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#1571 Hannah07

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    Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

    Hi Everyone! My fiance and I are planning to do a destination wedding in Punta Cana in late April of 2015.  We have been doing A LOT of research on different resorts....and we really love what Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe has to offer.  If anyone has been to this resort and had a wedding there, I would love to hear about your experience and any advice you might have for me :)  Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! 



    #1572 Hannah07

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      Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:58 PM

      Hi Everyone!  My fiance and I are planning to do a destination wedding in Punta Cana in late April of 2015. We have been doing A LOT of research on different resorts...obviously there are a ton of choices and this has been pretty stressful!  But we both really love what Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe has to offer!  If anyone has ever been to this resort and had a wedding there, I would love to hear about your experience and hear any advice you might have :)  Any help at all will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you! 



      #1573 natalieblev

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        Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:50 AM

        Okay leaving soon and just wondering if anyone has any advice on tipping and how much? I am a past bartender and waitress for 100 years and I am a tipper! But I dont want to go overboard and i dont want to miss anyone either. So any advice on how much and if I left anyone out?

        Maids?
        Bartenders/servers?

        Wedding reception servers?

        DJ?

        Susana?



        #1574 MissJali

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          Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:37 AM

          Originally Posted by natalieblev 

          Okay leaving soon and just wondering if anyone has any advice on tipping and how much? I am a past bartender and waitress for 100 years and I am a tipper! But I dont want to go overboard and i dont want to miss anyone either. So any advice on how much and if I left anyone out?

          Maids?
          Bartenders/servers?

          Wedding reception servers?

          DJ?

          Susana?

          Hey Natalie! Have a great trip!!!

          I usually tip the maid $50 for the entire stay, roughly about $10 a day if I have them fix the room everyday.

          Bartenders/servers a few singles here and there. If the bartender is great, a $5 or $10 should do it for the night

          I can't help you on the last 3 as I'm still undecided on what I would tip. Guess it depends on what a great job they do and what you can afford!



          #1575 Reign14

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          Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:30 PM

          Originally Posted by natalieblev 

          Okay leaving soon and just wondering if anyone has any advice on tipping and how much? I am a past bartender and waitress for 100 years and I am a tipper! But I dont want to go overboard and i dont want to miss anyone either. So any advice on how much and if I left anyone out?

          Maids?
          Bartenders/servers?

          Wedding reception servers?

          DJ?

          Susana?

          Safe travels and enjoy!! I don't know much about tipping even though I used to be a waitress many moons ago. My instinct would say b/w $50 and $100 for people like the WC, DJ/MC....maybe $25-50 to the bartender. And $5-10 a day to the maids. Maybe a $2-3 each to the wait staff if you feel the need. Same for the bell hop. I wouldn't go crazy. In terms of priority, I'd tip the maids each day, not just at the end, so you'll get good service throughout your stay. The others you're tipping after the fact, so it's more of a thank you than an incentive. Just my thoughts :)



          #1576 natalieblev

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            Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:57 PM

            Thanks Reign and Miss Jali! I appreciate it and that is what i was thinking! 

             

            As always on this forum, if anyone has any questions you want me to ask specifically or pictures of places you need more info on just let me know as I will be leaving tomorrow night/fri morning and will check back on here before we take off incase you do! 



            #1577 llewald

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              Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:40 PM

              Thanks Teena84 for sharing! Great pictures!

               

              What is the trick of getting around using the Tropical Pictures company that BBPD offers? How did you hire an independent photographer? Did you just pay their day pass or were there other fees?

               

              Thanks- I'm just curious because I'm really not impressed with the packages of Tropical Pictures. Any advice would be great!

              Laurie
               



              #1578 Bjeantil

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                Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:09 PM

                Hi Natalieblev, Can you ask the WC if we can use their MC For the reception without booking the entire Dj package? Safe travels and hope everything turns out they you want and more. Can't wait to hear your review.

                Thanks Reign and Miss Jali! I appreciate it and that is what i was thinking!  As always on this forum, if anyone has any questions you want me to ask specifically or pictures of places you need more info on just let me know as I will be leaving tomorrow night/fri morning and will check back on here before we take off incase you do! 



                #1579 teena84

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                  Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:36 PM

                  Originally Posted by llewald View Post

                  Thanks Teena84 for sharing! Great pictures!

                   

                  What is the trick of getting around using the Tropical Pictures company that BBPD offers? How did you hire an independent photographer? Did you just pay their day pass or were there other fees?

                   

                  Thanks- I'm just curious because I'm really not impressed with the packages of Tropical Pictures. Any advice would be great!

                  Laurie
                   

                  Thanks Ilewald.  To have your own photographer at the resort - you need to have the photographer stay at the resort for at least one night.  Even if you just pay for a day pass, they would not let your photographer be there.  What we paid our photographer, included his flight and hotel stay.  I was not impressed with Tropical Pictures either, even though they are cheaper.  Their techniques are nothing extraordinary.  If you can do it, don't skimp out on your photographer budget!  We spent about the same amount to hire our own photographer as we did for our wedding package.

                  Originally Posted by Bjeantil View Post

                  Hi Natalieblev,
                  Can you ask the WC if we can use their MC For the reception without booking the entire Dj package?
                  Safe travels and hope everything turns out they you want and more. Can't wait to hear your review.

                  TIP:  I'm all about saving money, so we didn't hire a DJ nor an MC.  We had one of the groomsmen MC for the night, and he did a wonderful job.  It wasn't like he needed to be up the entire night - he was just there to make announcements and intros in between meals and things, so he still had fun and enjoyed himself.  We did however pay for sound system and audio/visual system.  I've been to a few weddings already, and I notice the ones who had someone whom the majority of the guests know, as an MC, turned out better because the guests can relate to him/her.  Just a thought.  Our groomsmen's duties weren't much to begin with, so this was a good task for one of them.



                  #1580 Bjeantil

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                    Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:05 PM

                    Thanks teena! I'm all about saving money as well. I didn't want to bother one of my guest with that responsibility with being the MC but im sure they would not mind.

                    Thanks Ilewald.  To have your own photographer at the resort - you need to have the photographer stay at the resort for at least one night.  Even if you just pay for a day pass, they would not let your photographer be there.  What we paid our photographer, included his flight and hotel stay.  I was not impressed with Tropical Pictures either, even though they are cheaper.  Their techniques are nothing extraordinary.  If you can do it, don't skimp out on your photographer budget!  We spent about the same amount to hire our own photographer as we did for our wedding package. TIP:  I'm all about saving money, so we didn't hire a DJ nor an MC.  We had one of the groomsmen MC for the night, and he did a wonderful job.  It wasn't like he needed to be up the entire night - he was just there to make announcements and intros in between meals and things, so he still had fun and enjoyed himself.  We did however pay for sound system and audio/visual system.  I've been to a few weddings already, and I notice the ones who had someone whom the majority of the guests know, as an MC, turned out better because the guests can relate to him/her.  Just a thought.  Our groomsmen's duties weren't much to begin with, so this was a good task for one of them.






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