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#1 jerzshortstuff

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    Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:17 PM

    I don't know if there is a post on here about this and I have been looking through the threads... but since many of you have already booked your hotels for your weddings I figured I'd ask.

    Are there any resorts that offer a "free wedding" package? I know some places offer a free wedding if you book a certain amount of nights or something. We are just trying to find the best deal possible since we would like to save money when possible. We will only have a small number of guests staying with us, and we are either going to do a symbolic or ROV ceremony since we will take care of the legalities before we leave (I am not sure what the difference is between symbolic and ROV ceremonies are). I am just trying to see which places seem to offer the best deals. Do any current or previous brides have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! This site has been really helpful!

    #2 tracy0716

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      Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:43 PM

      The Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana offer a complimentary wedding package when you book either 5 nights in the reserve or 7 nights in royal service.
      The package includes:
      -a symbolic ceremony
      -some decor
      -bride's bouquet
      -groom's boutonniere
      -a dinner reservation for 6 guests
      -wedding cake
      -other special amenities for the bride and groom

      All of the info is listed on their website. We're taking advantage of this package since we're staying in RS. The hotel is charging $15 for each extra chair for the ceremony. We added a cocktail hour and made our reception a private dinner. Overall, this saved us roughyl $1,600!!!!

      I hope this helps. Good luck with your search!

      #3 jerzshortstuff

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        Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:36 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by tracy0716
        The Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana offer a complimentary wedding package when you book either 5 nights in the reserve or 7 nights in royal service.
        The package includes:
        -a symbolic ceremony
        -some decor
        -bride's bouquet
        -groom's boutonniere
        -a dinner reservation for 6 guests
        -wedding cake
        -other special amenities for the bride and groom

        All of the info is listed on their website. We're taking advantage of this package since we're staying in RS. The hotel is charging $15 for each extra chair for the ceremony. We added a cocktail hour and made our reception a private dinner. Overall, this saved us roughyl $1,600!!!!

        I hope this helps. Good luck with your search!

        Thanks! I will definitely check it out! I have been looking for awhile but we recently just decided on a date (well we have the month and year) and I just feel like there are so many places and packages, that it is hard to search through them all. With so many brides on here, I figured I'd give it a shot and ask for a little help! Thank you again!

        #4 luciel2820

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          Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:10 PM

          The melia caribe tropical offers a similar package. But i believe it's for up to 12 ppl. Also the Catalonia bavaro offers a renewal of vows package for 20 ppl and dinner etc for $445.

          #5 OceanWonderland

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            Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:10 PM

            The Dreams resorts also offer a free package depending on what room/guests you have. It's the basic package ($799) that provides everything you'd need for up to 10 guests. I think it applies to every single Dreams resorts. As long as you have under 10 guests, you can eat at a restaurant as a group for free as well.

            This package is complimentary when booking a Honeymoon Ocean View or Preferred Club Ocean View category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights or if 5 rooms are reserved for a minimum of 3 nights in any room category.

            This complimentary package includes:

            • Services of the Judge or Minister*
            • Wedding organization and personalization by our wedding coordinator
            • Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and groom's tuxedo/suit
            • Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
            • Personal dressing assistant
            • Use of the Wedding Gazebo
            • Bride's bouquet
            • Boutonniere for the groom
            • Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests
            • Special turn down service at night
            • 15% discount on all spa treatments (product purchases not included)
            • Honeymoon package
            • Late checkout for bride and groom (based on availability)

            Restrictions/exclusions: This package can not be combined with the Dreams Eternity Honeymoon Package. The complimentary wedding package cannot be deducted when purchasing other packages. Subject to availability and based on double occupancy only. All taxes and gratuities included. Wedding services are not part of the Unlimited-Luxury package. The wedding packages are not cannot be exchanged for other services. Additional fees will apply for additional guests over 10. *Due to a government surcharge, a $300 USD fee will be added to cover the cost of the Judge.
            Leslie and Aaron ~ Dreams Tulum ~ November 15, 2010
            Our wedding slideshow from the amazing William Sanchez: http://www.williamsa...aron/slideshow/
            And our TTD session (William Sanchez and Ivan Luckie): http://www.williamsa...slie aaron/ttd/

            #6 jackie_c

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              Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:19 PM

              All of the Palace Resorts do complimentary weddings as well. There are a lot of Moon Palace brides on BDW doing this package, and I'm doing a complimentary from Beach Palace.

