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#2351 Shanna2015

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    Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:55 PM

    Thanks! Did you ladies pick the package out when she confirmed your date? I was thinking the Strawberry package but if I have more guest I might have to bump up to the tangerine package.

    my guest will have exactly a year to get it together. Our engagement party is March 31st.

    Was confirming your date an easy process?

    #2352 Reign14

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    Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:28 AM

    What was the original date you were considering? I've never been to DR in September but have plenty of family that travel back in forth. With September, you'll be taking a chance. It does rain a lot around this time but earlier in September, it's still really hot and you run the risk of having those downpours that really only last 20-30 minutes or so. But if it helps, DR hasn't really been hit very hard by a major hurricane in quite a few years. They're honestly not as common in DR as many might think. 

     

    Many of my family members that do travel to DR in the fall usually go in October (lots of baseball leagues do tournaments during this time) and from what I've heard, it does rain less then. 

     

    Hi LovelyGemini,

     

    My original date was April 12 but we need to move it back for a multitude of reasons. I was also told there would be a convention at the resort that weekend so they would likely sell out (meaning it'd be hard for my guests to get rooms), and our reception was also moved from Bar Higuey to Las Prisas Restaurant, which was actually OK with. (I think I've heard of only one other bride having her reception there.)

     

    April seemed ideal from a weather perspective. But now I'm considering the Fall, so as to give people ample notice (we haven't sent anything out yet). I'm just terrified of the weather situation, probably unnecessarily.



    #2353 LovelyGemini

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      Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

      Sagesma,

       

      I know, I really did not think this many of our friends and family would actually go. But then again, we did invite over 200 ppl! :o

       

      I decided not to use a traditional travel agent, used Delta Vacations instead so people would still have some autonomy in booking their packages while still getting a small discount. Some family members and friends did use other options like Cheap Caribbean and things like that but I didn't want to drive myself crazy trying to be in charge of people's booking. Delta Vacations will give me a list of guests that booked using our discount code but as far as everyone else, we've just been asking guests when are they arriving and when they're leaving. 

       

      Strikers has a very casual vibe and the performance space is open-aired and rarely used during the day, but all the lounge chairs and tables are still there. It's a great second option, although it is not air-conditioned. There is a larger bar that is air-conditioned and it's little less casual. It's located right off of the lobby and it's called Carey Bar. It is pretty big and has comfy chairs and a piano. 


      Hi LovelyGemini,

       

      My original date was April 12 but we need to move it back for a multitude of reasons. I was also told there would be a convention at the resort that weekend so they would likely sell out (meaning it'd be hard for my guests to get rooms), and our reception was also moved from Bar Higuey to Las Prisas Restaurant, which was actually OK with. (I think I've heard of only one other bride having her reception there.)

       

      April seemed ideal from a weather perspective. But now I'm considering the Fall, so as to give people ample notice (we haven't sent anything out yet). I'm just terrified of the weather situation, probably unnecessarily.

       

       

      Yea, you definitely don't want all your guests to get stuck with the struggle of trying to find a room. And you should be able to use the reception space that you want. Hopefully they can do that for you if you change your date. Fall really isn't a bad idea, it does give you more time to plan and the prices will probably be cheaper for  your guests to fly out there since it's not really "high-season"



      #2354 LovelyGemini

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        Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:59 AM

        Thanks! Did you ladies pick the package out when she confirmed your date? I was thinking the Strawberry package but if I have more guest I might have to bump up to the tangerine package.

        my guest will have exactly a year to get it together. Our engagement party is March 31st.

        Was confirming your date an easy process?

         

        When you reserve your date, I believe you do have to choose your package but I'm sure they'd be willing to accommodate any changes you wanted to make after that. I knew from the very start we would need the Tangerine package at the very least. 

         

        The process to reserve did take some time. I sent out two emails and then called before I got an answer. But the only thing is, they start reservations on April 1st of the prior year. So if you wanted to have your wedding in March 2015, you wouldn't be able to reserve your date until April 1st 2014 because that's when they release their prices for the following year. They tend to take their time in responding, especially if your wedding is still a year away. They also require a deposit when you reserve the date, but it's only a percentage of the base package you choose. 



        #2355 Shanna2015

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          Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:04 PM

          thank you that helps out a lot. Yes she said Thaddeus April 1st the packages come out and to start booking for 2015 I am going to be on her like crazy I def want the second week in June for my wedding. Which I want my date reserved before engagement party May 31st

          #2356 bonafidelatina

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          Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:37 PM

          Hi fellow Brides, I'm pretty new on this forum and still deciding on resorts...just curious what made you all choose Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe over all the other Punta Cana resorts.

           

          THanks!



          #2357 Shanna2015

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            Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:26 PM

            I choose this resort bc it is family friendly. It had a lot for kids to do and nice reasonable wedding packages. There is also some videos on U tube of the resort. those helped out a lot.

            #2358 bonafidelatina

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            Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:32 PM

            Thanks so much @Shanna2015 for your tips.. :)



            #2359 tricia-m

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            Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:40 PM

            @bonafidelatina

             

            Top 3 reasons:

             

            1) Family friendly:  I have a son and I have families coming and I wanted to ensure they were well accommodated.

            2) Casino/shows:  The older generation probably won't have too much fun at the clubs but my family does love the casino and I heard the shows each night are amazing.

            3) Price:  It has everything we were looking for at a reasonable price.  We were deciding between the Majestic and Hard Rock and the Barcelo came on top.  

             

            Since booking, we know another couple from our city that chose the Barcelo.  So it must be doing something right!


            I am excited for all the brides who's wedding date is quickly approaching.  lt's been a while since I've been on here (stupid change). But 2014 is finally here!  Woohoo! 

             

            PS. Waiting for RSVP's sucks. 



            #2360 Sagesma

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            Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:32 PM

            any one know about being able to use Chi straighteners (or any type of straightener) and curling irons in DR? I heard from some people you can't because North American styling tools are 110V and it will blow up your styling tool... even if you tried using a converter. Is this so? I think I'd go crazy if I can't use my styling tools.  :angry:






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