Thanks for the review, trivera, and welcome back! Sounds like we had VERY similar experiences down there, especially the rental car experience and crazy driving. We were using a cartoon-y map to get around too and missing turns all over the place, but definitely got to see how charming PC is outside of the resorts. I don't remember having to pay the $20 on the way out, but we definitely included the $10 entry fee on our website and our welcome packet.
You mentioned that you have the pay extra to have the draping decor at Bar Higuey - is that because it's not included in your wedding package, or is that extra no matter what? Did they have a catalog of pictures for you to look at? Marlene keeps promising one and I have yet to see it. Are we allowed to "decorate" that pool in Bar Higuey? (flower petals, floating candles, etc.)
That SUCKS that you weren't able to get anywhere with them on the reception menu options. We actually just set up a phone call with Marlene this Friday with that specific purpose in mind. Maybe we can work on her a little more.
What are wish lanterns? Are they those white tubes you light inside and release into the sky? Sorry they won't let you do those. I would suggest sparklers but I've read elsewhere on this forum that some DR resorts don't allow those either, plus you aren't supposed to travel with them. What about bubbles, streamers...? Not very original.
I would love to see your pictures, as it was dark for most of our tour through the property. Have you uploaded them to a photo sharing site? Can you PM me with that info?
Thanks! Glad you are still all in for Barcelo after the visit!