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Ahhhh, that sucks! Things are so different from one board to another. You get no personal days, I get 6, and my FI's cousin gets 20!!! Do you have a March/spring break? It's expensive too, but a bit less than Christmas.
Hi, Yup I thought about it, but this march break is a little too soon and next march break seems sooo far away. I will be moving it to then if I can't get a good price.

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Hi, Yup I thought about it, but this march break is a little too soon and next march break seems sooo far away. I will be moving it to then if I can't get a good price.
I hear you. I want to get married in the spring, but next spring is too close (plus there is already another wedding in my FI's family circle), so we are getting married spring 2011. It's so far!!!

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Next spring will give you time to plan without the stress of rushing. And pricing for next spring will come out around June so you should use this time to find a TA that you like and then she can work with the resort to lock in the best rates as soon as the resorts release their 2011 pricing. The time will still fly by - I promise! Have fun planning!!!! It will take you over a year to find all the cool ideas on BDW that you want to use anyway, LOL!

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I'm getting married at the Occidental Grand, I can PM you their wedding packages if you are interested.

 

I am also going through DW.com so as with both the more guest that book at the hotel the more likely I can get the free package.

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I was wondering the same thing... I thought DR was a little cheaper then other places until I saw how the "all inclusive" resorts are charging extra for dinner and stuff. I am leaning towards Grand Palladium because of 4 hotels in 1 choice. I am not sure if a lot of people will even come. I do seem to have a hard time getting any prices for Grand Palladium resorts though. I guess they book up fast? Or maybe I need to get a travel agent lol

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Glad to see I'm not the only confused bride about all the DR prices! I did notice that some packages are cheaper into Puerto Plata, they have some nice hotels there too (its hte north side of the island). I haven't been able to figure out which resort offers the greatest value for us and our guests bc each are so different. I like Majestic Colonial/Elegance bc they seem to have reasonable rates but the wedding packages sure add up quick, esp if you want a private reception like I do. Excellence seems nice too, but I can't find a ton of info about their wedding packages. When I looked at prices for Moon Palace they were much more than $900 for 4 nts (and I'm coming from the East Coast too) so you got a great quote!

 

I did notice though on some travel sites that there might only be 100-200 dollar difference between a 4 nt and 7 nt stay, which I thought was very interesting. I think I'm going to offer both choices to my guests since they might think they are getting a better value on the week long vaca.

 

Anyway, thanks for all the info and keep up the advice, its super helpful!!!!

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wow 100 guests is a lot. I'm sure Dreams Punta Cana can accomodate a private reception for that many. Even in one of their terraces (the one from them japanese restaurant)

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I did notice that some packages are cheaper into Puerto Plata, they have some nice hotels there too (its hte north side of the island).
The beaches aren't the greatest in Puerto Plata, but they do have nice resorts and they're cheaper than Punta Cana. Most people hang out at the resort anyway, so I wouldn't let the beach thing sway your opinion. If budget is a big consideration for you, PP might be your better choice.

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wow 100 guests is a lot. I'm sure Dreams Punta Cana can accomodate a private reception for that many. Even in one of their terraces (the one from them japanese restaurant)
The terrace outside the Japanese restaurant might be large enough to have a wedding of that size, but I would confirm with the WC first. It is nice, but can be very windy, depending on the time of year.

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I don't think it's too much to ask!  Guests don't have to stay more than a couple of days.  Also, you're inviting them, not demanding they go. My FH and I have huge families and we don't have the money to have a wedding where everyone can come.  That's why we are so excited about the DW! It'll definately be smaller and more accomodating to our small pockets.  We are getting married at Majestic Elegance on June 29, 2011.  The package is $1,750 which seems high but it has a lot of extra's included that other resorts tack on later and charge for so this is the straight up price.  Their symbolic package is $1,250.  All in all with our flights, staying 8 days, and the wedding package it's around $4,300.  This is a huge savings for us b/c we planned on spending that much just on a honeymoon!  Hope this helps!

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