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#211 Juli33s

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    Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:49 AM

    Hi Ladies!!

    Just got back from my wedding at NOW Larimar which was on May 4th 2013.  I had the Divine package and paid extra for an additional 33 guests.  My wedding coordinator was Silvia and she was amazing!!! My wedding day was perfect! They alone had 61 weddings for the month of May...there is no need to worry they handle everything!!  I will answer any questions you may have but here are some tips and ideas I went with...

    --I had my ceremony on the beach which was beautiful!! Yes it was a little windy but it's refreshing since the sun is so hot.  There are beach chairs near the set-up and yes there were some onlookers but it was 5pm so most of the beach was empty.  The weather was perfect at this time of the day which made for amazing pictures.  I did not pay extra for sashes--it became too expensive and everything looked great without it.  I did pay for 3 sashes for the cocktail tables and for 2 tiki torches with flowers which were 35$ a piece. 

    --I rented the bridal room for 150$ for 4 hours since we had 10 people for hair and make up--it was well worth it!!  4 bottles of champagne and lots of fruit. I also brought my ipod and played music.  They did a great job with hair and make-up but I would recommend bringing a picture of what you want b/c of the language barrier.  I also recommend doing a reveal with your groom ahead of time and getting your pics out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests!

    --Reception--we had booked the ballroom but they changed us last minute to Mercure...the french restaurant.  Normally a 5000$ rental fee but since the last min change it was free and boy was I happy they did!  Mercure was exquisite!! So beautiful with the red and white decor....the set-up was amazing and if you are looking to rent Castaway's or Mercure I would highly recommend Mercure!! I made a donation instead of favors so that was less to travel with.  For centerpieces I rent vases from Silvia--10$ each and brought my own LED lights with clear stones and floating candles.  I also brought my own votives with tea lights for each table, it looked perfect. 

    --I paid for their DJ services Package A.  The DJ was awesome--he played everything we requested.  I did not pay extra for the MC--save your money and have a family member do it!  We brought our own props to hand out and these were a big hit!! 

    --I paid to have the reception extended and this was the best decision I made!! If you can do it --do it.  3 hours is not long enough and yes it's an all inclusive and you can go to the bar after but it's nice to be in a private area with your guests....well worth it!  All you pay for is 200$ for DJ and how ever many people you X 12$ pp for international bar. 

    --My color was coral and I chose coral and hot pink roses and stargazers and the flowers were incredible.  I did splurge on bridesmaids bouquets for pictures and they turned out better than expected.

    --For dinner we chose the steak and lobster...this was by far the BEST meal we had all week. Dinner was incredible, the best lobster I ever had..guests raved about the food!

    The one thing I am upset about is that they screwed up 20 out of 26 rooms!  Most people booked suites or ocean view and they were placed in a tropical view in Secrets--when they paid for an Ocean view at NOW.  Secrets is just across the pool area but our guests were very upset and this was a huge inconvenience.  But other than that everything was more than I could have hoped for so don't stress, enjoy yourself, your wedding will be awesome :)

    I would also recommend a Booze cruise Party boat--we rented through Malibu Party Boat

    http://puntacanapart...-Party-Boat.php

    I booked on my own ahead of time.  We had the boat to ourselves with 40 of my guests.  It was so much fun!! We snorkled, danced, drank, had plenty mamajuana shots...and they took us to a shallow part in the ocean where got out of the boat and hung out in the ocean while partying with our guests.  This was a highlight of our trip!

    Anyway best of luck to all of you!!

     

     


     

     

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    #212 CrystalRomero

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      Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

      When is your wedding?  

      My date is November 29. 2013 I'm so excited but nervous

      #213 mvee1025

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        Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:39 PM

        Originally Posted by Juli33s 

        Hi Ladies!!

        Just got back from my wedding at NOW Larimar which was on May 4th 2013.  I had the Divine package and paid extra for an additional 33 guests.  My wedding coordinator was Silvia and she was amazing!!! My wedding day was perfect! They alone had 61 weddings for the month of May...there is no need to worry they handle everything!!  I will answer any questions you may have but here are some tips and ideas I went with...

