Originally Posted by april4884
Hello everyone! After reading everyone great reviews of Jellyfish I decided to change my whole wedding/reception from the resort to the restaurant. I'm really happy and excited with that decision! :-) Mayte seems like a real genius and every picture I have seen is amazing. I did, however have a few questions I was hoping someone could answer (Mayte's answers are a bit confusing)....
- Does the $500 for a ceremony set on the beach include decorations (chairs, chair bows, gazebo, etc) If not, is there a price list for these things? What about music for walking down the aisle?
- We would like a religious ceremony, would that cost extra?
- What would the $500 for the Decoration place & tables include (table linens, center pieces?)?
- I had read on the resorts page that we had to be on the island 3 business days (not counting Sunday, the day we arrive, or wedding day) prior to the ceremony. Is this true for all legal DR weddings?
I'm sorry to be a pain and ask so many questions! You all are too knowledgeable for your own good! It feels so good to have a place to go to ask these questions....major weight lifted off finding this website!
I think I can answer a couple of the questions at least! The $500 for the ceremony includes all the decorations that you listed, for a maximum of 50 people. For more than 50 it's about $10 extra per person or so. It's basically the same for the reception decorations (up to 50 people). I don't believe that number includes fresh flower centrepieces - I think they're silk at that price.
I'm not 100% positive about music for the ceremony... I guess that's something I'd like to know too! I think that if you're getting the sound system for the reception it includes the ceremony too - can anyone confirm that?
I believe a legal ceremony involves a $580 fee for the judge, not sure about the requirements/costs for a religious ceremony though and if you need a judge for that as well.
From what I've heard/read, the 3 business days is not a legal requirement (like it is in places like Mexico), it's just put in place by the resorts so that they can be sure that they have enough time before the wedding day to meet with the bride and groom and make sure everything is set up properly. And sundays are the day off for the coordinators.
Hope that's a start!