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#151 spaterson

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    Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

    Jillbu1-

    YAY! You're the day before me!!! Congrats!  They told me I can reserve the space ahead of time and now that the pool island got mixed up they have me at the other poolside location. We have 36 people coming down. Our week itinerary is as follows:

    Wednesday

    8:30am: Deep sea fishing for the guys - I worked with the head concierge and chartered a boat for about 8 of the guys to go out fishing.

    7:30pm: cocktail party at Rendezvous - I deicded instead of paying for a cocktail party that we'll all just meet at one of the hotel bars instead. People can just get drinks from the bar. Is that cheesy? I'll probbaly start passing out the OOT bags then.

    Thursday (You're wedding day!!!)

    6:30pm: Rehershal dinner at World Cafe -  Again, not paying for a private set up but they made reservations so our group will all be together

    7:30pm: Beach party!!! - We're doing the bonfire set up and having a stereo system for music. I was going to do a bar set up but had to cut costs so people can just go to the nearby bar. It's not that far.

    Friday (My wedding day!!!)

    5:00pm: Beachside ceremony with Pastor Rick

    5:30-6:30: Cocktail hour

    6:30-9:30: Reception at poolside location with DJ Mannia

     

    For OOT bags I got tote bags too and am making "Dominican Republic Survival Kits" with sunscreen, aloe vera, hand wipes, tylenol and pepto bismo. The totes will also have playing cards, sunglasses and squirt guns.

     

    Where did you order your mugs from? I want to get some but everywhere I've seen has huge minimum orders and we don't need that many.

     

    Are you getting super excited?!!!



    #152 Fabiola Cadet

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      Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

      Hi Spaterson,

       

      Did they explain where exactly the second location was? Did you have to pay a fee to reserve it?

       

      We ended up taking the worksheet and making a new one since the columns for some things were not working. Also remember to add taxes and/or service fees for pretty much everything.

      Originally Posted by spaterson 

      I'm a bit annoyed with the extra cost for the pool island. The whole thing slightly irritates me because I had reserved it last year for my wedding in May. It was clearly noted in my file and I have email confirmation. I got switched to a new planner and when I mentioned the island she said it was already booked. When I asked for clarification since I had already reserved it she said that since they changed their policy to charging someone else had paid a deposit and now has it. EXCUSE ME?!!! Why didn't anyone notify me that the policy had change and ask if I was willing to pay the deposit? I would have gladly paid to keep my spot. Now I've been moved to a "pool side" location that they promise is better but I'm sure they're just saying that because they gave my original spot up. Grrr....

       

      Anyhow how is everyones planning going? My planner, Scarlet, sent me a spreadsheet that hast he costs for everything! It's amazing because everywhere I looked I wsa getting different prices. It has totally helped me get prepared. I'd attach it but I'm not senior enough on this website. Hopefully soon!

       

      Happy planning!

       

       



      #153 jillbu11

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        Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

        Yes we are getting really excited!!!!

        We ordered our mugs from discount mugs.com, they were more than i had wanted to spend but I REALLY wanted to get them for everyone to have down there, I hope people use them!!!

        My guys were talking about doing a fishing excursion also, thats the only thing I wasnt sure about, do we have to set that stuff up ahead of time or can the excursions be set up down there??

        We are having our ceremony at 330 with dinner at 630, we decided not to get a DJ, I was actually hoping to have a beach bonfire as well after dinner instead of an actual reception. I never got an actual answer all they said was that the bonfire is about 20 minutes long.

        Do you have anything planned to do with your girls while the guys are fishing?? Just wondering what I could plan to do with them...

        Originally Posted by spaterson 

        Jillbu1-

        YAY! You're the day before me!!! Congrats!  They told me I can reserve the space ahead of time and now that the pool island got mixed up they have me at the other poolside location. We have 36 people coming down. Our week itinerary is as follows:

        Wednesday

        8:30am: Deep sea fishing for the guys - I worked with the head concierge and chartered a boat for about 8 of the guys to go out fishing.

        7:30pm: cocktail party at Rendezvous - I deicded instead of paying for a cocktail party that we'll all just meet at one of the hotel bars instead. People can just get drinks from the bar. Is that cheesy? I'll probbaly start passing out the OOT bags then.

        Thursday (You're wedding day!!!)

        6:30pm: Rehershal dinner at World Cafe -  Again, not paying for a private set up but they made reservations so our group will all be together

        7:30pm: Beach party!!! - We're doing the bonfire set up and having a stereo system for music. I was going to do a bar set up but had to cut costs so people can just go to the nearby bar. It's not that far.

        Friday (My wedding day!!!)

        5:00pm: Beachside ceremony with Pastor Rick

        5:30-6:30: Cocktail hour

        6:30-9:30: Reception at poolside location with DJ Mannia

         

        For OOT bags I got tote bags too and am making "Dominican Republic Survival Kits" with sunscreen, aloe vera, hand wipes, tylenol and pepto bismo. The totes will also have playing cards, sunglasses and squirt guns.

