Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:22 AM
Hello Angel, Thanks for the well wishes and congrats to you as well. Don't be sorry for questions. I asked a ton and am sure I'll have more as well. Also- once you pick your resort don't be afraid to ask your coordinator. I bombard mine with questions all the time haha. She is very quick to respond. We chose July because we've actually been engaged since November 2011. We wanted a summer wedding because I'm a refer and I would be off from school, but summer 2012 was too short of a notice we felt- and not enough time for us to save up either. July is not any more expensive. In fact- I found the flights from NY to be their cheapest. My husband to be is Dominican and travels there and he knew which times to avoid. For example- Easter is Semana Santa and a huge celebration so End of March-April flights can be pricey . Also around Christmas, and end of August because families are traveling back from vacation to go back to school. We scheduled with that in mind. Like DP- we booked our desired dates with slight variations at multiple resorts. The only resort requiring a deposit was Paradisus. We left reservations at Majestic and Dreams because they held the date for two weeks without a payment while we compared the three properties. We had our own travel agent. Just made things easier when people wanted questions answered. We made business cards for her and sent them with our Save the dates. Our photographer is Phil Steingard. I wanted him from the moment we decided on DR but bc of the fee we almost went with Arrecife. Arrecife's website is outdated but when we went to thee FB we liked their pictures. They need to put the pictures from FB on their website- they are way more impressive. We were going to go with the Aqua package. We considered the Tailor made because it had the extra cocktail reception for guest but we figured we could save money by just making a reservation. It is after all an all inclusive and people paid a lot of money to be there lol I don't think we can justify spending extra for drinks and food. That package is costly and we would rather buy a less expensive package and add the DJ and dance floor and extras to the wedding. We considered Mexico as well because we stayed at Secrets and loved it. However, my fianc© went to visit his family in DR and they could not understand why we would have our wedding in Mexico and exclude them. Also, the flight was shorter to DR and people seemed less worried about traveling there. I say try something new! My fianc© is Dominicsn- born there but he has never been to Punta Cana haha. We are also thinking of having a small reception at home but it would before. The reason? We had already booked a DJ and a catering hall before we decided to do a destination wedding. Te DJ would not refund our $1,500 deposit. We figured- we already gave him half, might as well make him work. We are just doing open bar, salad, pasta, carving station, and hors d'ouevers with DJ. It will be the day we get legally married at the courthouse stateside. We are calling it a send off party. We are not telling anyone we are actually getting married that day- just that we are getting our license. We are getting married in the church in DR but the church said we could do a legal wedding in the states before we got to DR. It's easier than doing the paper work in DR, translating the documents, and waiting 3-6 months to have them shipped.
Happily married to the love of my life- since July 5, 2013