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#31 LoriOlivia

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    Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:31 AM

    Originally Posted by SimplenSweet 

    LoriOlivia,

     

    I had the EXACT same thing through PPC! Just another thing I've run into..... I did fight it ....in order to point out that I didn't have to pay the fee PPC was asking, I said that there was nothing in writing that stated that they had to book the pastor for the ceremonies...and it's true they don't have any documentation to support this "new rule". I eventually got mine dropped and they reported that they "would so graciously" grandfather me into the old rule of brides booking their own pastors and not getting charged for it. So total, I pay pastor york $350 the day of the wedding, and I pay PPC $120. you are right- it is ridiculous.

     

    FIGHT IT!

    After I made contact with Pastor Rick I just told PPC we would no longer need them to find an officiant for us and I told Pastor Rick I would deal with him directly.

    My wedding isn't until January and I just figured I'd just get him the day pass when I was down there.  No way I am giving them $638.



    #32 TishaJules

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      Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:39 AM

      Hi Everyone,

       

      I'm getting married at the PPC in October of 2013 and I have heard of Pastor Yorks name all over this site.  I would be an idiot not to see if I can book him for my wedding. Technically, I would be married by the wedding in Punta Cana, but I want a religious ceremony as I would in any church here in the states.  And, I would really like it to be in English since most of the guests speak English.

       

      Can someone please send me his website and or email address. Seems like I have to work quick since he books up fast!

       

      Thank you so much.  I'm new to this site, and it's such a fantastic help!!!!

       

      Tisha!



      #33 caribbeanmotion

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        Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:58 PM

         

        Rick York

          www.easterndominican.com
        www.facebook.com/pages/Eastern-Dominican-Christian-Mission-EDCM/123951010973093

        ryork@codetel.net.do


        #34 TishaJules

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          Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:14 PM

          Thank you for that info on Pastor York!  I actually contacted him and he won't be available for my wedding date of 10.12.13, but he told me that hs assistant would do the ceremony for me.  I'm about to leave my deposit for the Paradises so I just want to make sure of a few things before I leave my deposit.  I'm choosing the Aqua package...so I want to 1- make sure that I can bring my own Pastor and just pay the additional fee and 2) I can also bring my own photographer.  If not, I may be forced to look elsewhere...and that's gonna really suck because I love PPC.



          #35 maridr2012

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            Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:43 AM

            Hi, I'm getting married next month also at Paradisus Punta Cana so I hope some of my findings can help you.    If you hire Pastor York or his assistant on your own you will need to pay whatever fee he charges PLUS the vendor pass fee they resort charges of $120 + 16% tax.  If you hire him thru the Miami office their fee will be a bit higher but it will include the pass.  I chose to just hire him thru the Miami office because I wanted to be sure if there was any fallout - i.e. last minute cancellation on the Pastor's end, etc. I would not be left scrambling and they would be responsible for finding someone else.  It was about a $45 difference and I was okay with that for my piece of mind.  He also isn't available for my Nov. 9th wedding, NOR is his assistant, so we had to hire a totally different pastor (which he referred us to) that only speaks Spanish.  LOL.  It's not a big deal for us because my family only speaks Spanish anyway, while my FI's family only speaks English, but one of the Paradisus WC's will translate the ceremony in English.  Totally fine, as Pastor York would've done the ceremony in both languages anyway (he's bilingual).

             

            Regarding your photographer, you can bring in your own photographer and if you book him a room you won't have to pay the expensive external vendor fee.  If you don't book your photographer a room, you will be forced to pay the external vendor fee.  I can't remember what exactly it is but I want to say its something like $1,000?  double check with the resort on it, but it's pretty high.  Otherwise, if you don't want to do either, than you will need to use their preferred photographer which is onsite - Arrecife Photography.  They have a Facbeook page and you can check out their work.  I personally did not like their style of work so I've hired HDC Photography, and will be paying $120 per person for external vendor fee (total $240 b/c of photographer AND videographer).  But, my fee is lower than what you would pay because I booked my wedding in 2011 and was grandfathered into their rates at that time.

             

            Good luck!

            Originally Posted by TishaJules 

            Thank you for that info on Pastor York!  I actually contacted him and he won't be available for my wedding date of 10.12.13, but he told me that hs assistant would do the ceremony for me.  I'm about to leave my deposit for the Paradises so I just want to make sure of a few things before I leave my deposit.  I'm choosing the Aqua package...so I want to 1- make sure that I can bring my own Pastor and just pay the additional fee and 2) I can also bring my own photographer.  If not, I may be forced to look elsewhere...and that's gonna really suck because I love PPC.



            #36 Jamielynn55

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              Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:24 AM

              We hired pastor Rick york directly I feel quite comfortable that he will be there for the day of our wedding- I haven't seen one bad reference on here on his behave. His fee is rally reasonable and the vendor pass for the day at our resort is also ok. I did contact the Miami office ahead of time as they do say no outside vendors but they ok'd it and I'm in the clear :)

              #37 LoriOlivia

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                Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:32 PM

                Has anyone who has used pastor York (or another pastor) invited him to the reception itself?

                Just trying to figure out what the right etiquette  is here?

                Is it expected he has dinner?  Does he just leave after?

                 

                We booked him outside the Miami office for Paradisus Punta Cana



                #38 caribbeanmotion

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                  Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:07 PM

                  Originally Posted by LoriOlivia 

                  Has anyone who has used pastor York (or another pastor) invited him to the reception itself?

                  Just trying to figure out what the right etiquette  is here?

                  Is it expected he has dinner?  Does he just leave after?

                   

                  We booked him outside the Miami office for Paradisus Punta Cana

                   

                  We see never, that Rick stay together with the couple @ the Reception. 
                  Normal he leave just right after the ceremony, some times he has more than one wedding per day. ;)

                  But why not just ask him =) he does a great job by the way..msnwink.gif


                  #39 TishaJules

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                    Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:09 AM

                    Originally Posted by Jamielynn55 

                    We hired pastor Rick york directly I feel quite comfortable that he will be there for the day of our wedding- I haven't seen one bad reference on here on his behave. His fee is rally reasonable and the vendor pass for the day at our resort is also ok. I did contact the Miami office ahead of time as they do say no outside vendors but they ok'd it and I'm in the clear :)

                    I know that PPC ok's Pastor York because they use him as well. I don't think they consider him and "outside vendor".  I think they still charge the outside vendor fee although, but i think it's only $30 dollars or something....well, that's what they quoted me.



                    #40 TishaJules

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                      Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:14 PM

                      I booked him for my wedding and I have heard nothing but beautiful things.  I already received a sample of what he will read at my wedding and I almost hit the floor. It was so beautiful and fitting.  I almost felt hurt that I read those words before my wedding....






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