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#1191 Mary123

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    Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:40 AM

    Originally Posted by MissJali 

    Girls,

     

    I have a question. I just got back a quote from one of the travel agents I'm potentially working with on the rooms. Here's what I got back:

     

    Junior Suite Deluxe. View: Garden.

     

    7 nights $2718.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    5 nights $1998.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    3 nights $1278.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

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    Junior Suite Deluxe Oceanfront Club Premium, View: Ocean. 

     

    7 nights $3782.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    5 nights $2758.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    3 nights $1734.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

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    Master Suite Ocean Front Club Premium,

     

    7 nights $4272.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    5 nights $3108.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    3 nights $1944.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

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    Grand Master Suite Club Premium, 

    7 nights $4734.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    5 nights $3438.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    3 nights $2142.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

     

     

    There is a Deluxe category too that there really is no description of, it’s their least expensive room.

    It has 2 double beds and they overlook the golf course.

    7 nights $2466.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    5 nights $1818.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers

    3 nights $1170.00 total for 2 people including the round trip airport transfers.

     

     

    Did anyone get back crazy numbers like this?? I seriously booked to go now in May for 5 nights air included jr suite...for $1100 a person? Help!!!

    I contacted a few travel agents and all of them have higher rates than online. So i asked the quests to book hotels via orbitz, bookit, travelocity or hotel Barcelo website directly. Having all the guests get their trips on their own made it so much easier for me and my fiance!



    #1192 SoonMrsD

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      Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:49 AM

      Originally Posted by Mary123 

      I contacted a few travel agents and all of them have higher rates than online. So i asked the quests to book hotels via orbitz, bookit, travelocity or hotel Barcelo website directly. Having all the guests get their trips on their own made it so much easier for me and my fiance!

       

      This is what I hear is best too if you don't find a good price with the travel agents - 

      Did you have a travel agent at all?



      #1193 Mary123

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        Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:57 AM

        Originally Posted by MissJali 

        Here's what I have in mind as the centerpieces. I know the fishbowls can be found at Michael's for like $2 each, the sand is FREE lol it's DR, the seashells I can get online and the candle too. I'm thinking like $20 for each centerpiece

        This is a beautiful center piece!! I love the idea!



        #1194 Mary123

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          Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:10 AM

          Originally Posted by SoonMrsD 

           

          This is what I hear is best too if you don't find a good price with the travel agents - 

          Did you have a travel agent at all?

          I did start working with the travel agend but it was such a nighmare dealing with her. She wanted to have all 10 rooms booked at the same time (i found out this was impossible to coordinate) and didn't want to take a 10% deposit. Plus if you get a block of rooms, you need to ensure that those guests book by a certain date and if they don't, all guests get higher rates.

           

          We are getting married in November and a month ago the hotel rates were cheaper (hotel offered great discounts and free cancelation until the day of arrival), the flights from NY were still $480 and i didnt want to miss those deals. So, i told all of the guests to book online.



          #1195 MissJali

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            Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:26 AM

            Originally Posted by Mary123 

            I did start working with the travel agend but it was such a nighmare dealing with her. She wanted to have all 10 rooms booked at the same time (i found out this was impossible to coordinate) and didn't want to take a 10% deposit. Plus if you get a block of rooms, you need to ensure that those guests book by a certain date and if they don't, all guests get higher rates.

             

            We are getting married in November and a month ago the hotel rates were cheaper (hotel offered great discounts and free cancelation until the day of arrival), the flights from NY were still $480 and i didnt want to miss those deals. So, i told all of the guests to book online.

            I am waiting to hear back from a connect who works in the travel industry in Punta Cana, thanks to my aunt about perhaps getting the room quotes for me. If they think it's for locals, they lower the prices tremendously. I'll let you know if I have any luck. If I don't, i will just tell everyone to book wherever they can. I don't need the added on stress.



            #1196 lalalal1z

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              Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:43 AM

              Hey ladies! 

               

              Few questions, kind of trying to cut costs where we can.

               

              I was thinking of maybe using the Ipod dock instead of using a DJ, that way we can play everything we want, how we want it, no confusion, but do you think they'll let us just rent a microphone for it, too? Or, do you even think we'll need one? I'm thinking we're going to have less people than we originally thought, so about like 30 people. 

               

              Also, we were thinking of going with the cheapest package for the photos through Tropical Pictures and no package for the video... we figured everyone coming to the wedding will be taking tons of pictures anyway. Do you think they'll let our friends videotape it? I was thinking of having one of my fiance's friends record him getting ready, and one of my friends recording me getting ready and like splice it together when we get home! 

               

              I can't help but get nervous about this wedding, especially since I don't know a lick of Spanish for me to call and talk to them, and they take a bit to get back through email. 



