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#711 WTunner

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    Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:00 PM



    Glad you enjoyed the pics! At least that gives you an idea of the type of work they do. The pre-session comes as part of their most expensive photo package which is $2000. It also includes picture getting ready of both bride and groom, during the ceremony, and reception. My photographer was Malena and we totally loved her.


    Centerpieces were more than I had planned for. I actually carried six vases from oklahoma to punta cana in hopes to make a similar arrangement. When I walked into the wedding department a table was set up with the exact arrangement, except in different colors. As soon as I saw, I wanted. They were $75 a piece. A bit expensive, but it was exactly what I wanted.


    As far as souvenirs, my aunt had purchased some amber hearts and had some little cards made with our name and wedding date.  (I'm from DR and puerto plata, DR is known as the Amber Cost). We wanted something typical of the island :)

    #712 Parrish

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      Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

      WTunner, Congrats! Your pictures look amazing! When you were set up for the beach reception did you have a dance floor, do you feel like one would have been needed? Was the DJ set up close and did you feel like 3 hours would be okay or would you recommend 4? I am planning on a beach reception, but a little worried because I have not heard much about it from others. What decorations and lightening were included and would you feel like extra should be purchased? Thanks so much! Enjoy the married life!

      #713 natalieblev

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        Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

        Thanks everyone for their reviews!!! So many beautiful brides and great news!!! Can anyone tell me how much they paid or are paying for the DJ? I got quoted 522 for just a guy to play our music plus another 250 to MC. That seems crazy to me...anyone have anything on the DJ cost?

        #714 MissJali

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          Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

          Originally Posted by WTunner 

          High ladies, i havent been here in a while, but wanted to share since this forum helped me make so many decisions. (still on honeymoon lol)
          Just wrote a long review and deleted right before posting.... Ughhh
          So here is the shorter version. Wedding was Nov 2nd at 5pm
          Package: tangerine
          Ceremony: rooftop deck (totally worth the extra $500)
          Reception: bar higuey (perfect)
          Susana... Best wedding coordinator in the world! Trust her, she totally knows what she is doing
          Centerpieces: I paid ($75 a piece times 5 tables) people loved them and couldn't stop talking about the decor (which included the Tiffany chairs at an added cost of $5 per chair)
          Food: I went with the buffet (it's based on a 40 person minimum). I only had 33, so I paid extra and there was a lot of food left over, but my guests loooved the food,
          Pictures: I was terrified of using someone I didn't know, but tropical pics was amazing! Malena was our photographer and Santiago our videographer
          Excursions: zip lining.... Way fun and guests loved!
          DJ: we used the package with the MC and it was totally worth it.
          Highly recommend upgrading to club premium... A few perks plus wifi included.
          Hair/ makeup: it was included, but I used to be in beauty industry so I'm very picky about it (specially for my wedding) Lady at spa was very sweet and tried doing it, but I ended up finishing my hair and makeup which was totally ok with me. They don't have too much variety in colors, so if you have a specific look you want, bring your own makeup. I went to MAC, had my lady do my wedding makeup, then had her teach me to do it just the same.
          Dinners: have your WC reserve a week ahead of time.... They book fast
          Can't think of anything else of the top of my head, but if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at teamtunner@gmail.com or message me on our Facebook fan page.
          Tons of pics on (over 200) on our fanpage at www.facebook.com/teamtunner . These are the professional ones by tropical pics
          Happy planning!

          My Goodness WTunner. Your pictures came out sooo beautiful!! Congratulations!! I am looking to have the exact same package as you and I am very happy to see what a great job Susana did for you. It makes me want to push my wedding up!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

          #715 MissJali

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            Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

            Originally Posted by busybride2012 












            Congratulations Busybride!!!!!! Thank you so much for your review and your beautiful pictures. I am also having my ceremony on the beach. I love the huppa, did they choose the white sheets for you or did you tell them you wanted white? I'm glad to hear that there is a whole array of floral arrangements i can choose from. I'd thought of doing the bouquets myself using silk flowers and when i looked at my package and saw they were included and only $30 for an extra one for a bridesmaid, I couldn't be more happier. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!

            #716 MissJali

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              Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:48 AM

              Girls just a question...has any one realized that using a travel agent and book rooms separately from flights seems to be way more expensive than lets say booking a vacation package? (I'm a serial traveler so I find this a little inconvenient to tell my guests $800 for a room for 3 days when I've booked vacations to BBBP for less than that altogether)

              #717 samsbride

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                Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

                Hi girls!

                As 2012 is coming to a close I have to say that it was the BEST YEAR EVER (for me anyway) ! Thanks to BBPD and Susanna I got a fabulous wedding and vacation this year. This will be a year I will never forget and I think I can speak for all the 2012 brides that this was a good year for us. I want to send all my love and good luck wishes to the new year's brides. 2013 will be just as great and I sincerely wish you all a wonderful wedding and a happy marriage.






                #718 pclama2013

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                  Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

                  hey girls, just wondering if any of you considered/opted to use a local florist instead of the hotel florist?  Is this even allowed?

                  #719 natalieblev

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                    Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:05 AM

                    Originally Posted by pclama2013 

                    hey girls, just wondering if any of you considered/opted to use a local florist instead of the hotel florist?  Is this even allowed?

                    From the information I have been given it is like this- If you have any real flowers the hotel HAS to be in charge of those. They want your business and wont allow you to have whole arrangements made from another source. However if it is fake flowers or flowerless centerpieces they do not care if you bring those in and will help set them up for you. You could just double check through email though to be certain because sometimes I get different info then other brides on this forum about the same things and then have to dbl check and see the real allowances they make. 

                    #720 trivera5521

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                      Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:22 AM

                      Past BBPD Brides: Did anyone use lanterns in their reception spaces? I am looking for pics specifically of lanterns in Bar Higuey. Trying to get an idea of how many will be needed and how they are set up in regards to sizes and space.


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