        --I had my ceremony on the beach which was beautiful!! Yes it was a little windy but it's refreshing since the sun is so hot.  There are beach chairs near the set-up and yes there were some onlookers but it was 5pm so most of the beach was empty.  The weather was perfect at this time of the day which made for amazing pictures.  I did not pay extra for sashes--it became too expensive and everything looked great without it.  I did pay for 3 sashes for the cocktail tables and for 2 tiki torches with flowers which were 35$ a piece. 

        --I rented the bridal room for 150$ for 4 hours since we had 10 people for hair and make up--it was well worth it!!  4 bottles of champagne and lots of fruit. I also brought my ipod and played music.  They did a great job with hair and make-up but I would recommend bringing a picture of what you want b/c of the language barrier.  I also recommend doing a reveal with your groom ahead of time and getting your pics out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests!

        --Reception--we had booked the ballroom but they changed us last minute to Mercure...the french restaurant.  Normally a 5000$ rental fee but since the last min change it was free and boy was I happy they did!  Mercure was exquisite!! So beautiful with the red and white decor....the set-up was amazing and if you are looking to rent Castaway's or Mercure I would highly recommend Mercure!! I made a donation instead of favors so that was less to travel with.  For centerpieces I rent vases from Silvia--10$ each and brought my own LED lights with clear stones and floating candles.  I also brought my own votives with tea lights for each table, it looked perfect. 

        --I paid for their DJ services Package A.  The DJ was awesome--he played everything we requested.  I did not pay extra for the MC--save your money and have a family member do it!  We brought our own props to hand out and these were a big hit!! 

        --I paid to have the reception extended and this was the best decision I made!! If you can do it --do it.  3 hours is not long enough and yes it's an all inclusive and you can go to the bar after but it's nice to be in a private area with your guests....well worth it!  All you pay for is 200$ for DJ and how ever many people you X 12$ pp for international bar. 

        --My color was coral and I chose coral and hot pink roses and stargazers and the flowers were incredible.  I did splurge on bridesmaids bouquets for pictures and they turned out better than expected.

        --For dinner we chose the steak and lobster...this was by far the BEST meal we had all week. Dinner was incredible, the best lobster I ever had..guests raved about the food!

        The one thing I am upset about is that they screwed up 20 out of 26 rooms!  Most people booked suites or ocean view and they were placed in a tropical view in Secrets--when they paid for an Ocean view at NOW.  Secrets is just across the pool area but our guests were very upset and this was a huge inconvenience.  But other than that everything was more than I could have hoped for so don't stress, enjoy yourself, your wedding will be awesome :)

        I would also recommend a Booze cruise Party boat--we rented through Malibu Party Boat

        http://puntacanapart...-Party-Boat.php

        I booked on my own ahead of time.  We had the boat to ourselves with 40 of my guests.  It was so much fun!! We snorkled, danced, drank, had plenty mamajuana shots...and they took us to a shallow part in the ocean where got out of the boat and hung out in the ocean while partying with our guests.  This was a highlight of our trip!

        Anyway best of luck to all of you!!

         

         


         

         

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        Your pictures look great!!!  I'm so greatful for all the brides coming back to tell us how things go. 

         

        I have to say the stress of the rooms would have done me over.  I'm so afraid  since everyone booked gardenview rooms to save money.

         

        Did you bring everything with you decor wise?  What time did you have the reception start?  They recommend 4 for the ceremony but for the sake of having things flow I was thinking 5 ceremony so we can have dinner at 7:30 (we like to eat a little later)

         

        Were your guests compensated at all for the inconvenience?

        Did you have any guests with children under 2?  Do you know if there were nanny services available?



        #214 jennifer8913

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        • Wedding Location:Now Larimar, Dominican Republic
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        Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:22 AM

        Originally Posted by CrystalRomero 




        My date is November 29. 2013 I'm so excited but nervous


        I will have coral chair sashes and table overlays I could sell you after my wedding, which is in August.