              #1197 disazaja

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                Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

                hi girls!!!! I am back from my wedding and honeymoon!!!! this is going to be such a lenghty post but I am trying to be as detailed as possible!!! let me know if you have more questions and I will post pictires later today!!! some wedding background... catholic ceremony on the chapel, 50 guests in total, tangerine package, reception at bar Higuey, 4 hours of reception (paid 1 extra hour), used tropicla pictures for pictures and video, used the DJ the resort uses, brought a lot of decorations with me but also got some centerpieces at the resort, wedding planner was Lianny, stayed at BBPD from 03/19/13 to 03/24/13 then moved to Majestic elegance for honeymoon from 03/24/13 to 03/30/13. wedding colors: tropical, mostly hot pink and apple green. Used apple vacations as my travel agency for the guest rooms and I loved working with them bc at the end I got a HUGE discount! my honeymoon was half the price!!! ok now the details! got there on tuesday at 2 pm, loved the airport, easy customs, bring $10 in cash to pay the entrance fee... got to the resort and I paid for the jr deluxe suite ocean view.... they upgraded me to the panoramic suite! and wow! it was huge and beautiful!!! totally worth it... they had champagne, rum, and t-shirts for us there. meeting with Lianny at 4 pm went smooth, she had my file ready, we went over cake details, flowers, we met the photogrpaher (Sofia) who is really cool and sweet, as well as the DJ who was also cool and definelty understood what we were going for... we had more female guests than males so we wanted more of a group party, not like couples dnacing merengue or bachata and he nailed it.... we set the rehearsal time wiht Lianny and we agreed on meeting on thursday to give her all the decorations, and make the final payment. after the meeting we went to the seafood restaurnat, I personally didnt like it but it was ok... then we went to put the welcome bags together.... Wednesday, guests started to arrive, we had the couples massage! great massage and the facial was amazing! no extractions, just peeling, mask, a vitamin C cream... my skin was radiant afterwards, we stayed at the hydrotheraphy (club premium gets access to this daily) and it was nice too, it was fun. We started to run to the Bavaro Beach (adults only) bc most of our guests were staying there.... this is important... BBPD guests in club premium can go to the buffet, and bars at Bavaro Beach, BBPD guests not in club premium can go to the pool and beach but they wont allow them at the buffet or bars at Bavaro beach (adults only). Bavaro beach guests have access to everything at BBPD but they have to pay $15 for the japanese and french restaurants. If they are club premium on Bvaaro beach they have access to everything. We had a 1 hour (it turned into 2) casual photoshoot on the beach with tropical pictures and the pics came out amazing.... it was part of the Gold package (more about this later) Wednesday we went to la fuente, spanish resturant and it was better than the seafood... good paella! at night we met some friends and went to the show at Bavaro beach, it was micheal jackson night, it was fun.... Thursday... we didnt stop all day!!!! welcoming guests, running around, met Lianny at 6 to give her all the decorations, some candles for the tbales, crystals for the centerpieces and lights, some paper pompons for the ceiling, some floating lotus for the pools around Bar Higuey, tbale cards, tbale numbers, guest signing book, fans for the ceremony, and some crazy hour hats and masks.... we proceeded to make final payment nad no surprises on prices or anything... only thing that was wayyyy more expensive was hte confetti machine, I thought it was 250 but it was 850, so we got rid of it! then at night we went to dinner at the mexican restaurant, it was really good! then went to the club and it was empty at 11 but then all the guests were there so it was fun! Friday we welcomed some more guests, hanged out at the beach, played volleyball and then had a welcoming cokcatil at the rooftop of the spa, the infitiny pools terrace, everyone lovedddddd the venue, we rent it for an hour and had cocktails and appetizers, by cocktails I mean one type of fruity drink but unlimited LOL if anyone wanted somethign else they had to walk to the bar... we gave out guests the welcome bags which they loved.. the welcome bags had a pen, lipbalm, koozie, advil, alkaseltzer, pepto, sunscreen wipes, hand sanitizer, mints, bug repellent wipes, thank you note, wedding day pick up time and place, guest list with room numbers. After the cocktail, bridal party, parents and us went to the chapel for the rehearsal, Lianny was there and it was relaly quick, 15 minute max.... after we headed to the japanese restaurant for the rehearsal dinner, we were 24, so it worked out perfectly, we got 2 hibachi tables.... we only paid for the guests staying at bavaro beach and not in club premium, it was only like 8 of them.... food was really good and we started a war of which tbale was the loudest LOL it was a fun time! after that it was sleepy time for me... but the guests went to the club again and they had a blast..... Saturday! wedding day! woke up early, and got breakfast in bed with my mom.... club premium gets free room service, the food was good! then started to get ready to head to the spa, where my bridesmaids (6 of them) already were doing their hairs and makeups.... 