I got married at DPA on January 14thand I learned so much from the reviews written by previous brides, so I figured I would return the favor.
I would like to start off by saying that our wedding day was absolutely picture perfect and I would not change a thing if we were to do it all over again. We had 40 people travel down to the resort for our wedding and nobody had any issues and they all enjoyed themselves, which was great to hear since we were the first to do a destination wedding.
Our room was beautiful, we had the honeymoon suite on the 5thfloor and the view was amazing. We took advantage of room service a few times during our 12 night stay and the food and service were great.
When we arrived at the resort, I was a little uneasy because I learned that Sandra would be our wedding coordinator when I communicated with Jacy through e-mail for over a year and actually met with Jacy in June when we visited the resort. But as soon as we met with Sandra, my worries disappeared because she was awesome. My only suggestion is to bring all e-mails with you. Everybody in my family made fun of me because I carried a binder of all my e-mails with the Jacy, but it actually came in handy because Sandra said that we had the beach for our reception when we really reserved El Patio a week prior to the wedding. El Patio was $750.
During our first meeting with Sandra she took my veil, dress, and my husbandâ€™s attire for the wedding to get steamed. On the wedding day she delivered my dress and veil to my room and My husbandâ€™s clothes to his room. (He was able to get a complimentary room the night before the wedding which was nice because the guys had a place to get ready.)
My girls and I used the resort salon the day of the wedding and we were all very happy with the way our hair looked. There was only one girl doing hair, but she was quick and our hair looked great all day long. I would highly recommend using the resort salon.
We chose the Ultimate package and it was a great decision. The flowers were absolutely stunning. I did not like any of the flowers that Jacy sent me to pick from, so I sent her a picture of a tropical bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquet that I like about 2 months prior to the wedding and it was almost exact. The flowers they used to decorate the gazebo and ceremony table matched as well.
For our ceremony we wanted steel drum music playing as the girls walked down the aisle and for when I walked down the aisle. I had nightmares about this prior to the wedding because I had 2 songs on two separate CDâ€™s that I wanted, but the DJ made it all happen without a flaw, I was very happy. The symbolic wedding was very nice. The officiant spoke English very well and we said our vows in a microphone so all 40 people could hear us. The ceremony was about 15 minutes long.
We used the resort photographer (there was actually 2) they were both wonderful. One of them went to my husbandâ€™s room 30 minutes prior to the wedding and the other came to my room 30 minutes prior to get â€œGetting Ready Shots.â€ The videographer also came to my room to get a few shots before the ceremony. All of our pictures came out awesome!! We were nervous about using them, but I would recommend them to anyone. The best part was that we got to see all 639 pictures 4 days after the wedding and selected our pictures. The pictures AND video were ready for us the very next day! We also chose to do â€œTrash the Dressâ€ and again, they did a wonderful job. Because we did this photo session 2 days before we left, the photographer said he would e-mail the pictures for us to select the next week. To make a long story short, he did not send us our pictures until 4 weeks after the photo session only because I e-mailed Sandra threatening to cancel my payment on the photos, a half hour later the photographer e-mailed me finally (after several unanswered e-mails) apologizing stating he would send them the following day. The next day, they were finally sent to me! The TTD photos were once again beautiful. Even with all of the e-mail drama I would recommend them because their quality of work is breath taking.
We had the cocktail hour at Baracuda Bar where the Mariachi Band played. We also had Mexican food as appetizers. Everybody loved the entertainment and food.
Our reception was at El Patio. I totally recommend this location for the reception, it is well worth the $750. The waiters were very attentive and the food was delicious. We had the bruschetta, tortilla soup, mixed greens salad, and surf and turf. The wedding cake was also very good which we were surprised about since we didnâ€™t really care for any of the dessert at the specialty restaurants or buffet. We had the resort DJ for the reception and the music he played was good. People were requesting songs and he played them too. Everybody was up and dancing!
After the reception, we went up to our room to drop off cards, and our door and room was decorated for us! The door had a Honeymooners sign across it and there were rose petals everywhere! It was a nice touch! Every night during our honeymoon we also got a dessert.
We also went to the Desires Bar after the reception and partied more.
I want to end this by saying you have NOTHING to worry about. I read this several times before we left and of course I still worried. Sandra was an amazing coordinator who was there during the entire ceremony/reception to make sure everything was perfect for us. If you want something just ask, most likely they will find a way to make it work for you. DPA truly made our dreams come true. If you have questions I will try to answer them for you.