So I got an email back from PPC, we are able to bring our own ipod player if we would like!! The sound system at $100/hr included hook up to a computer, speakers and a microphone in case anyone was interested. I think we are just going to bring our own, we have a small group and I don't really need anything big.
1. I think its WAY to early for STDs to go out! I know, at least for myself, that I would lose it and I wouldn't have a calendar that I could actually put information to save the date. I don't think you should send any out until at most 1 year before the date. Also, consider that you may gain new friends and lose touch with old friends in 2 years?
2. Yes it is a bit difficult to get a marriage license in Punta Cana, it will be in spanish, you have to get your documents translated and verified and you will have to be in the DR for a certain amount of days (I think it's 4 days) until you are able to apply for it. I chose to get married just in a small ceremony before we left for Punta Cana just to make everything easier.
3. I chose Punta Cana in the first place because it was the most cost effective island. I really didn't want to have my wedding in mexico and was looking at jamaica and st lucia but both those were quite expensive and had limited all inclusive options. I chose PPC over other hotels because I loved the wedding packages. All I had to do was pick one and it would turn out like the pictures. I really didn't want to spend time on the small details and I wanted to be (mostly) stress free. This is another reason why I chose a destination wedding in the first place. We were originally looking at a mountain wedding but quickly changed our minds when we saw prices and I found out how much I would need to organize. We invited our closest family and friends to Punta Cana and then we have organized a cocktail reception when we get back to celebrate with everyone that couldn't come and we didn't invite to Punta Cana. This has so far worked well for us!