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#461 cdc150

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    Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

    I think the minimum is 3 hours, we are getting our for 4.  FYI if you extend your reception over 3 hours, and you chose a package (we have Aqua) it is $20 per person for the extra hour
     

    Originally Posted by cdc150 

    $225 per hour  :)  plus tax  :(
     



     



     



    #462 lmazz729

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      Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

      Marir2012

       

       Romantico will definitely be too small. The entrance is the prettiest of all the restaurants because it has a bridge and evening lights (and 2 pink flamingos!) and it is on the far end of the restaurant complex.It is really cramped and small inside, with tables very close, and I never saw a dance floor. The portions are also very small at dinner and the service was really slow ( even for the Carribean). Luna is not so pretty at the entrance ( right next to the beach at the other end of the restaurant complex) but has a lot more room. We had 35 people at three long tables at the back by the open sides. The food and the service was great and we had a blast!

      The BBQ is very good I heard, but we had the seafood buffet and it was wonderful. You can do that on a terrace or poolside, as well as the beach.



      #463 lmazz729

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        Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:23 PM

        Oh, the resort DJ is fine, but we had one of the guests as the emcee.He did a fantastic job.

        The DJ just played the songs that the bride and groom requested at the right time and the emcee made the announcements.



        #464 thePYT

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          Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:36 AM

          Here's the info we were given for him, I just emailed the address on the web. 
          Web Pague:www.rsentertainmentrd.com 
          Facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/Rs-Entertainment-EIRL/130773313618268 
           

          I haven't received the mix yet but will be happy to share.

           

          Thanks for the info @cdc150 We're too far out for a list of songs I guess but that's great to know because I was concerned a little bit. 

           

          @lmazz729 thanks for the feedback regarding Luna. We currently are booked there for approximately 60 people. It looks fine on the inside but I was slightly worried about the entrance. Glad to know the service was great. Can't wait to see the pictures!!!

          Originally Posted by maridr2012 View Post

          @ thePYT:  How did you get in touch with him?  I cant seem to find RSE anywhere on the internet!  Do you have their website address or email address?  I'd love to hear the sample mix too!  


           

           

           



          #465 maridr2012

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            Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:18 PM

            Thanks for the info on RSE!  I just emailed them and am liking them on FB.  

             

            @ Imazz:  Thanks for the feedback on El Romantico!  It confirms for me that the # of guests we plan on having will be way too much for that space.  Maybe it'd be fine for a rehearsal dinner, but certainly not the reception.



            #466 Tomkins

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              Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:57 PM

              Hi everyone!

                I am just returning from my wedding at the Paradisus Punta  Cana on January 12, 2012. I can honestly say it was perfect!! We had our ceremony at the gazebo at 4 pm and it was completely worthy of the extra expense. If anyone was watching I didn't notice! Our guests later commented that Elizabeth was on the beach asking people to move their chairs over so they would not be seen in any pictures. We then had a seamless move to our cocktail hour right beside the gazebo. We had a friend that is a DJ in Canada as one of our guests and he graciously was our DJ as well. He had music playing through our entire cocktail hour, even turning the speakers to the beach while the wedding party was taking photos! It was a party from start to finish! The staff were amazing in letting us extend our cocktail hour right until 7 pm where we then moved onto our reception at the Gaby beach. Migulina and Elizabeth had everything decorated exactly as I pictured! I had read a few comments about sand beetles and was a little bit concerned, but I am so glad that we stuck to the beach! There were NO bugs and we chose a destination wedding for the the beaches and we were both glad we stuck to what we wanted! Our reception went from 7 until 10 then we went to freshen up before heading to the disco which opened at 11. Everyone hung out and drank at the lobby bar until the disco opened, by that time everyone was already more than a few drinks in so it wasn't an issue about the wait. However, if you have a group that doesn't drink as much, it may be worth it to extend the reception the extra hour so there is no waiting in between.    All in all, the wedding was more than what I imagined and I wouldn't change a thing.   As far as the resort, we were upgraded upon arrival to The Reserve! It definitely was an upgrade. The room and pool were amazing! We only used the Gaby restaurant in the morning for breakfast though, and never went to the other restaurant available. Also, we didn't use the pool since all of our guests were at the beach or the main pool. However, the extra room space was great for getting ready with all of my bridesmaids the day of the wedding.    The buffets were excellent for breakfast but weren't the greatest for lunch and dinner. The restaurants are open for lunch though and I would highly recommend going to them for lunch as well as dinner. Our favorites were the Italian and Steakhouse. Also, we didn't discover until one of  our last days that the pool bar has a grill in the back that makes the most amazing panini  sandwiches!     The grounds were beautiful! It is quite big and the carts do come around to pick  you up and drop you off, but we found it faster just to walk. Really, it wasn't that far, maybe 5 minutes.    Our only complaint would have been the house keeping. I'm not gonna lie.....it wasn't the greatest. But that being said, it did not interfere with the amazing wedding and great time had by everyone!    Hope this helps those that are still researching and reassures those booked!!!     

              #467 trivera5521

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                Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:33 AM


                Wow thats alot! I havent even started looking into DJ's is this a pretty competitive price? I wonder if they are all about $200+ per hour +tax???
                 