              It includes:
              Complimentary Package

              * Wedding ceremony location
              * *Justice of the peace or minister
              * White Avant-garde chairs
              * Bridal Bouquet of Roses or Lilies
              * Matching Grooms Boutonniere
              * Wedding Cake for 35 guests
              * *Blood analysis included for civil ceremonies
              * Domestic champagne during ceremony
              * A dinner reservation for 35 guests
              * Breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding
              * Personal “My Palace Weddings Website”
              * CD system available for the ceremony
              * Wedding Planner
              * Witnesses if required
              * Honeymoon Package

              and here's a link to the different Palace Resorts and their wedding pages:
              Palace Resorts Weddings

              #7 jerzshortstuff

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                Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:27 PM

                You girls are the best! Thank you so much for your help!

                #8 TrvlrsChick

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                  Posted 12 April 2010 - 06:56 AM

                  Excellence Punta Cana does as well. You have to book an Excellence Club Junior Suite or higher, and you get:

                  Services of the Judge (legal) or Minister (non-legal)
                  Wedding organization and personalization of our wedding coordinator
                  Preferential location of the room in the category reserved
                  Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
                  Complimentary suite for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
                  Use of the wedding gazebo or beach location
                  Horse-drawn carriage which brings the bride to the wedding gazebo
                  Bride’s bouquet
                  Boutonniere for the groom
                  Wedding cake for 10 people
                  One bottle of sparkling wine
                  Special turndown service
                  15% discount on all spa treatments (product purchases not included)
                  Honeymoon Package
                  Late checkout for bride and groom (based on availability)

                  #9 ablj209

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                    Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:05 AM

                    The Riu resorts offers the free wedding package as well with 5 rooms booked. This would work well for your small party!

                    • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
                    • Bouquet of flowers for the bride and a matching boutonniere
                    for the groom
                    • Decoration and set up of the ceremony location
                    • Two bottles of sparkling wine
                    • Wedding cake for up to 10 people
                    • Wedding group dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
                    • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
                    • Ten percent discount on all spa services
                    • Surprise spa gift
                    • Surprise gift and fruit basket

                    #10 bikegirl

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                      Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:25 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by OceanWonderland
                      The Dreams resorts also offer a free package depending on what room/guests you have. It's the basic package ($799) that provides everything you'd need for up to 10 guests. I think it applies to every single Dreams resorts. As long as you have under 10 guests, you can eat at a restaurant as a group for free as well.

                      This package is complimentary when booking a Honeymoon Ocean View or Preferred Club Ocean View category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights or if 5 rooms are reserved for a minimum of 3 nights in any room category.

                      This complimentary package includes:

                      • Services of the Judge or Minister*
                      • Wedding organization and personalization by our wedding coordinator
                      • Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and groom's tuxedo/suit
                      • Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
                      • Personal dressing assistant
                      • Use of the Wedding Gazebo
                      • Bride's bouquet
                      • Boutonniere for the groom
                      • Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests
                      • Special turn down service at night
                      • 15% discount on all spa treatments (product purchases not included)
                      • Honeymoon package
                      • Late checkout for bride and groom (based on availability)

                      Restrictions/exclusions: This package can not be combined with the Dreams Eternity Honeymoon Package. The complimentary wedding package cannot be deducted when purchasing other packages. Subject to availability and based on double occupancy only. All taxes and gratuities included. Wedding services are not part of the Unlimited-Luxury package. The wedding packages are not cannot be exchanged for other services. Additional fees will apply for additional guests over 10. *Due to a government surcharge, a $300 USD fee will be added to cover the cost of the Judge.
                      Is this updated info? If so, that's too bad. Last time I checked the website, it said you can use the free package as a credit towards a higher package, which is what had me leaning towards Dreams.




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