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Originally Posted by brownsugarbride View Post

 

 

Oh sorry, I forgot to include that! I had planned for 60 at the maximum.  At this rate, FH and I will be eloping! LOL

 

60 is a good number.... we have limited our invites to parents, siblings and each of our best friends (and of course every ones other halves)   There were some bumps in the road last week that had me frustrated to which my Fiance responded with " Forget everyone - You & Me in Monaco sounds great right about now!"

 

It actually sounded like a Wonderful idea ; )

 

If it's just the two of you.. Maybe St. Lucia is doable... hahah

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Hi Lori, I have my heart set on July 12th (my moms bday) and right now I'm thinking Barcelo Maya Palace too. My concerns are: Is July too hot for outdoor reception? If not, is strawberry package too expensive? Are there any resorts that might be a better fit for us? Am I waiting too darn long and should I hurry up and book?!!! Can you tell me why you chose Barcelo? I have been seeing Now Jade on this forum a lot and wondering if I should look into them. Congratulations on fellow July 2014 bride!!!!!!!
Hello Borgesn, Totally understand your concerns, picking the resort has by far been the hardest part. One our #1 must haves was an all inclusive family friendly resort. The appearance of the beach also had a lot to do with our decision. Based on reviews and pictures we found that Riviera Maya had the best beaches. We decided on Barcelo for various reasons: - we were going to have a catholic ceremony and they have a chapel in the resort (now we aren't and their gazebo for symbolic ceremony is amazing) - Overall reviews on the hotel/weddings at the Barcelo have been very good as well and the pictures look amazing. i also met someone who got married there and highly recommended it. - My fiancé and I aren't too worried about the weather (it's paradise it's suppose to be hot lol) - I must admit their packages are "alright" and we decided the best one for now is the mint breeze but that may change. Even though it has an indoor reception I think I can deal with that and I will get to wear heels! -last but not least the rates were pretty good since I don't want my guests spending no more than $1300 I don't think it's too late to book since we are still a year out. My date is on hold right now until I book my stay. This has me a little worried because I won't be able to book until August since flights for July 2014 aren't out yet. They hold your date for 2 months and I reserved back in March. I'm actually waiting to hear back from the WC to make sure my date is still on hold. When searching for resorts I just knew this was "the one". I hope you find yours! Hope this helped, Good luck :)

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Originally Posted by borgesn View Post

 

 

Hi Lori,

 

I have my heart set on July 12th (my moms bday) and right now I'm thinking Barcelo Maya Palace too. My concerns are:

Is July too hot for outdoor reception?

If not, is strawberry package too expensive?

Are there any resorts that might be a better fit for us?

Am I waiting too darn long and should I hurry up and book?!!!

 

Can you tell me why you chose Barcelo? I have been seeing Now Jade on this forum a lot and wondering if I should look into them.

 

Congratulations on fellow July 2014 bride!!!!!!!

 

Hi Borgesn,

 

I am a fellow Barcelo Bride. I'm getting married at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana, DR. I chose Barcelo simply because I've stayed at other resorts and not many compare to the Barcelo chain. The grounds are kept clean, maintained, the ambience is wonderful. It's always a great time. I regretably stayed at the GR Solaris in Cancun and wished I had stayed at a Barcelo. You have to make the right decision for you. If you are looking for a place where your guests are going to feel welcome and have a great time, Barcelo has a wonderful animation team.

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First Off, Hiiiiiii and Congratulations to the new brides on the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!! welcome.gifSo I just wanted to update you girls on what I'm doing. I have sent out the invitations on Sunday and people are completely blown away from them. I have a family member of my FI's side who just received their invitation today all the way in California who already booked her trip!woot.gif I am so happy about the response but now I'm a little worried I excited them too much! LOL

 

OAN, I've gone into a planning frenzy and started buying raffia fans, seashells, candles, etc.

 

 

Brownsugar,

 

WHy didn't they mention their fee before? That sucks. I hope your WC can work something out with them so you can have your dream wedding.

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Originally Posted by MissJali View Post

 

 

 

 

Brownsugar,

 

WHy didn't they mention their fee before? That sucks. I hope your WC can work something out with them so you can have your dream wedding.

