Originally Posted by jennifer11203
I need all the help I can get - I am looking to get married in Punta Cana in either July or August of 2013. I know I am late in planning. Can anyone recommend any hotels? Did you book through a travel agent? What should I look for and/or information I should ask? I am feeling really overwhelmed looking and just dont know what place to decide on. I am really not looking to spend a fourtune. I plan on staying for a week in a half to two weeks (so we can have our honeymoon there as well). I would say my total would be $7,000-$8,000. I know I am cutting it close but I really just dont know where to begin. I have a range of 15-30 people coming (most likely). I cant see anymore than 30!
I been to Punta Cana two years ago and stayed at NH Real Arena (which is now called Now Lamier - I believe), I really liked it there but I am afraid since they changed there now they are not really reliable and I am afraid to book with them. Any brides getting married here?
Thanks in advance for any help you can assist with. I really appericate it.
I'm getting married at the Esmerelda in Punta Cana next May. The way that i came to my decision is that i looked up resorts on travel websites and looked what the offered and how were the reviews. The last think you want to do is chose a hotel that your guests don't like. From there, i contacted all the wedding planners at the resorts and asked for their wedding packages, what is included and all the extras. Tell them what you are looking for and see if they are willing to work with you, ex private reception or a reception in one of the restaurants, dj etc, from my experience some resorts wouldn't let you change anything to the wedding package and the extras were crazy expensive. Once you have a round abut idea what the wedding will cost you, narrow your hotel listing. Once you have a narrowed down selection contact a TA (travel agent)and see what kind of pricing/packages she can get you. I actually used 3 different TA's, i don't know if many people would recommend this but i definitely would as i have no experience in destination weddings and by the question that they asked me and the information that they provided me i could tell who had the most experience. When they provide me with pricing i was able to then decide which resort i wanted as some of the resorts were way too expensive and i didn't feel comfortable asking my guests. And in the end i went wit h the TA that was able to provide me the best price and there was quiet a difference in price from one TA to another for the same resort.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions