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Dreams Questions - previous brides please help

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Hi! I'm a former DPC bride, and if a white, sandy beach is one of your "must haves", then DPC is not the resort for you. Everything else about the resort was wonderful, and all of my guests loved it (some are going back for vacations because they were so impressed with it). But, this hotel is situated at the point where the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans meet. Therefore, the water is much rougher and is green, not that beautiful blue you will see on the Bavaro side of the island. Nevertheless, we all had a great time bodysurfing in it! Besides, the pool is absolutely fantastic and we spent most of our time near it (and the pool bar, of course).

 

Re the Preferred Club: IMO, not necessary, especially if you book the Honeymoon Suite. You're going to be spending all of your time on your wedding, and with your guests, so anything "extra" you have access to at the PC really isn't worth paying for. The Honeymoon Suite is huge and you have a hottub on your balcony.

 

It's about an hour away from the airport, so no worries about planes flying loudly over. The ride from the airport to the hotel (and back) was decent and not nearly as horrible as some people on TripAdvisor have claimed. I don't know what they expect, after all you're in a third-world country for Pete's sake!

 

My WC was Maria, and she was wonderful. I don't see her name mentioned on the boards these days, so perhaps she's moved on. Miguelina was my initial WC (before I was switched to Maria) and she was definitely not as responsive and helpful as Maria was.

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At the Dreams resorts can you have your dinner at the buffet restaurant or one of the a la carte restaurants without having to pay extra? Some of my guests think it's crazy that we pay for extra dinners for the wedding when they've already paid for an all inclusive package.

My FI doesn't want our guests to be eating the same food that they've had all week while I just want to go for what is most cost effective for our budget.

 

Thanks!

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At the Dreams resorts can you have your dinner at the buffet restaurant or one of the a la carte restaurants without having to pay extra? Some of my guests think it's crazy that we pay for extra dinners for the wedding when they've already paid for an all inclusive package.
My FI doesn't want our guests to be eating the same food that they've had all week while I just want to go for what is most cost effective for our budget.

Thanks!
You can have dinner at the one the restaurants, but if you choose from a set (special) menu, you will pay extra for it. The buffet is huge, and very casual so I don't think it's really the most appropriate forum for a reception - but that's just my opinion! EVERYBODY feels the same way as you do about paying extra for food when you're at an AI. Unfortunately, it's just the way it goes. Speaking from experience, what you're paying for is a special menu (so the food is different, and slightly more upscale than what's normally offered in the restaurants); dedicated staff waiting on you and your group; privacy of having a reception in an area that is not open to the rest of the guests (Himitsu is the best). It can add up quickly, but your alternative is to sit amongst everyone else. If that doesn't bother you and FI, then go for it. BUT, if you have a large group, you may pay extra because of the size and you may not get the venue of your choice because of space limitations.

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I just got back from my wedding at Dreams Palm Beach. It was fantastic! All my correspondence was with Melani, but when we arrived it was Yaisy looking after us, and she is great too. She's very helpful and friendly and handled everything smoothly. We didn't pay for preferred, but they gave it to us anyway. Our room even had a jaccuzzi in it! The ceremony was beautiful and we got extras that we weren't expecting. Overall it was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change anything. For the photos we hired Jorge Allocco and he did a nice job. He even came to visit us a couple days before the wedding to talk about what we wanted and to get to know us. I highly recommend him.

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Thanks! I am definitely leaning more towards DPB. Did you find the preferred club worth the extra cost?
I found it worth while to go preferred club. We had an ocean view preffered club and especially for your wedding it is worth it. I even liked our room better than a honeymoon suite they showed us! 3313!!! Great view and location.

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