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#671 Mel2010

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    Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:24 PM

    Hi ladies,

     

    I finally found the time to sit down and write a full review on the Jellyfish, so here it is!!!!

    We arrived in Punta Cana on November 24th, all 34 of us, and stayed at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort. I will try to write a separate review on the resort, but for now, I’ll give this resort an A+. Our first meeting with Mayte was on the Friday, Nov 25th – We arrived at the Jellyfish via taxi ($25US from DPB resort) and met Mayte right on time. Ladies, all I can say is once you meet Mayte all your worries and stresses will disappear. She takes all the weight off by going through every single detail with you. From d©cor to flowers, to the setup outside to which cocktails to choose from. That was one of the first things we did, we tasted 3 different cocktails to pick out 2 cocktails for our cocktail hour. We chose Sex on the Beach and some Blue Hawaiian drink < which was sooo yummy. Afterwards we tasted our appetizers, which were delicious. We went with the butterfly shrimp, hot pockets and mozzarella sticks. Once the food tasting was done, we paid her everything we could in cash and left the remaining to pay via credit card (food and booze). So here is a final breakdown from my own experience:

     

    Restaurant

    • Absolutely gorgeous, open concept, extremely breezy, which is refreshing on a warm humid day.
    • Bathroom, only 2 small stalls in the women’s, so if you have a puffy dress, good luck trying to use the washroom. J
    • Kitchen is clean; the kitchen staff are so friendly and very accommodating to special requests.
    • Bar/Bar staff are extremely nice, ready to party and make awesome drinks.
    • Upstairs level is really cozy, with tables and pillows everywhere to lounge on. There are also couches/beds to chill on. We reserved the entire restaurant and thought it was really worth it. I got to throw my bouquet from the upstairs level and our photographer captured amazing shots of all of us partying & dancing below.
    • Beach is really private. I think there may have been one person walking by during our ceremony, but that person was so far away that you barely noticed they were walking by.
    • Wind ~ it may only have been on our wedding day, since we had pouring rain all day – except during our ceremony and pictures (lucky us), the rest of the day was extremely windy. I couldn’t even wear my veil, and in most pictures, I’m basically eating my own hair! So something to think about.
    • Food is amazing! A lot of our guests chose the lobster, including myself, and it was delicious! I could have had two plates – seriously! The service was amazing, everything was delivered on time. We chose to go a la carte for our dinner, which I am very grateful for. We saved over $450 !!!! We considered going with the $45 or $55 per person, but it just wasn’t worth it. The lobster plate was only $48, so if we chose to go with the $55 option, our food budget would have doubled for sure!
    • Drinks were awesome too! We chose the cocktail hour @ $5 per person for 1 hour, than afterwards we kept a tab ALL NIGHT. Even during dinner, we kept a tab going in case someone wanted to order something other than wine or beer, although wine was supplied during dinner.

     

    Somehow we saved on our booze budget too by keeping a tab, because some of our guests didn’t even drink, so the “per person” & “per hour” option didn’t make sense to us if some weren’t going to drink.

     

    Mayte

    • What can I say about Mayte that hasn’t already been said!! This woman is so dedicated to her brides. She really goes out of her way to make your wedding day special. She went into town to purchase my wedding favours for me (awesome!), and checked on my flowers a day before they were delivered to the restaurant (you can have them delivered to your room, but I preferred keeping them at the JF).
    • It was pouring rain on our wedding day so Mayte had setup our ceremony inside the restaurant, but then the rain stopped, so Mayte moved all the d©cor and chairs back outside just in time for the ceremony – now that’s dedication!

    Sweets table

    • Our cake turned out exactly the way we wanted it. The cup cakes were identical to our wedding colors and the top layer cake was similar to a picture I had sent Mayte, so again she pays attention to ALL details.
    • I didn’t have the chance to buy candy, so Mayte went out and purchased some candy for me and just added the amount to the cake budget. She charged me $200 for the 1 tier cake, cupcakes and candies! That’s pretty darn cheap compared to what I would have spent back here at home!

     

    Well that’s it for now! If you ladies have any questions, feel free to ask. I’ll try to log on here once in a while and do my best to answer your questions. I’m sure I have missed some details, but with Xmas right around the corner, my focus is elsewhere. :P

     

    Happy planning – and most of all – you have made the RIGHT CHOICE in choosing the Jellyfish for your ceremony and/or your reception!!!!