         

        Where did you order your mugs from? I want to get some but everywhere I've seen has huge minimum orders and we don't need that many.

         

        Are you getting super excited?!!!

         

         



        #154 amandajconner

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          Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

          spaterson, I am getting married May 28, 2012 and I'm working on the itinerary for our guests. Can you tell me more about who to contact for the chartered boat and the cost? That sounds like a lot of fun!

           

          Thanks!



          #155 kathy13

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            Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:27 AM

            Hi, 

            Try with selloffvacations

             

            We are going with Sunwing, tickets bought through SelloOff for May 2012 (booked August 2011), for $1378 per person and 4 people will pay tax only when you have 24 or more guests. 2 people "free" and will pay tax only for 12 or more passengers. 

             

             

            Originally Posted by nsmith 

            Hi Cinnagirl - we are flying out of Toronto on Jan 1 2013 and the quote we have with tax is $1632 per Adult that is double occupancy with the deluxe tropical view room. $2000 per person for May seems high as that is what I was quoted if we wanted to stay there over New Years Eve which is one of the most expensive times to be there - I would think it will come down from that. 

             

             



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              #157 spaterson

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                Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:50 AM

                I contacted the head concierge at the resort for the boat trip: "Jose Abreu" <concierge.drepb@dreamsresorts.com>,

                I believe it's $750 for the boat up to 8 guys. They can quote you prices if you have more people and need a bigger boat. The girls and I are going to spa while the guys are on the boat. Some opted out and are just going to lounge by the pool which is totally cool too. They can arrange tours for you while you're down there but since we wanted to charter our own boat for the fishing and the snorkel/party boat I went ahead and made the arrangments ahead of time. Basically they just booked it for us and then we'll pay when we get down there. The snorkel boat holds up to 45 people and costs $45 a person. We are only going to have around 25 on it but they said it's still only $45 a pop, can't beat that!!!

                 

                For the other pool location there is no cost. If you go on their website and look at the live webcam it shows a pool area; that's the pool area we ended up with. The nice thing about it is that you can see the ocean from there without having to be on the actual beach.

                 

                As for incentives, we get one free room for every five rooms booked (up to three free rooms), and one free upgrade for every 10 rooms booked. In the end we get 3 free rooms and the upgrade however it's interesting the way they do it. I thought that mean that we just wouldn't pay since our room was free however we still pay and then after the wedding they reimburse us the cost of the 3 rooms. So basically a few weeks after the wedding we'll get a check for a nice little amount :)



                #158 jillbu11

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                  Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

                  Awesome, thanks for all the information!!!

                  O I didn't know the other pool location is no cost, that is kind of silly to have one that is and one that is not.  Did you get confirmation on your reception location?? because I have not heard from anyone in a while.....

                  Also I am excited to read about the incentives, I did not know about this deal either, is this on their website or something????

                  Originally Posted by spaterson 

                  I contacted the head concierge at the resort for the boat trip: "Jose Abreu" <concierge.drepb@dreamsresorts.com>,

                  I believe it's $750 for the boat up to 8 guys. They can quote you prices if you have more people and need a bigger boat. The girls and I are going to spa while the guys are on the boat. Some opted out and are just going to lounge by the pool which is totally cool too. They can arrange tours for you while you're down there but since we wanted to charter our own boat for the fishing and the snorkel/party boat I went ahead and made the arrangments ahead of time. Basically they just booked it for us and then we'll pay when we get down there. The snorkel boat holds up to 45 people and costs $45 a person. We are only going to have around 25 on it but they said it's still only $45 a pop, can't beat that!!!

                   

                  For the other pool location there is no cost. If you go on their website and look at the live webcam it shows a pool area; that's the pool area we ended up with. The nice thing about it is that you can see the ocean from there without having to be on the actual beach.

                   

                  As for incentives, we get one free room for every five rooms booked (up to three free rooms), and one free upgrade for every 10 rooms booked. In the end we get 3 free rooms and the upgrade however it's interesting the way they do it. I thought that mean that we just wouldn't pay since our room was free however we still pay and then after the wedding they reimburse us the cost of the 3 rooms. So basically a few weeks after the wedding we'll get a check for a nice little amount :)

                   

                   



                  #159 cinnagirl

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                    Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

                    We were gonna go with Sunwing through our TA. That's an amazing price you got and a great deal too! We'll see what the TA gives us for costs, but if not at least I know there's a back up. :)

                    Originally Posted by kathy13 

                    Hi, 

                    Try with selloffvacations

                     

                    We are going with Sunwing, tickets bought through SelloOff for May 2012 (booked August 2011), for $1378 per person and 4 people will pay tax only when you have 24 or more guests. 2 people "free" and will pay tax only for 12 or more passengers. 

                     

                     

                     

                     



                    #160 spaterson

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                      Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:04 AM

                      I did receive confirmation on the location. The incentives were part of the contract with our travel agency. Who did you book through? They should've giveny ou freebies in your contract.






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