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Hey Janet.. is the sun go down in August by 6ish also? I thought it was later.. now I am worried about not having enough time to take pics since our ceremony is at 5pm. Should I change it to 4pm or does it get darker later in August?

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Hey Dee,

 

The sun sets at 7p in April so I'm sure it's later in August.  :)
 

Originally Posted by deesanders33 View Post

Hey Janet.. is the sun go down in August by 6ish also? I thought it was later.. now I am worried about not having enough time to take pics since our ceremony is at 5pm. Should I change it to 4pm or does it get darker later in August?



 

 

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I beleive its later in August but there are websites you can check for that....try a website called wunderground.
 

Originally Posted by deesanders33 View Post

Hey Janet.. is the sun go down in August by 6ish also? I thought it was later.. now I am worried about not having enough time to take pics since our ceremony is at 5pm. Should I change it to 4pm or does it get darker later in August?



 

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Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

 

Hi all.  I want to share with you all my thoughts and feedback on PPC, I just got back last night from a 3 day stay for a wedding site inspection there.  We wanted to check out several resorts before making a decision and committing to anything, and let me tell you, it was sooooo worth it!  Let me start by saying I kinda had my heart set on PPC, but after visiting all the resorts, it is definitely confirmed because none of the others could compare.  Over the course of 5 days, I visited & stayed at Melia Caribe, PPC, Ocean Blue, and NOW Larimar.  By far, PPC was the best. I dont really want to spend alot of time talking about the others but I'll say that none of them offered all of the restaurants, activities, landscape, ambience, customer service and food quality that PPC did. I probably sound like a show off but I've been to many fine resorts and I left PPC feeling great in my decision to book a wedding with them.  The grounds are beautiful!  Everything is so lush and green.  It is a large resort so you may need to take a trolley to get from one end to another, but they come every few minutes, and once you're there for a few days you get to learn the shortcuts so it won't seem that large and confusing in case you want to walk.  If you stay in the Royal or Reserve rooms, there are designated trolley carts specifically for you to transport you around the property.  Speaking of the Royal and Reserve rooms....I fell head over heels for the Reserve rooms.  The Royal rooms are actually more expensive because they are within walking distance to the beach..but the Reserve rooms are so much more beautiful!  We are booking our room at the Reserve for our stay next year, and we dont even have kids (which Reserve is more geared towards families). During our site inspection stay we stayed in a standard upgraded room which meant it had modern decor.  It was nice.  I only had 1 complaint and it was because the area rug under the bed didnt look vaccumed, and I later learned from one of the maids its because they actually dont use vaccums at all - they sweep & mop the rugs.  When I complained to the front desk about the rug they sent someone up to clean it better and the issue was resolved.  Another small issue I had was I paid for a Site Inspection which includes room upgrade (if available) and a fruit basket and bottle of champagne on 1st nite.  I didnt get an upgrade but they explained they were at capacity in upgrade rooms in Royal and Reserve, and the bottle of champagne and a fruit platter was delivered on the 2nd nite.  My meal tasting for the site inspection was great.  The food was DEELISH! The only thing I wasnt crazy about was the lamb dish (for seated menu)..it tasted gamey to me..but of course thats all subjective  We tasted the grilled lobster, veal chop, chicken with blue cheese...all wonderful and thats what we are serving for main entrees at the wedding.  Didnt get to taste any hors doeuvres.  The food and service at the other restaurants and buffets (11 in total!) were very satisfactory, but our faves were Fuego (latin fusion), Rodizzio (steakhouse), and the Japanese restaurant.  

 

I witnessed several weddings while I was there, all of them on the beach gazebo which you have to pay a non-refundable deposit to get it since they only do 1 wedding per day at that location.  Well worth it..it provides perfect amount of scenery and intimacy for you and your guests.  I also saw 2 wedding receptions at the pool (also my fav choice). All were set up just beautifully, I am so looking forward to my own!  All of the locations for pics were amazing too.  So much beautiful scenery!  Miguelina, the wedding coordinator at PPC is wonderful, she is so informative, on top of her game 100%, and is just a sweet doll.  I am confident I can trust her to pull off my wedding arrangements perfectly.

 

Lastly, the ambience at PPC was the best in my opinion. This resort seems to be more of a beach crowd...everyone wanted to be at the beach.  The pools were practically empty..they were beautiful but the beach was the happening spot.  There were people of all ages....mid 20s to mid 60s and some early 70s.  Everyone was so respectful...no crazy obnoxious partying but fun all the while.  A few topless women....which can be amusing lol but not vulgar by any means.  And although there were a few vendors trying to sell their cigars, jewelry, or even excursions, they were all very respectful and if you told them you're not interested they immediately left you alone.  I loved that.  This was a sharp contrast to NOW Larimar where they literally had guards on the beach yelling at the vendors because theyre not supposed to be within 60 meters of guests...and over there the vendors really did harass you.

