Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
erinleigh

Erinleigh's Melia Caribe Tropical, Punta Cana Wedding Review! Lots of pictures

Recommended Posts

Our wedding was November 9, 2009 at the Melia Caribe Tropical Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We had 30 friends and family members travel from Canada for our wedding week. Our wedding and the week with those closest to us was truly amazing. It was the best time of our lives and the wedding day was the best day of our lives. We would not change one single thing. It even poured raining the morning of the wedding, and although I had a mild panic, it turned out to be a blessing. The rain made it feel like we were all in this little cocoon under the gazebo, it was so intimate and romantic. Then, as soon as we were ready for pictures, the sun came out and the sky looked beautiful with white puffy clouds. Our pictures are incredible. Iâ€ve tried to review the big things, but if anyone has any questions, please let me know.

 

Iâ€d also like to thank everyone on this forum. I could never, never, never have planned this wedding without the ideas, creativity, support and friendships on this forum.

 

Resort – A+

The Melia Caribe Tropical resort is absolutely beautiful. It is a very large resort (2 resorts that are now one) but the attention to detail in everything does not go unnoticed. The variety in restaurants, bars, pools, activities, etc makes for a great all-inclusive experience. This is our second trip to this resort and we will be back Iâ€m sure. This time we stayed in the upgraded Royal Service and it was worth every penny.

 

Check-in/Guest Rooms – B+

When we arrived on November 6 at about 8pm they had a private check-in set up for our group. That made things easy and smooth. No waiting in any long lines! The rooms are very nice, large, clean and fairly modern. A couple people ended up having to switch rooms for minor problems (queen beds instead of king, etc). And only my parents (disappointing) had major problems and had to change rooms twice. Other than that everyone was very pleased. We stayed in the Royal Service section and were upgraded to a master suite. It was beautiful with a kitchen, living room, separate bedroom, large bathroom with huge Jacuzzi tub and shower with massage jets.

 

Welcome Dinner B+

We held a welcome dinner the day after everyone arrived at the American Grill. We were slightly disappointed because we had originally requested the Dominican Restaurant for our welcome dinner as they have a large semi-private room to accommodate a large group. But, we got bumped by an actual wedding, so I canâ€t really complain . We were seated at 3 large tables, close together. The food was really good and the set up still allowed us to make a brief speech and be heard and give out our favors (insulated mugs). It was a nice way to get everyone together.

 

Melia Wedding Coordinator - C

Our wedding coordinator was Laura Kruetz. She was ok, but I didnâ€t feel like she really went out of her way for us or anything. We made some changes to the ceremony and I found it took some convincing to get her to go along with my requests. She seems to have one way she always does the weddings and doesnâ€t like to deviate. But I got my way in the end so all was good! One other thing is that I gave her fans and programs to put on chairs. I asked her to fan out the fans and insert the programs between the pieces of wood, but I found out later that she just set the fans and programs on the chairs as they were. Not a big deal, but still, I worked hard on them.

 

The Wedding A++

Our wedding was magical. It was so beautiful and romantic and a lot of that has to do with the rain. It added something really special. We chose the Melia wedding package. Which is the “free†package. But it is only for 12 people so we had to pay extra for champagne and cake for the rest of our guests. We did a legal ceremony, so the judge performed the ceremony in Spanish and Laura, our wedding coordinator, translated. I thought the Spanish was romantic also. The wedding only lasted about 10-15 minutes max. We did a sand ceremony also, and had my cousin read it, which was beautiful.

 

Melia Garden Gazebo - A++

We chose to hold our wedding in the garden gazebo. You can also have your wedding in the beach gazebo or on the beach. We chose the garden location for the beauty of the gazebo and for the privacy. Iâ€m so glad we did, because as I mentioned it poured raining during our ceremony. The garden gazebo is very large so all our guests were seated inside the gazebo and we were in a little cocoon from the rain. They decorated the gazebo with fresh flower arches which were really pretty. There is also a nice “aisle†where you go over a little bridge to get to the gazebo. I highly recommend this site for weddings at the Melia.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Musical Trio - A++

We chose to hire the musical trio to play the processional music and they also played for about an hour, during champagne and photos. I highly recommend the musical trio! They were excellent!! Everyone loved them and they added something really special to the ceremony. They played Cannon in D for my bridesmaids and the bridal march for me. Usually the trio follows the bride into the gazebo, but we chose to have them in the gazebo and play the whole time from there. We didn’t think people would be able to hear them well until my dad and I got all the way into the gazebo if we did it their way, so we made that change. I’m glad we did!

