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#1191 DRPrincesa

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    Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:51 AM

    I haven't done much planning. LOL.  I sent out electronic save-the-dates via pping.com because I was press for time (10 mos. for guests to make payments, etc) I planned on sending save-the-sated through the mail or maybe just skipping straight to invitations.  I booked Tropical pictures for the time being.  Booked Pastor york.  Booked the Wet Bar for our reception. Wow, I guess I did do a lot...lol.  How bout you?
     

    Originally Posted by KaynMike 

    Hey DRprincesa,
    Congrats! We're also neighbors...I see you live in NYC! How long will you be at the Colonial? How far along on your planning are you?


     



    #1192 KaynMike

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      Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:54 AM

      I mailed out STD'S 3 weeks ago...Booked the steakhouse for semi private dinner & the Wet Bar for reception...Thats about it I feel like theres so much to do and don't know where to start.:confused:

      #1193 torilynnsmith

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        Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:20 AM


        Same line up that we have!!!  Are you doing OOT bags or favours?  We are 100 days away today!

        Originally Posted by KaynMike 

        I mailed out STD'S 3 weeks ago...Booked the steakhouse for semi private dinner & the Wet Bar for reception...Thats about it I feel like theres so much to do and don't know where to start.


         



        #1194 KaynMike

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          Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:46 AM

          Hey Tori, Are you doing a beach ceremony? I'm doing OOT bags. What are you doing? Did you book DJ Mannia? I know he's gotten great reviews but he's a little too pricey for me...I would like to know if anyone has booked the resorts DJ?

          Same line up that we have!!!  Are you doing OOT bags or favours?  We are 100 days away today!



          #1195 torilynnsmith

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            Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:54 AM

            We are doing 3PM beach ceremony, 6:30 PM dinner at the steakhouse and I am thinking 8:30 reception at wet bar!

             

            We are doing OOT bags as well! I think I am most excited about those!!!!  We have a friend of the family who is coming that will be doing our music.  She has done it for a few events and we didnt want to go the ipod route as we wanted someone "responsible" for it but we also didnt want to spend the money on DJ mannia for 2 hours!
             

            Originally Posted by KaynMike 

            Hey Tori,
            Are you doing a beach ceremony? I'm doing OOT bags. What are you doing? Did you book DJ Mannia? I know he's gotten great reviews but he's a little too pricey for me...I would like to know if anyone has booked the resorts DJ?


             



            #1196 DRPrincesa

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              Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:15 PM

              We are having a beach ceremony and def doing OOT bags, just waiting for ppl to make downpayments before I start buying knicks and knacks.  I won't be booking a DJ, instead renting the sound system and having my brother use his ipod and my uncle is a professiong disc jockey on the radio in NYC and we will have him introduce us at the reception at the Wet Bar, which all depends on how many guests we have.  A DJ is not in our budget.

              Hey Tori,
              Are you doing a beach ceremony? I'm doing OOT bags. What are you doing? Did you book DJ Mannia? I know he's gotten great reviews but he's a little too pricey for me...I would like to know if anyone has booked the resorts DJ?


              We are doing 1PM beach ceremony (Super early...all they had avail).  We will take pics and let guests rest up and meet back up for drinks at 5 then dinner at 6:30PM at the steakhouse, and reception at 8PM.  I think I am super excited about those too.  You have done a great ob with your bags Torilynn! If you aren't using an ipod, what will your friend be using?

               



              Originally Posted by torilynnsmith 

              We are doing 3PM beach ceremony, 6:30 PM dinner at the steakhouse and I am thinking 8:30 reception at wet bar!

               

              We are doing OOT bags as well! I think I am most excited about those!!!!  We have a friend of the family who is coming that will be doing our music.  She has done it for a few events and we didnt want to go the ipod route as we wanted someone "responsible" for it but we also didnt want to spend the money on DJ mannia for 2 hours!
               



               



               



              #1197 torilynnsmith

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                Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:35 PM


                She may be using an ipod or her laptop, I didn't want to do the ipod only reception with no one responsible for it thats all.  Ie. I didnt want to plug it in and forget it!

                 

                I;m glad you like my OOTS, I am definitely most exited about them!

                Originally Posted by DRPrincesa 

                We are having a beach ceremony and def doing OOT bags, just waiting for ppl to make downpayments before I start buying knicks and knacks.  I won't be booking a DJ, instead renting the sound system and having my brother use his ipod and my uncle is a professiong disc jockey on the radio in NYC and we will have him introduce us at the reception at the Wet Bar, which all depends on how many guests we have.  A DJ is not in our budget.
                 


                We are doing 1PM beach ceremony (Super early...all they had avail).  We will take pics and let guests rest up and meet back up for drinks at 5 then dinner at 6:30PM at the steakhouse, and reception at 8PM.  I think I am super excited about those too.  You have done a great ob with your bags Torilynn! If you aren't using an ipod, what will your friend be using?

                 



                 



                 



                #1198 Andrea28

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                  Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:08 PM

                  Hey all,

                   

                  I was wondering if any of you knew if any of the pastors/ministers in DR speak french? or do you know who could answer me this question ??

                   

                  Andrea :)



                  #1199 KaynMike

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                    Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:15 AM

                    Hi,

                     

                    Just wondering if you booked DJ Mannia or the resort DJ?
                     