 

Miss Jali-

 

They JUST announced the new fee, which I can't help but think has something to do with the fact that they are becoming more and more popular. *sigh*

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Hello Borgesn, Totally understand your concerns, picking the resort has by far been the hardest part. One our #1 must haves was an all inclusive family friendly resort. The appearance of the beach also had a lot to do with our decision. Based on reviews and pictures we found that Riviera Maya had the best beaches. We decided on Barcelo for various reasons: - we were going to have a catholic ceremony and they have a chapel in the resort (now we aren't and their gazebo for symbolic ceremony is amazing) - Overall reviews on the hotel/weddings at the Barcelo have been very good as well and the pictures look amazing. i also met someone who got married there and highly recommended it. - My fiancé and I aren't too worried about the weather (it's paradise it's suppose to be hot lol) - I must admit their packages are "alright" and we decided the best one for now is the mint breeze but that may change. Even though it has an indoor reception I think I can deal with that and I will get to wear heels! -last but not least the rates were pretty good since I don't want my guests spending no more than $1300 I don't think it's too late to book since we are still a year out. My date is on hold right now until I book my stay. This has me a little worried because I won't be able to book until August since flights for July 2014 aren't out yet. They hold your date for 2 months and I reserved back in March. I'm actually waiting to hear back from the WC to make sure my date is still on hold. When searching for resorts I just knew this was "the one". I hope you find yours! Hope this helped, Good luck :)
Thank you so much! Your advice definitely helps! Did you book a photographer? If you don't mind, how many days is it for under $1300. My goal is to book a resort by this weekend before I lose my marbles! Lol

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Hi Borgesn, I am a fellow Barcelo Bride. I'm getting married at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana, DR. I chose Barcelo simply because I've stayed at other resorts and not many compare to the Barcelo chain. The grounds are kept clean, maintained, the ambience is wonderful. It's always a great time. I regretably stayed at the GR Solaris in Cancun and wished I had stayed at a Barcelo. You have to make the right decision for you. If you are looking for a place where your guests are going to feel welcome and have a great time, Barcelo has a wonderful animation team.
Hi Borgesn, I am a fellow Barcelo Bride. I'm getting married at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana, DR. I chose Barcelo simply because I've stayed at other resorts and not many compare to the Barcelo chain. The grounds are kept clean, maintained, the ambience is wonderful. It's always a great time. I regretably stayed at the GR Solaris in Cancun and wished I had stayed at a Barcelo. You have to make the right decision for you. If you are looking for a place where your guests are going to feel welcome and have a great time, Barcelo has a wonderful animation team.
Thanks MissJali! They definitely have great reviews! When is your wedding date? I'm going to make a decision with the FI this weekend before I go nuts! Lol

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Thank you so much! Your advice definitely helps! Did you book a photographer? If you don't mind, how many days is it for under $1300. My goal is to book a resort by this weekend before I lose my marbles! Lol
I haven't booked the photographer yet. I'm going on a site visit next month and I want to confirm everything first before I book the photographer. I can tell you how much I paid to go this July for 4 days it was $1098.

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Originally Posted by MissJali View Post

 

First Off, Hiiiiiii and Congratulations to the new brides on the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!! welcome.gifSo I just wanted to update you girls on what I'm doing. I have sent out the invitations on Sunday and people are completely blown away from them. I have a family member of my FI's side who just received their invitation today all the way in California who already booked her trip!woot.gif I am so happy about the response but now I'm a little worried I excited them too much! LOL

 

OAN, I've gone into a planning frenzy and started buying raffia fans, seashells, candles, etc.

 

 

Brownsugar,

 

WHy didn't they mention their fee before? That sucks. I hope your WC can work something out with them so you can have your dream wedding.

Thanks for the welcome MissJali!  Congrats to you too!  Thanks super exciting that you sent out your invites.  

 

I totally understand about the planning/shopping frenzy.. I can't stop buying things.

 

I'm kind of not really even engaged yet LOL - we have been together for 6 years (as of a few days ago) and back in October we a small convo about getting married... ever since then I have been planning and shopping!     We told everyone that is invited in April and will be sending the STDs in July - I then will be sending little surprises to everyone every three months up to two weeks before then wedding.   I'm so obsessed with all these things I hope everyone appreciates them.

 

Do you have pictures of you invites?

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