Jump to content

Photo

Paradisus Punta Cana (PPC) Brides POST HERE!!


  • Please log in to reply
1229 replies to this topic

#771 SexyCebuana

SexyCebuana
  • Newbie
  • 58 posts
  • Wedding Date:November 19, 2013
  • Wedding Location:Paradisus Punta Cana

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:56 AM

Originally Posted by JennyAdele 

Hey ladies,

 

GAZEBO QUESTION:

 

I just put down my initial $800 deposit to secure my wedding date and time, and submitted my contract. Now they are emailing me saying that the $500 gazebo payment is due right now too? Is this right, because Lauren from the Romance Team has told me otherwise!!?? (Hoping its not right considering christmas is around the corner! ughh...)

 

 

Thanks :)

 

Jenn

it sure is right...i had to do the same thing. the $800 is to secure your wedding date and time, and the $500 is to secure the gazebo. they only allow one wedding a day at that location. hope this helps! 



#772 LoriOlivia

LoriOlivia
  • Newbie
  • 35 posts

    Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

    Hey there,

    I know some of you have asked before... but just wanted to get an idea from some recent bridea.  What did you tip everyone and who did you tip.

    For example, I hired Pastor York Separately and am not sure if I need to tip him too?

     

    Help?!?!

     

    Thanks



    #773 cdc150

    cdc150
    • Jr. Member
    • 332 posts

      Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

      Originally Posted by LoriOlivia View Post

      Hey there,

      I know some of you have asked before... but just wanted to get an idea from some recent bridea.  What did you tip everyone and who did you tip.

      For example, I hired Pastor York Separately and am not sure if I need to tip him too?

       

      Help?!?!

       

      Thanks

      I had the same question when we got married and we found that apparently tipping an officiant is against ettiqutte, we did pay him directly though, in cash.

      We tipped our wedding coordinator, hair/makeup girls, and the bartender.  Looking back we probably should have tipped the DJ and cooks along the buffett, but we did not.  They do say that gratituity is included in your cost, which makes me feel a little better.  As far as photographer goes, etiquette says says you don't have to, but a referral is their best tip.  



      #774 JennyAdele

      JennyAdele
      • Jr. Member
      • 150 posts
      • Wedding Date:July 2, 2014
      • Wedding Location:Paradisus Punta Cana
      • LocationDominican

      Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

      Originally Posted by SexyCebuana 

      it sure is right...i had to do the same thing. the $800 is to secure your wedding date and time, and the $500 is to secure the gazebo. they only allow one wedding a day at that location. hope this helps! 

      Thanks for clearing that up! :)



      #775 JennyAdele

      JennyAdele
      • Jr. Member
      • 150 posts
      • Wedding Date:July 2, 2014
      • Wedding Location:Paradisus Punta Cana
      • LocationDominican

      Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

      Originally Posted by maridr2012 

      I had to pay the $500 deposit for the gazebo upfront too, its because the gazebo is first come-first serve.  If that's where you want your ceremony to be, I suggest for you to pay it upfront so you won't possibly lose it to another bride.  They usually only do 1 wedding per day, but if they're busy enough they may very well have a smaller wedding or something that may also want to use the gazebo. 

      Thanks :)



      #776 SimplenSweet

      SimplenSweet
      • Newbie
      • 56 posts

        Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:33 AM

        Hi ladies!

         

        I wanted to give a run-down of our wedding on 11/19! First of all- it was AWESOME. The major things that we planned for went off without a hitch! :) My guests are still talking about what a great wedding it was. I'll give my run-down, and if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!

         

        We got married at the gazebo at 12pm... it was hot... I put a fan on everyone's seats, and I had parasols out for people to use and EVERYONE used the fans and the parasols.... so I'm glad I hauled them down. After the ceremony (which was conducted by Pastor York- he was GREAT!) we shuffled everyone off to the side as they set up the cocktail hour in the same place. After cocktail hour, we did photos on the beach (group) and then everyone went back to get ready for our reception on La Barcaza, while Brandon and I stayed to do our individual photo session with our photographer (whom we flew down for 3 night stay in exhange for our photo package- sooooo glad I did that!)

         

        We had a 2 hour "layover" between cocktail hour and reception (got picked up by bus at the lobby), which gave everyone plenty of time to go back and freshen up, change into more comfortable clothes/swimsuits, get their towels, etc.... the bus ride over was kinda bumpy but nobody seemed to mind.

