AAAAAAAAAAAANDDD WE'RE BACK FROM DR!! our group was there from nov 4-11 and my hubby and I stayed till the 14th It FLEW by sooooooooooo fast and i'm having major withdrawals now re-living it all by looking at the 700+ pics and videos we have collected from friends and family.....what a great week.
I must say...and you have probably read this before...but if you're at the Grand Palladium Punta Cana and you have Carolina...........O-M-G SHE IS AMAZING. I still cannot believe how on-point she is. I dont know how she does it. has multiple weddings per week (and day) and she managed to remember every single detail i wanted !!! she is so super nice!! i brought pretty much all my decor down with me and she organized and sorted everything out perfectly. I was amazed. Our wedding day was perfect!! IGNORE THE WEATHER APP....LOL I was freaking out before we left cuz it said rain rain rain all week...but it literally rained 2 times...and for 5 minutes.
we had the silver package....which included the semi private dinner. our dinner was at El Rodizio...which was nice...cake was delicious...from what people tell me. I really only had that one bite that my hubby and I exchanged after cutting it lol...but all my friends tell me it was delicious! lol
we had a beach party after with DJ Mannia....he was great! definitely had our party going strong...the lights, balloons, and all that extra stuff was such great add-ons to our party...it was soooo much fun!
the hotel itself...hmmmmmmmmmmmm.....i expected more. Would I go back? probably not. personally, I have discovered I don't really like BIG hotels like this...way too busy for me. I was lost half of the time lol...didn't get to enjoy any a -la -cartes (besides the wedding day)...the food was the same....i think the Behique restaurant (by the pool) had the best food but they only served breakfast and lunch. no dinner
but my main thing is that it's too big, too busy...to hard to get around. I wish i had thought this through better. Our guests seemed to like it though....
we went to the Ocean Blue & Sand hotel for our honeymoon....much better for me. It was more modern and cleaner...and the food was better....anddddd it was smaller! which is probably why i liked it better lol. It was quite easy to get around, it was quieter and we got to eat an a-la-carte there every day! lol I would go back there again for sure.
We also made a stop at the Hard Rock Punta Cana...to check out the grounds and the casino and club there. That is luxury!!! but also...too big for me lol. It doesn't even feel like you're in Punta Cana anymore when you're inside. It is very "Americanized"....but very very nice!!
the weather was amazing, like i said...ignore the weather app.
i was scared about the vendors that ppl say push and push you to buy stuff....but i didn't run into that problem personally...it was pretty quiet in that sense...
the staff is super friendly...i dont know how but it seemed like they all knew we were the couple gettin married because everywhere we went, they would congratulate us.....for having tons and tons of guests in and out daily but still being able to remember us, i thought it was pretty sweet. We felt special. For our welcome dinner, Carolina had a nice long table decorated for us all at the buffet restaurant...and then later for the show at the theatre...the host played a game that involved our group....including my father and my husband...it was pretty funny.
We brought our own photographer down...which was amazing...she actually photographed during the week...our wedding day and a trash the dress session the next day...and even after the wedding as well...she was amazing.
our videographer was Juan and Diego from Cores Films....also awesome and nice guys to work with....we got the video during our honeymoon ....they covered so much for the package we got...it is really well done.
we had pastor mark lykins to perform our ceremony......he was great. the only thing is i wish we had met before the ceremony. I thought we were supposed to meet but for some reason, it didn't happen. it was awkward for me personally, to have to meet him for the first time as i walked up to the altar.....lol...also...he knocked over our sand for the sand ceremony andddddddd he almost forgot to do that whole part. lol I had to whisper it to him before he pronounced us husband and wife ...so that was also an awkward moment. But He did good otherwise.
ummmm i dont know what else I'm supposed to write about on these reviews....but all in all...a good week...our group had so much fun. we had 2 birthdays, our wedding and an anniversary so everyone was in celebration mode!
to all the brides leaving soon, ENJOY AND SAVOR EVERY MOMENT!!! it goes by SOO SOOOO FAST! before you know it, you're on a plane flying home again
I'm currently at work just looking and re-looking at my pictures.....i miss the weather and the relaxation.....but I'm super happy and glad it was such a memorable trip for us and our wonderful group of friends and family!!!
AFTER THE CEREMONY...CORES FILMS VIDEOGRAPHER
BEACH PARTY WITH DJ MANNIA!
GARTER TOSS TIME!
OUR FIRST DANCE
AT EL RODIZIO BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT FOR OUR RECEPTION DINNER...CAKE IN SILVER PACKAGE
THE BEACH GAZEBO DECORATED WITH OUR CUSTOM MADE AISLE RUNNER
OUR CUSTOMIZED OOT BAGS WITH OUR LOGO...PACKED WITH GOODIES (WELCOME LETTER, EMBROIDERED FACE TOWELS, FIRST AID KITS, NAIL CLIPPERS, KLEENEX, TYLENOL, PEPTO, "just married" sandal KEY CHAIN, KEY HOLDERS, HAND CREAM, LIP BALM, ALOE VERA, HAND SANITIZIER, TUMBLERS...AND I DONT REMEMBER WHAT ELSE LOL)
OUR PERSONALIZED NAPKINS, OUR CENTERPIECES (I MADE AND BROUGHT THESE DOWN WITH ME TO DR), MADLIBS FOR GUESTS, FINGERPRINT GUESTBOOK (EVERYONE LOVED THIS!)
tumblers: they were a huge hit!!
chair sashes (provided by carolina) and DIY paddle fans I made:
pre-travel brochure (from Vistaprint) sent 2 months before departure, our passport invitations, luggage tags and travel checklists
hand painted by me....wooden heart from Dollarama! (unfortunately, the child who was supposed to carry this down the aisle didn't walk so her mom pulled her out last minute so i have no pictures of this at our ceremony )
kids activity book....idea from BDW forums...but i made it myself
thanks to a bride on bdw forum..i "borrowed" the template for the "color our world" labels
our personalized face towels...embroidered with our logo my hubby's aunt made these
our luggage tags that were sent with our pre-travel brochures about 2 months before departure....bought them off eBay...