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#2541 eri9384

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 07:40 AM

Hi Ladies, 

 

This is the first time I'm posting anything on here and happy to say that I got married at BBP about three weeks ago. This forum was extremely helpful during the past year so thank you to all who posted reviews comments photos etc. Click the link below to see my photos from Tropical Pictures. They were awesome by the way I have no complaints for the photographer Mika or the videographer. 

 

There' s so much to go over so I will try and keep it short.  To start I had a large group of 82 people attend the wedding and about 20 in the wedding party. The hotels salon was a little pricey for my girls so my girls and I (10 in total including mothers and one grandmother) all got our hair and makeup done at MIU Salon less than 10 minutes away in the Paseo San Juan, it's a $10 taxi ride from the hotel. The makeup artist Cynthia was amazing and I promised her I would spread her name on here. She speaks perfect English and Spanish and used to work at the Macys on 34th St. in NYC. I will post before and after pics in a separate post. Her instagram is CC_23MAKEUP, you can email her at cynthiacabrera_23@hotmail.com or send her message through whatsapp at (809) 608-1892. Check her out. I believe she is trying to start her own makeup business in Punta Cana so she will prob go to if you want rather than directly through Miu Salon.  

 

I did use the hotel for my free hair and makeup that was included in the wedding package for the night of my welcome party. I personally think the hair from the hotel and the Miu Salon were equally good. The makeup in the hotel was good, you should not be disappointed but Cynthia's makeup I thought was awesome. My girls had no complaints what so ever. She contours and everything which I do not believe the hotel will do. The Miu salon charged $89 per girl which included hair and makeup (we negotiated the price down bit). I thought they were expensive for DR but overall cheaper than the hotel. The salon even does gel manicures at like $10 or $15 while the hotel charges $40. I worked with the owner Nicole (i believe she is English speaking but i am not certain). If you want her contact info message me. You can follow them on instagram at MIUPC

 

As for the wedding everything turned out wonderful. Food was delicious as many girls on here have said. We had the goat cheese salad, amazing, fish and pork chop (i paid extra for those who wanted pork chops cause I did not want to choose one dish for all 82 people) both were delicious and the creme brulee as the dessert. The wedding cake was all chocolate and delicious. The DJ played good music, my guests were on the dance floor all night. The only complaint I have is that he played full 3-4 minute songs which seemed long and for the last 15 minutes or so of the wedding he started mixing, We wish he would have mixed from the beginning. We had the MC which I wouldn't go without, he controlled the night in terms of making sure everything went in a smooth order like when food should come out when the speeches should happen first dances etc. We paid for the extra hour which I thought was worth it because I felt like the 4 hours felt short so I can only imagine the 3.  

 

My wedding planner was Elizabeth. Originally I had Hildebrenda but she went out on maternity leave. Elizabeth was awesome, an absolute sweetheart. Again like many girls on here have said they are fully prepared. She had copies of every email every photo that I sent her.  To save money i took the centerpieces, table numbers, and colored napkins from home along with a cake cutter and toasting flutes. I even took all the bouquets and boutinneres from home. Elizabeth followed my pictures and set it up just like I wanted. Since I chose two entrees I had to provide seating charts and who was eating what. I gathered all the food information on my wedding invitations. I had those who RSVP'd select their food choice at that time cause Elizabeth needed a count.  

 

I know I'm leaving out tons of information but if you guys have any questions just let me know. Hopefully you can access the link to view my pictures. Happy planning everyone and hope your day turns out beautiful!!!!

 

https://www.dropbox.... Day !.m4v?dl=0



#2542 eri9384

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 11:59 AM

As promised attached are the before and after makeup photos from Miu Salon. 1st was my trial then actual wedding day next is my mom and then one of girls the last is Cynthia the makeup artist

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#2543 Soon2beJara

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    Posted 03 December 2015 - 02:18 PM

    @eri9384.. 

     

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REVIEW!!!!

     

    Iv been patiently waiting for some more reviews cuz they are soo help full but its been pretty quite in here. My wedding is going to be in August and I'm looking at around 90 people like you!

    I'm Definitely interested in the salon you used. Was it $10 per person for the ride over? They did a beautiful job & im so happy that they contour because i'm very into makeup. Also I love the idea you gave me about using the make up that's included in my package for another day! Great idea! I have 7 bridesmaids and would like my mom to get her make up done too.. So including me & my mom we are 9. 

