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Has anyone done the free wedding at Gran Bahia, Punta Cana

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#1 mtrudell

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    Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:18 AM

    HI! Does anyone have experience using the free wedding promotion at Gran Bahia Punta Cana? What are the requirements? We will have at least 10 rooms booked for 3 nights each and hope that will be enough. I think the website says something about this, but it wasn't very clear. I've contacted the WC, but was wondering if anyone had any experience with this. Thanks!!! Our wedding date is May 21, 2011.



    #2 mtrudell

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      Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:00 AM

      I'm so confused. Now the WC is telling me that we can't get the promotion because we requested the Blissful Love package. But when I asked her this before I made my deposit, all I was told was that the judge was not included in the free wedding and we would have to pay $700 for the judge if we still wanted a civil ceremony (not symbolic). We were not told we couldn't still have the Blissful Love package with this promotion. I could REALLY use some advice from anyone who's getting married there or has been married there recently. Thanks ladies!

      #3 alm0411

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        Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:29 AM

        I had the same problem (kind of) with Ocean Blue & Sand. When we booked our wedding and trip I went with the free wedding. Before I picked that resort I emailed and called several resorts and the problem I kept running into was no availability. When I finally got a hold of the WC at Ocean Blue on the phone she told me there was availability for the dates we were looking at and it would be no problem. She had me fill out the Wedding form, pick my three dates that were options, location I wanted it and send it to her. So here I thought we were all done. I ran to my travel agent and booked the trip ( I booked our wedding first, since I wanted to be sure the dates were available.) When booking our trip we upgraded our room to get the "Free Wedding" which turns out still costs about $1,000. Then three days later I get an email from the WC and she says the judge is not available for any of my dates and I had to switch to a symbolic ceremony. As we were already tossing around that idea I went for it. Then last week we found out that we had two more people than we expected booked for our wedding. So I sent an email asking how much extra it was per person, I clearly remember the WC telling the there was a small fee for each person over the 10 allowed. She responds back that there is no fee but now we have to upgrade to a new package which is another $950. I was very upset to hear such a thing. Wow $950 for them to just add two more chairs, so I sent them another email asking why so much, if it was because of the wedding cake and chilled wine, I told them they can keep it. We are having a formal reception when we come home and are having the whole dinner, cake and drinks. I still got a NO! I was so shocked since we upgraded our room, we are staying longer than the minimum night stay for the free wedding and we have six other rooms booked for 5 nights which again was longer than the minimum night stay. So frustrating. I think in my case with Ocean Blue, everything they had in writing when they sent it to me was so vague that they had room to slide these things in. Although I felt like I had done a lot of research, their answer to me is they have the right to change packages and prices when they want. Hope you get yours worked out better than I have. Good luck.

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