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#71 Jenn963

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    Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

    Originally Posted by Meandhim 

    Hi Everyone!

     

    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!



    #72 gingergirl2013

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      Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

      Hi :)

      Thanks for all the info! If you could send me pics, that would be awesome..



      #73 Jessica1005

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        Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:05 AM

        Just got back! it was amazing!



        #74 Jessica1005

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          Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:35 AM

          Has anyone that been married there been given vows to read to eachother by Carolina? We somehow didn't save a copy when we left the gazebo and I would like the wording for my photo book! Please please please send me the wording if she did, id know it if I seen it! I imagine it's standard. I emailed her last week but haven't gotten a reply

          #75 Bride2B1130

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            Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:47 AM

            Hey Ladies! I wanted to share this with the brides on here.  There is a deal with Living Social for a 3 night Grand Palladium Stay for $799.  The only catch is that it is only around a select few airports which include: BWI, CLE, PHL, and PIT.  Thought I would share this news with everyone.  Now that the traveling part is out of the way..I finally got the documents needed to get married in the DR.  I believe Carolina was on vacation for a bit so I am planning on asking her what I should do now that this is taken care of.  Any ideas on what buildings on the Bavaro side are the best to stay (the most updated)?



            #76 Jenn963

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              Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

              Does anyone know roughly how long the aisle is at the gazebo?? I need to know for my aisle runner. Please let me know. I asked Carolina and she said 13m or 42 feet. But that seems WAY too long to be true. I don't think she understands that I only want the runner to be as long as the guest seating up until the bottom of the stairs. I've attached a pic with a diagram of what the measurement I want. Posted Image

              #77 Bride2B1130

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                Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

                Has anyone had to deal with Carolina sending new services forms and then stating that these 'services' have recently changed? There is starting to be conflicting information and I know she is busy however, now isn't the time less than 4 months from the wedding. I only ask because we signed an agreement back in September 2012 using the Crystal Wedding Package and it stated that it was up to 20 guests. Now, they are saying that it is up to 8 guests and that won't work. Although I mentioned to her that there may be up to 40 guests (we estimated on the high side) we really thought there wouldn't be that many people showing up. My main issue is that she is amending an agreement when it was already agreed upon in September of 2012. Any other brides dealing with this? I know she sends a lot of custom generated emails but I quite frankly don't send custom information that is not based upon our agreed terms. I also know they want more money and we agreed we would pay that fee should our number rise about 20. But this is absolutely ridiculous. Thoughts? Comments? Everything was going rather smooth (as smooth as it could be) until...now

                #78 Bride2B1130

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                  Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:14 AM

                  Hi Jenn963! Is that the gazebo located in Grand Palladium Punta Cana? I hear there are two gazebos. Is that the case?

                  #79 Jenn963

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                    Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

                    hi bride2b1130  ; i think it goes by whatever you signed...so if at the time u signed up for the crystal package for 20 ppl, that's the agreement that should be kept.  I know I have the silver package which includes up to 20 ppl as well but brides after me say there's a max of 8 only.  So i guess that just changed within this past year.  Your best bet is to go back through your emails and see what she sent you and save that and bring it to her to show her at the time of your wedding so you don't get charged more. 

                     

                    Also, it was the beach gazebo I was wondering about.  I know there's a garden one but it's all good.  A bride who got married there earlier this year helped me out already...so 30ft it is :) thanks :)



                    #80 Bride2B1130

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                      Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:53 PM

                      Hi Jenn 963, I did go through my emails and drag and dropped the information we had previously signed. It was a honest mistake and it was corrected. Something like that puts me in a whirlwind but it is all okay at the moment. So you're saying there is a garden gazebo and an ocean facing gazebo. Are the views the same?




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