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Hi Tamara! Yes I know!!! I plan on doing what you did for your site visit (buying one way tickets to and from so that it's not that bad of a hit at once!) I thought of doing the same I did for my own site visit, booking thru cheapcaribbean.com but then what's the point of having a travel agent? Lol Thanks for the heads up! I am going this weekend to try on that Allure dress, I'll let you know if we end up being dress twins!

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Good luck! It's a gorgeous dress! Not sure if you saw my pics but I brought it from DHGate for my TTD and its so close to the original and it cost like $147! Just an option...have fun and keep me posted =)

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Tamara! It is beautiful! OMG, i hope this is the "one" for me! They did a great job! You must be so excited, it's only a few months left!!!!!

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Candacey: I have a few pictures I can share from our site visit last February, whats your email address? Also I would say although there may be a few onlookers for a beach ceremony the gazebo is literally in the middle of the resort. There are a ton of people who are walking through this area to get to and from the beach and resort area. I think the garden area is probably your most private area in terms of ceremony. As you may know I dont believe the rooftop area is an option for the reception but it is an option for the cocktail hour for an additional $500. There is also an additional fee to hold the reception on the beach and keep in mind things such as the dance floor and lighting are all extras. 11:00 is wayyy to early and I would def be up in arms about being forced to do it at that time. Unless your having a catholic ceremony and this is the only time the priest is available I would opt for a 4-5 ceremony. As you mentioned what would your guests do all day long until your evening reception? Natalie: I am also working on our pre-travel brochure and some things I included that you may want to include is that although the reservation is paid in full the resort keeps a card on file for incididentals. They DO NOT however put a hold on it, they just keep it on file. Dont forget the $10 entrance fee into DR as well contacting banking/cc companies to advise of international travel to avoid a hold on the cards. Also encourage guests to make reservations as they check in b/c they get full real quick...FYI:

Dinner reservations for the specialty restaurants can be made once guests check in. Barcelo limits the number of dinner reservations made depending on your number of nights stay.

For example:

for 6 & 7 night stay, guests are allowed 4 dinner reservations

for 5 night stay, guests are allowed 3 dinner reservations

for 4 night stay, guests are allowed 2 dinner reservations

 

MissJali: I know your not getting married until next year but I have to tell you airfare from NYC is outrageous, I would jump on it as soon as they go on sale. We brought a few months ago which was still about 5-6 months out and we still paid close to $600rt pp!

Thanks for the info Tamara! I would love if you emailed me some pictures... My address is cyaholkoski@icloud.com. I definitely do not want my ceremony in the beach gazebo, but is the beach a little less public? It sounds like (from other posts) they move loungers, etc. away and that there is security... Is this correct? Also, do you have any idea how many people and seats can fit if we had our ceremony on the pier? We are not having a Catholic ceremony, so I am not sure why they offered such an early time. I am eagerly awaiting a response from Marlene, but realize it may take a few days. I am dying to send out my save the dates and website info to our guests so they can start booking!!! Thanks again, Candace

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Candacey: I have a few pictures I can share from our site visit last February, whats your email address? Also I would say although there may be a few onlookers for a beach ceremony the gazebo is literally in the middle of the resort. There are a ton of people who are walking through this area to get to and from the beach and resort area. I think the garden area is probably your most private area in terms of ceremony. As you may know I dont believe the rooftop area is an option for the reception but it is an option for the cocktail hour for an additional $500. There is also an additional fee to hold the reception on the beach and keep in mind things such as the dance floor and lighting are all extras. 11:00 is wayyy to early and I would def be up in arms about being forced to do it at that time. Unless your having a catholic ceremony and this is the only time the priest is available I would opt for a 4-5 ceremony. As you mentioned what would your guests do all day long until your evening reception? Natalie: I am also working on our pre-travel brochure and some things I included that you may want to include is that although the reservation is paid in full the resort keeps a card on file for incididentals. They DO NOT however put a hold on it, they just keep it on file. Dont forget the $10 entrance fee into DR as well contacting banking/cc companies to advise of international travel to avoid a hold on the cards. Also encourage guests to make reservations as they check in b/c they get full real quick...FYI:

Dinner reservations for the specialty restaurants can be made once guests check in. Barcelo limits the number of dinner reservations made depending on your number of nights stay.

For example:

for 6 & 7 night stay, guests are allowed 4 dinner reservations

for 5 night stay, guests are allowed 3 dinner reservations

for 4 night stay, guests are allowed 2 dinner reservations

 

MissJali: I know your not getting married until next year but I have to tell you airfare from NYC is outrageous, I would jump on it as soon as they go on sale. We brought a few months ago which was still about 5-6 months out and we still paid close to $600rt pp!

Hi Tamara, thanks for the information. I decided on the Tangerine Package and Bar Higuey...and I think a ceremony on the beach. Do you know much about having a ceremony on the pier? Is there an additional cost! How many people would it hold? I just heard from Marlene (WC) and frankly am confused as to why she offered a ceremony at 11 AM. I am not sure if there are a bunch of weddings already planned for that day? It's more than 10 months away! Anyway, here is what she said:   Please be advised that we work according to our wedding agenda, note that if we do not have any other times available during those day it is impossible for us to confirm a wedding with a later time as per you mentioned below. If you are in contact with other brides, you know that we do as well confirmed wedding according to the availability of the dates. As right now we can put you on hold to see if we get any cancelations we may chance your ceremony time, this is not 100% sure but we can still try. Needless to say, my fingers are crossed that I can get a better time than 11 AM. It may even be a deal breaker for me at this point. I would love to see some of your pictures: cyaholkoski@icloud.com Thanks, Candace

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MissJali, that's fabulous! Do you know how many people would fit comfortably on the pier? 

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Thanks so much Tamara and missjali for the info and responses! I didnt realize you couldnt have a dinner reservation every night you are there! That kind of sucks!!

 

Candacey I am assuming she wont give you a time because you are deciding to have a civil ceremony rather than symbolic. If you dont mind getting married at the courthouse before you go (or even after you come home) I would suggest getting a symbolic ceremony. You dont have to deal with the paper work, waiting to know what time works for the judge, not knowing your wedding time, and having a wedding at 11am!! 

Noone would know the difference either as you still have a ceremony just how you want it. But obviously that is up to you! Just thought i would let you know in case it helped! 

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