What to do??!!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:49 AM
I appologise if it's long winded!
So, me and my FI have spent the past 2 months trying to pick a destination for our wedding. I'm sure all of you can relate to the hours spent pouring over Countries / Islands / Resorts....so much so, that we both just want to run away to avoid the hassle! Anyway, to make our situation a little more complex, I'm Scottish so we need to factor in half the guest list flying in from the UK while the other half will be flying in from the US.
We recently started to like the Idea of the Dominican Republic, flights aren't ridiculous (compared to other places) and the resorts are the most reasonable we've seen. We both really like the Iberostar resorts, since there are 3 right next to each other in Punta Cana and you are able to use the facilities of all three.
So racking my brains i remember my sister (and bridesmaid) took a holiday to the DR several years ago. I e-mail her to ask her about the color of the sea / sand (my two vitals!) and about the Island etc. Turns out she stayed in the EXACT same resort we've been looking at! AGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I want to scream.
So not only would i be asking her to re-visit a country she's already been to (a big no no in my family as we love to travel so re-visiting a places is almost like knocking something else off your list) but it would be to stay in the exact same resort she's been to before.
So here's my question: Should i just scrap that whole idea and start searching again for a new resort
What would you all do??
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:54 AM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:57 AM
I'm just not sure what I'd do! Maybe keep exploring? No, I don't know!!! Sorry I'm not helping!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:05 PM
Yes, you want to accomodate friends & family, buttttt, in the end, its your wedding!!! You have to do whats going to make you happy.
I don't want to sound inconsiderate, but its just my opinion.
Having a DW taught me that as much as I tried to keep everyone elses needs in mind, the only thing that should've been high on my priority list was me & hubby. And I'm only saying this because you will try to please everyone, but it won't work.
Sorry about the rant !
Really, I'm not into going to places twice either, but, everyone who went to our wedding had such a great time at the resort, that they ALL want to go back to Jamaica next year!
Why don't you just tell your sister that you really like the resort & were thinking of having your wedding there & ask if she'd mind going back! Maybe she won't mind!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:05 PM
The only thing that should be of concern is if she said it was a horrible resort!!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:15 PM
The appeal here is the 3 in one resorts so your sister could stay at one of the other 2 that she had not, they are all a little different. If she liked it I'm sure she would be happy to stay there again. One thing to note though, the Bavaro is the "nicer resort" if you stay there you can use the facilites of all 3. If you stay in the other two you cannot use the Bavaro's facilites. Bavaro has room service, a swim up bar, top shelf liquor, and better food. If we went back we would have stayed there for those ammenities. I will say the service was great everywhere and the entertainment is excellent.
We did not decide to get married there b/c we felt there was a big communication barrier with the wedding coordinator we met with, she was a little rude and didn't seam to care. I know they have a high turnover rate so maybe the new one is better. I don't know how many people you are thinking of having but we new we would have a large group and the Punta Cana airport was horrible to navigate with people grabbing your bags and such. FH and I are experienced travelers but others would have had their luggage disappear in a heartbeat!
Overall the location was great and I would say if you have a big group check out other resorts in the DR and contact their wedding coordinators. Several friends have stayed at Excellence Punta Cana and had a wonderful experience, also the RIU.
Hope this helps!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:30 PM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:52 PM
If your sister loved it, then I can't see why she would have a problem with a return visit. Just cause you have been to a place before, it doesn't mean you discovered everything that it has to offer. I'm sure there were a ton of things that she may have wanted to do on her last trip that she can now do on this trip.
So long story short- do what you want. If you start considering small things like whether your guests have been to that particular country, then you are going to have a rough time planning when you start thinking about all the other details. Good luck with your decision.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:42 PM
When i e-mailed my sis asking about DR i never mentioned the name of the resort we liked so she didn't know it was one we were considering when she gave me her feedback about it. On the plus side she totally loved it and had great things to say about it in comparison to other All Inclusive resorts we've both stayed at on family holidays in other locations.
I know she would come and probably wouldn't even say a word about returning somewhere she'd been before. I just know how i would feel. Truthfully, I'd be totally gutted. If it was any other guest other than immediate family i wouldn't concern myself, at least they could opt out of coming!! My sister is coming even if it's on the moon!
We've also been considering the Occidental (anyone been there?!) so no decisions have been made. I hate decisions. I think I'll procrastinate this one as long as possible!
NJ Bride - thanks for the tip about people staying at the Punta Cana / Dominico not being able to use the facilities of the Bravaro. Do you think you'd then need to bye them day passes to come to the wedding??
We're actually meeting with our travel agent this evening so i will share my new revelation with her.
I'll keep you posted! )
Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:03 AM
Remember you are playing host to your guests. Having someone that has been there is a huge plus in the planning. Just make her feel special and it will be great!
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