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#1 sap

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    Posted 19 June 2009 - 08:50 PM

    Hi all.

    I have no idea where we should have our July 2010 DR wedding.

    I have researched a handful of resorts and now I am ever more confused.
    I started off with Dreams Punta Cana, but they don't include a dinner, you have to pay per head to eat in the all inclusive restaurant.
    I looked at Paradisus, Occidental, Melia, Riu Palace...

    I've reserved Riu Palace but may switch to Occidental.

    I would like to have a Gazebo ceremony, followed by cocktail reception, followed by dinner, then a reception for cake and dancing.

    For my guests i would like reasonably priced accomodations. Also a great play area/activities for the dozen+ kids that will be there.

    Researching the resorts, so many positives and soo many negatives...that I am now confused.

    I would appreciate any input on which venue to go with...

    Thanks!!!

    #2 blana

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      Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:01 PM

      I was just reading today a review from a bride that just got married at Dreams Cancun and she had kids at hers and it was very reasonably priced so you may look there. I had chose Jamaica's Negril Sandals but it turned out to be a huge ordeal so am now doing stateside. Good luck and hope this helps!!

      #3 msjesslee

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        Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:57 PM

        Hi!
        I'm right there with you... I'm looking into having my wedding in Punta Cana. I've looked at Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort and it's a bit expensive for my guests (even with member rates b/c they have to stay for 8 days/7 nights)
        I wanted to get married March 2010 but I think it's too soon for many people... So I'm thinking of moving my date to February 2011.
        I've been looking at so many places and I'm going to start doing so major research so I'll keep you posted. Feel free to email me if you'd like! jess_dw_2011@yahoo.com
        Good luck!

        #4 sap

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          Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:23 PM

          Thanks for the responses...here is the research that I have on a few resorts...hopefully this will also help others.

          First up: Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana, I believe they only do one wedding a day.
          They have a special right now if you contract with them. Zoraida Castaneda is the sales rep zcastaneda@armcus.com
          $156 pp/single occupancy
          $111 pp/double
          $79 3rd person over 12
          $47 children 2-12
          If you contract with them they hold these rates for all your guests until the wedding. She is very flexible with signing of the contract. Ie. She will hold the rates to August when we get to see the hotel before signing and leaving a deposit. The deposit is $1500 and is applied to our room or returned to us when we check-out. "good faith deposit" to hold the rooms for the guests...it's ok if not all the rooms are booked or vice versa. She really spells it all out.

          Laura Genao followeda CC: message from Zoraida and sent me the follwoing information. I do not know the pp rates beyond the package inclusions because I just got the info.
          This is the wedding package information:

          I'LL STAND BY YOU Package 2010
          Grand Flamenco Punta Cana by Occidental

          This package includes:
          * Judge arrangement and fees + marriage certification
          * Bridal bouquet
          * Groom boutonniere
          * Celebratory champagne toast for 20 people.
          * Delicate wedding cake enough for 20 people
          * Fresh, elegant floral arrangements or displays
          * Grand Ceremony d©cor & crisp, classic tables setting.
          * Romantic breakfast in bed, once per stay.
          * On- site Wedding consultant


          Package Price $2,550.00US (Taxes included)

          Special added values: Photographer + 14 pictures, Music Trio or CD, Witnesses
          will be provided by the hotel if is required.
          Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Valid from Dec. 21, 2009
          until December 21, 2010



          JUST YOU & I Package 2010
          Grand Flamenco Punta Cana by Occidental

          This package includes:

          * Judge arrangement and fees + marriage certification
          * Bridal bouquet
          * Groom boutonniere
          * Celebratory champagne toast for 20 people
          * Delicate Wedding cake enough for 20 people
          * Semi-private reception.
          * Celebratory welcome fruit basket
          * Witnesses if required can be afforded by the hotel
          * Dinner for just the two of you.
          * Romantic breakfast in bed, once per stay.
          * Arrangement of fresh, local flowers.
          * Nightly turn down service.
          * His & Hers manicure & pedicure
          * His & hers massage therapy
          * Surprise wedding gift
          * Matching Occidental Grand shirts
          * On- site Wedding consultant

