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#1 KimHyde83

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    Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:48 AM

    Hi,

    We are wanting to get married in the Caribbean and started with a beautiful hotel in Mexico but they didn't offer single person supplements, looked at a few others, but eventually decided against Mexico and opted for the beautiful Dom Rep.

    We were trying to decide against The Magestic Colonial or the Grand Palladium Palace but when I rang the Weddings department of our Travel Agent, were advised of the high translation and authorisation fees. This came to over £1000!! Has everyone had to pay this?

    Then we were advised that Beach Weddings were not available from our Agent due to the wind!!
    Why offer a Beach Wedding that is not on the beach?!
    We are looking at getting married in May 2011, fingers crossed at sunset.

    Can anyone comment on the wind/weather at this time of year?!
    I am just wondering whether it is a major issue that we need to consider.

    We have about 40 people coming with us, some children, some single occupancies and this hotel ticks all of the boxes!

    I am getting to the point where this is no longer fun and just a chore!!!

    If anyone can offer advise, that would be perfect.

    Thank you in advance.

    K x

    #2 loua4

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      Posted 14 June 2010 - 08:04 AM

      I wish I could offer you some support, but I am not getting married there. I will keep my fingers crossed for you, and hope that things go well.

      #3 echo2_62

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        Posted 14 June 2010 - 09:30 AM

        If you do a search of this site, there are likely threads for each of those resorts with brides who have already been married there and can help add some comments for you. I know it can be really frustrating, but once you do get your resort picked the fun begins so look forward to that.

        Otherwise you could also try calling the resort directly to see if the information your Travel agent provided you is correct regarding the beach weddings.

        As for the fees, I can't tell you exact dollars but I know that it was going to be rather pricey for us to have all our documents translated into Spanish and back again. From what I recall it was going to be approximately $350-$500 which I think works out close to your british $1000? In the end we opted to have our legal ceremony locally (without telling friends or family) and just did a symbolic ceremony in Mexico because we couldn't justify the time or cost for all the translation work.

        #4 ska2m

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          Posted 20 June 2010 - 09:39 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by KimHyde83
          Hi,

          We are wanting to get married in the Caribbean and started with a beautiful hotel in Mexico but they didn't offer single person supplements, looked at a few others, but eventually decided against Mexico and opted for the beautiful Dom Rep.

          We were trying to decide against The Magestic Colonial or the Grand Palladium Palace but when I rang the Weddings department of our Travel Agent, were advised of the high translation and authorisation fees. This came to over £1000!! Has everyone had to pay this?

          Then we were advised that Beach Weddings were not available from our Agent due to the wind!!
          Why offer a Beach Wedding that is not on the beach?!
          We are looking at getting married in May 2011, fingers crossed at sunset.

          Can anyone comment on the wind/weather at this time of year?!
          I am just wondering whether it is a major issue that we need to consider.

          We have about 40 people coming with us, some children, some single occupancies and this hotel ticks all of the boxes!

          I am getting to the point where this is no longer fun and just a chore!!!

          If anyone can offer advise, that would be perfect.

          Thank you in advance.

          K x
          Hey there,

          We are getting married at Dreams Punta Cana! There is a thread here on ust that resort in Punta Cana. It's a beautiful resort and the prices are very reasonable. They also do have beach weddings that they charge an additional price of I believe $300. But they also have a gorgeous gazebo for the ceremony if you would like to look at as well.

          The weather will be very hot, so you might want to do it like around 4 or 5, then have the reception after.

          Hope all goes well! Good Luck!

          #5 BrideMichele

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            Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:42 AM

            I am getting married at the Majestic Colonial in Oct 2010. I am surprised by your TA's comment about 'not being able to get married on the beach because it is too windy'. That is a bunch of hoooey! The Majestic has 3 spots to get married - beach, gazebo or resort chapel (don't quote me on this last one). It doesn't matter if it is windy or not. You decide. You can even change your mind the morning of the wedding where you want the location to be. From what I understand, the windy months in DR are Jan and Feb so if you are worried about wind, don't book your wedding in those months.

            I am legally getting married at home the week before and then having a symbolic ceremony in the DR. The translation fees sound correct. Plus it is harder to find a date for a legal ceremony as the local Judge that most of the resorts use gets booked up quickly. The symbolic ceremony (which does not include a judge - the wedding co-ordinator acts as the judge) is exactly the same as a normal wedding ceremony except you sign a paper that says you renewed your vows versus the actual legal wedding papers.

            PS. if you are looking for a FABULOUS wedding photographer for the Colonial, use Michael or Phil Steingard. They have photographed a ca-zillion weddings there and know the resort like the back of their hand. Plus they know all of the staff really well too.

            #6 glenny05

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              Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:24 AM

              I've been to Punta Cana twice in the month of May and the week we were there it wasn't windy. I recommend you calling the Wedding Coordinator at the resort; you will get more accurate information if you speak directly to them. We are also legally getting married locally just because it saves us money and its less paperwork. Good luck :)
              Glenny & Anthony
              Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana
              October 9th, 2010

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