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#2641 JENISE

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    Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:26 PM

    I know Misty and I'm kinda sad about it but as the planning continues, I'm just going for simplicity. I'm starting to look at all the things I already have to pack and just trying to minimize everything and go with classic and simple.

    DOn't you worry though, better believe I'm still using those birdcages for my AHR! Lol.

    #2642 JENISE

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      Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:34 PM

      Happy wedding day toya!
      happy legal day nat!

      #2643 PynkLemonade

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        Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:39 PM

        I was just about to say the same thing Jenise!! Get outta my brain, LOL!

        Happy wedding day ladies :)

        #2644 krismac15

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          Posted 18 June 2010 - 04:49 PM

          I recently returned from my wedding on June 10, 2010 at Dreams Punta Cana and it was amazing. I found a couple of people's reviews on here after their weddings, which were a HUGE help, so I hope this helps some of you out. I was originally working with Deyanira, but was switched to Yessica just before the wedding. It was a blessing because Yessica was absolultely wonderful. I didn't really do too much before getting down there, except that we picked out our location for the wedding, our reception venue, we reserved the photographer and videographer from the resort, and we reserved a DJ. Other than that, we picked out everything else down there. Oh, we ended up sticking with the free wedding package (the basic one) that we got for booking the honeymoon suite, and then added what we wanted on. It ended up being the most cost effective that way. When we checked in, we received a letter from Yessica that we were to meet her the next day at 11:30am. Within one hour of meeting with her, we'd visited our reception location, decided how it would be set up and how many tables we'd have, and picked out our wedding cake, table linens, centerpieces, music, food, and flowers. We discussed how the wedding would take place and who was walking and everything. So, after that hour we felt very prepared and were ready to vacation and did not have to worry about anything. The only decorations I brought down with me were straw fans decorated with a bow to put on all of the chairs (they turned out to be very useful- HOT!), our cake serving set, and 2 pieces of fabric to swag around the cake table. Everything else was them and it was so beautiful. Yessica was there with us that day from the start of the ceremony until the end of the reception to make sure everything went smoothly. So, here's the break down...

          She had me go through a book and see what I liked and she converted whatever bouquets or bouteineers that I liked into the flowers and colors I wanted. They were so stunning. My guests couldn't believe how gorgeous those flowers were.

          Beach set up-
          It was at 5:00. The sun was starting to go down, but it was not sunset. The sun sets actually on the north side of the land line, not over the ocean, if you're hoping for sunset/ocean shots. They set it up literally right next to the place where they have the scuba shop and there are racks and signs there. So, I asked her if they could cover them up and she wrapped them in white fabric and put flowers on them... no extra charge. It looked nice. Yessica did our ceremony because we'd decided to do our civil ceremony in the U.S. I'd heard too many stories about bad experiences getting back paper work and all that stuff, but to us, it's our wedding day. The ceremony was about 10-15 minutes with everyone walking and all. We had 37 guests and the chairs are covered in white and everyone loved it. Right after we were pronouned husband and wife and kissed, they passed out champagne and all of the guests loved it. It felt so informal, in a good way. We were barefoot. The ring bearers brought up our rings in these lions paw shells that are the size of your hand with a ribbon tying it on and we just filled in the inside with sand. It was pretty... a pillow felt to stuffy for me on the beach. Right after the ceremony, we headed out because there was another wedding after and ours started late. But, they didn't seem pushy or anything and it felt very natural.

          We had Michael with Tropical Pictures (from the resort). He was great. Took amazing pictures. In the package, it said we'd have him for 30 min. after the ceremony, but he stayed with us for almost a full hour and a half after the ceremony until our reception started at 7:00. We had 186 edited ones to pick through and we ended up getting 100 of them on a CD (we added on to the Bronze package). We also got a complimentary Domincan album and we put our 50 prints in there. You can negotiate price with them if you're adding on to a package by the way. That saved us a considerable amount of money. The day after the wedding, we just went to their counter and looked through all the pics and picked out what we wanted. Then the next day they were ready. Make sure if you get some on CD though, that if you plan on printing at home, that you get a print release from them. Otherwise, some places where you'd send off to get larger prints or something, they will not print them without the print release.