                Originally Posted by cdc150 

                $225 per hour  :)  plus tax  :(
                 



                 



                 



                #468 maridr2012

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                  Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:37 AM

                  Congratulations on a successful wedding!  So glad to hear that you were happy with your special day @ PPC.  Im getting married there on November 9th, and I'm knee-deep into planning now.  I am really hoping that my FI and I get upgraded to the Reserve.  We're booking a standard room for now, and are crossing our fingers that they upgrade us there.  I know the Royal rooms are actually more expensive, but I liked the Reserve much more.  Of course, it depends on availability, but no sense in paying the extra $ up front if they'll move us there for free.    I was thinking about reserving the bridal suite the resort has at $500 for me and the bridesmaids to get ready.  But I just felt $500 was a bit too much to pay if I only get the room for up to 3 hours, and if the Reserve room is big enough, I'd rather get dressed in that room, lol.  Did you & your bridesmaids have your hair and makeup done by the stylists at the spa? Do you mind sharing what was the fee for their services and at what time you booked your appointment (e.g. 2 hours before the ceremony, 1 hour, etc.).  I have 4 bridesmaids who I think I'll pay for their hair or makeup as a gift (whichever is less costly), PLUS my own mother and FMIL who will want to get done up as well.  That makes 7 of us..and I want to make sure that we have enough time to get everyone done without a huge rush.    Lastly, would you mind sharing who was your photographer and some feedback on their services?


                  Thanks a bunch!

                   

                   

                  Originally Posted by Tomkins 

                  Hi everyone!

                    I am just returning from my wedding at the Paradisus Punta  Cana on January 12, 2012. I can honestly say it was perfect!! We had our ceremony at the gazebo at 4 pm and it was completely worthy of the extra expense. If anyone was watching I didn't notice! Our guests later commented that Elizabeth was on the beach asking people to move their chairs over so they would not be seen in any pictures. We then had a seamless move to our cocktail hour right beside the gazebo. We had a friend that is a DJ in Canada as one of our guests and he graciously was our DJ as well. He had music playing through our entire cocktail hour, even turning the speakers to the beach while the wedding party was taking photos! It was a party from start to finish! The staff were amazing in letting us extend our cocktail hour right until 7 pm where we then moved onto our reception at the Gaby beach. Migulina and Elizabeth had everything decorated exactly as I pictured! I had read a few comments about sand beetles and was a little bit concerned, but I am so glad that we stuck to the beach! There were NO bugs and we chose a destination wedding for the the beaches and we were both glad we stuck to what we wanted! Our reception went from 7 until 10 then we went to freshen up before heading to the disco which opened at 11. Everyone hung out and drank at the lobby bar until the disco opened, by that time everyone was already more than a few drinks in so it wasn't an issue about the wait. However, if you have a group that doesn't drink as much, it may be worth it to extend the reception the extra hour so there is no waiting in between.    All in all, the wedding was more than what I imagined and I wouldn't change a thing.   As far as the resort, we were upgraded upon arrival to The Reserve! It definitely was an upgrade. The room and pool were amazing! We only used the Gaby restaurant in the morning for breakfast though, and never went to the other restaurant available. Also, we didn't use the pool since all of our guests were at the beach or the main pool. However, the extra room space was great for getting ready with all of my bridesmaids the day of the wedding.    The buffets were excellent for breakfast but weren't the greatest for lunch and dinner. The restaurants are open for lunch though and I would highly recommend going to them for lunch as well as dinner. Our favorites were the Italian and Steakhouse. Also, we didn't discover until one of  our last days that the pool bar has a grill in the back that makes the most amazing panini  sandwiches!     The grounds were beautiful! It is quite big and the carts do come around to pick  you up and drop you off, but we found it faster just to walk. Really, it wasn't that far, maybe 5 minutes.    Our only complaint would have been the house keeping. I'm not gonna lie.....it wasn't the greatest. But that being said, it did not interfere with the amazing wedding and great time had by everyone!    Hope this helps those that are still researching and reassures those booked!!!     


                   



                  #469 thePYT

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                    Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:46 AM

                    @Tomkins Thanks for your feedback! It definitely helps reassure me about my upcoming wedding at PPC!



                    #470 Tomkins

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                      Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

                      Maridr2012,

                       

                      We did get our hair done at the spa. I had thought about using the bridal suite to get ready as well, but I didn't think it was worth the extra money. The spa only had three stylists so myself and 2 of my bridesmaids went at 10 am for hair and makeup ($110). My 2 other bridesmaids and mom went at 1130.  Just hair and no makeup cost $85.  Everyone loved their hair and makeup except my mom re-did her makeup as it was pretty heavy for her. 

                        Our photographer was Phil Steinguard and he was excellent! He had our entire day planned out from 10am until 10 pm.  He met the guys around 10 30am and started doing pictures with just them. Then at 12pm he met myself and my bridesmaids in my room for our pictures. Then at about 130pm the entire bridal party met in the lobby for pictures. I was unsure about seeing my fiancĀ© before the actual wedding, but it actually worked out okay. Phil set it up so that when we saw each other for the first time it was all captured in pictures. It turned out to be very emotional for everyone! Then at about 330pm the girls and guys separated again to freshen up for our 4 pm ceremony. We then took family photos and more bridal party photos on the beach from about 530 to 645pm. Then we went to freshen up again before the 7 pm reception. It was ALOT of pictures!! It will be worth it though, from what we saw, so far they look amazing! 
                        His cost included a 12 hour day, every image taken on a CD, all editing and a trash the dress session a couple of days after the wedding. We did not have to pay for his travel or accommodations because he is affiliated with the Magestic Elegance. We did however have to pay $120 to the resort for an outside photographer fee.

                       






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