I just got back from my Jellyfish wedding! It was INCREDIBLE. You are in for quite a treat!
Here's my review:
VANESSA + KYLE 8.10.13
TASTING / MEETING WITH MAYTE:
Sheâ€™s AMAZING! Ladies, you are in GOOD hands! Put your faith in her and you will get so much in return. My fianc© met with her 2 days to our wedding. I know that sounds a bit nerve wrecking, but again you have nothing to worry about. She has all of the details of your wedding! Youâ€™re in for quite a treat! We had a tasting of our appetizers, menu, and cocktail drinks. The food and drinks were beyond delicious! So good! She will bring out so many options and is so thoughtful with the choices. In terms of appetizers, we went with the butterfly bacon shrimp and hot pockets. We went with Menu #1 for our dinner option.
She discussed final details of the wedding and her vision for the day. I let her run with itâ€¦ and boy Iâ€™m glad I did! Our colors were Coral and Greyâ€¦ my Pinterest board came to LIFE! Everything came together BEAUTIFULLY!
In terms of payment, we transferred a portion of it prior to our arrival and paid the rest in cash. I know that can be uncomfortable, but it worked out fine. We were happy to disperse the cash during our meeting. Haha!
My guests and I stayed at Majestic Elegance. Transportation arrived on time and we arrived to the Jellyfish in about 20 minutes or so with our immediate family / bridal party. We had some time to take some final pictures before the ceremony / guests arriving. Mayte has everything under control! Once you get thereâ€¦ relax and enjoy the moment. She will let you know when you will need to â€˜hideâ€™ and will cue you / bridal party to walk down the aisle.
We also had Pastor Mark officiate our marriage. He is so nice and did an incredible job! You will feel comfortable with him! He will even have a â€˜fakeâ€™ certificate for you to sign. The ceremony itself was about 20-30 minutes long.
Jellyfish DJ / MC were AWESOME! I met with the MC immediately after the ceremony to discuss wedding party introductions, the flow of the wedding, etcâ€¦ He will double-check everything with you! Everything went incredibly smoothly.
We had a cocktail drink option, dinner drinks and open bar for 3 hours of the wedding. Being Dominican, we went with the local options for our drinks. Our guests loved it!
We flew down our photographer (MNC Photography â€“ heâ€™s incredible, check him out!) We couldnâ€™t be more than happy with that decision. We also used Punta Cana Corres Film as our videographer. I will share those pictures / video as soon as I have it!
We had 66 guests attend our wedding and reserved the bottom section of the Jellyfish. We had a dance floor outside. and it was a BEAUTIFUL night to dance! Couldnâ€™t have asked for better weather in August! J My family is from the Dominican Republic and it wouldnâ€™t be a Dominican wedding without a Crazy Hour! We did the Crazy Hour show and our guests LOVED it! It brought so much energy to the party. There were show dancers, break-style dancers and the fire show. SO MUCH FUN. LOVED IT!
We had one bus take guests home around 10:30 or so and the rest of us left around midnight. We had the most amazing time! We received so many compliments from our guests that it was the best wedding they ever went to.
To give you an idea of timing, this is our wedding timeline:
7:00 AM â€“ 2:00 PM: Hair & Makeup for Bridal Party begins
10:00 AM â€“ 11:00 AM: Mike (Photographer) arrives for Groomsmen Getting Ready Shots
11:00 AM â€“ 12:00 PM: Lunch
11:00 AM â€“ 1:00 PM : Mike (Photographer) arrives for Bridal Party Getting Ready Shots
1:15 PM â€“ 2:00 PM: First Look Pictures
2:00 PM â€“ 3:00 PM: Wedding Party Pictures
3:00 PM: Wedding Party & Family meet in Lobby
3:15 PM: Bus arrives to take Wedding Party & Family to Jellyfish
3:45 PM: Wedding Party & Family arrive at Jellyfish
4:00 PM â€“ 4:30 PM: Family Pictures
4:00 PM: Guests arrive to Jellyfish Lobby
4:15 PM: Bus arrives to take guest to Jellyfish
4:45 PM: Guests arrive to Jellyfish Lobby
4:45 PM â€“ 5:00 PM: Guests are seated
5:00 PM â€“ 5:30 PM: Ceremony
5:30 PM â€“ 6:30 PM: Cocktail Hour
5:30 PM â€“ 6:30 PM: Wedding Party Pictures & Family Pictures
7:00 PM â€“ 7:10 PM: Guests are seated
7:10 PM â€“ 7:20 PM: Guests order dinner
7:10 PM â€“ 7:20 PM: Cake is cut
7:20 PM â€“ 7:25 PM: Father of the Bride Speech
7:25 PM â€“ 7:40 PM: MOH & Best Man Speech
8:00 PM â€“ 8:30 PM: Bride & Groom First Dance
Father & Daughter Dance
Mother & Son Dance
8:30 PM â€“ 11:30 PM: Reception
11:00 PM: Last Call
11:30 PM: Busses arrive to go back to Majestic Elegance / Party Over
ALL in all it was a dream come true! IF you have any other questions â€“ feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHEERS and happy planning!