          We used the resort videographer. He was there for the ceremony and shortly after. The video was about 15 minutes long and it was nice how he edited it. There's also some footage in the beginning of the resort itself, so it's nice to have that. And the sound editing was great. He added in music where it was needed but you could still hear us when you should.

          We used the Carribean music trio for our wedding. I much preferred it over a CD or something. They played a soft, tropical song while everyone walked, and then did the bridal march when I came down. After the wedding, I still had them for 30 minutes or so, so they followed us and our guests getting pictures.
          At the reception, we got a DJ. He did a good job. He had trouble with the CD I gave them and it stopped the music for a few minutes, so they added on like a half our extra.

          We had it at the Himitsu terrace. That terrace is absolutely lovely. I wouldn't have changed that for the world. Everything was set up BEYOND our expectations. We had 4 tables set up around the perimeter and the DJ across from the head table, so the dance floor was in the middle of the tables. There was plenty of space for the 39 of us. Didn't feel too big or too small. There was our own separate bar set up and all that stuff too. The cake was delicious, although very simply decorated in white. We just put our bouquets around it for pictues of it and it looked nice. Oh dinner! We skipped the cocktail hour (since it's an all-inclusive and people could go get their own cocktails) and sprung for the Platinum dinner. It was well worth it. OMG-delicious food. And the kids got chicken fingers and fries. They set out personalized menus on everyone's plates before we got there. There was one mistake... cream of pumpkin soup became "cream of pumping". We are the type of group that did not get upset about it and laughed hyterically. It will be a funny memory. Dinner could've taken awhile with all of those courses, but we asked them to speed it up a bit so we could get to dancing, and it worked out well.

          Overall fantastic. The entertainment team and wait staff are off the charts amazing. The food is great overall as well. (Of course it was, I gained 4 lbs. in a week there.) My ONLY complaint is that it felt so hot there and the AC is not what it is in the U.S. Many of the restaurants and the discoteca are not air conditioned, so when you're hot all day and you go back to your room not being that cool, it can be irritating. But, despite that even, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our wedding.

          My advice is to enjoy your wedding planning and not make it too stressful on yourself. They have everything taken care of down there and they are experts at it, so no point in overplanning before you even get there. Get your bases covered and handle the details as they come. Good luck to all of you on your own wedding planning! Congratulations!

          (I tried to attach some pics, but I can't get my jpeg. files to format correctly. And they seem to exceed the file limits.)

          #2645 Eliana

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            Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:07 PM

            Happy wedding day Toya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Happy legal day Nat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            #2646 Eliana

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              Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:12 PM

              Hi krismac15!

              OOMGGG, WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! It was great reading about your wedding and your overall experience with the resort! It sounded like an amazing day for you and your guests!
              If you can email me some pictures at eli_miguel@live.com that would be great! Thank you so much and CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              #2647 JENISE

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                Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:37 PM

                Misty...what can I say, great minds think alike! LOL

                Awesome review krismac15! Glad to hear it was a perfect day for you.
                Can you please send me some pictures? I'd love to take a look. Jolavarria@middleatlantic.com
                Congrats on becoming a Mrs!

                #2648 ebredhawk

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                  Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:41 PM

                  happy wedding day toya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and of course happy legal day nat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't believe it's here already for you guys!!!

                  #2649 hermosahoops

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                    Posted 18 June 2010 - 10:08 PM

                    I am planning a wedding in November and I contacted DPC for more information. The WC sent me back a info sheet that stated:
                    Please be also advised that only evening hours are usually available due to governmental duties of the judge. Our resort only performs weddings at 6, 7 or 8 PM.
                    Have any of you encountered these time restrictions? I don't mind an evening wedding, but I'd rather not be married in the dark...

                    #2650 nsbride2010

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                      Posted 19 June 2010 - 07:40 AM

                      Hermosa hoops - you can ask the wedding coordinator about having an earlier ceremony, and requesting for the judge to come after (or the next day) to sign all the official paperwork if you would like!

                      krismac, could you email pictures to me too? I'm planning to get married on the beach as well :) natashanaugle@hotmail.com Thank you!!

                      Legal day was quiet, relaxed, not a big deal! We didnt want it to be a big deal, so we exchanged rings at the courthouse and then put them back in the box afterward! Haha We had a champagne toast when we got home, but other than that we didn't do anything huge since noone but my mom knows lol!
                      Enjoying marital bliss since July 1st, 2010

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