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

La Barcaza A+++++++++

OMG! I don’t think I will be able to do this justice in words. It was amazing and made our wedding the spectacular event that it was. La Barcaza is a small yacht that you can rent. We rented it for 4 hours (and ended up extending to 5) for our reception. It has a top deck with lounge sofas and the lower deck they set up for dinner. They set up our dinner with 4 large square tables of 8. The way the tables were set up made for a very intimate feel. When we did speeches, people would stand sort of in the middle of the tables to give their speech, again it was so intimate. Dinner was served during sunset – incredible. The food was delicious!! Grilled chicken, pork and veggies. Dessert was pinapple flambé – yummy! When dinner was over, we cut our cake, then they moved the tables and we did our first dances and then PARTIED!! We brought our own music on an ipod, and they had a doc for their speakers. I am telling you – our reception was incredible, awesome, wonderful, amazing, etc, etc. It was so nice to do something a little bit different. Everyone kept tell us how amazing they thought it was and at the end of the night everyone was chanting “Best Wedding Ever!” ha ha. Did I mention it was awesome?? Oh, and something funny happened. They doc the boat at this “natural swimming pool” and when the party got into full swing, a few of the guys decided to strip down to their undies and go swimming. Well….then some of the girls did the same. And….yup….I did too! That’s right, I went swimming on my wedding day! I took off my dress, handed it to my mom and hoped in the water. It was so much fun. When I got out, I towel dried off and then put my dress right back on! My hair hardly even budged too!

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Flowers - A++

I was in love with my flowers. I thought they were beautiful. I was pretty easy going about them, showed my wedding coordinator a couple sample pictures and they created the most beautiful bouquets. My colours were orange and aqua so I brought the ribbon with me to wrap the stems.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Cake – A

The cake was beautiful and YUMMY! Although I only had a small bit when we did the cake cutting. But everyone said it was really good. It was vanilla with strawberry filling. I brought the cake toppers from home, they were diy.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Spa - A

The girls in the spa really don’t speak very good English, so if you don’t know Spanish, I really recommend bringing a picture of what you want. But they are good! They recreated the picture I brought exactly! AND, my hair stayed in all night long. Through the wind on the boat and even through swimming!! My mom and my bridesmaids also had their hair done and they each loved what was done.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photographer A+++++++++

We did not use the resort photographer. We hired Arnaud Brichet from HDC Photo – Punta Cana Wedding Photographer. He was incredible!!!! He was so sweet and made us feel instantly at ease. Posing for all those photos is not the most natural thing in the world, but he made us feel so good. The pictures are beyond all my expectations. They are incredible. Arnaud gave us all the digitals and there are close to 700 photos. I don’t know how I’m going to choose which ones to print, I think I might just wallpaper my house with them wink.gif

The variety of pictures we have from getting ready, to ceremony, to beach, to the reception boat are just amazing. I highly, highly, highly recommend HDC photo. I now have photographic memories of the most beautiful kind to last a lifetime!!! Thank you Arnaud!!