                    Originally Posted by MandyB 

                    Hi MsFactorA,

                    Congrats on your upcoming wedding!  You will love the Majestic Elegance!  Yes, we had a set menu at the Sea and See Restaurant.  That is something that your wedding coordinator can send you.  For our dinner, we had the entire room to the right when you walk in the restaurant.  Plenty of room!  

                    As for the Parrot Bar, we had maybe 4 tables (and chairs) set up and then a table for the cake.  The Dj was set up over by the bar.  No food since it was a short reception and we had just had dinner.  For us, it was the perfect scenario.  It gave us time to do the first dances, cutting the cake, etc.    If you want, I will post my pictures below.  You can peruse through them and I am sure there are a few pictures of the reception.  Good luck and feel free to ask anymore questions!

                     

                    Mandy

                     

                    http://schultzbecket....com/pictures/8
                     



                     


                     

                     



                    #1200 KaynMike

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                      Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:23 AM

                      Hi,

                       

                      Did you use the resort DJ?  If so, how was he?
                       

                      Originally Posted by ali0284 

                      Wedding review May 26, 2010

                      To start off, the resort is beautiful. I had about 28 guests, and every single person was very impressed with the resort. Some couples had been down to Punta Cana 3 times before, and thought it was the nicest place they stayed at. We got in on a Monday, and our wedding was on Wednesday. Monday night we got a letter under our door telling us we would meet Yadallis the next morning. I had been dealing with Sandra all along, but Yadallis had all the information. They really know what they are doing. You are allowed to make last minute changes; which is great too.

                      The day of the wedding:
                      It had been raining off and on since we arrived in Punta Cana. When I woke up, it was overcast, but not raining. Of course I wanted to get married on the beach, so I was hoping for sun, as I’m sure every destination bride hopes for. Well, that wasn’t my luck that day. It rained ALL day. Wardes who was putting on my wedding, called me at 11 that day (my ceremony was at 3) and informed me that there was a 90% chance of heavy rain at 3, and my best bet was to change it to the lobby. I asked if it wasn’t too bad, that I would like it in the gazebo. So we stuck with that. She called me back around noon, and said I woud be better off switching it to the lobby, and my reception to the ball room. The reception was going to be at the wetbar. Of course I was really bummed out, because I went to this beautiful place to have an OUTDOOR wedding. Although the lobby is beautiful, it really wasn’t what I wanted. My dad called my room to inform me they were setting up the gazebo around 1. I got really excited, and figured it would be good even if it rained. We called down and spoke with the wedding coordinators who informed me I COULD have it in the gazebo, and keep my reception at the wetbar. Around 2:30 my dad called my room back and told me they took down the gazebo and were setting up in the lobby! I’m a very laid back person, and nothing about the wedding stressed me out….until then. I started freaking out. Phil Steingard was my photographer, and he ran down there 15 min before my wedding and talked to Wardes and asked her to change it back to the gazebo. They did. I am so grateful to Phil for that.
                      When it was time to walk down the aisle, it was sprinkling very lightly. I did a symbolic ceremony, but it was very hard to hear Wardes. All and all, everything was beautiful. I am actually very glad I had it in the gazebo; it really is a lot more private and intimate than the beach. The beach is beautiful too, but you should just be aware, that there are going to be A LOT of people around watching, and walking behind the wedding along the water.
                      We also used the saxophonist for the ceremony. I would really recommend him, if you don’t have your heart set on a particular song to walk down to. He can play all the traditional wedding songs, and this way, you don’t have to “time” everything perfectly.

                      We didn’t do dinner until 7. Before that Phil Steingard brought us EVERYWHERE taking pictures. I can’t say enough about him. He is absolutely AMAZING! He is so energetic, and he really keeps you going. All of my guests were very impressed by him and his work. If you need a photographer, I would definitely use him. He told me that he has done about 75-100 destination weddings, and ours was the first one he had done where it had been rained out the whole day. He really wanted to get us beach pictures, so he met us the next morning at 9:30 to do some, even though he had another wedding at 11. I can’t thank him enough, because the beach pictures were really important to me. He made the most of the rain, and took some really amazing pictures with an umbrella.
                      We did the included dinner at the Steak house. Steak and lobster. The table was set up nicely. I had used 3 of their centerpieces, along with the centerpiece from the ceremony. Although you are in the steakhouse with everyone else, you don’t notice anyone besides the people you are with. I would highly recommend it.
                      Around 9, we went to the wetbar. It was perfect for my group, because we definitely weren’t a dancing group. It was still raining, so the tables were inside, rather than outside under the terrace. With the tables inside, you lose a lot of your dance floor. Like I said, it wasn’t an issue for my group. I went with their DJ, which I decided last minute. I really didn’t want anyone of my guests to have to bother with the ipod. We ended up hooking up the ipod for half the time to get some songs on there we really wanted to listen to. The cake was amazing, everything was amazing.

                      If you are going to have your wedding here, there is absolutely NOTHING to worry about. If it rains, don’t worry, your wedding will still be amazing. The wedding coordinators are very good and really know what they are doing.

                      One more thing just to warn you, every single one of my guests had stomach issues at least once during their stay, some worse than others. As I had mentioned before, some of my guests have been to Punta Cana several times, and this is the first time they had an issue with the food. Just make sure to bring some Imodium with you, and you will be fine!


                       






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