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#2291 MissJali

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    Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:10 AM

    Mary123

    Congrats on your big day!!! Thanks for your review, I am verrrryyy happy to hear that the guests can make their food choices when they're out there!!! That makes things so much easier! Please post some photos of your big day!!!



    #2292 Tina G

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      Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:59 AM

      Originally Posted by SoonMrsD 
       

      I have to agree here, the wedding package doesn't really include much and everything is out of pocket and honestly, i could be a little biased, but the videos I've seen of wedding at the Hard Rock don't appear very special. Stick with BBPD!!!

       

      Thanks for the input. I just spoke with my parents and fiance about this again and my parents say that the quality of the Barcelo resorts have gone down and haven't kept with the times meanwhile my Fiance is stuck on the "promises" from the HR. They are urging me to go on a site visit before booking. I am more confused now than ever. Has anyone gone a site visit? Have any brides booked without visiting BBPD?



      #2293 tricia-m

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      Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:48 AM

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      Hey Tricia! I am glad to hear that we can bring our own stuff/center pieces. I was going back through the threads and was a bit confused. Do you know if they will put the center pieces on the table or will someone from your wedding party do that for you? Originally I wanted to have this modern glamourous wedding but my vision has changed since I bought my dress. My dress is lhas alot of lace detail and is very romantic so I am going to incorporate a lacey romantic feel info our DIY center pieces and decor. Who is your wedding planner? Have you ever been to BBPD?

      @Tina G From what I am aware of, you give your decorations and centre pieces to your WC with VERY specific instructions and pictures.  They will set it up for you.  My WC is Hildrabranda and she has been amazing so far.  She's answered all my questions in a timely matter.

       

      No, I've never been to the BBPD.  But interesting enough, I've spoken to a few other couples (from my home town) who are planning destination weddings and BBPD was #1 on their list as well.  That and this website has confirmed our decision to have our wedding at the BBPD with full confidence.

       

      Here is a link for possible inspiration for your wedding.  I personally love every bit of it and definitely using it as inspiration for our wedding.  Happy planning :)

       

      http://www.bestdesti...n-with-pictures



      #2294 Tina G

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        Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:28 PM

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        Originally Posted by tricia-m 
         

        @Tina G From what I am aware of, you give your decorations and centre pieces to your WC with VERY specific instructions and pictures.  They will set it up for you.  My WC is Hildrabranda and she has been amazing so far.  She's answered all my questions in a timely matter.

         

        No, I've never been to the BBPD.  But interesting enough, I've spoken to a few other couples (from my home town) who are planning destination weddings and BBPD was #1 on their list as well.  That and this website has confirmed our decision to have our wedding at the BBPD with full confidence.

         

        Here is a link for possible inspiration for your wedding.  I personally love every bit of it and definitely using it as inspiration for our wedding.  Happy planning :)

         

        http://www.bestdesti...n-with-pictures

         

        Tricia_m  thank you so much for the  link! I will definitely use it for some inspiration. I heard back from Laura today that the priest confirmed his availability for 10.11.14 evening ceremony. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. 



        #2295 Tina G

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          Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:31 PM

          Originally Posted by SoonMrsD 
           

          I have to agree here, the wedding package doesn't really include much and everything is out of pocket and honestly, i could be a little biased, but the videos I've seen of wedding at the Hard Rock don't appear very special. Stick with BBPD!!!

           

          Chicas I agree but my fiance is stuck on all the stuff we can get comp'd. However I don't want my guests to spend an arm and a leg for our wedding. For now I am sticking with BBPD but I am afraid that I am only into this resort because of the chapel and the great advice I am receiving on this thread lol 

           

          Any brides on here planing a Catholic ceremony or have pictures of the chapel Virgen de San Salvador?



          #2296 Annie Lee

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            Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:03 PM

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            #2297 tricia-m

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            Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:13 PM

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            Originally Posted by Tina G 
             

             

            Tricia_m  thank you so much for the  link! I will definitely use it for some inspiration. I heard back from Laura today that the priest confirmed his availability for 10.11.14 evening ceremony. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. 

            @Tina G That's awesome!  We're traveling there from November 2nd to November 9th, when will get there?  We might actually see each other there.



            #2298 Tina G

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              Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:45 AM

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              @Tina G That's awesome!  We're traveling there from November 2nd to November 9th, when will get there?  We might actually see each other there.

               

              Good morning chicas! Thank you very much Annie for posting the pictures of the chapel. I showed them to my parents and we are both more at ease about choosing this venue without visiting prior to the wedding. 

               

              Tricia. I'll probably get to the capital on October 4th and head to the resort on Oct. 8th. Columbus Day Weekend worked best for our family and friends so we will no longer be getting married in November. Although we won't see each other I am confidant your wedding will be spectacular. You have already been a great help. 



              #2299 Mary123

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                Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:20 AM

                Hi Tina G, Here is my review that i posted on Tripadvisor. It seems though that people have different experiences in the resort. Your groups speaks Spanish so you will definetly have a huge advantage :-) “5 star amenities, 5 start wedding service, but 1 start general service” Amenities: BBPD is a beautiful and well maintained property with fantastic beach that always has enough lounge chairs and shade under the palm trees. The beach is surrounded by coral reefs so the sea is quite. If you get out early in the morning, you don’t even need a mask to see different types of fish, sting race and other sea life. The spa is great, the gym is large and offers morning and evening fitness classes. Theatre is beautiful and entertainment is good. The night club is a lot of fun. Wedding: my husband and I got married at the resort and the wedding organization and service were perfect. Aris, our wedding coordinator, was attentive and all guests were extremely happy. The beach decorations and setup were beautiful, DJ played music by request and wedding food and service were superb. The only hic up was the international bar we upgraded two was missing two drinks that most of my guests order: mojito and cognac. General resort service: my friends got upgraded to club premium for $1200 and what a waste of money! We had 30 guests and those with club premium had exactly the same bad service as those without. I traveled a lot and I have never been to the resort that is so poorly managed. The front desk is horrible, the bell boy never comes on time (a few of our guests missed the airport transfer) and room service sometimes doesn’t event show up. If room service does show up, they either forget to throw out the garbage, don’t clean the shower etc… The service doesn’t get better with tipping. Restaurant service is horrendous. If you don’t help yourself at the buffet, you will not get silver wear or water. Every evening we went to a different restaurant, and the waiters forgot to bring food for infants (twice), messed up the order or the bill. The single time we had no issues was at the Japanese restaurant. None of the bartenders are trained by the resort. If you get a mojito at different bars, it will never taste the same. My husband drinks cognac and they warm up the glass in one bar and put ice in another. Every day at least one bar was missing some beverage. Food: I don’t know why people complain about food and getting sick but the variety and quality were great. Japanese and Spanish restaurant food was excellent. You can simply get sick from brushing teeth if you don’t use bottled water. Rooms: the d©cor of the hotel and rooms is sleek and modern. I come from New York so I prefer more tropical then modern style but it was still beautiful. My only complaint was that the towel hooks were in the toilet room as opposed to by the shower. However, most of my wedding guests had to call front desk to get something fixed: missing shower door, broken draws or hair dryer. I love the amenities and the beach but I would only come back to this resort if the management changes and the service is at least average.

                #2300 minigodiva

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                  Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:24 PM

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                  We were not sure how much to tip so we tipped WD $60. Sounds like it was too low compared to what others tipped.

                  Thank you for the input and updates :)  CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes on your new life with your hubby!






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