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MrsLamb - I'm guessing you're furious because you've already paid for the liquor? I think your wedding is Oct. 23, right? If you complain enough they may upgrade you to the 2011 package. I was able to do that for my Oct. 24 wedding, so I don't see why they couldn't do it for you!  Or I could be totally wrong about what you're mad about, and in that case, just ignore me :)

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jkwedding day:

 

We are getting married on Friday May 27th, 2011.  I went looking for dresses last night and had sooo much fun:)

 

hnm0201:

 

We are using Diane Amato-Doerfler from Travel and Beyond out of Baltimore, MD.  She specializes in destination weddings and in fact got married a few years back in Punta Cana!  Super nice lady and on the ball.

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Bikegirl,

There is no extra cost for the alternative menus, but I just read someone else's post that said something about them switching suppliers, so I will have to email Lauren to ask her about that.  As for the chair sashes, I ordered them from www.tableclothsfactory.com the shipping was about $15, but I ordered chair sashes and tablerunners (that I don't think I will use now!). 

 

Here are the other two menu options that she sent me:

 

Grill Buffet Menu Option #1

 

 

Assorted Bread with Butter

 

Salad Station:

 

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Carrots, Peppers, Cabbage

Potatoes Salad with Peas, Beet, Mimosa, Seafood Salad

Sauces: Vinaigrette &  Ali Oli

 

*****

On the Grill Meat, Fish & Seafood:

 

Beef Steak

Breast Chicken

Salmon

Calamari

Sausage

Chorizo

BBQ & Garlic Sauce

 

*****

Accompanied with:

 

Rice with mushrooms and onion

Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream

Provenzal Tomatoes

Grill Vegetables

 

*****

House Dessert & Seasonal Fruits Station 

 

 

Grill Buffet Menu Option

  

  

 

Assorted Bread with Butter

 

Salad Station:

 

Potato Salad with Tuna

Octopus Salad with Vinaigrette Sauce

 Beans Salad

 

Sauces: Vinaigrette, Tartar  & Cesar

*****

On the Grill Meat, Fish & Seafood:

 

Ox Tournedos

Lobster Tail

Grouper Fish

Seafood Kebab

Breast Chicken Kebab

Pork Ribs

Argentina Sausages

 

BBQ Sauce & Menier

*****

Accompanied with:

 

Pilaf Rice

Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic

Golden Potatoes

Provenzal Vegetables

 

*****

House Dessert & Seasonal Fruits Station

 

    

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Hi, Ladies!

 

I am at the resort right now and LOVING IT!!!  The staff is amazing. The food is great. I`m sure the pool and beach are wonderful too-- I`ll check them out tomorrow when I`m finally done with the welcome bags and wedding planning! 

 

I was so nervous before today because I wasn`t sure I could get the wedding I wanted for my budget. I was ready to go the Jellyfish-- which is really cool, by the way. Mayte was amazing-- super fast in responding and so on top of things. In the end, my heart was set on this resort, and I´m so happy that we were able to get everything I wanted within my budget. Jennifer is very sweet and in 2 hours we had everything picked out.

 

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So, all that worrying for nothing.  Alelujah. I am a happy, happy girl!

 

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Hey ladies -

 

My wedding date is quickly approaching, Dec. 11th, but we leave on the 6th. We recently changed our package to the 2011 Aqua package for the simple fact that it include open bar and we refused to not have open bar for our cocktail hour and entire reception. That was one of the things we felt we had to have, both of our families and friends are big drinkers. We had our planning call with Lauren, who works outside of PPC, but has helped us with all the preparations leading up to our travel dates, then we meet with the WC's when we get to PPC. In the end the change actually saves us $65, which is kind of funny.

 

We are planning to do the Beach BBQ for our Welcome Dinner on Friday night, which will be like our rehearsal dinner.

 

As I was reading through here I saw a post about lighting - the strand of lanterns is ridiculous, $300 or what ever, that's just stupid, but I thought I say someone post that we are not allowed to bring our own lighting? Is that correct? We were thinking of bringing strands of Christmas lights to hang around the pool since it will be dark out there?

 

Thanks ladies and good luck with all the planning.

 

Nichole

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MrsLamb, so excited to hear that you're at the resort right now and are loving it! Makes me feel so much better! It also calms me down to hear that you were able to get everything within budget. YAY!

 

Please take tons and tons of photos and share with us! cheesy.gif Hope you're having a wonderful time!

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Hello Bikegirl and all PPC Brides,

I have been reading your blogs and I must say thank you for all the helpful information you have shared.  It really help me make some of the decisions I have made so far.  I just locked in my wedding date for June 19, 2011 at PPC.  I have not decided on the package yet.  I am thinking going al carte would be less expensive, but I really need to know your opinion.  Bikegirl, I believe you are doing the chill out chic.  I was wondering if you have considered al carte and if so, why didn't go with it? 

 

Also, if any one is doing group rates and already have put in deposits, could you please share your expreince and if it's worth doing the group room blocking my TA is trying to get me into doing?

 

Thanks so much!

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Hi mushra2011, glad to have you join us on this forum! You're only a month or so after my wedding! :)

 

I have not posted anything further because the rep I'm dealing with (Teresa Calcos) is on vacation until mid-November because her son is actually getting married at the PPC! Once she's back, she offered to have a call with me to plan the wedding even though it's more than 6 mths away. The reason is....I am expecting about 30-35 guests. 27 are already booked. The new packages are for 24 guests and additional $70-100 every guest after that. According to her, it may be cheaper to go with the Fantasy package and add other things a la carte if I have a number of additional guests. Once we have our call, I will definitely post any info I get.

 

As for group rate...we went with a Toronto destination wedding travel agent. The communication has been subpar but the price is good...better than what I've seen on Expedia, Flight Centre, etc.. We got the quote late May and had to get $200 deposits for min 10 ppl to secure the rate by June. Thought we'd have trouble but we ended up with 27!

 

I would go with the group rate. It's given me headaches....not everyone is taking the exact package offered. Some want upgrades, single rooms, connecting flights, etc.and even with a TA, you'll still end up involved. BUT at least if something happens, the TA can move the entire block. For example, we all put our deposits down but the Saturday flight was booked by a large corporate group so our group was moved to Sunday whereas if everyone booked separately, they'd have to deal with it themselves...

 

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Thanks Bikegirl!  I will keep checking for the updates.  I will consider the group rate and see if I can get people to book early.  it's not an easy job to call people and remind them to book, but I will give it a try.  Thanks for the info.  

I'm also working with Teresa and I have scheduled a tele conference to talk about the package.  It was hard for to do al carte from the speadsheet as it's not clear what is included and what is not.  Teresa said she could help me with that.  She seems a wonderful person to work with.  My tele conf. with her is mid November.  I will share what I learned. 

 

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