Originally Posted by Meandhim
This is my very first post, I just got engaged on April fools, two weeks ago. I am planning on having our wedding at Grand Palladium Punta Cana which is where we had our first vacation together. I am doing a little research right now as our wedding probably won't be until 2015 ( I need to Save up!). My wedding will probably have somewhere around 50 guests more or less.
So far I am finding the Palladium wedding website very confusing, and slim on information. There is no info regarding having cocktail hour, or a reception party with dancing and not much about the dinner itself. I have written an email to the wedding coordinator but I've received no response yet, which is understandable, I imagine she is very busy. Hopefully someone here can give me some inside info.
1. How far in advance should you reserve your date?
2. What is a reasonable budget for 50 people? ( I realise that price/packages will probably increase/change by 2015)
3. I notice most people seem to be doing a symbolic ceremony, why is that? Is that an easier/cheaper way to go?
4. Can you only have a beach party with the Karen Bussen Packages?
I have tons of questions but these are my top 4 right now...Thanks in advance!
Hey Congrats on your engagement! I find that palladium website confusing as well...which is why I get most of my info through these forums (SO HELPFUL) and emailing carolina....which yes, she does take a couple days to reply. I don't know about anyone else, but I find that on Fridays, she is quicker to reply.....But not the case this last time...I emailed her April 5 and still haven't heard from her :S hope everything is ok. I know she's busy.
You can book your date whenever...and yes pacakge pricing will probably go up by 2015. A symbolic ceremony is not legal. In other words...ppl who are having a symbolic wedding are gettin legally married in their hometown first and then goin to do the wedding at the Grand Palladium....or couples that are just renewing their vows. It is cheaper and less work because the paperwork that is involved to get married legally in the DR is too much for some. And I've heard that it can take quite some time and money to get the papers translated and mailed to you....
The symbolic wedding right now is $690 and that includes a semi private dinner at an a-la-carte restaurant for 20 ppl (this ppl max has now been reduced to 8 ppl though). All the other packages are Karen Bussen packages and as far as I know, they do not include a dinner. and they are only for 8 ppl max. Over 8ppl is $20 per person. I'm sure you can do a beach party (although not 100%) with a Karen Bussen package...I don't see why not. But it is extra. $15/pp for open bar (again, this is a 2013 rate) and i believe $350 for a dj and all the sound stuff. There's extra like hiring DJ Mannia (I think $550) and having a dance floor (wood or light up). anyway...that's all the info I have! lol Hope that helps! and congrats once again!