     

    Did you do a rehearsal dinner? or a Welcome party? I would like to plan these things on my own because of the crazy prices they charge you to do these extra parties. Hoping I can just tell everyone to meet at one place?! 

     

    I have so many questions but I'm going blank. 

     

    How did you manage to bring your own bouquets and boutinneres?

    Also did you your room upgrade?

    Did you do a seating chart?

    If you have any more good advice I would love to know! Thank you so much and CONGRATULATIONS!



    #2544 eri9384

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    Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:24 PM

    @Soon2beJara 

     

    The taxi was $10 per ride (one way) for 4 of us. The other taxi had 5 people and they paid $14 I think. You should contact Cynthia directly for the salon. Tell her I referred you. She'll remember the wedding party from NY. Hopefully she can get you the hookup for the hair cause the owner Nicole was a bit pricey at first.

     

    I did a rehearsal breakfast in HOYO 19 its a restaurant on the golf course next to the chapel and the kids water park. It's a sit down restaurant where you place orders (rather than buffet) and they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast and lunch you do not need reservations. Since there were more than 20 people in my party I would have had to pay for a rehearsal dinner and I did not want to pay extra, so I had everyone in the wedding party meet at a certain time and we all ate together. We then walked to the chapel for rehearsal. If you use HOYO 19 I would suggest getting there a little early to have the wait staff put some tables together for you. We went on a Monday morning and it was pretty much empty. Or you can stop by the day before and let them know you are coming. If your nice to them (anyone in the hotel for that matter) they will give you what you want. Hoyo 19 is far from the other buffets so you most likely will not run into anyone else attending your wedding. 

     

    The sports bar also has a buffet 24 hours a day so you can do something there too. Its less crowded then the main buffet.

     

    I also did a welcome party which I did pay for. I used a travel agent for my guests and because more than 10 rooms were booked through the TA I got a free cocktail hour. So the welcome party was two hours (two cocktail hours) the first hour was free and the 2nd hour I paid $12 per person. It was at La Palapa which is a small hut off the pool area and the beach. I paid an extra $350 or $400 to rent it. We also had a tipical Dominican Band (Perico Ripao) playing for the two hours. A cocktail hour does not include beer or open bar. I asked well in advance for beer which the wedding planner threw in free of charge.  The original plan was to have people bring duty free liquor bottles from the airport (by the way the hotel sells duty free liquor in their shop) but Elizabeth the wedding planner threw in an international open bar for the two hours at the last minute. I was very happy she did that. Shes awesome and super sweet.  

     

    I have a friend who worked at a flower shop years ago and she did the bouquets and boutineres for me. I bought all the flowers on sale and with coupons from Michaels and AC moore. Joann's should also have. I had one of the bridesmaids take them as her carry on in a tote bag, like a supermarket bag the ones that are recycleable. They made it to the hotel just fine. 

     

    I was being a little cheap so I booked two rooms originally. A junior suite for the first three nights and a master suite i think for the last three nights. When we got to the hotel the upgrade was already applied to the first room, but after spending days packing and distributing suitcases and what not to family i realized i did not want to switch rooms mid trip so at check in I asked how much would it be to upgrade my first room to the master suite so that I am in the same room all 7 days. Well the suite wasn't available, and after the staff spent like 20 or 30 minutes in the back room they told me I can be upgraded to an even bigger suite for all 7 days and it would just cost be another $600( we used some coupons that were provided to us) I was sold immediately!!!!!! so we had an awesome room and in the scheme of things not for that much more.

     

    I do not think it would have been that cheap through the Travel Agent. BTW the TRAVEL AGENT, she was awesome BUT my guests found the rooms cheaper directly through the hotel website. So out of 82 people maybe 25 booked through the agent and everyone booked on their own. Other than the free cocktail hour using a travel agent wasn't necessary. The hotel asks for a listing a few weeks before the wedding and they put everyone in the same area.  

     

    I did do a seating chart because I had to provide Elizabeth a list of who was eating what. They want you to pick one meal for everyone and I refused to do. Like 80% of my guests ate fish and the other 20% ate pork so I had to pay $10 more those eating pork. In my invitations I gave a choice of the two food choices and had the guests select one on their RSVP's.

