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Help....Any brides here has actually been to the resort or Caribbean?

I am debating whether to have the reception at the beach or indoor ballroom...and it has been a big battle in my head!

 

I loooove the image of a beach wedding...dancing, tiki torches, moonlit surrounding...the whole Caribbean feel. But I know it might not be as pretty as I think. Not sure if the guests would like the sand everywhere, and the wind might be strong, the weather might be bad, mosquitoes..etc. We don't really appreciate a lot of strangers standing around watching either.

 

Ballroom is a little more formal and classy. More private too, along with AC that I am sure everyone would appreciate under such warm weather. But it lacks the whole "tropical, beach and ocean" feel that only nature has to offer. Good thing about indoor venue is we get to have the party going for longer and there are less variations that I need to worry about.

 

Did all these when through your head when you were trying to decide? What venues are you guys going for and why?

I am doing mine on the seaside grill deck. It's a good mix of both as it incorpoarates the beachy feel but is a bit more formal than the beach itself

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My wedding is next month too! Nov 30. When is yours? 

 

Do any past or future brides had any recommendations for flowers for bridal and bridesmaid bouquets? I am trying to get something that is in season and on the less expensive side. My colors are peach/light coral. Any pictures of bouquet would be super helpful!

 

Also, has anyone used the MC 'Happy Boy?' I am working with a wedding planner here in the US who has been working with DLR directly, and she recommended 'Happy Boy'- sounds kinds of sketchy to me but thought i would check with you guys!

 

Thanks! :)

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Hey ladies! How's wedding planning been going?! :)

 

I've been away for a while...good news is most of the big items for the wedding are done! Fiance and I had engagement picture session last weekend and it was a lot of fun! My future sister-in-law who is a photographer, did a two-day shooting session for us for free! We did fall colors sunset theme and beach theme (a must-have for beach wedding right?!) Let me tell you, the temperature in an October Wisconsin morning is chilly! We were wearing summer clothing for the flowy beach feel and bare feet on the freezing sand... But when we saw the pictures, it was all worth it...they turned out so beautiful! 

 

Alright, just wanted to share my excitement with you guys. Happy wedding planning and have fun! :cheers: 

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Hi ladies,

 

My wedding is only 2 months away! I just got my final guest count (75) so now I'm pinning down details. For those of you who are interested in or have done a welcome dinner for your guests, how did this work? I would like to do a bon fire and floating lanterns after the dinner. Does anyone have any idea how much this costs and how this works out logistically? (Dinner inside first, then move to the beach?) I'm trying to envision it and I'm having a tough time.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Steph, congratulations! Not long to go now... Have you got a price for you rehersal dinner and bonfire from your WC? I'm curious about the DJ service, there's a big difference in price and we are swaying towards the package which includes the MC- we are a party of 20 so I don't want guests having to fiddle about with iPods I want everyone to relax abs have fun! Any advice?! Thanks xx

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Hi Steph! I actually found out that doing a welcome dinner will add about another $2k to my costs, which doesn't work for me. So what we are going to do is just have the welcome cocktail hour along with the bonfire. The welcome cocktail is free for us (for up to 50 people) because we took advantage of a promotion going on earlier this year.

 

As far as DJ goes, I felt the same way you did: didn't want to be fiddling with an ipod and I really wanted to have a nice party. So I hired DJ Mannia. The base DJ service is about $900 if I remember correctly. A bit pricey, but having a fun, stree-free party is important for me. Hope this helps!

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That's a lot of extra money, that can be Bette used on your special day I guess :-) we aren't doing a welcome dinner either, there's only 20 of us... What was the promotion? I booked in January this year and didn't know there was anything on? Unless it's not open to us in the UK... Is DJ Mannia booked through the WC? We want to change our booking to the $900 package, it's worth it i agree with you I don't want to be worrying about music and speakers when we can pay someone to do it, and the mc will help create a great atmosphere I'm sure :-) thanks for your help Steph xx

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Hi Steph! I actually found out that doing a welcome dinner will add about another $2k to my costs, which doesn't work for me. So what we are going to do is just have the welcome cocktail hour along with the bonfire. The welcome cocktail is free for us (for up to 50 people) because we took advantage of a promotion going on earlier this year.

 

As far as DJ goes, I felt the same way you did: didn't want to be fiddling with an ipod and I really wanted to have a nice party. So I hired DJ Mannia. The base DJ service is about $900 if I remember correctly. A bit pricey, but having a fun, stree-free party is important for me. Hope this helps!

Hi Steph, I just heard back from my WC Yanna. She says in order to get the bon fire we need to purchase an additional service such as rehearsal dinner which costs $20/pp...That is too much for us. What kind of deal was it that you took to have cocktail + bon fire?

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We have decided to have an indoor reception...but I want the ballroom because all the indoor restaurants seem to cost extra rent. My WC told me she can't confirm the ballroom for me but only the restaurants. I don't understand why...

 

Where did you guys pick to have your reception? Do you have to pay extra to rent the restaurants? And which restaurant to pick? I am leaning towards the Seaside grill but again, I have never been there so I can't really picture the location. We want to have the ceremony by the garden gazebo and cocktail hour at the pier.

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The promotion was for brides who booked by March (or around that time) 2013 and are having their weddings before the 3rd week of December. We also had to have 10 rooms booked with the hotel. When is your wedding date?

 

I actually contacted DJ Mannia directly at info@manniapuntacana.com.

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