Ok to answer I hope all your questions... Here it goes
eblum999 (Erica)....I'm so happy to hear you had such a good experience!
What spot did you choose for your reception (beach or indoors)? Did you post any pictures?!
Thanks for sharing with us!
I originally was suppose to have my wedding outside by the pools, but Gabriela had also (without my knowledge... and only found out when I got to the Barcelo) that there was going to be a convention of 300 Doctors on the beach... right in front of where my reception was suppose to be... they were also having their own live band... I was only having 45 people... So you can image what that would be like... I was freaking out. It was not a good day. After about 3 hours of deep thought and crying. Gabriela offered the French Restaurant to us for the reception. The whole room is black and white... with White linens on the windows and they light them up to give it such a dramatic feel. There is a bar in there... so we had an open bar all night. Ironically enough it was closed on Saturdays (which for the most gorgeous restaurant they have.. It was strange to me that it was closed on such a night... but it worked out for me!)
I can not even begin to explain what the reception looked like...It was the most classy, elegant and timeless wedding I have ever been to.... I do not have any pictures... I am still waiting for Elizabeth Medina to post them to her website... but as soon as she does... will post them on here!
I'm getting married at the Barcelo Colonial and I wondered what was the choice for the wedding ceremony. Do we have access to the gazebo in the section of the palace?. What is the chapel of barcelo Colonial? Do you have a photo. Regarding the reception, what are my options and what costs are. Thank you so much
I had my wedding ceremony at the Colonial Chapel... that was MY only choice, since it was important to be to have a Catholic Ceremony. I am sure though that you can have your ceremony any place you like on the grounds.... But I could be wrong. I am not sure if you have access to the Gazebo if you are staying at the Colonial. We had access to the Colonial Chapel, because we were staying at the Palace... which means you have access to any spot on the Barcelo grounds. As far as the costs and options for receptions I would contact Gabriela (she is the boss) Here is her email... She takes SUCH a long time to respond!!! Gabriela Barbabosa, email@example.com
I will have my wedding in the chapel as well and party at the beech next to colonial hotel. Can you send me some of your pictures I can’t wait to see how they organized things? Also can you let me know what photographer did you use?
Thank you in advance.
I do not have any pictures of of now... As soon as Elizabeth Medina (who I used) posts the pictures....I will post them on here... I have been waiting for 6 weeks now. She emailed me and told me that she will post them sometime next week.
Hi Erica -- were the makeup artist and band ones that the Barcelo offered you or did you hire them from outside? If so , was there a vendor fee or did you have to pay for a night's lodging for them?
PS Can't wait to see your Elizabeth Medina pictures, I bet they are awesome
The makeup artist I hired from the outside... actually got him from another bride on here... I was VERY nervous... but he can so highly recommended. He did such an amazing job... I am not one for a lot of makeup... and I usually do not like how other people do my makeup, but honestly... Adrian, did they BEST job I have ever had done. I wish he lived in NJ, so I could have him do my makeup again. I had him do a trial the day before and I used that makeup for my rehearsal dinner party.. which I had on the beach... The day of the wedding, I had myself, and 10 other people use him... He was such a nice guy.. and actually made the morning getting ready a lot of fun! I recommend him ten times over!!! Adrian Guerra - email.... firstname.lastname@example.org
The Band.... was INCREDIBLE! BEST EVER!!!! I can not say anything bad, they did an awesome job and my guests are all still talking about them.... Awesome!!! I also found them on the message board from a former bride.. and like the makeup artist.. was nervous, but they were incredible... had the party going all night.
The only vendor that I paid for a hotel room for was Elizabeth and her daughter. The band, was just there for the day and Adrian the makeup artist only lives 15 from the hotel so he actually took the bus there for the 2 days, and I did not have to pay a day pass for either of them... Adrian knew a back way in and basically “snuck in to the resort”
But he had told me earlier, that he wasnt sure how it would work out, and just to have $$ in advance, incase he got charged a day pass.. which I believe was $80-$100... not exactly sure. The Band, I did not paid any day pass for.
Erica!! You're back!!! Congratulations on your wedding! I'm sure it was beautiful! I'd love to see your pics! Feel free to email them if you don't know how to post them on there (I don't either, lol). My email is email@example.com
. Elizabeth is amazing so I'm sure your pictures will be incredible! I was thinking about having a makeup artist also...was he expensive? Did you have to pay for his pass to be at Barcelo? You'll have to post a review about everything! We'd all love to read it! Congrats again
The makeup artist as you read above was awesome!!! I would def. use him.... and if anyone does, Please tell him Erica recommended him!!! I promised him I would.
His prices.... I was quote his email....
But like everything he could have changed them... But I would pay double for him again if I had to!
Here is the email he sent me....
Anyone Else: $60.00
I use a combination of Classic makeup and an Airbrush machine. The makeup def last about 20 hours, through sweat and humidity and so forth, the makeup does NOT come off on clothes, youre good to go.. The price also includes individual eyelashes( the individuals give a more natural look) Cleaning up of the brows, and If I need to spray anything like chest, legs, arms, thats included as well. Also, the travel fee goes away if you have at least 3 other girls besides yourself getting their makeup done!
I paid $60 for my trial the day before.
Totally worth EVERY PENNY!!!!
Can you please let us know how you used an outside photographer? Was the band, hair dresser etc...from outside the resort? I was told that we have to use photographer at the Barcelo unless we pay to have them stay overnight.....not sure how much that would cost.
I booked my wedding a year and a half ago, so there was no rule on outside photographers. Elizabeth Medina, stayed 2 nights with us...I hired her for the Rehearsal Dinner, the wedding and the morning after the wedding for a Trash the Dress Session... So I had to get her a hotel room for 2 nights... No one said anything about her being there.... and Gabriela knew about her... I guess, if they are a guest, they can not restrict them taking pictures! I WOULD NOT use the photographer from the hotel.... I heard they were not that good... and to me, the pictures were the MOST important. Band, I did not pay an additional prices then their fee... and again Gabriela, knew all about them.... Kiko and Carlos Band...
Francisco Flores Ramƒ*rez firstname.lastname@example.org
OK... If anyone has any other questions... please just ask! I stressed for a year and a half over this wedding and I can not stress enough how wonderful everything was!
I would do it again in a heartbeat!!!
As soon as Elizabeth Medina posts my pictures...I will post them on here!!