     

    Other than the welcome party and rehearsal I also planned a boat trip for all the guests. I didn't pay for this though. I set it up through a tour company right on the beach and haggled a price of $35 per person. I told everyone the price and gave them the option to come or not to come. 60 poeple showed and are still telling me they had a blast. The tour company is located right on the beach. It you go to La Pina ( a bar on the adult only side of the hotel) it is a blue house literally like 10 steps away. They offer same tours as the hotel for half the price.

     

    I can keep going on on LOL !!!! if you have any other questions let me know, I'm happy to share my thoughts. 



    #2545 KC143

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      Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:03 AM

      This is great info eri9384 Thanks!!! What kind of music was the DJ playing? 



      #2546 Reign14

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      Posted 20 January 2016 - 10:29 AM

      eri9384 Great review and congrats. So glad to hear everything went well. My wedding is in April (finally) and I'm getting excited. Been planning on here since 2013!!!

      Interesting that you went with the fish and pork. How were they?

       

      Sounds like everything turned out great. The cocktail hour at La Palapa sounds like a good idea. I saw the space during my visit and it's pretty nice. I agree that Hoyo 19 is a good place for a rehearsal dinner for no extra cost. It's so secluded I didn't even see it on l my visit, and we went to the water park more than once!

       

      Where did you have your reception? Also what were your colors? Looking for inspiration.

       

      Did you let the salon do your hair?

       

      Did most of your guests stay on the same side of the resort or was everyone spread out?

       

      Regarding the upgraded room, we booked the Junior Suite Deluxe. My plan was to book one room below the highest you can get, and hope for an upgrade. But I'm actually not even sure if I booked the right room. Do you know the name of the room you booked and the one you were upgraded to? I've heard of the grand maser suite (the highest upgrade available, of which there are only 2 rooms), and the Club Premium Panoramic Suite. If you can help with what room I should book that would be great!

       

      How long was your boat ride and what was included? I read on here that La Barcaza is a really nice boat tour, so I am planning to book with them. They offer a 3-hour boat cruise that takes you out to the natural pool which is shallow where you can snorkel. They have an open international bar on the boat and I chose the package where they will serve grilled chicken, steak, and veggie skewers. It's $1200 overall, and minus our deposit, it would come to $50 per person. I am hoping this is worth it!

       

      Also, how long did you stay! How long before the wedding day, and how long after?

       

      I may consider flowers from Michaels or AC Moore, but I think I need to see them in pictures.

       

      Please share some pictures of your wedding/reception if have them!

       

      @Soon2beJara 

       

      The taxi was $10 per ride (one way) for 4 of us. The other taxi had 5 people and they paid $14 I think. You should contact Cynthia directly for the salon. Tell her I referred you. She'll remember the wedding party from NY. Hopefully she can get you the hookup for the hair cause the owner Nicole was a bit pricey at first.

       

      I did a rehearsal breakfast in HOYO 19 its a restaurant on the golf course next to the chapel and the kids water park. It's a sit down restaurant where you place orders (rather than buffet) and they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast and lunch you do not need reservations. Since there were more than 20 people in my party I would have had to pay for a rehearsal dinner and I did not want to pay extra, so I had everyone in the wedding party meet at a certain time and we all ate together. We then walked to the chapel for rehearsal. If you use HOYO 19 I would suggest getting there a little early to have the wait staff put some tables together for you. We went on a Monday morning and it was pretty much empty. Or you can stop by the day before and let them know you are coming. If your nice to them (anyone in the hotel for that matter) they will give you what you want. Hoyo 19 is far from the other buffets so you most likely will not run into anyone else attending your wedding. 

       

      The sports bar also has a buffet 24 hours a day so you can do something there too. Its less crowded then the main buffet.

       

      I also did a welcome party which I did pay for. I used a travel agent for my guests and because more than 10 rooms were booked through the TA I got a free cocktail hour. So the welcome party was two hours (two cocktail hours) the first hour was free and the 2nd hour I paid $12 per person. It was at La Palapa which is a small hut off the pool area and the beach. I paid an extra $350 or $400 to rent it. We also had a tipical Dominican Band (Perico Ripao) playing for the two hours. A cocktail hour does not include beer or open bar. I asked well in advance for beer which the wedding planner threw in free of charge.  The original plan was to have people bring duty free liquor bottles from the airport (by the way the hotel sells duty free liquor in their shop) but Elizabeth the wedding planner threw in an international open bar for the two hours at the last minute. I was very happy she did that. Shes awesome and super sweet.  

