Hello Sister Bride!!!!
Lizzie! Congratulations & so happy everything went beautifully for you!!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see pics!!!! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course i have a few questions, hope you don't mind answering them
- I am having my reception at the Oceana restaurant & am curious to see how they set up in inside (even though you were at Portifino). So, question, how much did you pay for the hurricane glasses & candles? I'm considering opting out of flowers to save $
- how much was the bonfire w/ the bar? I think that would be a pretty awesome thing to do! hadn't considered it.
- the cigar roller, how long do they stay? you had them set up for cocktail hour? how much did you pay for them?
- the professional DJ, how much do they charge? did you give him a list of songs to play? they made announcements for you? how long did they play music for?
- b/c you were in a restaurant, how did the bar service work? i know you mentioned you had a waiter? im assuming you didn't have to pay to set up a separate bar like you would have at a terrace? did you pay for waiter service?
Thank you so much!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by Lizzie111712
Dreams Punta Cana Review!!!
I just returned from Dreams Punta Cana where I spent 10 days and had our wedding with 31 guests. I was so nervous about how everything would turn out but if you have chosen here..don't be! I had Yessica as my wedding coordinator and she was just amazing. The most polite, friendly person I have ever worked with. She absolutely did anything we wanted and worked as hard as possible to make us happy. I have tons of pictures if anyone is interested. We originally had our reception set for the Himitsu Terrace after our sunset wedding on the beach. The day before Yessica informed us that there was a group of 220 locals that had rented the ballroom (Himitsu is right outside) and that we may want to consider moving since there are so many people that will be coming in and out. They offered us the Portifino Restaraunt which honestly was the best thing to happen. It was air conditioned and just beautiful. I didn't think heat would be a problem in November but it was still very humid the night of our reception. We also had half of the portifino terrace which is just beautiful! We had a cigar roller (definitely recommend) outside on the terrace and then our dinner and dancing inside the restaraunt. The service and food was impecible. Wilkins (our bartender) did not let anyone go wanting another drink. We had the Beef Tenderloin with potatoes which everyone in our group just loved. It was cooked just right. We hired the "professional DJ" which was good bc they had a seperate MC to annouce you and get things going. If you do the regular DJ they just play music and are not bilingual.
The wedding on the beach was gorgeous. Yessica performed the ceremony bc the judge was not available (kind of odd but apparentlyl this happens a lot just FYI) but he later came to the reception and remarried us and we signed all the legal paperwork. They said there is only one judge for the island or area so he doesn't always make the ceremony even though you are paying for it. She actually did a better job bc she read a poem and made it a little more ceremonial rather than legal sounding. I had rose petals placed down the sand, the chairs come covered but I brought some chair ribbons and she gladly put them on for me. There is a permanent Huppa with white covering on the beach that was pefect. I didn't add any other flowers but you could. For the reception, I had table runners and bows that I brought. Then just rented a hurricane filled with candles, sand and shells. It was very pretty. You can also get various flowers as centerpieces but we opted to just do the candles. The flowers for the bouquets were perfect. She painted the roses to match my bridesmaids dresses. Yessica paid attention to every detail to make it perfect!
One last idea that turned out wonderfully. We opted not to do a rehersal or welcome dinner but just told everyone to meet us for dinner. They were able to seat us together and we didn't have to spend the 15 pp. We then did the bonfire on the beach with bar service. I think this was our guests favorite part. They set up a huge bonfire with lounge chairs all around. We just brought down our Ipod and then had a little bar set up right there on the beach. It was so much fun!