         

        We did the reception on La Barcaza- it was simply WONDERFUL. We did it as a surprise so all the guests were shocked that we would be doing that. It was so unique and different. George was AWESOME and carried my grandfather in law on and off the boat in his arms (he is 90 years old and has history of falling). We ended up extending the boat tour to 5 hours because we were having so much fun!! The boat took us to a warm underwater spring, everyone got out, and were playing in the water, had footballs tossing around, etc. We did this while the sun was setting- just goregous. The meal was FANTASTIC- the cake from the PPC was awesome (we took it from the resort onto the boat with us), and the whole set-up on the boat was great. (I took my own centerpieces along- thankfully they made it through customs and everyone said how beautiful they were!)

         

        We danced, and laughed and had a big ball for the rest of the night. We ended up getting back to the PPC at about 11pm, and people actually kept the party going and were dancing in the lobby to the band.

         

        Honestly, the whole wedidng was great and I couldn't have imagined it any other way. November is an AWESOME time to go because we hit it right as the high season was starting... (half the time not-high season, half the time was) and the weather was great (warm and humid but nothing the ocean couldn't cool off) and the nights were beautiful and balmy. My husband and I got upgraded to the Reserve-which turned out to be very nice- quiet- hardly any kids while we were there. It was a nice place to stay as everyone else didn't upgrade, so we could go there to have our privacy if we needed.

         

        There were just a few negatives:

        1. When my in-laws arrived their first night, there was no electricity at the resort. My MIL made a big stink to the WC and she "compensated" us by letting us have the rehearsal dinner at the Gabi Club. This turned out to be FABULOUS- so beautiful and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

        2. The wedding gift bags were a NIGHTMARE. Half the guests got them, half of them didn't...and there was varying amounts of things in each bag...I don't know if stuff was stolen from them, or if my MIL just didn't place the right amount of things in everyone's bags...but honestly we didn't get it all remedied until the second to last day. (for instance, a few couples received 2 bags, while other people got none, etc.) even though a list was given to the receptionist area regarding how many went to what couple/person/group, etc. I don't know how I would have fixed this because half of my guests got there way before us and left the day after the wedding, so me just waiting to hand out bags when we got down there would have meant that they didn't have their bags until their trip was almost over... but it is something to keep in mind. They also charged me $3 a BAG to hand out through the front desk, and it wasn't done correctly so I was upset about this.

        3. The day of the wedding, nobody came to pick me up until close to 12:30 for the ceremony. I later found out my guests sat in the hot sun for almost an hour waiting on me (I was ready to go at 11:30!!) and the ceremony should have started at 12pm. This was a pain in hind-sight, and I don't know what went wrong, honestly. But, also something to consider.

         

        I think if I had it to do over, I would have either pushed back the ceremony an hour, or gotten everyone up earlier! haha :)

         

        Overall, the wedding was a DREAM everything was pretty much fabulous, and most importantly everyone had a great time. Everyone is already talking about when the NEXT trip is! :)



        #777 JennyAdele

        JennyAdele
        • Jr. Member
        • 150 posts
        • Wedding Date:July 2, 2014
        • Wedding Location:Paradisus Punta Cana
        • LocationDominican

        Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

        Sounds like another positive review :) Thanks for sharing your experiences and congratulations on your wedding!!

        Originally Posted by SimplenSweet 

        Hi ladies!

         

        I wanted to give a run-down of our wedding on 11/19! First of all- it was AWESOME. The major things that we planned for went off without a hitch! :) My guests are still talking about what a great wedding it was. I'll give my run-down, and if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!

         

        We got married at the gazebo at 12pm... it was hot... I put a fan on everyone's seats, and I had parasols out for people to use and EVERYONE used the fans and the parasols.... so I'm glad I hauled them down. After the ceremony (which was conducted by Pastor York- he was GREAT!) we shuffled everyone off to the side as they set up the cocktail hour in the same place. After cocktail hour, we did photos on the beach (group) and then everyone went back to get ready for our reception on La Barcaza, while Brandon and I stayed to do our individual photo session with our photographer (whom we flew down for 3 night stay in exhange for our photo package- sooooo glad I did that!)

