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EXCELLENCE Resort Punta Cana - New thread started April 2010

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#61 atrott

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    Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:10 AM

    I've been struggling with where to have my reception. I love reading all the reviews and seeing the locations that the other brides used. I'm thinking that I'm just going to have to wait until I get there & tour the resort to make my final decision. This completely goes against my entire being since I'm a stickler about planning things in advance. LOL!

    #62 Dolcenotte12

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      Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:28 PM

      I had my wedding and reception on the beach!! Beautiful and the reason I got married there!! The cascade pool is also nice or to keep things simple, a private restaurant or sectioned off part of the restaurant depending on how many people you have and if you are willing to spend more to have it private!

      #63 fmichelle

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        Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:34 PM

        Hi Ladies!


        Our wedding is now booked at Excellence on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 5:30PM.  I was originally concerned about the late hour, but I did an internet search and based on the longitude, latitude, and time zone of Punta Cana, I found an internet site that gave me sunset and twilight hours based on any future date.  Looks like we'll be getting married at Golden Hour (sorry, I'm actually a wedding videographer on the side and know how important lighting is).  I'm in touch with the resort and my WC told me that the Judge does not perform the ceremony, but only shows up at the end to sign the paperwork.  Does that mean that we can have a friend perform the ceremony, or does it need to be a minister of some sort to make it legal?  We're not religious, and therefore don't want any type of religious ceremony, and just thought that having a friend perform the ceremony would be a nice touch.  Any info on that would be greatly appreciated.  I happen to live about 5 minutes from the nearest Dominican Consulate, so I'll be going directly to them for all the translations and preparing of the documents.  Congrats to everyone on their upcoming nuptials!

        #64 soon2bmrs

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          Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:32 AM

          According to my wc, you can have a friend perform the ceremony if you inform them that you prefer the symbolic ceremony.  Otherwise, the symbolic ceremony is performed by the wc.


          hope this info helps. 

          #65 tillytally

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            Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:30 PM

            what was the webite that listed the sunsets etc in DR?  I'm getting married Jan.30/10 @5pm.  Our photographer said our wedding time didn't leave much light for pics afterwards. Any reccomendations?


            #66 mdb

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              Posted 21 August 2010 - 05:56 AM

              When we had our wedding, we were told that in order for it to be a legal ceremony, a friend or someone who we brought with us could NOT perform the ceremony.  This has nothing to do with it being religious or now. Our ceremony was legal but not religious.  Hope this helps. : )  

              I got married this august at 5:00 and we took pictures until dinner time and that was around 7 and we ran out of light.  Didn't get some pictures that I wanted. I would say make sure you leave enough time. 


              The cascade pool is pretty private and very beautiful.  I would say that it would probably be pretty buggy by the beach.  Although it would be beautiful.  

              #67 meredithota

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                Posted 21 August 2010 - 01:11 PM

                gamcdiarmid,  I'm in the same boat as you.  We're getting married in February at 5pm and originally the WC scheduled us for 4pm.  I thought this was a mistake but when I asked her she said having the ceremony at 4 would give us time for pictures.  I'm wondering if I should switch the time back to 4pm.


                I'll let you know if I find anything out. 

                #68 fmichelle

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                  Posted 21 August 2010 - 02:31 PM



                  The website is:




                  Put in the month, year, and the following numbers--


                  Latitude: 19N

                  Longitude: -70.6667W

                  GMT: -4 


                  No daylight savings


                  And you'll get a calendar of the month showing you the times you need.  Hope that helps.


                  meridithota: My wedding was originally scheduled for 5PM and she moved mine up to 5:30PM. Since we're in April, I'm assuming we should be okay. Use the website above to get the best idea of you'll need to try to switch it back.

                  #69 meredithota

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                    Posted 21 August 2010 - 03:47 PM

                    Thanks for the website!  Who's you're WC?

                    #70 Diva

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                      Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:42 PM

                      @fmichelle: I went to that link and it was only for US cities.  Am I doing something wrong?

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