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I am wondering if you purchase the ceremony package, will they use move those decorations to the ceremony for you? Or do you have to buy the reception decoration package as well?

Originally Posted by theend903 View Post

I emailed Sandra with a couple of issues the other day becasue I noticed somethings in the wedding options have changed.

These were her responses:

•The $500 an hour option-What if I have a DJ and I would want to have the International bar instead? What would the price difference be?
[sandra de la Cruz]-Sorry, this is a rate that just include national drinks. International open bar should be paid per person per hour as stated, full price for the first hour and half price for following hours.

•What's the difference between the Traditional Dominican Band and the Trio?[sandra de la Cruz]-Both are Dominican, but the tradicitonal Dominican band is called Perico Ripiao, and it is the only thing they play (kind of a fast meringue) and the Trio will play different type of music

•What does the decorations for ceremony include for $348?
[sandra de la Cruz]-Up to 40 guests, sashes for the chairs, tulle for the gazebo, runner for the table, crystal vases with flowers for the aisle-These are extra decorations. They also have decoration packages for the reception too.

•Can I have a photographer other than the one offered in the packages-Tropical?
[sandra de la Cruz]-We, the resort work with Tropical Pictures for photography and Brightlight for Dvd, find attached the memo that explains our policies about photography / videography -There's an $300 fee to bring in an outside photograher

•Do you have any DJ recommendations?
[sandra de la Cruz]-We work with the resort Djâ€s not external ones.


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Hello everyone!

I am so happy to FINALLY be joining this wonderful community. I have been a frequent visitor to these threads since getting engaged July of last year.  The women and brides-to-be are all absolutely fantastic and RIGHT ON POINT with planning and creativity.  I hope to contribute at least a little and be of some sort of help.  My fiance is seriously blown away with how knowledgeable I have become in managing an event that isn't so easy to plan from far away, but I attribute all my knowledge to you gals!


I am getting married at the Majestic Colonial on August 11, 2012 - and DRPrincesa, I hope to have the pleasure of seeing/meeting you while on the trip!  I have booked the Gazebo for a 3pm Catholic Wedding and will have my reception at the MC Ballroom later that evening.   


I am shopping around for lanterns to dress our tables and will have either petals or flowers in small fishbowls (Stephany, our WC who has been wonderful, provided a quote the other day of $250 per centerpiece, which seems outrageous to me, and I don't want to take the risk of paying so much - or even a fraction of that.  I will ask for other ideas on a separate thread).  I have also booked DJ Mannia.


A lot of the details of our weddings (favors, welcome bags, etc.) cannot be finalized because we are still in the air about how many people to expect.  Our calculations range from 80-120. I am betting on the higher end, while my fiance is being more conservative.


One of the major factors I do want to budget for with as much time as possible is the Drinking/Alcohol.  Given the number of people we expect (even if it is on the "conservative" side of my fiance's calculations), a per hour per person Open Bar cannot be entertained.  At this point, we are opting for the buffet of $70 per person ($55 + 26%), which includes beer, wine, champagne and soda.  


However, I want to make sure we aren't too quick to dismiss options that our guests will enjoy.  So here is a list of thoughts/questions: 


1) We stay solely to the Buffet + Basic Open Bar as spelled out above.  Wouldn't be the worst, but I don't want guests leaving the reception/dance floor to get a drink, though I understand the next full-bar isn't so far away?


2) We buy liquor from the Duty Free (have to buy it NYC because you don't have the option of buying it in Punta Cana), pay the cork fee of $10 per bottle, and of course hire bartenders ($15 per bartender per hour, as I have read on threads).  The wedding guide (FAQ doc) has the cork fee information, but nowhere does it mention the bartenders.  Some of the threads even state that bringing alcohol is no longer accepted - can anyone clarify?

Option B for bringing our own liquor - just have a bottle on every table, though I don't know how much this would add/take away from the aesthetics.


3) National/International Open Bar - Does the full price ($15/$25 respectively) only apply to the first hour, and then drop to half for every hour after?  Does anyone know if this still applies?  Even though I think this will still far exceed our budget, it is nice to know that the option isn't as bad as I had originally anticipated (paying the full price per person per hour).


Any thoughts would be great.  I have been meaning to contact Stephany on these points, but in case anyone has any insight in advance, I'd greatly appreciate it!


Again, so nice to meet so many of you, and I wish you all a WONDERFUL 2012 and joyful planning!


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Brides who had their wedding at majestic colonial can anyone shoot me an email I have lots of questions! :) getting married dec 4th 2013

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