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Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

Hi Cortney. Did you work with Lara of Caribbean Celebrations? They're the company Paradisus uses to decorate. I ask because I'm putting together details for the ceremony and reception. Caribbean Celebrations is charging me $85 + tax just to set up the seating card table. I think that's crazy! Did you have a seating card table for your reception, and did you just do that yourself/bridesmaids or did you have to pay for it?
Also, did you bring a gift card box with you for your reception? They're telling me they don't provide that and I can ship it down or carry in my luggage (I don't like either option).

 


Hi Maridr,

 

I just worked with the resort, I am not sure what company they used to set up.  They did not charge me any extra for an escort card table. I gave Miguelina my guestbook and starfish escort cards and she set it up. 

I forgot a gift card box and everyone just put their cards on the sweetheart table.  Most people didn't bring cards and sent them to us before or after we left. 

 

Hope this helps!

 

Cortney

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Thx for the info Cortney! I emailed my coordinator at the PPC Romance office about the escort card table and she told me they can provide a table for $25 with a tablecloth, and my bridesmaids can just put the cards on it. Shes also getting info for me on the card box. I see you got the bridal suite to get ready, I already reserved it since I have 4 girls and I'm sure my mom and his mom will be in there too! Was the food they brought in enough to hold you over? Also, how long was your reception? I'm torn on whether I should add another hour to make it 4. Currently it's from 6-9 pm but I'm nervous it'll go by too quickly, with intro, first dance, father daughter then mother son dance, speeches (we r only doing best man speech), cake cutting, dinner & dancing. Yikes! It goes by so quickly! What are your thoughts on the standard length allotted for reception (3 hrs)?

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Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

 

Thx for the info Cortney! I emailed my coordinator at the PPC Romance office about the escort card table and she told me they can provide a table for $25 with a tablecloth, and my bridesmaids can just put the cards on it. Shes also getting info for me on the card box. I see you got the bridal suite to get ready, I already reserved it since I have 4 girls and I'm sure my mom and his mom will be in there too! Was the food they brought in enough to hold you over? Also, how long was your reception? I'm torn on whether I should add another hour to make it 4. Currently it's from 6-9 pm but I'm nervous it'll go by too quickly, with intro, first dance, father daughter then mother son dance, speeches (we r only doing best man speech), cake cutting, dinner & dancing. Yikes! It goes by so quickly! What are your thoughts on the standard length allotted for reception (3 hrs)?

 

The bridal suite was great, there was a ton of food, we didn't finish it all and we had 6 girls in there.  I was also nervous and barely ate.  We also got 2 bottles of champagne, but those were definitely gone!  :)

We extended our reception an hour to 4 hours.  I am glad we did because I think it would have been way too short without that extra hour. The first hour was spent with speeches and food.  It went by so quickly I couldn't imagine one hour less. 

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Question for you ladies who have already had their weddings at PPC...

 

We are not planning to have a dj for our reception. My plan was to eat, do speeches, cut cake, etc and then join the nightly entertainment (band) afterward. We aren't too concerned with the traditional first dance, mother son, father daughter dances. With your experience at the resort, does this seem feasible? 

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Originally Posted by leila29 View Post

 

Question for you ladies who have already had their weddings at PPC...

 

We are not planning to have a dj for our reception. My plan was to eat, do speeches, cut cake, etc and then join the nightly entertainment (band) afterward. We aren't too concerned with the traditional first dance, mother son, father daughter dances. With your experience at the resort, does this seem feasible? 

 

The band doesn't get going in the lobby until after the show, which ends around 10:45.  The disco doesn't open until 11 or 12 either.  Depending on when your wedding is you may have a big gap between the time and the lobby is a far distance from the gazebo and restaurants around that area. The band did start earlier at the Gabi Club.

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Wait...theres another band at the Gabi Club?!  How did I not know this?!  I was there in December for 3 nights and never heard of this...I was aware of the one in the lobby (they're great by the way).

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Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

 

Wait...theres another band at the Gabi Club?!  How did I not know this?!  I was there in December for 3 nights and never heard of this...I was aware of the one in the lobby (they're great by the way).

 

There was a band playing at the Gabi Club the night we had our rehearsal.  That was the only time I was there. 

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Cortney:  Can you tell me what items the resort did provide for you?  I find I'm going a little nuts over what I need to bring with me and where to get it from and what I will need to pay extra for.  For example:  I love your  escort table, I'm thinking of doing something very similar with sand dollars or starfish which will double as a favor - x-mass tree ornament.  But, did the resort provide you with a sand tray, or did you have to bring that on your own?  Also, I think you did OOT bags which I also am doing.  Did they charge you extra to give those to guests?  I thought I would put them together myself since I'm getting there 4 days before the wedding, but was hoping to just give them to Miguelina or something and have it given to the guests upon check-in or put in their rooms.  How did you handle this, did they charge you a fee for that?

 

And last question (for the day), can you please share where you got the plate for guests to sign?  I love that!

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Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

 

Cortney:  Can you tell me what items the resort did provide for you?  I find I'm going a little nuts over what I need to bring with me and where to get it from and what I will need to pay extra for.  For example:  I love your  escort table, I'm thinking of doing something very similar with sand dollars or starfish which will double as a favor - x-mass tree ornament.  But, did the resort provide you with a sand tray, or did you have to bring that on your own?  Also, I think you did OOT bags which I also am doing.  Did they charge you extra to give those to guests?  I thought I would put them together myself since I'm getting there 4 days before the wedding, but was hoping to just give them to Miguelina or something and have it given to the guests upon check-in or put in their rooms.  How did you handle this, did they charge you a fee for that?

 

And last question (for the day), can you please share where you got the plate for guests to sign?  I love that!

 

Hey Maridr,

 

The resort provided all the tables, table settings, table clothes, including for the escort cards and the cake. I did not pay extra for these tables.  The did give me a box for my starfish that they filled with sand.  I just handed Miguelina the escort cards and she took care of it, I didn't even ask!  I provided my own table numbers.  I paid for the chinese lanterns, which I would highly recommend getting if having your reception at the pool as well as the center pieces with candles for extra light.

 

As far as my OOT bags, I handed them out myself, which was a huge pain in the ass.  I honestly wouldn't trust the front desk to do it, they are a bit disorganized.  They were a huge hit and I was glad I did them, but we carried them around every night and gave them to guests as they arrived. 

 

My plate is from http://www.etsy.com/listing/74382492/palm-tree-wedding-guest-signature  They were great to work with and I love my plate.  I just wish more people signed it!  I think a lot of people missed it if their spouse got the escort card. 

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Does anyone know if the airport transfers also qualify if you arrive to La Romana Airport???

 

I've been finding that flights are cheaper in to La Romana which is an hour away instead of arriving to Punta Cana directly.

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