       

      I have a friend who worked at a flower shop years ago and she did the bouquets and boutineres for me. I bought all the flowers on sale and with coupons from Michaels and AC moore. Joann's should also have. I had one of the bridesmaids take them as her carry on in a tote bag, like a supermarket bag the ones that are recycleable. They made it to the hotel just fine. 

       

      I was being a little cheap so I booked two rooms originally. A junior suite for the first three nights and a master suite i think for the last three nights. When we got to the hotel the upgrade was already applied to the first room, but after spending days packing and distributing suitcases and what not to family i realized i did not want to switch rooms mid trip so at check in I asked how much would it be to upgrade my first room to the master suite so that I am in the same room all 7 days. Well the suite wasn't available, and after the staff spent like 20 or 30 minutes in the back room they told me I can be upgraded to an even bigger suite for all 7 days and it would just cost be another $600( we used some coupons that were provided to us) I was sold immediately!!!!!! so we had an awesome room and in the scheme of things not for that much more.

       

      I do not think it would have been that cheap through the Travel Agent. BTW the TRAVEL AGENT, she was awesome BUT my guests found the rooms cheaper directly through the hotel website. So out of 82 people maybe 25 booked through the agent and everyone booked on their own. Other than the free cocktail hour using a travel agent wasn't necessary. The hotel asks for a listing a few weeks before the wedding and they put everyone in the same area.  

       

      I did do a seating chart because I had to provide Elizabeth a list of who was eating what. They want you to pick one meal for everyone and I refused to do. Like 80% of my guests ate fish and the other 20% ate pork so I had to pay $10 more those eating pork. In my invitations I gave a choice of the two food choices and had the guests select one on their RSVP's.

       

      Other than the welcome party and rehearsal I also planned a boat trip for all the guests. I didn't pay for this though. I set it up through a tour company right on the beach and haggled a price of $35 per person. I told everyone the price and gave them the option to come or not to come. 60 poeple showed and are still telling me they had a blast. The tour company is located right on the beach. It you go to La Pina ( a bar on the adult only side of the hotel) it is a blue house literally like 10 steps away. They offer same tours as the hotel for half the price.

       

      I can keep going on on LOL !!!! if you have any other questions let me know, I'm happy to share my thoughts. 


      Edited by Reign14, 20 January 2016 - 10:29 AM.


      #2547 Reign14

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      Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:12 AM

      Going to e-mail you with questions and would love to see pictures!

       

      Hey Ladies,

      I got back from Punta Cana about 2 weeks now. I'm just trying to get back to my daily routine. It's super hard when I keep thinking about Punta Cana! It's absolutely amazing there. Everyone is already planning another trip there. The resort is huge so be prepared to do a lot of walking but I didn't mind it.

       

      I arrived at the resort on Monday June 29th but I didn't get to meet with Laura until that Wednesday. She is absolutely amazing. So helpful! I had an issue with my family room right before I had to go into a meeting with her. When she heard about it, she fixed the issue right away. Love her! The meeting was awesome, we over every little detail and she showed me some pictures.

       

      I had my rehearsal dinner on Thursday at Santa Fe Steakhouse with a guest of 20 ppl. Highly recommend that place. I got the Surf and Turf and it was delicious.

       

      Friday was the wedding. My hair and makeup appointment was at 1pm, wedding was scheduled for 4:30pm. I wasn't in love with my eye makeup but I did like my hair. Bring pictures of how you want your hair done ladies. Language is a barrier so it's easier to show pictures. I went with Tropical Pictures and they showed up at 3pm to take some pics of me getting ready at the salon. I thought they did a fantastic job with the photos. The only bad thing about the photos are the seaweed that's in the background!! That's also the downside about the beach. My guest, the groomsmens, and groom all met at Bar Carey. Laura took them to the ceremony site, which was at the beach. She picked my bridesmaids and me up at 4:10. The ceremony site wasn't private but it was secluded enough. The site was absolutely beautiful. More than I expected. The ceremony itself probably lasted about 20 or 25 minutes. After the ceremony it was pictures of groups, wedding party, then us as a couple. While we took pictures, all of the guest were enjoying the cocktail hour.

