Wedding Type: Symbolic Ceremony
Wedding Time: Originally 5pm – Started around 6pm (I think)
Wedding Location: Beach
Cocktail Hour Location: Tahntra Bar
Reception Location: Beach
*We didnt do a rehearsal
I's married now! (sorry, I've always wanted to say that since watching The Color Purple, lol)
I had 6 guests at my house to entertain 3 days before departure, and was having trouble getting my planning thread up, sorry!
Okay, let me preface this review by saying my wedding day turned out PERFECT (despite all the drama I faced along the way)!!! I couldn’t have dreamed of anything better. However, there were a few bumps and bruises in the beginning. And I will do a separate review on the resort, since it is new and I don’t want to take away from my wedding review. But the resort was gorgeous! The pics online don’t do it justice one bit. I will try to give you my honest view on how things went without being ‘bridezilla’. So put on your seatbelt...
EdenH brides, If you don’t read anything else in my review, read this:
*If you just want to see a few pics until I can get them all up and don’t care about reading the review: Go here(mix of non-pro and a few pro pics): Login to a private Photobucket.com album psswd: dominicansunrise
*Print EVERY SINGLE e-mail correspondence you have and put it all in a folder and take with you (I had 32 pages!) – trust me, it helps
*If you are picking a wedding package with VIP upgrade, then don’t upgrade your travel packages to the Paradise Club, or else you will be paying double. (We actually booked our travel before the wedding packages were out so wasn’t aware of this)
*If your wedding is on a Friday evening, please beware that there is a beach party on Friday night, starts at 6:30 I believe (awesome by the way) and goes until about 11 or so. There is a buffet dinner and lots of lots of music and entertainment. So if you envision having your reception dinner on the beach or at the beach buffet with a dj, you may want to rethink that idea.
Arrival to PUJ
The flight was decent, 3 hr flight from ATL, fully booked. We got upgraded to first class for free along with the 6 people we were traveling with! We did not have to pay a fee for a 2nd checked bag, thank goodness. And there was no meal, just snack and beverage service. They did offer food, I think a turkey sandwich was like $8, I’ll pass, lol.
By now, I’m sure you DR ladies know that the PUJ is like no other. Once you get off the plane you are loaded off on the runway and more or less follow the crowd to the thatched roofs to go through immigration and claim your luggage. There are ladies holding signs (rather small) for the company of your airline, so look for those. The lines seemed long, but actually moved pretty swiftly. While you are in line, there will be some Dominican ladies dressed in festive attire waiting to take your pic. You can pick your pic up when you are leaving DR for $8. We went through ‘immigration’ (paid our $10 fee) and got our luggage within 35 minutes or so. Once we got our luggage we walked around the corner to ‘customs’. I put ‘immigration’ & ‘customs’ in ticks b/c its more like they stamp your paper w/o looking to get the lines moving, unlike ATL airport.
Once we went through the customs lines, there are porters standing right behind to take your bags to your tour company. I had pre-warned my guests that the porters will try and come up and just grab your bag to help but beware they are expecting a tip. One porter actually took my mom’s bag out of her hand, lol. But a firm, ‘No gracias’ did the trick and they just pointed the way to go instead of taking the bags. So once we passed customs, we turned right and there are all the tour companies. We then just looked for the name of ours. We boarded the bus and waited for more people to come aboard before leaving the airport. I would say all in all everything at the airport took about an hour.
Arriving at EdenH Real Arena
We stopped at the Melia Caribe and Pardisus before arriving at our resort. So the ride was about 20 minutes or so. We pulled in front of the resort and was greeted by a porter. At this point, my mom didn’t want to let go of her bag (from her experience at the airport) ,lol, until I told her it was okay. The porter lined our bags up outside and we went inside to check-in. Please warn your guests that this is a normal thing. As my sister was very leary about leaving her luggage outside with the porter. It took a while for us all to check-in, I think only because we arrived at ‘peak time’ when the maids were trying to get all the rooms ready. If you are in the Paradise Club, go immediately to your right. You will see the lounge you are supposed to check-in at. Once we met with a guest service rep (Lorenzo), he gave me an envelope. It contained a letter from Carla explaining what time our wedding interview is to meet her to discuss our wedding plans. We went to our rooms (which by the way, our view SUCKED (room #2262 in Paradise Club), but that was the least of my worries, we werent in the room that long anyway)