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#1291 Rebecca Martens

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    Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:01 PM

    Hi there,

     

    I just got back from BBPD and we had our wedding in the presidential suite. We had originally planned on having the beach wedding, but poor weather had us relocate. It ended up working out for the best. We had 32 guests at the wedding and there was PLENTY of room on the patio for both the ceremony and then the reception an hour later. For the ceremony, we were right in front of the pool and our guests sat facing us and the ocean. For our reception, our head table was 8 people looking towards the ocean and then we had 4 tables with 6-8 people seated at each of them.

     

    Also, a little trick we used - the bride and groom are automatically entitled to a one-room upgrade, subject to availability. We knew that we couldn't afford the presidential suite all week so we just booked one room class down and crossed our fingers that no one would book the presidential suite and we lucked out! An entire week in the presidential suite with butler service. It was heavenly! We had private parties at our place almost every night we were down there, you can order from any a la carte restaurant and have it delivered to your room, and the entire bridal party was able to get ready in the suite - the boys were at one end and the girls were at the other end. It worked perfectly and our wedding week was exactly what I had envisioned. I would definitely recommend that route to couples who are looking for private space for their guests without having the pay the crazy price of the presidential suite.

     

    I'm planning on posting a more detailed review of the resort in the next few weeks once I get settled back in to normal life. In the meantime, feel free to PM me for more details.



    #1292 Rebecca Martens

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      Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:03 PM

      I'll share a few pictures in a couple of days when I write my review.



      #1293 tricia-m

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      Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

      Hello ladies! New to the thread but in the process of booking my wedding date. I haven't noticed (if you have, my apologies) but have any of you ladies booked private receptions with sit down dinners? Happy planning all of you :)

      #1294 NettyD

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        Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:53 AM

        MissJali

         

        That's a great idea to get the prices in Pesos!

         

        Have you received a quote from Apple's group department? I received an email from them yesterday but they require a $1k deposit to put group packages together. 

        Originally Posted by MissJali 

        In regards to your questions on travel agents. 

         

        Apple Vacations has definitely been the fairest quote we've received. I'm waiting to see if I get better room quotes from someone who's actually out in Punta Cana and can possibly get me the prices in Pesos which tend to be lower if you are a local. Sad but true. I'm also very sneaky. I've booked my site visit(actually just an excuse to vacation) through cheapcaribbean.com and on my vouchers they've made the mistake of putting the travel company they use. I've sent them an email about arranging group packages and also with beachdestinations.com. I will definitely keep you updated. Worst comes to worst, I'm letting people book wherever they can and just asking them to email me their itinerary.



        #1295 natalieblev

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          Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:30 AM

          Originally Posted by tricia-m 

          Hello ladies! New to the thread but in the process of booking my wedding date. I haven't noticed (if you have, my apologies) but have any of you ladies booked private receptions with sit down dinners?

          Happy planning all of you :)

           

          Hi Tricia

          All the wedding packages include sit down dinners...If you have a small group and dont want a reception (ie DJ, dancing, private), then they will make you a reservation at one of the restaurants for your group. However if you do want a "real" reception that is included and it can take place in either a ballroom, on the beach or an indoor/outdoor location called Bar Higuey.  At those receptions a three course meal is included in your package. They give you a list of different choices and you pick your menu. 



          #1296 MissJali

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            Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:41 AM

            Originally Posted by NettyD 

            MissJali

             

            That's a great idea to get the prices in Pesos!

             

            Have you received a quote from Apple's group department? I received an email from them yesterday but they require a $1k deposit to put group packages together. 

            Netty, 

             

            I do have an Apple Vacations TA, but I probably won't be doing the group contract or room blocks. I was told it was $500 for the first 10 rooms and then it adds up in increments. So if you're reserving 20 rooms, I can very well see you having to put down that $1k. Mostly everyone coming are serial travelers anyway, so I think they'll be looking for the best prices out there. But I will give them a choice to go to the TA.



