My special date is April 12, 2013. I would definitely like to chat with other 2013 brides. Feel free to contact me at anytime.
Excited Punta Cana Bride
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:01 AM
Congrats on your April wedding! Have you chose your resort?
Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:50 PM
Thank you and congrats to you as well! I chose Dreams Punta Cana. I am very excited because I have read nothing but good things about this resort and my communication with the WC's have been great so far. I hope that continues. The only concern that I had before booking with this resort was the time it takes to get there from the airport. Unlike the other Dreams locations, it takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour to travel to the resort by car or bus. I debated about this issue, but decided to go with this location because of the overall property layout and the affordability of the wedding packages.
What about you? Did you choose your resort yet? If so, which one?
I look forward to talking to you again.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:03 AM
We are currently leaning toward Paradisus but haven't decided 100%. I have seen a lot of brides on here that are Majestic Colonial as well as Dreams. I am going to talk with a local TA tomorrow and I am hoping they can give me some good advice. Are you using a TA? I have been reading alot about DestinationWeddings.com but I wanted to see what information a local TA has before using someone online.
40 minutes shouldn't be too bad of a commute for your guests. May I ask what made you choose Dreams as your definate location?
It is so nice to be able to talk with and learn from other brides. Thank goodness we are getting married in the days of internet... What did brides do twenty years ago? haha .
Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:54 AM
We are getting married in February 2013 at the Melia Caribe Tropical in DR. We choose this resort because of the garden gazebo, it is beautiful. We are having our reception on the La Barcaza and we are using HDC as our photographer.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:13 PM
Congratulations to you as well. You sound like me. We chose Dreams because of the garden gazebo as well. I'm glad you found a resort that is the right fit for you. Once we decided and secured our date, I felt a sense of comfort knowing that a big aspect of my planning is behind me. Everyone keeps telling me - Now the fun will really begin! I hope so, with the least amount of stress as possible. Although, we decided to have a destination wedding, I was never enthused about having a beach wedding. There is just something about a garden gazebo wedding that sparked my interest. Just the thought of my wedding dress dragging in the sand turned me off to the whole beach idea. I hear that the La Barcaza reception turns out really nice, so that sounds like a wonderful plan. I'm still trying to decide on the specific venue for my reception at my resort. There are a few terraces to choose from so I have not made a final decision yet. I'm sure that everything will eventually fall into place in a timely fashion.
I wish you the best of luck with your future planning!!
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:15 PM
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:28 PM
I have a coworker who got married at Majestic Colonial last year and she said it was absolutely wonderful!! She had a gazebo wedding. She said everything went well, but it was a little frustrating in the beginning of her planning because her WC's were not easy to reach as frequently as she would have liked. That made her very nervous early on. That eventually improved and everything fell into place. The difference between Majestic Colonial and Dreams is the price. Majestic is a little more depending on the package you choose and your number of guests. At this time, its still to early to price the flight, but the prices are not bad. I actually did my research and found that using a travel agent may save you some money. When I compared the TA's land prices with the resort's prices, its cheaper to work with the TA. That's what I intend to do.
As to your question: I decided to go with Dreams because of the wedding package flexibility, the garden gazebo and the overall layout of the resort. Also, it is a very small world. It turns out that one of my staff members was the best man for a close friend he got married about three years ago at this exact resort. When he learned that I had Dreams in mind, he raved about his experience, from the ambiance, comfort, food and activities. He highly recommended it when I was still considering it. That pretty much sealed the deal for me. I initially had the Bahamas and Aruba in mind as well, but many of the resorts I liked were very expensive.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:42 AM
I guess I'm the only Canadian Bride here. We are getting married in March 2013 in Punta Cana as well. We decided on the Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda. We looked at the Majestic Colonial and Dreams as well. The Majestic Colonial had a bad fire that destroyed the beach bar and restaurant, which I'm sure would be repaired by then, but I was just a little nervous about it. It was the overall look of the Esmeralda that made us decide on that particular resort. We have gotten much further then that on the planning yet. We just sent the deposit to the resort yesterday. But I'm very excited! I haven't decided on flowers or photographers or anything yet. Any pointers anyone can give would be great!
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:48 AM
Looks like I am the only Canadian Bride here! We are getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda in March 2013. We considered the Majestic Colonial and Dreams resorts as well. The GBP Esmeralda is a new resort and the over all layout of the resort we liked the most. we only put our deposit down yesterday for the wedding, so we are still fairly early in planning. Any tips would be great! We are undecided between garden or the beach. I"m worried about people in the background of our pictures, etc if we get married on the beach. I've heard some bad experiences about this.
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