5 of them did their hair their as well as my mom, 2 guests, 2 grandmas, and myself and everyone was really happy with the result, they have the latests hairstyles and are very accomodating and sweet.... Yaniri castillo ( i think that hers name) was the lady that did my hair trial and makeup before in september and she remembered me... she did my hair and makeup I loved it! only thing is that I brought my makeup since they dont have a lot of colors there.... so according to Lianny, we could had lunch at the spa, since I had club premium I had to just et room service delivered to the spa, well no, they dont allow food at the spa or bridal suite!!! I was starving! and they wouldnt let us bring food, so they offered us cookies and fruit but that wasnt enough LOL so my stylist suggested my mom and the MOH to sneak food in their bags LOL they went to the sports bar, got mini sandwuiches and cookies and chicken fingers and we all ate there LOL so keep that in mind... I had no other time to eat before!! tropical pictures went to the groom's room (our room) to take getting ready pics at 3 and she took my getting ready at 4, I lovedddddddddd the pics, you will see them later as well as the video, both the photographer and videogrpaher were really nice and professional.... we got the birdesmaids bouqets and mine and Lianny met the guests and took them to the chapel on the train.... then she came to pick us up in golf carts..... the chapel had the submerged orchids on the floor and some flowers on the altar.... cermeony was short, the priest was sweet and nice, after we had group pics, then bridal party pics and our pics taken on the beach, la fuente and japanese restaurnat trees..... everyone was enjoying the cocktail hour at hoyo 19, next to the chapel, guests said the appetizers were good and same unlimited fruity cockatil as on welcoming party.... we got to the reception at bar Higuey at 730... it was decorated beautifully.... however, I could notice right away.... not all of the floating lotus were there (Lianny later explained that the weight string was too short mmmmm idk about that) and all the pompoms werent there either....w.e it was beautiful anyways but I did get bothered about that...so be careful about what you bring and how many.... Maybe I bourght way too many and it was a lot of work for her.... also, the orchids on the centerpieces ($50 each) were fake!! yeah probably only my mom, mother in law and I noticed but still, Lianny never mentioned they were fake or anything! I could have brought them from Michaels!!!!oh well..... cake was amazing! the flavor and decoration! I went wiht vanilla with dulce de leche filling, the food was amazing too nobody complained, actually guests said it was the best food of their whole stay... we picked the caprese salad, fish and creme brulee.... the music was great and the MC was great on keeping track of time and when to do things like the toast, the bouquet toss, etc etc.... everyone had a balst.... Lianny srated giving out the hats, masks, and neon sticks for the hora loca and everyone went crazy!!! it was really fun.... when the 4th hour was almost over, Lianny asked me if I wanted another hour, but I said no, we just met at the club after going to the rooms and changing!!! we danced unitl 4 am and it was sooooo much fun!!! then we went for midnight snacks at strikers and thats how our night ended.... once we got ot our room, it was full of petals and realy pretty.... ohh we also had the photobooth at the reception, it was ok.... 350 for an hour and they gave us a CD with the pics.... i dont think it was worth it! Sunday we got breakfast in bed, packed, went to say bye to our guests and headed to the majestic for our honeymoon. So I hate to compare but I am glad I picked the BBPD for my wedding, the majestic was nice (it was my second option for the wedding) but it wasnt as big, not as many restaurants and people werent as friendly... I dont know what all those tripadvisor reviews aboiut service at BBPD are about!!! they were so nice and sweet all the time! at Majestic everyhting was a hassle! and they wouldnt say hi to you.... it was nice bc it was my honeymoon and we got to relax and spend quality time but it has nothing to compare to BBPD! also, things are as well kept, like you see little things here and there that are annoying.... that never happened at BBPD, all the gardens, beach, pools, restaurants were decorated so nicely and clean and pretty, at Majestic I missed those things!! anyways so I went to pick up the pics and video at barcelo punta cana, next to majestic and to my suprise, Sofia edited 400 pics!!! the gold package only includes 150 :S ugh I couldnt pick so she gave us 3 opitons, like more pirted pics, all in cd, etc... we ended up picking all the pics on CD and a DVD slideshow, 2 posters, 15 8x10 pics and the video, but we had to pay more :S the husband was not a happy cmaper bc he feels they did it on purpose LOL they knew we werent going to be able to pick only 150 out of 400 pics LOL oh well you only get married once ahhaahahhaahha in conclusion!!!! i am soooo HAPPY I picked BBPD! the other resorts dont compare!!! we also took a tour so the bus stopped in other resorts and noup... nothing like it!!everyone had a blast!!! nobody got sick! and dont believe on the tripadvisor reviews.... ohh try to speak spanish as much as you can, they do like that!!! but if you are nice to them, they are really nice too!!! I will post the pics later! some friends have posted pics on facebook (Diana Isaza, disazaja@gmail.com) already and have tagged me! you can add me on facbeook if you want to see them.... and ask me any questions :)

                #1198 samantha2

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                  Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:10 PM

                  Awesome review!  Thank you for the information!



                  #1199 disazaja

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                    Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:24 PM

                    hi girls!!

                     

                     

                    here are all the pics!

                     

                     

                    WARNING!!! there are 414 pics ahhaahha 

                     

                     

                    https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink



                    #1200 Bjeantil

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                      Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:03 PM

                      hi girls!! here are all the pics! WARNING!!! there are 414 pics ahhaahha  https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink

                      Beautiful!!! Thank you for the review!!! Did your WC tell you in advance where your guest would meet before the wedding and the schedules for pick up before you placed the info in the welcome bags? Did you feel it was necessary to have the cocktail hour after the ceremony? Did you use the trio? If so, when?




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