@flaca313 No guests stayed at the reserve, everyone stayed at PPR. Did you do the "Love at first site" package? highly recommended. Plus the money you spent staying there goes towards the wedding. I did the Taylor made package with 49 adults. I HIGHLY recommend getting the violinist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even though he was a little pricey, almost $600. Everyone raved about him... he played with an electric violin with speakers, along with a mixer.. it made the ceremony very elegant. After the wedding, my guests and hotel guests couldn't stop taking about him!!!! (PS i thought i was getting someone with a wooden violin with a music stand and book) i wish i could show you the videos =(.
Any way let me start from the beginning... It was raining cats and dogs the night before the wedding and overcasted for 3 days before the wedding. On the day of the wedding it was 100% chance of rain all day, however all day it was pretty much just very overcasted with clouds, no rain. 2 hours before the wedding while i was taking "getting ready pics' before the wedding. My wedding coordinator comes to my room and tells me to consider moving my wedding from Naos beach to indoors where I had my BBQ (i was supposed to have a welcome BBQ on the beach but there was heavy rain) Mariela (my wedding coordinator) explained to me once I start walking for the ceremony and it starts raining, she can move any equipment and she would have to marry us near Avenue bar in a 5 minute ceremony!!! LOL We looked on our phones to see the weather radar and a HUGE storm was literally miles of the coast of Punta cana.... she was urging us to make our decision soon because once our wedding gazebo went up it couldnt come down.
Me and my husband decided to still have it on the beach and for all our guests to bring umbrellas lol. We had to sign a waiver saying that guests cannot hold the hotel responsible if they get wet in the rain or if other things happen.
Nonetheless it didn't rain, but my pastor didn't show up!!!! I hired Pastor Mark Lykins for a christain blessing. He had another wedding that was running 45 minutes late so he never made mine nor did he call the hotel to say he wasn't coming!!! So Mariela, my wedding coordinator made some phone calls and got another offciate to do my ceremony. He did a GREAT job, thank God!!! Mariela later told me he was included in the wedding package, it was considered a symbolic ceremony.
So i had my wedding on the beach. Afterwards My husband and I took pictures on the beach, while guests enjoyed coctail hour in PLAZA COLONIAL across from avenue bar. We also rented a monkey for an hour to entertain guests. I also had the Dominican trio, they were cute but i wouldnt hire them again lol
Reception was at Market grill.... it turned out great. DJ was OK (abentos). I met with the company and told them what I wanted, however it seems like they didnt listen. For example For the first dance I only wanted 1:30min of the song to be played then everyone to join us on the dance floor but they kept playing the song... which annoyed me a little.
I had buffet #1, everyone seemed to like it. We also had crazy hour.. which wasnt an hour, more like half hour. I didnt mine that because everyone was having such a great time drinking and dancing so I didnt care. They were entertaining however.
I will post pics once I figure it out =)
@mrandmrbonitto2016 thank you.. hope you find this helpful
The First Look!!
The Tailor Made bouquet
cocktail hour with the monkey
If it wasn't for the havoc that was created with my pastor not showing up and the weather, I wouldve definately taken more pictures...