Originally Posted by marji
Congrats and welcome back Vancouver Bride! Thanks for sharing your reviews and pictures! They are beautiful! Would you mind sharing what happened with the extra venue fee? I believe something similar happened to another bride too. Can I ask how much you were charged for the fabric decorations on the gazebo? I think the flowers are not needed at all.
The $300 fee is listed below under reception. Hopefully it has changed by now. In the end,we got an extra hour of the reception for free and other freebies from DLR, so I think it evened out We also negotiated some extras (flower petals, free cake flowers, using the same speakers at reception and ceremony) instead of using the photographer included in the Dreams of Love Package (we brought our own).
Instead of using the resort photographer included in the package, we asked the Dreams wedding planner to hold our own personal video camera for us during the ceremony only (we provided camera, wireless mic, and tripod). We were happy with the sound and quality, it's not the same as a videographer, but cost us nothing vs. $400 for the video from Dreams. The resort wouldn't explicitly credit us the ~$400 worth of photography we weren't using but gave us some free extras and did the video thing above. They also offered to let us use the resort phototgrapher, but our out of town photographer said a second photographer would get in the way.
My final bill was in pesos and spanish (annoying suprise!?), so this is based on the quote we signed before the wedding. It doesn't include everything and may not be upto date, but hopefully it will give other DLR brides an idea to budget (all in USD)
As of October 29 2012 for 24 people total (includng B&G)
Dreams of Love package $2199.00 (included cake and some flowers, see description on Dreams brochure)
Beach Gazebo decoration (white, no flowers) $160.00
Chair sashes (12 in coral, pink or yellow)=$36 ($3 each)
Officiant $60.00 I though this was included in the packge but it was not
Folding chairs (white) $7/chair X 24=$168 (reused chairs for reception)
Bridesmaids bouquets (tropical)=$74 each X 4=$300
Additional buttonholes (Groomsmen boutiniers)=$20 each * 5=$100
Corsages for grandparents and parents=$3 each * 25=$75
Reception at SSG
4 extra guests for silver menue (package includes 20)= $37.80*4=$151.20
Open bar (package includes 20)=$12.60*4=$50.40
Pink overlays for reception=$15 * 4=$60
Resturant area exclusivity $300 . We were told that Dreams La Romana was charging $300-500 for our reception fee "resturant area exclusivity" fee even though it was NOT listed in the brochure or online. We had our wedding planner (local planner not DLR's planner) talk to Dreams as well as the head office in California back and forth for a month and they reduced it to $300. I was very upset by this unexpected and in my mind unjustified fee, but we just paid it anyway.
DJ(basic, microphone, speakers, comuter)=$350 for 3 hrs
*We also only paid for the speakers once (they will initially charge you twice, once for reception and once for ceremony ~$300-$350 each)
I hope this helps!