         

        We had a 2 hour "layover" between cocktail hour and reception (got picked up by bus at the lobby), which gave everyone plenty of time to go back and freshen up, change into more comfortable clothes/swimsuits, get their towels, etc.... the bus ride over was kinda bumpy but nobody seemed to mind.

         

        We did the reception on La Barcaza- it was simply WONDERFUL. We did it as a surprise so all the guests were shocked that we would be doing that. It was so unique and different. George was AWESOME and carried my grandfather in law on and off the boat in his arms (he is 90 years old and has history of falling). We ended up extending the boat tour to 5 hours because we were having so much fun!! The boat took us to a warm underwater spring, everyone got out, and were playing in the water, had footballs tossing around, etc. We did this while the sun was setting- just goregous. The meal was FANTASTIC- the cake from the PPC was awesome (we took it from the resort onto the boat with us), and the whole set-up on the boat was great. (I took my own centerpieces along- thankfully they made it through customs and everyone said how beautiful they were!)

         

        We danced, and laughed and had a big ball for the rest of the night. We ended up getting back to the PPC at about 11pm, and people actually kept the party going and were dancing in the lobby to the band.

         

        Honestly, the whole wedidng was great and I couldn't have imagined it any other way. November is an AWESOME time to go because we hit it right as the high season was starting... (half the time not-high season, half the time was) and the weather was great (warm and humid but nothing the ocean couldn't cool off) and the nights were beautiful and balmy. My husband and I got upgraded to the Reserve-which turned out to be very nice- quiet- hardly any kids while we were there. It was a nice place to stay as everyone else didn't upgrade, so we could go there to have our privacy if we needed.

         

        There were just a few negatives:

        1. When my in-laws arrived their first night, there was no electricity at the resort. My MIL made a big stink to the WC and she "compensated" us by letting us have the rehearsal dinner at the Gabi Club. This turned out to be FABULOUS- so beautiful and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

        2. The wedding gift bags were a NIGHTMARE. Half the guests got them, half of them didn't...and there was varying amounts of things in each bag...I don't know if stuff was stolen from them, or if my MIL just didn't place the right amount of things in everyone's bags...but honestly we didn't get it all remedied until the second to last day. (for instance, a few couples received 2 bags, while other people got none, etc.) even though a list was given to the receptionist area regarding how many went to what couple/person/group, etc. I don't know how I would have fixed this because half of my guests got there way before us and left the day after the wedding, so me just waiting to hand out bags when we got down there would have meant that they didn't have their bags until their trip was almost over... but it is something to keep in mind. They also charged me $3 a BAG to hand out through the front desk, and it wasn't done correctly so I was upset about this.

        3. The day of the wedding, nobody came to pick me up until close to 12:30 for the ceremony. I later found out my guests sat in the hot sun for almost an hour waiting on me (I was ready to go at 11:30!!) and the ceremony should have started at 12pm. This was a pain in hind-sight, and I don't know what went wrong, honestly. But, also something to consider.

         

        I think if I had it to do over, I would have either pushed back the ceremony an hour, or gotten everyone up earlier! haha :)

         

        Overall, the wedding was a DREAM everything was pretty much fabulous, and most importantly everyone had a great time. Everyone is already talking about when the NEXT trip is! :)



        #778 TishaJules

        TishaJules
        • Newbie
        • 72 posts

          Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

          Oh nevermind, its in february!! That's coming up quick! My wedding planner, Jessica, through the Miami office has been great so far...she's been prompt at returning emails and very helpful :) 

          I I also have have Jessica as my planner and she is absolutely awesome!

          #779 Denise Vasquez

          Denise Vasquez
          • Newbie
          • 14 posts

            Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

            SimpleSweet congrats!!!! I am so happy it all worked out for the best. Your tips will help me avoid unnecessary hassle. As far as your centerpieces, did you carry on glass? I have about 30 glass vases that I want to Carryon but the airlines haven't confirmed if its ok. How did if work for you?