          Package Price $3,175.00US (Taxes included)
          Special added values: Photographer + 14 pictures, Music Trio or CD, Witnesses
          will be provided by the hotel if is required.
          Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Valid from Dec. 21, 2009
          until December 21, 2010


          LET'S STAY TOGETHER (VOW RENEWAL) Package 2010
          Grand Flamenco Punta Cana by Occidental
          This package includes:
          * Officiant services
          * Bridal bouquet
          * Groom boutonniere
          * Celebratory champagne toast for 10 people
          * Delicate wedding cake enough for 10 people
          * Grand ceremony d©cor & crisp, classic table setting
          * Romantic breakfast in bed, once per stay.
          * Dinner just for the two of you.
          * On- site Wedding consultant


          Package Price $1,270.00US (Taxes included)
          Special added values: Photographer + 14 pictures, Music Trio or CD, Witnesses
          will be provided by the hotel if is required.

          Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Valid from Dec. 21, 2009
          until December 21, 2010


          Laura Genao
          Weddings Coordinator
          Phone: 1 809 221 8787, Ext. 5036
          Fax #: 1 809 221 8797
          E-mail: royalfpc@do.occidentalhotels.com

          #5 sap

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            Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

            Next: Riu Palace Punta Cana

            I do not have rooms rates as of yet. Still waiting to here from the groups department.

            This is a very professionally and efficiently run destination wedding dept. I sent a request and they followed up immediately and have answered each question that I have had...The sales coordinator is Gabriela Iturralde. She is the first person you work with and handles booking the date, the type of ceremony, the package, upgrades and adjusting # of guests. She also handles the other RIU resorts. I chose the Palace because the Bachata max capacity is 60. Palace is 300. (I may have more than 60)

            Once you chose a package, they confirm it and then send you to the WC for all the details.

            Packages:
            FREE
            -WC
            -Decoration of ceremony site
            -Bridal Bouquet and Boutonniere
            -CD music for ceremony
            -Semi private dinner for all the guests (no limit)
            -Wedding cake (states serves 10, so must add more for $50)
            -Champagne (same as cake add $40 i think)

            Minister/Judge fees are not included and range from $270-$560

            Royal Package $1360(symbolic) $1495(Civil/Religious)
            All the above for 40 guests or less, including cake, sparkling wine
            Massage for Bride and Groom
            Complimentary room upgrade for couple
            Riu tshirts "Bride and Groom"
            Judge/Minister fees

            Caprice package $227/$2450
            all the above for 60 guests
            Late Check out
            Breakfast in Bed
            Strawberries and chocolate and sparkling wine

            #6 sap

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              Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:39 PM

              PS The RIU website allows you to place a request...which they do respond to a few days after submission. NOTE: Only submit for one hotel, they will delete the others. If you need information on the others, they will provide this. (I learned the hard way, lol)

              #7 sap

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                Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:52 PM

                Dreams Punta Cana

                My experience with the WC here is much different than above. However, because of previous posts that I have read, I have learned that they are quite busy and remain patient when awaiting responses...which may take a week+. This has me favoring the previous 2 resorts. But the Dreams looks awesome. That being said, I also learned much about Dreams Palm Beach and sent a request for information there as well. So many good posts about Palm Beach, I'm looking forward to the info.

                WC: Deyanira Aristy a lovely young lady. She did not get my online request and my FI left a message on the WC voicemail without response. I called again a week later and Deyanira answered, she stated that she did not get the request and gave me her email address. weddings2@dreamspuntacana.com.do

                The packages do not include dinner for all guests, there is an additional pp charge. I'll list next.

                Here is the package information:

                DREAMS WEDDING IN PARADISE PACKAGE
                Selling Price $769 USD

                This package is complimentary when booking a Honeymoon Suite category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights or if 5 rooms are reserved for a minimum of 4 nights in any room category, this package also applies for renewal of vows ceremony.

