Jump to content
KitCat77

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Recommended Posts

Do any of you know how much dry cleaning is at the resort?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey everyone,

I'm a newbie to this thing. I'm planning on getting married next July. I have a guest list of about 55 people. My wedding package only includes 25 people, does that mean I would have to pay for extra chairs for my guest during the ceremony?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey everyone,

I'm a newbie to this thing. I'm planning on getting married next July. I have a guest list of about 55 people. My wedding package only includes 25 people, does that mean I would have to pay for extra chairs for my guest during the ceremony?

Hi Addy!

 

Welcome! Yea, any number of guests will just be extra. You might want to calculate whether your current package plus $60 per extra guest costs more or less than if you just had the tangerine package which includes 35 guests. I had the tangerine package and there are other extras with it vs. the other packages. Happy planning!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@LovelyGemini, thank you for your helpful review!  Congratulations! One question my FI and I have is on the information we received from Tropical Pictures.  They require a cash payment or if we pay with a credit card they will charge an additional 18% tax fee to use a credit card.  Is this true?

Also, when you paid for the wedding package at the BBPD will they charge an additional 18% fee if paid by credit card?

 

Seems like a ton of cash to carry with us if they are going to ding you with additional fee's for using a credit card... :( 

 

I appreciate you help in advance.  Thank you!


@@NatJ, we are curios ourselves.  We also were curious about cost of laundry.

 

@@AddyB,  I would recommend booking a smaller package just in case your final head count is not the size of your package.

If you book the Strawberry pkg (25ppl) it's an extra $60.00 pp.  The Tangerine pkg (35 ppl) is an extra $70.00 pp.  Our WC suggested to book the smaller pkg and then you can always increase.  (you cannot decrease your pkg).

 

Best of luck planning ladies!  I leave in a week for BBPD and cannot wait!!!  :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks ladies! I have about 55 people who's already booked to stay at the resort. I'm sort of freaking out because we didn't expect to have so many people. Hopefully everything will work out.

 

Huskergirl - I'm soo excited for you! Safe travels and I'm looking forward to your review :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@Huskergirl9 I thought the same thing and was super worried because we knew our invoice was going to be pretty high! If you book TP for either photos or videos, you will be paying for that with your wedding package directly to your WC, so it will be included in your final balance. The extra fee with TP is in case you choose any extras, (like the aerial view/drone cam) and pay for them using your card. The resort also did not charge us tax on our balance for the wedding package. We paid for everything with our bank/credit cards.

 

The only cash we took was for the airport tourist fee, small bills for tips for the resort staff and cash to give as a gift/gratuity for our WC.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@LovelyGemini, thank you for your helpful review!  Congratulations! One question my FI and I have is on the information we received from Tropical Pictures.  They require a cash payment or if we pay with a credit card they will charge an additional 18% tax fee to use a credit card.  Is this true?

Also, when you paid for the wedding package at the BBPD will they charge an additional 18% fee if paid by credit card?

 

Seems like a ton of cash to carry with us if they are going to ding you with additional fee's for using a credit card... :(

 

I appreciate you help in advance.  Thank you!

@@NatJ, we are curios ourselves.  We also were curious about cost of laundry.

 

@@AddyB,  I would recommend booking a smaller package just in case your final head count is not the size of your package.

If you book the Strawberry pkg (25ppl) it's an extra $60.00 pp.  The Tangerine pkg (35 ppl) is an extra $70.00 pp.  Our WC suggested to book the smaller pkg and then you can always increase.  (you cannot decrease your pkg).

 

Best of luck planning ladies!  I leave in a week for BBPD and cannot wait!!!  :)

 

I didn't use TP, but with HDC, they accepted travelers checks or to wire money prior to departure, so that we won't be charged the international fee that is typically charged with any credit card use outside of the US.

 

I would advise you also to call your credit card company to let them know when you'll be out of the country, so that they won't decline your purchases or deem it to be a suspicious transaction.  Usually banks will charge a 3% fee every time you use your credit card internationally, but I don't think they ended up doing it for us, but I'm pretty sure it's 3%  Also, my husband and I went to the bank a few days before departure to get cash that are in $1, $5 $10 $20 so that it's easier to tip or purchase anything because if you buy something in USD, they don't give you USD change.  

 

Best wishes on your upcoming wedding :)  I'm so jealous because I want to go back and relive it all.  It's going to be amazing!

Thanks ladies! I have about 55 people who's already booked to stay at the resort. I'm sort of freaking out because we didn't expect to have so many people. Hopefully everything will work out.

 

Huskergirl - I'm soo excited for you! Safe travels and I'm looking forward to your review :)

Hi Addy,

 

Don't worry right now as it is still too early to tell for your guests.  There can still be people who will end up not going (but also people who will be going).  I had to deal with that.  There were 3 guests who booked and cancelled since the resort had a cancellation of only 24 hours prior to check-in at the time they booked.  Then we had guests that still added themselves 3 days prior to our wedding and just showed up.  LOL.  