            Hi ladies! I wanted to give a run-down of our wedding on 11/19! First of all- it was AWESOME. The major things that we planned for went off without a hitch! :) My guests are still talking about what a great wedding it was. I'll give my run-down, and if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask! We got married at the gazebo at 12pm... it was hot... I put a fan on everyone's seats, and I had parasols out for people to use and EVERYONE used the fans and the parasols.... so I'm glad I hauled them down. After the ceremony (which was conducted by Pastor York- he was GREAT!) we shuffled everyone off to the side as they set up the cocktail hour in the same place. After cocktail hour, we did photos on the beach (group) and then everyone went back to get ready for our reception on La Barcaza, while Brandon and I stayed to do our individual photo session with our photographer (whom we flew down for 3 night stay in exhange for our photo package- sooooo glad I did that!) We had a 2 hour "layover" between cocktail hour and reception (got picked up by bus at the lobby), which gave everyone plenty of time to go back and freshen up, change into more comfortable clothes/swimsuits, get their towels, etc.... the bus ride over was kinda bumpy but nobody seemed to mind. We did the reception on La Barcaza- it was simply WONDERFUL. We did it as a surprise so all the guests were shocked that we would be doing that. It was so unique and different. George was AWESOME and carried my grandfather in law on and off the boat in his arms (he is 90 years old and has history of falling). We ended up extending the boat tour to 5 hours because we were having so much fun!! The boat took us to a warm underwater spring, everyone got out, and were playing in the water, had footballs tossing around, etc. We did this while the sun was setting- just goregous. The meal was FANTASTIC- the cake from the PPC was awesome (we took it from the resort onto the boat with us), and the whole set-up on the boat was great. (I took my own centerpieces along- thankfully they made it through customs and everyone said how beautiful they were!) We danced, and laughed and had a big ball for the rest of the night. We ended up getting back to the PPC at about 11pm, and people actually kept the party going and were dancing in the lobby to the band. Honestly, the whole wedidng was great and I couldn't have imagined it any other way. November is an AWESOME time to go because we hit it right as the high season was starting... (half the time not-high season, half the time was) and the weather was great (warm and humid but nothing the ocean couldn't cool off) and the nights were beautiful and balmy. My husband and I got upgraded to the Reserve-which turned out to be very nice- quiet- hardly any kids while we were there. It was a nice place to stay as everyone else didn't upgrade, so we could go there to have our privacy if we needed. There were just a few negatives: 1. When my in-laws arrived their first night, there was no electricity at the resort. My MIL made a big stink to the WC and she "compensated" us by letting us have the rehearsal dinner at the Gabi Club. This turned out to be FABULOUS- so beautiful and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. 2. The wedding gift bags were a NIGHTMARE. Half the guests got them, half of them didn't...and there was varying amounts of things in each bag...I don't know if stuff was stolen from them, or if my MIL just didn't place the right amount of things in everyone's bags...but honestly we didn't get it all remedied until the second to last day. (for instance, a few couples received 2 bags, while other people got none, etc.) even though a list was given to the receptionist area regarding how many went to what couple/person/group, etc. I don't know how I would have fixed this because half of my guests got there way before us and left the day after the wedding, so me just waiting to hand out bags when we got down there would have meant that they didn't have their bags until their trip was almost over... but it is something to keep in mind. They also charged me $3 a BAG to hand out through the front desk, and it wasn't done correctly so I was upset about this. 3. The day of the wedding, nobody came to pick me up until close to 12:30 for the ceremony. I later found out my guests sat in the hot sun for almost an hour waiting on me (I was ready to go at 11:30!!) and the ceremony should have started at 12pm. This was a pain in hind-sight, and I don't know what went wrong, honestly. But, also something to consider. I think if I had it to do over, I would have either pushed back the ceremony an hour, or gotten everyone up earlier! haha :) Overall, the wedding was a DREAM everything was pretty much fabulous, and most importantly everyone had a great time. Everyone is already talking about when the NEXT trip is! :)



            #780 Katie83

            Katie83
            • Newbie
            • 89 posts

              Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

              Hey ladies!! I am in the process of planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic and keep tossing between PPC and PPR as the resort options. My Fiance and I have been engaged since September 2011 and we are so over the planning process as we have had a lot of resistance from family members regarding the decision to do a destination wedding.  With that being said we are buckling down and being a bit selfish I suppose and hammering down a date!!!

               

              We are hoping for the end of October or early November. We have never been to the DR and do not know what month would be better.  We are loving the pictures of a wedding in the Gardens.  We are hoping for feedback on the resort, date, and ceremony/reception locations and ideas also the pros and cons of PPR vs. PPC. 

               

              We feel so hopeless thus far and would love your input!






              0 user(s) are reading this topic

              0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users