     

    P.S. Pastor Rick York is AMAZING!!! < Forgot to mention that too!!

     

    P.P.S Merry Christmas & Happy New Years to all of you!!!!



    #672 AquaCait

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      Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:57 AM



      Thanks Mel!!!!!  This is soooooooooooo helpful and reassuring to read!!!!  Merry Christmas to you and your new husband too!!!!

      Originally Posted by Mel2010 

      Hi ladies,

       

      I finally found the time to sit down and write a full review on the Jellyfish, so here it is!!!!

      We arrived in Punta Cana on November 24th, all 34 of us, and stayed at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort. I will try to write a separate review on the resort, but for now, I’ll give this resort an A+. Our first meeting with Mayte was on the Friday, Nov 25th – We arrived at the Jellyfish via taxi ($25US from DPB resort) and met Mayte right on time. Ladies, all I can say is once you meet Mayte all your worries and stresses will disappear. She takes all the weight off by going through every single detail with you. From d©cor to flowers, to the setup outside to which cocktails to choose from. That was one of the first things we did, we tasted 3 different cocktails to pick out 2 cocktails for our cocktail hour. We chose Sex on the Beach and some Blue Hawaiian drink < which was sooo yummy. Afterwards we tasted our appetizers, which were delicious. We went with the butterfly shrimp, hot pockets and mozzarella sticks. Once the food tasting was done, we paid her everything we could in cash and left the remaining to pay via credit card (food and booze). So here is a final breakdown from my own experience:

       

      Restaurant

      • Absolutely gorgeous, open concept, extremely breezy, which is refreshing on a warm humid day.
      • Bathroom, only 2 small stalls in the women’s, so if you have a puffy dress, good luck trying to use the washroom. J
      • Kitchen is clean; the kitchen staff are so friendly and very accommodating to special requests.
      • Bar/Bar staff are extremely nice, ready to party and make awesome drinks.
      • Upstairs level is really cozy, with tables and pillows everywhere to lounge on. There are also couches/beds to chill on. We reserved the entire restaurant and thought it was really worth it. I got to throw my bouquet from the upstairs level and our photographer captured amazing shots of all of us partying & dancing below.
      • Beach is really private. I think there may have been one person walking by during our ceremony, but that person was so far away that you barely noticed they were walking by.
      • Wind ~ it may only have been on our wedding day, since we had pouring rain all day – except during our ceremony and pictures (lucky us), the rest of the day was extremely windy. I couldn’t even wear my veil, and in most pictures, I’m basically eating my own hair! So something to think about.
      • Food is amazing! A lot of our guests chose the lobster, including myself, and it was delicious! I could have had two plates – seriously! The service was amazing, everything was delivered on time. We chose to go a la carte for our dinner, which I am very grateful for. We saved over $450 !!!! We considered going with the $45 or $55 per person, but it just wasn’t worth it. The lobster plate was only $48, so if we chose to go with the $55 option, our food budget would have doubled for sure!
      • Drinks were awesome too! We chose the cocktail hour @ $5 per person for 1 hour, than afterwards we kept a tab ALL NIGHT. Even during dinner, we kept a tab going in case someone wanted to order something other than wine or beer, although wine was supplied during dinner.

       

      Somehow we saved on our booze budget too by keeping a tab, because some of our guests didn’t even drink, so the “per person” & “per hour” option didn’t make sense to us if some weren’t going to drink.

       

      Mayte

      • What can I say about Mayte that hasn’t already been said!! This woman is so dedicated to her brides. She really goes out of her way to make your wedding day special. She went into town to purchase my wedding favours for me (awesome!), and checked on my flowers a day before they were delivered to the restaurant (you can have them delivered to your room, but I preferred keeping them at the JF).
      • It was pouring rain on our wedding day so Mayte had setup our ceremony inside the restaurant, but then the rain stopped, so Mayte moved all the d©cor and chairs back outside just in time for the ceremony – now that’s dedication!

      Sweets table

      • Our cake turned out exactly the way we wanted it. The cup cakes were identical to our wedding colors and the top layer cake was similar to a picture I had sent Mayte, so again she pays attention to ALL details.
      • I didn’t have the chance to buy candy, so Mayte went out and purchased some candy for me and just added the amount to the cake budget. She charged me $200 for the 1 tier cake, cupcakes and candies! That’s pretty darn cheap compared to what I would have spent back here at home!

