpful info.  I've been asked time and time again how the planning is going and really - there's nothing for me to do!  Knowing that Carolina takes care of everything just makes me feel even better about it.

                  Would you mind sending me pics of your wedding?  I'd love to see them :)  My email is dawnlevesque@hotmail.com

                  Also, just to confirm, we want to do a beach party afterwards as well.  If we had 20 people, would it be $540.00 ($300 plus $12 per person)?  Or was the $300 just for the DJ and not the party?

                   

                  Thanks,

                   

                  Dawn



                  #2669 JPan

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                    Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

                    Elektrokitty,

                     

                    Is Caribbean Emotions the resort photography? I am getting married at GP Punta Cana in April 2013 and I am looking at different photographers but I can't find any photos from the resort photographer.

                     

                    Thanks,

                    Julianna



                    #2670 JPan

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                      Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

                      Hi Everyone,

                       

                      I am getting married in April 2013 and I was wondering if anyone has gotten their pictures taken from the resort photography? Or who are some recommended photographers? 

                       

                      Thanks,

                      Julianna






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