I just got back from our wedding at PPR and everything was just perfect. I rarely post or leave feedback for anything but our wedding at Paradisus was so wonderful that i wanted to share our beach wedding experience. The place is gorgeous and you can't go wrong picking this resort. When we arrived, our room was ready and we were upgraded to a larger suite.
Our romance coordinator was Veronica from the Miami office and she was really helpful and responds to any inquiry promptly. We were then put in touch with Lara from carribean celebrations to work out decoration details for our wedding.
Although we were conversing with Massiel over email initially, when we arrived at the resort, 2 days before our wedding date we met with Rosa our wedding coordinator. She was excellent and executed everything perfectly. The whole wedding went without a glitch thanks to Rosa and Massiel. They are such wonderful people and they were on top of things which made us feel we were in good hands. The day before the wedding i had my hair a makeup trial with Eudice and she did a really good makeup job. I also brought my own make up to ensure i don't have any makeup mishaps. I also tried the massage at the YHI spa and it was just what i needed to relax before the wedding.
On the wedding day, i rented the bridal suite as a few people from my party including my bridesmaid wanted to get their hair done. Although i initially debated the additional cost it was definitely worth it. It was nice to have everyone get ready together and the bridal suite was close to the beach so leaving from the suite to the ceremony was very convenient.
We were lucky that the day of our wedding it was gorgeous and not too windy at the beach. Our wedding was at 5 pm and the ceremony was short and sweet. We knew we wanted to have our wedding and reception at the beach so we went with the Chil-out-Chic package as we weren't going to have a sit down dinner anyways for out guest of 30. We went with the Buffet option and the food was great. We did however request hot appetizer upgrades for the cocktail hour as we felt the cold options to be limiting. We got the aqua package decoration upgrade instead as i liked the aqua decoration for the ceremony and the color schemes. Lara was really sweet and helped with my custom bridal bouquet and centerpieces requests. Everything came out exactly as I wanted them. We hired the Dominican Trio for the cocktail hour and they were a hit with my guests. Definitely added to the romantic atmosphere at sunset for our cocktail hour.
Our reception was also at the beach and our guests loved it. Although i was initially concerned about going barefoot for dancing, it was fine as we got a dancefloor upgrade for the dancing. The ladies actually enjoyed the dancing even more barefoot as their feet were not hurting them. We hired DJ Mannia and the Perico Ripiao band. My husband is Dominican so the traditional music was a nice touch to the wedding and his family really enjoyed it. We all had such a blast at the reception. The food and cake were delicious and drinks were flowing as the bar is setup right on the beach. We had so much fun that the wedding felt really short. Our guests continued to party at Red lounge afterwards.
We went with Arrecife the in house photographer to avoid paying any additional outside fees. At first we were skeptical and were a bit annoyed at the hotel policy of not being able to choose our photographer but were very pleasantly surprised when we saw the pictures. Alvaro was our photographer and he did a fantastic job and what we liked most about him was that he really made us feel comfortable. The photos are a treasure! Given that a lot of my family could not attend the wedding we also got the videographer through Arrecife for them to share the experience. Florian the videographer did a good job. The video came out great once we requested that any shots that was not natural be taken out of the video. Valeria coordinated everything for Arrecife and was very helpful.
As a token of appreciation for our family and guest who travelled for the wedding we booked the sunset cruise with La Barcaza. This was one of the best decisions. It was so worth it and was a perfect farewell. They picked us up at the resort beach and stopped by a natural pool for swimming. It was one of the most memorable moments on the trip. The food was excellent and the fun and party atmosphere continued as we watch the beautiful sunset. If you can swing it, i definitely recommend the La Barcaza cruise.
Here are a few photos that Alvaro took. Feel free to message me with any questions and i will try to help where i can
. Congratulations again future brides and good luck with your wedding planning.