       

      The reception

      We ended up at one of the ballroom because the weather was hot. The ballroom had AC so it was perfect. Our starter was chicken noodle soup, main course was top sirloin, dessert was creme brulee and the wedding cake. My wedding cake was vanilla with strawberry filling. It was amazing! Not too sweet. We didn't go with any DJ package. We took our own speaker with us, that fit into a carryon bag. We played music from our tablet. The speaker was very loud and everyone had so much fun. Even the servers, bartenders, and cooks danced and partied with us the entire night. After the reception was done, we all met at Disco Tech and continued to party there.

       

      The after the wedding

      All of the younger guest and myself went on a catamaran getaway, which was soooo much fun. People got to do some snorkeling and we got to play games at a natural swimming pool (got a lot of people drunk), which was in the middle of the sea but the water was only up to our waist. highly recommend you arrange to go on one.

       

      I'm sure I'm missing a lot of details but don't hesitate to ask questions. my email is abannavong88@gmail.com I'll try to post pictures but I don't know how to on this site!

       

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      #2548 eri9384

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      Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:43 PM

      @KC143

       

      The DJ played mostly spanish music that we requested, Salsa, meregue, and bachata. English music was current dance music and some older hip hop also that we requested.

       

      To be honest I actually don't remember all that well, it went by so quickly :( I do remember all of us having a blast though:) 


      @Reign14 The fish and pork were delicious. My husband and I tried both. The pork was actually better than the fish. We didnt get not one complaint from anyone, they all praised the food. 

       

      Our Reception was in the ballroom because of the # of guests we had (82) also I didnt want the reception to be outside in case it was really humid, which it actually wasnt.

       

      My colors were Coral and Blue. See the attached slideshow done by Tropical Pictures. Just click no and continue.

      https://www.dropbox.... Day !.m4v?dl=0

       

      My hair and makeup were done off the resort at a Salon called Miu Salon in the Plaza San Juan less than a 10 minute taxi ride. I posted some pics of the before and after makeup earlier. The makeup artist is wonderful. Shes originally from NY.  

       

      The room I had was the Grand Suite Ocean Front Club Premium. To save money I originally booked the Jr. Suite Deluxe for 4 nights and the Suite Ocean Front for 3 nights. The Jr. Suite Deluxe was upgraded to the Jr. Suite Deluxe Ocean Front Club Premium, however at check in I realized that I did not want to change rooms in the middle of the trip, so at Checkin I asked how much it would be to upgrade the first 4 nights to the Suite Ocean Front so that I would be in the same room for all 7 nights. The problem was this room was not available for all 7 nights. SOOOOO, for $800 more in total, the resort gave me the Grand Suite Ocean Front Club Premium (2nd to highest room) for all 7 nights.

       

      we arrived to the resort on a Thursday, married Tuesday and left the following Thursday. I highly highly reccommend that you spend the minimum amount of days before the wedding and stay longer than I did after the wedding. I wish I had more time alone with my husband once our guests were gone.   I figured oh the whole week is going to be like a honeymoon so I do not need to stay longer, but I was so anxious and nervous and running around before the wedding we never had time to relax. 

       

      If you have more questions email me privately. My wedding planner was Elizabeth BTW

       

      eri_9384@yahoo.com 



      #2549 nv+gms

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        Posted 21 January 2016 - 07:18 PM

        Hi Ladies...

        I got married in 2011 in the Mayan and was devoted to this website for ideas and sharing thoughts.  Now I am heading to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana with my husband and two kids.  When I got married in the Mayan, we brought along a photographer from Toronto, Ontario.   I am on this forum wondering if anyone is getting married and bringing their own photographer from the GTA over the week of Jan 29 to Feb 5th who may be interested in a side job of family photography for an hour or two on any given day over this time period that he/she is not devoted to your party. If so, let me know!  Thanks and enjoy your wedding down south...its awesome!

        Natasha



        #2550 Soon2beJara

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          Posted 29 January 2016 - 11:01 AM

          @eri9384.. Once again thanks for all the good info.

          @Reign14 My wedding is set for August 5, 2016. So Excited.

           

          What are you guys doing for center pieces? Or what did you do @eri...?

           

          I dont like the ones included in my package and the ones they offer seem soooo expensive. Im having almost 100 guest so I'm looking at almost 10 tables. Trying to figure out what I am going to do.

           

          Please let me know if you have any good ideas. 






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