 

I will try to post some pics over the next few days.  Im sharing this because I was extremely nervous about picking a resort for my wedding...we have about 70 guests coming (all from Westchester NY which as some of you know can be a bit snobby)..and I know for sure this resort & wedding ceremony/reception will make a lasting impression on all.  

 

Countdown to 11/9/12!!!!  : )

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for sharing your experience!  This is one of the resorts we are considering for our wedding so your report is exactly what we needed.  You've made our decision a little easier :-)

 

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Hello!! I have been so indesisive on choosing where I want to do my Destination Wedding. I got engaged in the DR at Grand Palladium this past June and while I LOVED the beaches there, I assumed I wanted to go somewhere else just to try it. But the more research I have done, I want to go back...just not to the same resort. I was not a fan of Grand Palladium and from talking with others who have been there, they all agree. After going through all of these threads, reading trip advisor reviews, and looking up these resorts I am in LOVE with PPC. I already know I love the DR and my family will too. Thank you EVERYONE for all you have posted.

I plan on getting married in January 2013...so at this point it is to be continued until I can get prices on rooms and such. Also, I have looked online for wedding package prices for PPC but cannot find any. :( Any suggestions???

 

I cannot officially say it...but I damn near close to being a PPC bride!! yay!

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Hi Holly and Janet!

I will be going through the website service (you just mail everything in and they mail it back). So I'll let you know how that goes! Also, I decided Beach Wedding, Gabi Lounge Cocktails and then Poolside Reception thanks to your inputs Janet1480 !

 

Getting really excited again!

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Hi ladies,

I haven't posted here often, since I got so caught up with everything, but I really appreciated reading everyone's input before my wedding! I was married on November 3rd at the Paradisus, and it was wonderful. My husband and I talk about it all the time, and realize that it was everything we wanted it to be. We had our ceremony on the beach, and our reception was moved to the Gabi Club due to rain. I just wanted to post to recommend our photographer. We used Jorge Allocco, who I  found while searching online. I didn't want to use the hotel's photographer, since it seemed very expensive, and I noticed they were the same people who walk around on the beach trying to get you to take a picture with a bird. Jorge was awesome! He was inexpensive (about $500 for 125 pictures), extremely professional, and spoke English very well. We were so happy with our pictures, and everyone who looks at them tells us how beautiful they are! I attached a couple pictures.  I would recommend Jorge to anyone getting married anywhere in the DR. Good luck, and happy planning!

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awww yay, glad i could help and i know your day will be amazing. Congrats on your decisions. :)
 

Originally Posted by sweir View Post

Hi Holly and Janet!

I will be going through the website service (you just mail everything in and they mail it back). So I'll let you know how that goes! Also, I decided Beach Wedding, Gabi Lounge Cocktails and then Poolside Reception thanks to your inputs Janet1480 !

 

Getting really excited again!



I watched your wedding from my balcony ;) and saw you on the trolly going to the main lobby LOL :) We were marreid the week before but we stayed the second week for our honeymoon :) You looked beautiful and Congrats on being a Mrs



Originally Posted by katy41500 View Post

Hi ladies,

I haven't posted here often, since I got so caught up with everything, but I really appreciated reading everyone's input before my wedding! I was married on November 3rd at the Paradisus, and it was wonderful. My husband and I talk about it all the time, and realize that it was everything we wanted it to be. We had our ceremony on the beach, and our reception was moved to the Gabi Club due to rain. I just wanted to post to recommend our photographer. We used Jorge Allocco, who I  found while searching online. I didn't want to use the hotel's photographer, since it seemed very expensive, and I noticed they were the same people who walk around on the beach trying to get you to take a picture with a bird. Jorge was awesome! He was inexpensive (about $500 for 125 pictures), extremely professional, and spoke English very well. We were so happy with our pictures, and everyone who looks at them tells us how beautiful they are! I attached a couple pictures.  I would recommend Jorge to anyone getting married anywhere in the DR. Good luck, and happy planning!

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Yay!!! Congratulations!

 

Originally Posted by katy41500 View Post

Hi ladies,

I haven't posted here often, since I got so caught up with everything, but I really appreciated reading everyone's input before my wedding! I was married on November 3rd at the Paradisus, and it was wonderful. My husband and I talk about it all the time, and realize that it was everything we wanted it to be. We had our ceremony on the beach, and our reception was moved to the Gabi Club due to rain. I just wanted to post to recommend our photographer. We used Jorge Allocco, who I  found while searching online. I didn't want to use the hotel's photographer, since it seemed very expensive, and I noticed they were the same people who walk around on the beach trying to get you to take a picture with a bird. Jorge was awesome! He was inexpensive (about $500 for 125 pictures), extremely professional, and spoke English very well. We were so happy with our pictures, and everyone who looks at them tells us how beautiful they are! I attached a couple pictures.  I would recommend Jorge to anyone getting married anywhere in the DR. Good luck, and happy planning!

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