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#11 katie2012

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    Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:27 PM

    Congratulations! When I tell my coworkers that I'm planning a destination wedding they all think it's a great idea, and that if they could do their wedding over again they would have a destination wedding.... If you find a good TA for Aruba please let me know (katiew_06@yahoo.com)! The ones I have been talking to only do max 5 weddings there a year, and all at the mega resorts. We are more interested in a smaller more cozy site with a more intimate crowd. Initially I thought of Sandals as a great option, but we're planning for hurricane season and that scares me. Good luck with your planning!



    #12 ntlsnow

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      Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:55 AM

      First...thank you EVERYONE! So far this site is beyond what I ever thought I could find online. It is ingenious. After much consideration and talk with the Fiance, we have decided we would love to go back to the DR, but stay at a better resort. We are looking into January or beginning of February of 2013. But without prices for those times out yet, it is hard to make a final decision on which resort to go with. So far it is the Hard Rock, Dreams, Excellence, or Paradisus. All are beautfil resorts but I am looking for a bigger resort, that definietely has fun things to do, we are not the quiet type of people and my group will be there to dance, drink, and lay by the pool and beach. Speaking of the beach, that is the main reason I chose to go back to the DR. The beach was AMAZING. The sand is like baby powder without any rocks or pebbles of any sort.

       

      On the travel agent subject, I finally found one that I believe will suite my needs. I am from Michigan and at first was going to go with DestinationWeddings.com for an agent but I really wanted to meet someone in person so I went to a few local agencies and finally found a travel agent that handles many destination weddings and..*bonus* is only 10 minutes from my house. She even stayed open later to help me with information. I am very happy I chose to use a travel agent, she is already starting up a page for my guests and I havent even booked a thing yet. :-)

       

      I have a few days off of work next week and my fiance and I are going away to my parents cottage for a long weekend to discuss all of this. I hope by then we can narrow the hotels down even further. I will keep everyone posted, since I am noticing many people do that here and wow does it help!!

       

      Thank you again for the welcome wishes!!!



      #13 STBMrsMcGhee20

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        Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

        I went to wedding last may at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  I would have to say it was only ok.  It was however very affordable for everyone.  The rooms were a little dated and were very few restaurant options. We all booked through the same travel agent and got a 7 night stay for about $1150.00 per person including flights.  Good luck with your searches and destination wedding is definitely the way to go.



        #14 ntlsnow

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          Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:38 AM

          After a TON of reviewing, detailing, reviewing, searching, talking, reviewing, etc. we have decided we are going back to Punta Cana but will definitley be staying at a different resort. I would never go back to Grand Palladium.

          Jamaica is out for sure. Aruba is too expensive for my guests, so my fiance and I decided that would be our 1 year anniversary trip if we can do it. :-)

           

          Hard Rock Punta Cana, Riu, and Paradisus are my top three...I will keep everyone posted....



          #15 starchild

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            Posted 03 January 2012 - 06:42 PM

            Well congrats on narrowing it down a bit!



            #16 Ryves

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              Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:25 AM

              Hi I'm anxious to know how things turned out.



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                Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:32 AM

                Congrats ntlsnow on your wedding coming up! have you reached a final choice of where you'll have it? hope it all goes just the way you want it to, happy trails! 


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