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#71 capecodder

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    Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:24 AM

    Astef - when we first booked our package, my WC asked about my hair appointment.  So I told her what time I would prefer.  I haven't heard anything about it since.

     

    MissCC - I would definetly use a travel agent but it works differently for us Canadian Brides.  I think you guys book flights and hotel seperately where we book the whole package together.  So I have no idea how much just the hotel would cost.  Happy planning!!



    #72 KyraJohnson

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      Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:49 PM

      I have asked her a few times. We even have the Tides 50 package booked which states that you get a semi-private venue, which I have heard from previous brides that it will be the Dominican restaurant but Esterlin will NOT confirm it. She just keeps saying we will decide when we get there and see what is available.

       

      So we did do invites and the way I worded it you would never know we don't know what is going on. lol.



      I'm getting excited for you!!  Can't to wait to hear all about it!!

       

      What?  I thought we decided before we got to the resort what restaurant the dinner would be in.  In the original email I got from my WC, she asked what we wanted to do for the reception and we picked dinner at the Italian restaurant.  I will be doing up invites with more details on them since, like you, no one really knows the plan for the week.  If I were you, I would do up invites and put to be determined, that way it gives your guests some idea of a timeline.

       

      Good idea of doing seating cards!  Maybe your WC can put reserved on a couple tables close to yours.  Could be another option!

       

      That's alot of suitcases!!  I haven't even thought about that part yet!lol!



       



      #73 KyraJohnson

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        Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:54 PM

        Hi Astef,

         

        To be honest I'm not getting my hair done by them, I am taking one of my BM who is ok at doing hair and my hairdresser is going to do a "trial" and teach us a nice simple style. However I did secure an appointment at the spa for the day before the wedding to treat my BM to a mani/pedi. I had just mentioned it in an email to my WC and she told me it was done.

        I'm interested in where your having your wedding if not on the resort? the Jelly Fish Restaurant? La Bacaraza (the boat). Are you even having your ceremony off the resort?

         

        Originally Posted by astef View Post

        Hi ladies! Been quiet for a while! I wanted to know if anyone has had any contact with the spa regarding hair appointments? If so, how far in advance do you book them? I have now emailed the spa twice, plus emailed the WC to email them, and NOTHING. I have tons of time, but getting frustrated! I'm not having my wedding at the Melia so I worry that they won't 'cater' to me as much as they otherwise would. Grr! Any info is helpful, thank you!!



         



        #74 KyraJohnson

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          Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:00 PM

          So we did end up doing invites and they turned out really well.

          And ya even though we booked the Tides 50 package which states we get a semi-private venue, and I've heard from other brides that this is the Dominican restaurant, Esterlin will NOT confirm it, just keeps saying "we will confirm when you arrive".



           

           

           

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          Originally Posted by capecodder View Post

          I'm getting excited for you!!  Can't to wait to hear all about it!!

           

          What?  I thought we decided before we got to the resort what restaurant the dinner would be in.  In the original email I got from my WC, she asked what we wanted to do for the reception and we picked dinner at the Italian restaurant.  I will be doing up invites with more details on them since, like you, no one really knows the plan for the week.  If I were you, I would do up invites and put to be determined, that way it gives your guests some idea of a timeline.

           

          Good idea of doing seating cards!  Maybe your WC can put reserved on a couple tables close to yours.  Could be another option!

           

          That's alot of suitcases!!  I haven't even thought about that part yet!lol!



           



          #75 astef

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            Posted 08 October 2011 - 06:12 AM

            Hi Kyra,

             

            One of my fiances aunts is a hair dresser and we weren't sure if she was coming but she just put her deposit down, so yey!!! But I do still want to get my nails done there so grr, I need to get in touch with them. I have 6 months, I'm sure I have time!

             

            Yes, our wedding will be at the Jellyfish Restaurant next door... we are doing our ceremony and reception there. I can't wait! Thanks for your reply!


            Alex & Michael, April 23rd 2012

            Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana

            Melia Caribe Tropical Resort


            #76 capecodder

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              Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:25 PM

              Grrr!  That's so frustrating!!  I've heard that from other brides too.  I'm sure everything will turn out great when you get down there.

               

              Are you using the resort photographer?  I forget if I already asked you that before. lol!

               

              Originally Posted by KyraJohnson 

              So we did end up doing invites and they turned out really well.

              And ya even though we booked the Tides 50 package which states we get a semi-private venue, and I've heard from other brides that this is the Dominican restaurant, Esterlin will NOT confirm it, just keeps saying "we will confirm when you arrive".

               



               



              #77 KyraJohnson

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                Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:45 PM

                 

                No we are going with HDC Photography. When we looked at the samples from the resort photographer we just didn't like the look of their work. I hate that we are having to pay them that $1000 "copyright" fee (more like greedy fee) but HDC said they will give us 3 complimentary hours to compensate for that, I was really impressed. And they were here in Edmonton last month to shoot a wedding. I've been following them on Facebook and their work looks amazing! Pictures last a life time so we really wanted to make sure ours were something we are happy looking at forever.

                 

                Originally Posted by capecodder View Post

                Grrr!  That's so frustrating!!  I've heard that from other brides too.  I'm sure everything will turn out great when you get down there.

                 

                Are you using the resort photographer?  I forget if I already asked you that before. lol! 

                 



                 



                #78 capecodder

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                  Posted 15 October 2011 - 12:54 PM

                  I'll have to look at their photos.  We are bringing a photographer with us.  Luckily, one of FI's best friends is a photographer, so he was coming anyways.  Yay!!  Just need to get ideas of what shots I want.  I agree pictures are very important.

                   

                  What is the $1000 copyright fee your paying for?  Not sure if I like that too much!!  It's great that HDC will do that for you.  Very impressive!!

                   



                  #79 KyraJohnson

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                    Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:28 AM


                    If its one of your "guests" taking pictures I bet you can get around not paying it. The fee is to bring in an outside photographer because they claim that their site is copyrighted (are they worried that someone is going to be taking pictures of the resort and advertising them or what?). But if you ask your WC about it they will tell you they aren't charging you they are charging the photographer, well obviously its going to be an additional charge out of your pocket. I suppose technically they are right cause we are having to pay it to HDC because they will have to pay it when entering the resort,
                     

                    Originally Posted by capecodder View Post

                    I'll have to look at their photos.  We are bringing a photographer with us.  Luckily, one of FI's best friends is a photographer, so he was coming anyways.  Yay!!  Just need to get ideas of what shots I want.  I agree pictures are very important.

                     

                    What is the $1000 copyright fee your paying for?  Not sure if I like that too much!!  It's great that HDC will do that for you.  Very impressive!!

                     



                     



                    #80 capecodder

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                      Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:32 AM

                      Interesting!!  Thanks for the info.  Since he is technically a guest (he'll be flying in with us and staying the whole time with his family)  I think it should be okay. 

                       

                      Ummm, doesn't everyone take pictures of the resort while they are there anyways???  Very strange!

                       

                      When do you leave?  It's getting closer!!  So excited for you!!






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