        "ever thine ever mine ever ours"~ Ludwig von Beethoven, and more famously by Mr. Big!

        Now Larimar 8/9/13; I married my best friend! 29 of my closest friends and family celebrated with us! Couldn't have wished for anything better :)


        #215 Juli33s

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          Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:12 AM

          Originally Posted by mvee1025 

          Your pictures look great!!!  I'm so greatful for all the brides coming back to tell us how things go. 

           

          I have to say the stress of the rooms would have done me over.  I'm so afraid  since everyone booked gardenview rooms to save money.

           

          Did you bring everything with you decor wise?  What time did you have the reception start?  They recommend 4 for the ceremony but for the sake of having things flow I was thinking 5 ceremony so we can have dinner at 7:30 (we like to eat a little later)

           

          Were your guests compensated at all for the inconvenience?

          Did you have any guests with children under 2?  Do you know if there were nanny services available?

          Yes this site was a huge help to me in my planning so I figured I would return the favor!! Yes the room thing was very stressful but if your guests are all  in gardenview you shouldn't have a problem--most of the issue was with oceanview.  I really didn't have much decor.  If you are on a budget--the sashes are not needed for the chairs--they look great in the white.  A great thing to bring for decoration are those tissue paper balls--Martha Stewart has a collection at AC Moore.  They a flat and easy to pack and then you fluff them when you get there--I saw a lot of brides with these.  In the end you guests want to have a good time---they are not going to remember what color your sashes were.  With that said I saw weddings with sashes and yes it looks great but I chose to use my money in other places like the welcome bags.  We had an extra 2 large heavy suitcases with us just for the extras--and like I said I didn't even have a lot of decorations--so keep that in mind.

          My ceremony was at 5 pm which was great b/c the beach was clearing out and the sun was not too hot--this made for amazing pics!  Our reception was at 7 so everything flowed into another.... ceremony 5pm--which started more like 5:20.  Cocktail 5:30-6:30 them reception at 7.

          Yes my niece was there who is 15 months...her parents came and they watched the baby.  They have an explorer's club for kids but I think the age limit is 2 or 3---I am not sure, I know they didn't use it..

          Hope this helps!



          #216 jennifer8913

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          Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

          Does anyone have info on bringing OTC meds for welcome bags through customs? Like did you bring OTC meds for welcome bags and have a problem getting through customs because it was more than for your personal use? Thanks for your help!


          "ever thine ever mine ever ours"~ Ludwig von Beethoven, and more famously by Mr. Big!

          Now Larimar 8/9/13; I married my best friend! 29 of my closest friends and family celebrated with us! Couldn't have wished for anything better :)


          #217 DR2015

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          • Wedding Date:May 1, 2015
          • Wedding Location:NOW Larimar Punta Cana, Dom. Rep.

          Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:36 PM

          Confirmed!! NOW Larimar May 1. 2015. Happy planning :)!!
          May 01, 2015- complete!! 73 guests+bride & groom! Now Larimar Punta Cana!

          #218 bethlorentz

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          • Wedding Date:June 6, 2014
          • Wedding Location:NOW Larimar Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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          Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:19 AM

          Hi Ladies!!!  Does anyone know if the "outside vendor fee" is applied to both the photographer and videographer even if it is the same company... which would make it $1000 extra... or is it just $500 extra total???  Thanks and happy planning :)



          #219 rachel930

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            Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:52 AM

            Hey girls..... whats the thoughts on paying for the premium bar for your wedding.... Im torn idk what to do.... we have 60 people coming and not all drink so it would be like another 500 bucks idk ugh



            #220 jennifer8913

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            Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:21 AM

            Hi ladies! I am back from my beautiful wedding!!! I wrote my review! Please let me know if you have any questions!!!!

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            "ever thine ever mine ever ours"~ Ludwig von Beethoven, and more famously by Mr. Big!

            Now Larimar 8/9/13; I married my best friend! 29 of my closest friends and family celebrated with us! Couldn't have wished for anything better :)





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