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Click the image to open in full size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow everything sounds and looks amazing! Looks like you had a fabulous time, congratulations, and I love that you handed your dress to your mom and went for a swim!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • Planning to get married? Let’s discover some great wedding venues in Bangalore. The increasing demand for the wedding venues in Bangalore makes it very difficult for both the bride’s and groom’s family to get hold of a marriage hall that is suitable for the marriage. As they say, marriages have to be organized in a grand fashion. The atmosphere and the ambiance of a wedding make it memorable for a lifetime. Though there are a plenty of wedding venues in Bangalore, there is only a handful of them that are really good, Offering the best possible experience.  Some of the most popular wedding venues in Bangalore are: THE TAMARIND TREE: Tamarind Tree has the old world charm. This is one of the best wedding venues in Bangalore that boast about its eco-friendly surrounding. Built in the middle of a few acres of garden filled with lush greenery and trees, which also includes the tamarind tree after which it was named, a pond, a stage for the band, classic looking pavilions for the guests to sit, and a lot of spaces around the area. The premise has two large kitchens with a very special fully stocked bar and a lot of space where the guests can dine comfortably. The place can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Customer Reviews : Address: 88, Kanakapura road, Anjanapura post, Avalahalli, Royal Park residency layout 2, 9th phase. JP Nagar, Bangalore 560062 THE COURTYARD HOUSE: The courtyard house is located off Sarjapur Road, the premise is a unique and unconventional property suited for various events, namely weddings. The outdoor space of courtyard house draws in people looking to get away from the traffic and noise in the city, well within the city limits. The green grass and tall trees make for great photographic backdrops making it popular for wedding events. Customer Reviews : Address: Janatha Colony, Gunjur Palya, Bengaluru 560087 RITZ-CARLTON:   The Ritz-Carlton has over 277 spacious rooms and suites and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangalore. Seven luxurious restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton spa, and tastefully appointed meeting spaces make it ideal to host marriage occasions. Customer Reviews : Address: 99, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025 BALAN FARM CONVENTION CENTER: Balan farm is a green, wooded island of peace and serenity nestled quietly in the busy rapidly developing JP Nagar. Neighboring the Brigade Millenium Apartments and L&T South city it spreads across two acres of an old orchard retaining the ancient fruit-bearing trees and landscaped gardens. Balan Farm convention center JP Nagar has over 10,000 sq ft of the tiled canopy without any walls blocking and it makes for a really good view. Customer Reviews : Address: 99/4, Nataraja Layout, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bengaluru 560078 HYATT MG ROAD: Hyatt a 5 Star hotels in Bangalore is located on MG Road. The guest rooms are colorful with a great view of the city, this makes it an ideal place for private ceremonies with 2300 sq ft of meeting and event space. The Hyatt MG road, Bangalore also has restaurants like the Pink Poppadom, Liquid Lounge, and Bar. Customer Reviews : Address: 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru 560008 BUNGALOW 7 Bungalow7 offers a unique setting for a wedding, pre-wedding and post-wedding functions. The place hosts a variety of public and private events all within a stunning heritage setting of central Bangalore. Customer Reviews : Address: 7, Hall Road, Richards Town, Bengaluru 560005 GAYATRI VIHAR MANTAPA: Gayatri Vihar is one of the most luxurious wedding halls situated on Palace ground. It boasts of a massive one lakh sq ft area which can easily accommodate up to 5000 guests. The ambiance of the place makes it ideal for community gatherings and private parties. Customer Reviews : Address: Jayamahal Palace Ground, Bengaluru 560080
    • My best friend is getting married with his long-term girlfriend next month. As a best friend, I want to give them the best present they would ever receive on their special day. I am planning to buy them plane tickets and book them for a one week trip abroad. However, I am torn between Ukraine ski trip and a tour to Lima, Peru. My best friend loves skiing and his future wife is a chef, so I presume she would want to experience a Peruvian taste. Now, I am confused. Which is which? I would appreciate it if you guys will leave a comment to help me out with this. Suggesting a way better idea which will accommodate the two activities for the soon-to-be wedded couple is a big help too. Thanks!    
    • Hello all!! I'm getting married next week. Every arrangement has been done by my sister for my special day. When I joined in an MNC I was troubled with severe headaches and as per my colleague's instruction, I took an appointment in a nearby eye clinic. And after an eye examination in Toronto, the eye specialist diagnosed hypermetropia in me. And the doctor prescribed eyeglasses for me. The doctor suggested me to wear eyeglasses during the working time. But I used to wear it sometimes not every day. Then I was troubled with severe eye strain and headache and mom was scolding me to wear eyeglasses every day. I thought of saying goodbye to eyeglasses forever. I'm planning for a Lasik eye surgery soon before my marriage. I don't know whether I'm eligible for Lasik eye surgery. I'm tensed about its recovery time and its complications. Can someone help me by sharing your views?  
    • In the 2017 bridal fashion week, many styles of wedding dresses were gradually popular. From serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, ByCouturier've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Allover Sparkle
      Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.  Bold Ball Gowns
      If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads.  Captivating Capes
      Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception. Short, Sassy Dresses
      Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock to spice up your reception or after-party.  Plunging Necklines
      The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. 
      Skinny Straps
      We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win. 
    • Hello all, 
      I am here to get some suggestions on the best places to go on a honeymoon. I am getting married by the end of next month. 
      I was thinking of Bali or Maldives. But just wanted to know other beautiful and romantic places. The wedding banquet hall is a gift from our parents. The hall they have booked for us is one of the best banquet halls in Vaughan I’ve ever seen... Other arrangements like the videographer, photographer, wedding dress, reception dress are all finalized. The next week we have the pre-wedding shoot. Also, I'll start sending the invitations the same week. So, it is going to be hectic and I don't have time to rest or look for some nice places. So, if anyone here could suggest some places would be a great help. 
      Let me know your suggestions. 
      Thanks in advance! 
  • Topics

×