 

The good thing about BBPD is that they were so nice about adding guests last minute.  We had 57 guests in ours and It's a pretty good number.  Not too little and not too many.  It was so much fun to have all of them with us.  

 

Just have fun right now.  Your wedding will be awesome!  I didn't really get stressed until 2 months prior to the wedding when I had to do all the DIY, OOT, favors but that's only because we brought in and made most of our stuff.  Otherwise, you can really trust the WC with everything.  Happy planning :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hola!

 

Did anyone ship anything to the resort prior their big day? If so, how did that work out for you? I'm thinking about shipping over my centerpieces, sparklers and general decor. 

 

Menus- does the resort print out menus for every guest or do we have to bring our own? If they do give you a menu can someone show me a picture of what their menu looks like?

 

Wedding cake- my coordinator Laura just tells me to send her pictures of what I envision my cake to look like but I'd like to know if anyone had an issue getting them to replicate the cake. 

 

Catholic Brides: Anyone getting married in the chapel? If so, how do you plan to decorate and how are you structuring your wedding mass? Anyone having difficulty with all the paper required by the Catholic Church in Punta Cana? Are you also getting married in the US,  just in case? My family is advising my fiance and I to get married civilly a few days prior to wedding back home just in case something goes wrong or I don't get our marriage certificate. 

 

Sorry for all the questions but I times I think its easier to ask you guys than my WC! 


I also forgot to ask if anyone has tips on how to make the reception last as long as possible without paying to extend. I think its kind of redic that we have pay for just 1 extra hour!!! Is anyone planning a break in between the ceremony and cocktail hour or in between the cocktail and the start of the reception? 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi everyone!

 