       

      Well that’s it for now! If you ladies have any questions, feel free to ask. I’ll try to log on here once in a while and do my best to answer your questions. I’m sure I have missed some details, but with Xmas right around the corner, my focus is elsewhere. :P

       

      Happy planning – and most of all – you have made the RIGHT CHOICE in choosing the Jellyfish for your ceremony and/or your reception!!!!

       

      P.S. Pastor Rick York is AMAZING!!! < Forgot to mention that too!!

       

      P.P.S Merry Christmas & Happy New Years to all of you!!!!



       



      #673 cnd29

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        Posted 20 December 2011 - 09:00 AM



        Thanks for the review!  I'm so looking forward to mine in June

        Hi ladies,

         

        I finally found the time to sit down and write a full review on the Jellyfish, so here it is!!!!

        We arrived in Punta Cana on November 24th, all 34 of us, and stayed at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort. I will try to write a separate review on the resort, but for now, I’ll give this resort an A+. Our first meeting with Mayte was on the Friday, Nov 25th – We arrived at the Jellyfish via taxi ($25US from DPB resort) and met Mayte right on time. Ladies, all I can say is once you meet Mayte all your worries and stresses will disappear. She takes all the weight off by going through every single detail with you. From d©cor to flowers, to the setup outside to which cocktails to choose from. That was one of the first things we did, we tasted 3 different cocktails to pick out 2 cocktails for our cocktail hour. We chose Sex on the Beach and some Blue Hawaiian drink < which was sooo yummy. Afterwards we tasted our appetizers, which were delicious. We went with the butterfly shrimp, hot pockets and mozzarella sticks. Once the food tasting was done, we paid her everything we could in cash and left the remaining to pay via credit card (food and booze). So here is a final breakdown from my own experience:

         

        Restaurant

        • Absolutely gorgeous, open concept, extremely breezy, which is refreshing on a warm humid day.
        • Bathroom, only 2 small stalls in the women’s, so if you have a puffy dress, good luck trying to use the washroom. J
        • Kitchen is clean; the kitchen staff are so friendly and very accommodating to special requests.
        • Bar/Bar staff are extremely nice, ready to party and make awesome drinks.
        • Upstairs level is really cozy, with tables and pillows everywhere to lounge on. There are also couches/beds to chill on. We reserved the entire restaurant and thought it was really worth it. I got to throw my bouquet from the upstairs level and our photographer captured amazing shots of all of us partying & dancing below.
        • Beach is really private. I think there may have been one person walking by during our ceremony, but that person was so far away that you barely noticed they were walking by.
        • Wind ~ it may only have been on our wedding day, since we had pouring rain all day – except during our ceremony and pictures (lucky us), the rest of the day was extremely windy. I couldn’t even wear my veil, and in most pictures, I’m basically eating my own hair! So something to think about.
        • Food is amazing! A lot of our guests chose the lobster, including myself, and it was delicious! I could have had two plates – seriously! The service was amazing, everything was delivered on time. We chose to go a la carte for our dinner, which I am very grateful for. We saved over $450 !!!! We considered going with the $45 or $55 per person, but it just wasn’t worth it. The lobster plate was only $48, so if we chose to go with the $55 option, our food budget would have doubled for sure!
        • Drinks were awesome too! We chose the cocktail hour @ $5 per person for 1 hour, than afterwards we kept a tab ALL NIGHT. Even during dinner, we kept a tab going in case someone wanted to order something other than wine or beer, although wine was supplied during dinner.

         

        Somehow we saved on our booze budget too by keeping a tab, because some of our guests didn’t even drink, so the “per person” & “per hour” option didn’t make sense to us if some weren’t going to drink.

         

        Mayte

        • What can I say about Mayte that hasn’t already been said!! This woman is so dedicated to her brides. She really goes out of her way to make your wedding day special. She went into town to purchase my wedding favours for me (awesome!), and checked on my flowers a day before they were delivered to the restaurant (you can have them delivered to your room, but I preferred keeping them at the JF).
        • It was pouring rain on our wedding day so Mayte had setup our ceremony inside the restaurant, but then the rain stopped, so Mayte moved all the d©cor and chairs back outside just in time for the ceremony – now that’s dedication!

        Sweets table

        • Our cake turned out exactly the way we wanted it. The cup cakes were identical to our wedding colors and the top layer cake was similar to a picture I had sent Mayte, so again she pays attention to ALL details.
        • I didn’t have the chance to buy candy, so Mayte went out and purchased some candy for me and just added the amount to the cake budget. She charged me $200 for the 1 tier cake, cupcakes and candies! That’s pretty darn cheap compared to what I would have spent back here at home!

         

        Well that’s it for now! If you ladies have any questions, feel free to ask. I’ll try to log on here once in a while and do my best to answer your questions. I’m sure I have missed some details, but with Xmas right around the corner, my focus is elsewhere. :P

         

        Happy planning – and most of all – you have made the RIGHT CHOICE in choosing the Jellyfish for your ceremony and/or your reception!!!!

         

        P.S. Pastor Rick York is AMAZING!!! < Forgot to mention that too!!

         

        P.P.S Merry Christmas & Happy New Years to all of you!!!!



         



        #674 CandM2012

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          Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:20 AM

          Thanks for taking the time to post your review Mel!!  :)   Looking forward to my JF reception now for sure...no worries!!  Also hopefully you will be able to review the resort but with you giving it an A+ that is a great relief as well!!  Congrats on your wedding!! 



          #675 venus909

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            Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:25 PM

            Mel, thanks so much for taking the time to write this!  I think you may have just convinced me to do ala carte meals and a tab for drinks... I will probably wait till I have an exact guest count before I decide 100% but it sounds like it might be a good idea!

             

            Did you have a DJ?



            #676 Mel2010

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              Posted 20 December 2011 - 06:28 PM

              Cdn29 - We were 34 guests in total

               

              CandM2012 - I will definitely try to write a review on DPB. In a nutshell though, food was fantastic (even the buffet), rooms were awesome, service is friendly, drinks are yummy, pool & landscaping was immaculate. Only cons, the beach has some seaweed :(, the para-sailing boat kept breaking down (so I never got to try it-although I was a little chicken anyways), and our fridge in our room didn't get restock until 3 days after we arrived (we stayed in the preferred club section-which is totally worth the extra $$). We also didn't get any "special service" for being a Bride & Groom, meaning no banner on our door, no rose petals on the bed w/ champagne in our room etc,. I'm guessing this is because we got married off resort - but honestly it didn't matter to us, the JF made up for it.

               

              Venus909 - we used DJ Mannia, he is AMAZING. We had Carlos as our DJ. No need to bring any music, he knows how to throw an awesome party. I posted a review under vendors, but it's short. Check it out! :)



              #677 AquaCait

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                Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:44 AM


                I think we are going the same route now too.  I didn't realize that a la carte was an option...

                 

                Mel, do you happen to have the menu for JF?  If not, I'll try emailing Mayte.  If so, can you send it to

                Mel, thanks so much for taking the time to write this!  I think you may have just convinced me to do ala carte meals and a tab for drinks... I will probably wait till I have an exact guest count before I decide 100% but it sounds like it might be a good idea!

                 

                Did you have a DJ?



                 



                #678 Sherio9090

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                  Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:25 AM

                  Thanks for the wonderful review Mel.

                  I also am now thinking about changing to the ala carte meal option.

                  We have 40 guests coming, so I'm not sure if Mayte will let us or not. Did it take a long time for the food to get ordered and come out?

                   

                  Oh and happy holidays to everyone! Looking forward to 2012!



                  #679 astef

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                    Posted 21 December 2011 - 03:18 PM

                    I sent you the Jellyfish menu, I had asked Mayte for it  recently! :)

                     

                    Originally Posted by AquaCait 


                    I think we are going the same route now too.  I didn't realize that a la carte was an option...

                     

                    Mel, do you happen to have the menu for JF?  If not, I'll try emailing Mayte.  If so, can you send it to caitlinriley_722@hotmail.com ?  Thanks a bunch!!!
                     



                     



                     


                    Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

                    Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

                    Melia Caribe Tropical Resort


                    #680 astef

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                      Posted 21 December 2011 - 03:21 PM

                      I think I'm going to stick with a set menu just because a lot of my guests are used to 'traditional' receptions and I think it will keep a slightly more 'fancy' feel, but that's just my guests... as for the alcohol though, I have NO idea how to figure out which option will be cheaper for me! How do you make this decision? I will have 43 adult guests total, of which 35 will probably drink a lot... lol. What do you guys think?


                      Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

                      Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

                      Melia Caribe Tropical Resort





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