                Wedding organization and personalization of our wedding coordinator
                Preferential location of the room in the category reserved
                Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
                Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
                Bride’s bouquet
                Boutonniere for the groom
                Use of the wedding gazebo located in a romantic setting
                Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests
                Special turn down service at night
                15% discount on all Spa treatments (product purchases not included)
                Honeymoon Package
                Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
                Silver framed photo of choice from stay*
                Earn free nights towards a stay over your first anniversary**

                DREAMS OF LOVE WEDDING PACKAGE
                Selling Price $1,980 USD

                This package includes:

                Wedding organization and personalization by our Wedding Coordinator
                Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
                Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
                Personal dressing assistant
                Use of the wedding gazebo or beach front arbor
                Bride’s Bouquet
                Two boutonnieres & two corsages for parents or witnesses
                Special Silver Wedding Dinner party (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
                1 natural floral centerpiece for bride and groom dinner table
                Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 20 guests
                One hour Silver Cocktail Party with hors d’oeuvres (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
                Special turn down service
                Bride’s hair styling for ceremony
                Make-up application for bride
                15% discount on all Spa treatments (products not included)
                36 full color professional photos and wedding album
                Honeymoon Package
                Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
                Silver framed photo of choice from stay*
                Earn free nights towards a stay over your first anniversary**


                DREAMS ULTIMATE WEDDING PACKAGE


                Selling Price $2,650 USD

                This package includes:

                Wedding organization and personalization of our wedding coordinator
                Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
                Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
                Personal dressing assistant
                Use of the wedding gazebo or beach front arbor.
                Bride’s Bouquet
                Two boutonnieres and two corsages for parents or witnesses
                Special Gold Wedding Dinner party (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel.)
                One natural floral centerpiece for bride and groom dinner table
                One natural floral centerpiece for ceremonial table
                Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 20 guests
                One hour Gold cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
                Special turn down service
                Bride’s hair styling for ceremony
                Make-up application for bride
                15% discount on all Spa treatments (products not included)
                50 full color photos and wedding album
                Honeymoon Package
                Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
                Gazebo d©cor - chairs with white covers, ceremonial table, and carpeted walkway
                Live Caribbean music trio (1 set)
                Video of the ceremony (30 min. DVD edited)
                One Spa treatment to choose from: One Swedish massage for two or one European facial for two or one Salt Glow Body Scrub for two
                Silver framed photo of choice from stay*
                Earn free nights towards a stay over your first anniversary**

                #8 sap

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                  Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:59 PM

                  When I look a this now...it's not so bad...

                  DINNER PACKAGES

                  Silver Dinner Package (up to 20 people)US$500.00
                  Extra person SilverUS$25.00
                  Gold Dinner Package (up to 20 people)US$620.00
                  Extra person GoldUS$31.00
                  Platinum Dinner Package (up to 20 people)US$820.00
                  Extra person PlatinumUS$41.00

                  #9 mimosa123

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                    Posted 01 July 2009 - 04:51 AM

                    Sap,
                    At Dreams Punta Cana I thought you were able to use one of the restaurants for an all inclusive meal after the wedding instead of paying per person?
                    Please advise

                    #10 *~Tara~*

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                      Posted 02 July 2009 - 08:44 PM

                      I feel your frustration! It took me 6 months to decide on a location and I changed my mind only about 500 times! But when I finally signed on the dotted line at my travel agency, it was the best feeling in the world! And now, instead of driving myself crazy with travel books, I'm finally able to plan the fun stuff!

                      We're getting married at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, but definitely the RIU palace was a very close second. It came down to budget for us and the Elegance was more economical. One of my coworkers was married at the RIU palace, and has only fabulous things to say about it. The nice thing about the RIU is that I think your guests could stay at one of the other RIU resorts near the palace (like the Bambu), if they want to save money.

                      Good luck!




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