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#851 venus909

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    Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:15 AM


    Congrats on your wedding!  I can't wait to read your review, but based on this it sounds like everything was GREAT and sounds wonderful...

     

    I hope you don't mind a few questions...Did you do a meal package or a la carte?  How many guests did you have? Do you have any pictures that you are willing to share?

     

    Thanks!

     


     

    Originally Posted by CandM2012 

    Hey everyone!!!

     

    Well we just got back yesterday from Punta Cana and all I can say it was the best decision we ever made.  Both Dreams Palm Beach and the Jellyfish were perfect.  I cannot say enough good things about both.  I will be sure to post a long review on how everything went but Mayte was awesome and so accomodating.  On the day we met to go over everything she told me that it was pretty unlikely to be able to get strawberries for my dessert so we moved onto other options and when we got there for our reception...the chocolate and strawberries were there and were the best ever (seriously)!!!  She pulled through and did everything that we asked.  The DJ had played all of the songs that were from my list, that I emailed Mayte 5 days before the wedding,  and also added a few based on my music choices which I was perfectly fine with.  I would reccommend him 100%.  The MC, Jorge, was awesome and so sweet, and spoke perfect english.  Honestly the cost of everything was well worth it...the drinks were the bomb and my guests were so happy that they had Corona beer...lol!!  You will not be dissapointed and Mayte was there the whole time and everyone said how impressed they were with her and the service.  Oh and the food was AWESOME.  I got the chef's pasta (I think that is what it was called) and it was chicken with mushrooms and white sauce.  Seriously...this was sooooo good.  I know who orders pasta at a fish place...well I did and it was one of the best meals of the whole week.  We had the passion fruit mojitos as our signiture drink for all of the guests when we walked in and they were so good and all the guests loved them.  We ended up getting so many throughout the night that they ran out of the mixings before we left.  :)  Again do not second guess anything when it comes to the Jellyfish.  It is as BEAUTIFUL as all of the pics on the website/facebook and you are sure to have the best time celebrating your weddings there with your family and friends.  I will write a more detailed review this week when I get some time.  And feel free to ask me any questions!!  Good luck everyone with your planning.  Just writing about the trip makes me sad that our week has come and gone...missing DR big time!!



     



    #852 CandM2012

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      Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:11 AM

      Hey Venus...

       

      No prob...we did a la carte meals with appetizers during cocktail hour and salads for all before dinner.  We had 16 people total + 2 (photographer and videographer).  Unfortunately I did not bring my camera to the reception so I am waiting to see the professional ones along with all the guest photos.  For food we did butterfly shrimp, mozzerela cheese sticks and the chicken bochette (a little chicken kabob).  They were all delicious.  We also tried the spinach and ricotta hot pocket and that was good too but we went with the cheese sticks because those are my son's fav appetizer.  But they were all delicious with my fav being the shrimp.  The chicken brochete was so tender and the grilled veggies were so yummy on it too.  For the salads we went with the cesar and the arugula with shrimp.  My fav was the arugula and the cesar was okay but they used anchovies in the dressing so it had a slight fishy taste.  We had tried the seafood salad but a little too many weird things in it for me...lol!!  But I am sure if you like seafood you would love it!  As for the dinners Mayte reprinted the menu of the main dishes without prices as I requested...that way everyone wasn't basing their choice on cost.  It turned out great.  We all got a variety of items...from the cajun snapper, filet, lobster, jellyfish steak, grilled seafood platter, and grilled langoustas (not sure about the spelling of that one).  We served red and white wine throughout dinner allowing guests to order drinks if they chose to as well.  I was so shocked that when they brought out the white wine for me to taste it was one of my favs from home...Cavit Pinot Grigio.  :)  Another sign this place was meant to be for our reception!!  hahaha.  The drinks we went a la carte as well and my fam is BIG drinkers and the total for all the drinks came to $800.  I found that to be very reasonable for all the shots and specialty drinks we ordered.  I will post some pics once I get some!!  :)



      #853 Lala32

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        Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:59 PM

        I'd love to see photos as well!!    I just wish Mayte would reply to my emails asking about availability - so far it's been almost 2 weeks and nothing yet.       <--- i really liked this guy.  Summed it up nicely hehe



        #854 astef

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          Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:29 AM

          Question for past brides - if you had a videographer, and your ceremony and reception was at the Jellyfish, did the hotel still charge you a fee to get your videographer into the hotel for the 'getting ready' shot? I really don't want to pay the apparent $1000 copyright fee at the Melia just for a small portion of my video.... thoughts? (I don't want to ask the hotel... no excuses then! :))


          Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

          Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

          Melia Caribe Tropical Resort


          #855 venus909

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            Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:42 AM


            I was wondering about this as well...  I was actually going to just forego the getting ready portion and have my videographer meet me at the Jellyfish.  Who do you have as your videographer?
             

            Originally Posted by astef 

            Question for past brides - if you had a videographer, and your ceremony and reception was at the Jellyfish, did the hotel still charge you a fee to get your videographer into the hotel for the 'getting ready' shot? I really don't want to pay the apparent $1000 copyright fee at the Melia just for a small portion of my video.... thoughts? (I don't want to ask the hotel... no excuses then! :))



             



            #856 astef

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              Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

              I have Cores Films... you? If it still costs $1000 then I will forego it as well of course, but it'd be nice!


              Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

              Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

              Melia Caribe Tropical Resort


              #857 venus909

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                Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:27 PM


                I have Cores Films too!  It was between Diego and Florian from Video Punta Cana.... but there was something about Diego's past videos that I really liked :)
                 

                Originally Posted by astef 

                I have Cores Films... you? If it still costs $1000 then I will forego it as well of course, but it'd be nice!



                 



                #858 LonaJ

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                  Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

                  So glad to hear your wedding was everything you dreamed! :) If you don't mind me asking what was the total amount that you paid for food and alcohol? I think I will have around the same amount of guest. Did you rent the entire restaurant or just use the downstairs or upstairs? Also did you do your ceremony and reception at Jelly Fish or did you do the ceremony at Dreams. I'm getting married at Dreams and having the reception at Jelly Fish, but I don't know if I want to let the guest go ahead of us and have the cocktail hour at Jelly Fish while we are taking our pictures or have the cocktail hour at DPB and we all go to Jelly Fish together. Based on your experience what do you think the best option would be? Sorry for the 101 questions lol!
                   

                  Originally Posted by CandM2012 

                  Hey Venus...

                   

                  No prob...we did a la carte meals with appetizers during cocktail hour and salads for all before dinner.  We had 16 people total + 2 (photographer and videographer).  Unfortunately I did not bring my camera to the reception so I am waiting to see the professional ones along with all the guest photos.  For food we did butterfly shrimp, mozzerela cheese sticks and the chicken bochette (a little chicken kabob).  They were all delicious.  We also tried the spinach and ricotta hot pocket and that was good too but we went with the cheese sticks because those are my son's fav appetizer.  But they were all delicious with my fav being the shrimp.  The chicken brochete was so tender and the grilled veggies were so yummy on it too.  For the salads we went with the cesar and the arugula with shrimp.  My fav was the arugula and the cesar was okay but they used anchovies in the dressing so it had a slight fishy taste.  We had tried the seafood salad but a little too many weird things in it for me...lol!!  But I am sure if you like seafood you would love it!  As for the dinners Mayte reprinted the menu of the main dishes without prices as I requested...that way everyone wasn't basing their choice on cost.  It turned out great.  We all got a variety of items...from the cajun snapper, filet, lobster, jellyfish steak, grilled seafood platter, and grilled langoustas (not sure about the spelling of that one).  We served red and white wine throughout dinner allowing guests to order drinks if they chose to as well.  I was so shocked that when they brought out the white wine for me to taste it was one of my favs from home...Cavit Pinot Grigio.  :)  Another sign this place was meant to be for our reception!!  hahaha.  The drinks we went a la carte as well and my fam is BIG drinkers and the total for all the drinks came to $800.  I found that to be very reasonable for all the shots and specialty drinks we ordered.  I will post some pics once I get some!!  :)



                   



                  #859 astef

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                    Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:44 AM


                    I agree! I really liked his videos a lot more and I'm very excited to have the day captured by him! Though I'm still really confused as to what we get at the end of the day... all the samples are 3-4 minutes long with a song in the background... do we get those types of clips too? Because the package says 40-60 minutes of video. So I'm not sure if it's all with music in the background, segmented into various clips or  if there is any portion of the video that is just real time. Don't know if that makes sense... I asked Diego but the response wasn't clear and I figured it was the language barrier - and it doesn't really matter in the end so I gave up on trying to find out :)
                     

                    Originally Posted by venus909 


                    I have Cores Films too!  It was between Diego and Florian from Video Punta Cana.... but there was something about Diego's past videos that I really liked :)
                     



                     



                     


                    Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

                    Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

                    Melia Caribe Tropical Resort


                    #860 venus909

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                      Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:34 AM

                      From what I understand is that the 3 -4 minute clips that we see on the web are called trailers.  some packages include it and some don't.  According to him a trailer can be added on to any package...I think he said the cost was $200 or 250.  I'd need to go back and check my email. Otherwise, I believe your 40 - 60 minute video is an edited "real-time" video.  So probably a little smoother flowing an longer sections but obviously not 100% realtime because then we would get and 8 hour video.  I ended up booking him for a package that didn't include the trailer, but he said we can add it on if we decided we wanted it.  I'm pretty sure we will add a trailer because I really want to be able to send a link to that to family and friends that couldn't attend. I just didn't want to commit to it upfront.
                       

                      Originally Posted by astef 


                      I agree! I really liked his videos a lot more and I'm very excited to have the day captured by him! Though I'm still really confused as to what we get at the end of the day... all the samples are 3-4 minutes long with a song in the background... do we get those types of clips too? Because the package says 40-60 minutes of video. So I'm not sure if it's all with music in the background, segmented into various clips or  if there is any portion of the video that is just real time. Don't know if that makes sense... I asked Diego but the response wasn't clear and I figured it was the language barrier - and it doesn't really matter in the end so I gave up on trying to find out :)
                       



                       



                       






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