I got back from my wedding last week & my days are still so crazy. Just wanted to write a quick post to say that the resort is AMAZING & your wedding day will be perfect. Try not to worry too much! I had Elizabeth as my coordinator & she's awesome! I also got Tropical Pictures for my photos, Malena was our photographer & I am so so so happy with how the pictures turned out. I will try to write a full review with pictures very soon. Happy planning!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • We chose to have our wedding at Fiesta so our review is broken down into categories. We have visited multiple Mexican vacation spots to include playa del carmen, cabo san lucas, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta. We traveled with a group of 35, mostly adults. We had such a great experience and we will definitely go back to Fiesta American Condesa Cancun!!!!    Resort- this was a good size resort, I liked that It was not too big. We didn’t see any of the shows they offer but we did enjoy the pool every day. It was awesome that they had a live dj playing music and fun games to keep us entertained. The bars were all in good locations, we spent a lot of time at the main lobby bar because it stayed open late. They had bands, silent disco, game competitions, etc. every night all very fun and lively!   Room- We stayed in a junior sweet which had ocean view and was absolutely beautiful. Very spacious bathroom, we had a second bathroom in the living room in addition to a breakfast area.    Food- the buffet had a smaller selection of food than we usually see at all-inclusive resorts however the quality of the food was much better!! The ceviche bar outside had amazing fish or shrimp tacos and provides a nice view of the ocean.    Staff- The cleaning staff was great, our room was tidy and organized every day. The bar staff was very friendly and attentive. Yes, we did tip and did so often to ensure they kept coming around. After our wedding, it seemed all staff members knew us by name everywhere we went. We were treated so kindly everywhere!  There were two staff members who played a special role in our vacation, Blanca and Magda. They both were delightful and treated us just like family. Yes, they were awesome to my ENTIRE group.    Venue- We chose to have our ceremony and cocktail hour on the lower pool garden followed by reception on the lower pool deck. Beautiful views for both areas!!! Unfortunately, it rained so we ended up in the ballroom.    Wedding package- We chose the Corazon package and I love what the hotel had to offer. For my personal choice, it was between this package and one at dreams resort but I ultimately decided on this one after reviews from other brides and pictures I looked at. If you are on the fence about a destination wedding I say DO IT!! You can’t beat all inclusive, it really eliminates half the stress of planning a wedding. We had cocktail hour with margaritas, a 3 course dinner, a beautiful cake, and of course open bar. We did not opt for any of the add ons. I did bring my own décor such as table runners, Chinese lanterns, center pieces, bubbles, fans, etc.  The floral arrangements and my boquet were beautiful!!! Exactly as I imagined. My cake was also very pretty and looked just like the one I sent to my coordinator from pinterest.    Wedding coordinator- My wedding coordinator, Violeta Cambranes, was truly amazing!! We communicated mostly through email and a few calls right before wedding time. She was very timely and thorough with our plans. We met with her the day before the wedding. She showed us around and we did our food tasting as well as my trial for hair/make up. She is so personable and really felt like one of my friends throughout this process which is nice to have when you’re leaving such an important day in someone’s hands. I sent her pictures of what I envisioned (wedding colors, floral arrangements, table décor, etc.) and she made it all come to life. Because we ended up having to hold our wedding instead, Violeta was able to make accommodations for us which we are truly grateful for!! She was attentive the entire week we were there and we had no bumps in the road!    Rehearsal Dinner- we had dinner for about 15 people in the Mexican restaurant. The food was great and of course the staff was attentive. I do wish we had the opportunity to choose our own meal but still enjoyed it none the less.    Spa- we received a couples massage and it was perfect. Steam room, sauna, hot tub, and massage. So relaxing!! We also received a second massage on our shoulders one of the days we were there. A spa therapist came to our cabana while we relaxed and drank mimosas.    Date- we got married first week of October. I knew it was one of the rainiest months of the year but I was willing to take the change because it was offseason. I’m so glad that I did!! The rooms and the flights were extremely inexpensive. Also, the resort was not packed at all! There was a comfortable amount of people compared to when we usually travel in the summer. The weather was not too hot but it did rain 3/7 days we were there. Mosquitos were also still in full force so would recommend bug spray.   Photographer- my photographer, Mike Cantarall,  overall was great! He captured all the great moments of the wedding. The highlight video was truly perfect!! I will say it did take extremely long to obtain my pictures (7 weeks when expected turn-around time was supposed to be 7 days). I wish we could have had a discussion prior to wedding day. I don’t love a lot of the poses and he did ask me if there was anything specific I wanted  (while on the beach taking pictures) but in the moment I couldn’t think of exactly what I wanted. In hind sight, I would have asked for more close up, more poses as bride and groom, and for my dress to not be scrunched up. With that being said, I was still pleased with the turn-out of my photos.    DJ- our DJ was AudioCancun. Very pricey!!! But we did not have an option for vendor. He did a great job! He truly recognized the vibe of the group and played the best music to keep the party going! We did give him some specific songs which he played them all.    Make-up- My make up and hair was done by Anastacio Brides. I loved my look!! I showed them pictures from pinterest and it came out exactly how I wanted. After different areas of my face were done, my make-up artist would show me in the mirror to see if it was on track with what I wanted. They were so nice and I enjoyed their company while getting ready for my big day.   Travel- to and from hotel we used Happy Shuttle. They have great rates and I trusted them based on the reviews I read. I bought a garment back and carried my dress in my hands the entire way there and back! (yes even through all the flights). We ended up taking 4 suitscases between the two of us and also had some of our family members pack things for us.    Boat- Our group took a triple decker boat, Dancer Cruise, to Isla Mujeres. It was a full day of fun, accommodating both kids and adults. We snorkeled, we ate lunch, and we danced! The slide and diving board were pretty fun! The staff was lively and the boat was not very packed so that was nice. They did give us a group rate when I emailed them directly.   
    • Congratulations to Wedding Planners and Families of Bride and Groom. Cheapfaremart, an Orlando based Online Travel Agency offers Cheap Group Flights for Wedding Group also.
    • Thanks! I would love to get quotes from a TA but as I said I have a hard time finding a specialized one in Canada. I hope someone can point me to the right direction. 
    • The use of TA is instrumental in booking a destination wedding for several reasons: Namely, TAs have special rates and promos they can offer you, including perks of complimentary rooms and upgrades. Wright Travel actually has a Bride & Groom Fly Free Promo, which gives couples up to $1,000 cash back. These are perks you can take advantage of by working with a TA. Also, most agencies also do not charge any service fee, so you are essentially having the expertise and convenience of a travel agent without paying a dime. Experienced agents will also have valuable insight into the best property to host your wedding, and if they are familiar with your resort, they can also offer you and your guests tips on how to make your stay even better. Good TAs will also have close connections wiht the wedding department, essentially benefiting you throughout the planning process. Securing a room block is also important to ensure your resort does not run out of rooms and also to secure a group rate. Lastly, having a travel agent handle you and your guests travel plans is vital so that you don't have to deal with it. Anything can happen when it comes to travel and if you don't have an agent, your guests will turn to you for help. As a former destination wedding bride, I did not work with a TA and I regretted it. Having to answer a million questions from guests on where to stay, where to book, where to go, drove me nuts. When it comes down to the final stretch of the wedding, it was the last thing I wanted to do when I already had a million things on my plate wedding wise.  Here's a more in depth article regarding the benefits of using a TA.  https://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/wedding-tips/c/planning/10-reasons-why-you-should-use-wright-travel-agency-for-your-destination-wedding-r2439/  
    • We actually did our legal wedding at home -- a quick and easy ceremony at the local courthouse about a week before our destination wedding. Afterwards, we just went to lunch and shared a few celebratory cocktails 😊We did this so we didn't have to deal with the legal requirements (arriving early, blood test, etc.) you must abide by in Mexico. For us it worked out perfectly and our ceremony in Mexico was our official wedding with all our family and friends. 
  • Topics

×
×
  • Create New...