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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!!!