Mel - the day I arrived I brough the cash portion of my bill to Mayte and got rid of a lot of my cash that way. Our hotel was very secure and I was never worried about anything in my safe (paradisus palma real), so all money, gift cards, jewlery ect. went in the safe. Depending on your hotel, I am sure you will be fine. The other option which I didn't feel we needed to use, is to spread out your cash amoung your parents ect.
Originally Posted by Mel2010
Another question for you ladies....
I was thinking about the possible wedding gifts that we may receive on our wedding night -- specifically cards containing cash and wanted to know how some of you plan on storing these cards in a safe place until the end of the week/trip? I'm already worried with the fact that we will be bringing down a lot of money to pay our photographer, DJ, Judge and the JF restaurant and figured we would just get rid of as much money as possible once we get there (idea came from a wonderful bride on this thread) but now I realize we will just end up with more money from our guests on our wedding night.
I'd love to hear your ideas/thoughts on this one!
I would say just try and nail down you entire wedding bill with Mayte before the big day - we had some last minute changes with appitizers ect. so the day I went to pay the bill I didn't have a completed invoice with all the changes, I was just showed a summary of what I owed ie. for the food she said I owed 1000ish, but there was no breakdown. I am sure they are not ripping me off, but still, would have been nice to see a breakdown. I was so busy and tired by the end of the trip that I just accepted the amounts and paid. My flowers went up in price somehow as well, but I never really inquired why. I was on such a wedding high when I arrived that things started slipping my mind or I didn't react as dilligently as I should. In the end of it all, you can only control so much, and you can only be on top of so much. A few top many drinks and lots of excitment made me lose a bit of control
Originally Posted by Labebita911
COngrats!!!!!!! Please post your pics.. i would love to see. Also any tips we should know would be helpful. Im going to travel to DR in July this yr and im going to check out JF but want to go prepared with questions and concerns... Thanks
Answers to your questions:
-yes the ceremony started at 5 on the dot
-my ceremony was about a half and hour max, but I had a stone ceremony in it and it was a bit lengthy - I would say the average is 20 min
-we had a champagne toast after the ceremony, did some pictures with our guests, and then from 6-7 we left to do pictures while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. We were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. at 7 and then commenced the dinner and speach portion.
-Due to speaches our dinner was scheduled from 7-9, however I don't know what time it actually ended.
-I think we left at 12. I have a very party type family, and the whole week we had late nights. The night of the wedding we were drinking hard and danced straight from the end of dinner until 12. Some ppl were very drunk and we decided it was time to go home!
-Mayte put down a hard flooring to walk down the isle
-I was the one that had the sweet table and it was AMAZING - I will attach a pic. I also did cupcakes which I will show you as well (I think Mayte can get you candy, but I brought down all my own candy for the table)
-I did open bar all night starting at 6-12 at $15/hr. I couldn't limit my guests to drinks. The other option was that during cocktail hour I could pay like 5 or 8 dollars/head and pick a few signature cocktails to pass around, but if my guests ordered a rum and coke or something Mayte would get it for them, but then charge me (I thought this could get pricey if ppl didn't want the cocktails I picked). I didn't like that idea, so I just went for the open bar. I think all my guests were very happy they could order what they wanted.
-I had no extras, I don't believe they would have been necessary. The wedding was amazing as it was and anything else would have made it overwhelming. I put a lot of effort into designing the perfect wedding, so not extras were needed Plus I didn't need any more expenses lol!
Originally Posted by bamcandr
I am too so happy to hear of yet another happy bride My wedding is coming up fast..only 64 more days until we are at the Jellyfish!. Thanks for adding in how much you tipped because I was wondering what people went with. Mayte has been so fabulous so far we are going to set aside a bunch of money for her and everyone involved
I have a few questions below when you have a chance to answer ( if you don't mind).
-did you start at exactly the time you were supposed to start the ceremony or did it run late?
-how long was pastor yorks ceremony?
-After the ceremony did you guys just hang out or go right inside for dinner?
-approximately how long would you say dinner took?
-what time did you end up leaving the jellyfish ?
- When you walked down the aisle was there anything to walk on? I have wedge shoes and was wondering how hard it was to walk?
-what kind of dessert did you do? I just talked to Mayte about how she just did a wedding that had a sweets table...was this by weird chance your wedding? We are not doing a formal wedding cake so I'm trying to come up with cheaper options for some type of dessert after dinner.
-What option bar did you take (10, 15, or 20 an hour)? And were any of your guests limited on what they drank if they asked for other things?
-Did you have any other extra things at wedding, like fire dancers, cigar rollar, etc? Anything you would recommend?
I'm also wondering about wedding gifts we may get?
Any other tips or info. would be greatly appreciated! I cannot wait to see pictures! This is soo exciting and every day I am more and more happy we are getting married at the Jellyfish!
I used Diego from Bright Light Productions for my video - he is amazing!!
The ceremony was at 5 and it was very intimate, you couldn't get this intimate of a ceremony at any hotel on the beach, and the 5pm time is essential for privacy.
Originally Posted by dreamspb11711
congrats .......cant wait for pics and more details..did you go a la carte for bar too?who did you use for video? did you have ceremony on site?time?was it intimate or were there lots of public beach goers?