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#81 Anelson

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    Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:42 AM

    Carolina,

     

    What is the name of the hairdresser you are using I am in need of one at the Ambar in June I wanted to see if she will still be there.



    #82 Carolina14

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      Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:22 AM

      Anelson, her name is Krystie Ann hair and makeup artist, you can also find her on facebook or write that in google she has a website and are able to contact her from there!



      #83 annahairstylis

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        Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

        Hi there!

        My name is Anna and I am a bridal hairstylist, I live in NY but I am moving to DR in a couple of months. When is your wedding day?

        Here is my website if you want to see my work and contact me 

        http://annanuet.wix.com/annanuethair

         

        thanks in advance! :)



        #84 kch727

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          Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

          I just returned from our wedding at the Gran Bahia. Everything was excellent and as expected. We met with the coordinator the day after we arrived and coordinated details such as the flowers, cake and table set up for our guests. At this time we also went over anything previously discussed or requested. The only snag we ran into was the ribbons for the chairs we had wanted as they weren't available (although my fault because I did not send my request for colour ahead of time). After meeting with the coordinator they advise you to meet with the photographer to go over options/special requests as to what you would like from them. Their packages range from what is included in your package up to a base price of $3500 USD for full coverage of your day (getting ready to reception). One thing to consider for pics is that if you pay in USD cash you avoid paying the 17% tax that is charged when paying with a credit card. We opted for coverage of the ceremony as well as a beach session afterwards. Charge for this was about 900 USD and included 85 pictures excluding what was already included in the wedding package we purchased. The pictures turned out well and were put on a disc for us to bring home with us. If anyone has any specific questions I would be happy to answer them for you.

          #85 Charlene Low

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            Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

            that's great, i'm glad it went well.

            I'll take you up on your offer of help.

             

            We are planning on getting married next Jan/Feb 2014 but would like to make sure we have enough $$$ (And after your photography tip on having cash on hand to avoid extra costs).

             

            I've read earlier posts that they do not give you all the costs upfront (like photos/flowers, etc)

             

            Would you happen to have the price list for this?

            or what was your total wedding cost with details?

             

            Thanks so much for helping out.
             



            #86 Ashley11

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              Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:26 AM

              Originally Posted by kch727 

              I just returned from our wedding at the Gran Bahia. Everything was excellent and as expected. We met with the coordinator the day after we arrived and coordinated details such as the flowers, cake and table set up for our guests. At this time we also went over anything previously discussed or requested. The only snag we ran into was the ribbons for the chairs we had wanted as they weren't available (although my fault because I did not send my request for colour ahead of time). After meeting with the coordinator they advise you to meet with the photographer to go over options/special requests as to what you would like from them. Their packages range from what is included in your package up to a base price of $3500 USD for full coverage of your day (getting ready to reception). One thing to consider for pics is that if you pay in USD cash you avoid paying the 17% tax that is charged when paying with a credit card. We opted for coverage of the ceremony as well as a beach session afterwards. Charge for this was about 900 USD and included 85 pictures excluding what was already included in the wedding package we purchased. The pictures turned out well and were put on a disc for us to bring home with us. If anyone has any specific questions I would be happy to answer them for you.

              I am getting Married there in April 2014 so I'm just starting to plan.  Did you have a private reception?  Did you get your hair done by the spa? 



              #87 sosodj

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                Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

                Hi Ladies,

                 

                 I want to book my hair appountement for my upcoming wedding but i just saw that there seem to be two spas as there are two email address, one on the Amber and one i guess for the rest of the resort. Can anyone tell me which spa they used and were they happy?



                #88 kch727

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                  Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

                  We purchased the unforgettable package for 1050USD prior to getting to the DR.  We also paid 1000 USD for a private reception held at the Garden Grill.  Our package included 3 floral arrangements for decoration of the wedding gazebo which they move to your reception after the ceremony has concluded.  The package also included the trio to play at the reception which was nice but definitely not necessary.  They also set up a sound system and will play music that you have on an iPod which we used for when I was coming up the aisle as well as afterwards - the wedding coordinator looked after this for us - we just made a playlist.  We paid extra for the bridesmaids bouquets (I believe this was $30 a bouquet) and for the groomsmen boutinieres ($12 each).  I also paid a little extra for my bouquet because I chose calalilies which were extra from the florist.  There are lots of flowers to chose from that would have been free with our package so you definitely do not need to spend extra here unless you want other people to have flowers other than the bride and groom.  They do not have a price list for these items - the coordinator literally calls the florist they use while you are meeting wit hthem to get the price quotes for the flowers you choose and what they quote is what you are charged. 

                   

                  We did not pay for the canape service or bar service.  The bar service by the staff at our private reception was excellent and free flowing.  The only reason to pay for this would be to have access to premium, top shelf booze.  We did not rent a sound system or DJ either - we had our reception at 7:00 and stayed until around 9:30 and then went back to the Esmeralda lobby and brought a bunch of tables together and sat with our guests and visited and had a few more drinks - some of our guests went to the main disco that evening but we hung out with family and packed it in early (it's your wedding night afterall!).

                   

                  Pictures is definitely where you can spend anywhere from $500 to $5000 depending on what you want.  We went with the pics included in our package and paid an additional $900 to have a beach photo session after the ceremony and more pictures - 85 in total (the ceremony  photo session is included in all of the packages I believe).  But you can pay more to have the photographer follow you all day and the packages include more pictures as you go up in price.  They take lots of pictures and then you pay per picture if you don't have any included in a purchased package or if you want more photos than were included in the package you chose - I believe it was $8/pic but can't remember exactly.

                   

                  All told we paid $2400 for the wedding package and upgrades and just about $1000 for the pics.

                   

                  Hope that helps you get a better idea. 



                  #89 melvic

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                    Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:43 AM

                    Are there any 2013 Brides getting married at Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda 2013 Brides

                    We just had a fantastic wedding (February 18 - 2013) with over than 100 guests. I trully suggest you the best DJ in Punta Cana : Mannia Punta Cana, Carlos Martinez. Info@manniapuntacana.com. Our wedding was Scott & Melissa wedding as a reference for you. Have fun.

                    #90 melvic

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                      Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:46 AM

                      I am getting married at the Esmeralda April 2013. Any tips?

                      DJ Carlos Martinez at Mannia Punta Cana , info@manniapuntacan.com We just had a fantastic wedding there with the best DJ , we where over 100 guest. As a reference , Scott and Melissa wedding February 18, 2013. Good luck and have fun




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