            #1297 trivera5521

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              Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:04 AM

              Netty in my experience with the whole TA experience I will say this. Although Apple Vacations and those big companies have competitve pricing in terms of group rates they not only ask for a large amount of money as a deposit but your literally on the hook for the rooms. So if you block off 20 rooms and have only 12 rooms booked you have to pay the difference. That was too much of a liability for me to hold. We opted to sign up for free with a local TA (Liberty Travel) as there were a few benefits. The main reason was because it allows people to pay their arrangements in payment plans as they choose. They have to have the balance paid in full 45 days before your travel date but for families of more than 2 it was a huge benefit not to drop thousands at one time but to pay it off little by little. Another benefit is that although I am sure your doing your own STD they do give you personalized one with all their info and all you and your grooms info to mail out which was cute. Also if you want your wedding guests in the same vacinity of the resort they can keep everyone togethe if you so choose. Also, they communicate with the resort if you have any immediate questions.  She crossed referenced her prices with the Barcelo website and other websites to ensure my guests got the cheapest rates. Of course in some situations it was still cheaper to go through an orbitz or travelocity and so some of my guests just did that. By and large I think the option is the way to go.  Good luck!



              #1298 disazaja

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                Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

                Originally Posted by NettyD View Post

                Thank you all for your help! I agree that there are Pros and Cons for using a TA... the organizing and not having to deal with travel arrangements for everyone ourselves is a very nice perk. But... being cost effective is most important.

                 

                I'm glad so many of you had good results with Apple! I am looking forward to speaking with them and finding out what kind of awesome rates they can come up with!!!

                 

                For you 2014 brides- have you received the higher rate packages? Where Strawberry is around $2900 and Tangerine around $4200? It went up a bit from the 2013 prices...

                 

                 

                Diana-

                I had some questions for you based on your awesome review! I copied it below from a few pages back. 

                 

                 

                Hi NettyD!!

                 

                 

                 

                 

                I am finalizing the date for my wedding at BBPD for June of '14. We have a small budget and it seems like after reading through a lot of this thread that there are a lot of fees that I didn't consider- and I think we're going to be closer to $10k for either a Strawberry or Tangerine package: for 50 ppl: DJ, Gold Photo package (we might just fly in a friend- $2500 is crazy but the silver package doesn't have enough coverage included), rooftop cocktail hour ($500?) and our package ($2k with flights and hotel stay) Would you say that is about right? We have to cover an additional $4k in travel expenses for other people which puts us at around $14k total so anything we can cut or maybe discover is actually included would be helpful!  rooftop cocktail is 500 only to get the space for yourself, in order to get waitresses bringing drinks and food it is 12 per person attending the cocktail. I dont know where you will be flying out from, my tix alone were 700 :S from Newark!

                 

                Did you have Tropical Pictures do your Videography- and if so would you mind sharing the cost? I think we might skip this as I read that the Gold package was $2500 which eats a lot of our budget!  yes! tropical pics did my video... I forgot the name of the one I pick, but it was 850. They have different options.

                 

                The reception area: how much of the decor does BBPD include? Were linens and place settings included in the main wedding package? I read that centerpieces were extra; but is that the only additional fee for the decor? mmmm with tangerine it includes the tablecloths and the chair satches (I didnt pick one). Place settings if you pick white are included, if you want gold, silver, clear those are extra. I brought everything else with me.... and Lianny included the mirrors for the centerpieces.... she didnt charge me for those. The drapes on the ceiling were included too.

                 

                How many dinner options are included in the reception? I believe I read one but wanted to confirm. One appetizer, one entree and one dessert... you have different options to pick from though. I dont remember the appetizer options but the entrees are: fish, chicken or steak.

                 

                The ceremony area: does BBPD include the runner and basic chairs as well as basic decor? Do they have a limit on chairs? You had your ceremony in the chapel so you might not know the answer to that one. I think it does include the basics... not sure though

                 

                How did you like the guitar trio if you had one? I wasnt there when they played because I was taking pics but people liked them... I didnt pay for sounds system so it was more of a background music than like a live concert LOL but people liked it

                 

                I'm sure I'll think of more questions! Thank you for any help you can offer! :) np!

                 



                #1299 misskay

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                  Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

                  Hey Ladies!

                   

                  Wondering if there is any difference in price for a symbolic ceremony? Also anyone have any phoos of weddings on the pier or patio ? Can you have your reception on the patio?



                  #1300 natalieblev

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                    Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:25 PM

                    Miss Kay you can look at tropical pictures on Facebook and they have pictures of weddings on pier and rooftop deck. It was my understand that you cannot have your reception on the deck, but they change things all the time. Also there is no price difference. The judge and expenses for a civil ceremony are included in the packages but if you opt for symbolic you do not get a credit for not using those items.

                    Hey Ladies! Wondering if there is any difference in price for a symbolic ceremony? Also anyone have any phoos of weddings on the pier or patio ? Can you have your reception on the patio?






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