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#81 shaeshae18

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    Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:12 PM

    Originally Posted by angelnjewels 

    Hi Ladies,

    So my formal invites are out, I have my dress and I am getting excited because it's becoming more real!!!!



    I am wondering if any of you have decided on your bridesmaids gifts. I was thinking of buying their dresses along with a spa treatment at the resort and spa robes.., is that too much?


    I'd probably skip on the spa robes. I think buying their dresses and doing the spa treatment is great!


    -S

    #82 angelnjewels

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      Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:27 AM

      Originally Posted by shaeshae18 


      I'd probably skip on the spa robes. I think buying their dresses and doing the spa treatment is great!

      Thank you! Yes we know its expensive for people so we are trying to do as much as we can. I may skip the robes and do the t-shirts or tops that say Bridesmaid...I may just get a white robe for myself..haha!!!

       

       

      Is anyone getting the bridal suite? I think i will get it or book a room at the reserve...


      Can't wait to marry my best friend and love of my life...


      #83 shaeshae18

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        Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:42 PM

        Originally Posted by angelnjewels 

        Thank you! Yes we know its expensive for people so we are trying to do as much as we can. I may skip the robes and do the t-shirts or tops that say Bridesmaid...I may just get a white robe for myself..haha!!!

         

         

        Is anyone getting the bridal suite? I think i will get it or book a room at the reserve...

        I'm planning to do the tank tops that say bridesmaid, too. My friend did robes and it's been 2 months and I haven't worn it once since. It looked GREAT in the pix, but it was a gift for her bc it was a gift for her pix really, not for us - at least, not for me bc I don't ever use robes! I thought it was a nice gesture, just saying that it wasn't useful for me. I don't know any girls who wear robes really.


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        #84 IslandGirl808

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          Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

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          We chose PPR for the same reason. While doing our TTD, our photographer took us to another resort my husband and I were considering in our initial search and we looked at each other and made that "ugh face" and shook our heads no and knew exactly what each other meant. Any resort can look nice in photos, but PPR impresses just as much in person and I think that is the key. The resort looks EXACTLY like it does in pictures. Where we did our TTD- it looked amazing in pictures but I can tell you from being there in person it did not impress in the least. My husband said he would have been pissed had we booked that resort. We wanted our guests to have the luxury experience too and PPR definitely does not disappoint. We had 2 bridal party members stay at Catalonia and while they said the service was nice, when they came to PPR they said they regretted not splurging a bit and staying with us. Yes PPR is probably one of the most expensive resorts- but you get what you pay for. We considered staying somewhere cheaper for guests but look- even our guests wished they had spent the extra money for the extra luxury.

           

          There are MINOR glitches- that someone picky like my mother complained about. To me- they were things that happen everywhere, I have been to several all inclusives and know what to expect so they didn't bother me. For example- making a reservation for dinner and getting to the restaurant to be told you aren't on the list. Even in the event that happened- we ended up being seated or we just went to the buffet. You're on vacation! Who cares about silly little things.

           

          I took a TON of pics of the various locations- Apollo ballroom, Apollo Terrace, the restaurants, the beaches, the rooms etc- to give you girls some insight but my phone was stolen at my AHR I have a few of the Chill out chic ceremony set up on the beach and the Aqua reception set up on the beach (from our wedding)... : ( I am planning on writing my review shortly and I will come back and post a link so you ladies can see it. I took a ton of pics- 1,000 to be exact and then my phone was stolen. I still have from my guests though, so I will definitely post for you girls. The resort photographs beautifully. You are all going to love it!

           

          You did not make a mistake choosing this resort. 

           

          It is SUCH a relief to read this. The last thing I want after getting to the resort is to be disappointed and regret choosing PPR. I've combed the internet for reviews of this place, and while I did come across some not so great ones, the great majority of feedback was really positive and the non-professional pics look great. I agree that a photographer can easily make a not-so-hot place look amazing... but I don't want my wedding destination to just look good in pics, I want to also feel great about it when we're actually there along w/ everyone else. As for the price... I figure since we're going all the way there and spending all this money, may as well make sure the resort we stay at is something special, right? As far as rooms we've chosen to stay The Reserve w/ both our entire fams.

           

          There's never going to be a place that is like 100% perfect 100% of the time. I agree about choosing your battles when it comes to glitches - put your foot down for what's important but don't sweat the small stuff.

           

          Congrats to all the brides, future and past!!! :cheers:



          #85 Nena Martinez

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            Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:40 PM

            Hello and sorry to all of you who have reached out to me and have not gotten a response! :)

             

            I cancelled my wedding at PPR and switch it to Ecuador next year. Now, we will be taking advantage of our resort credit and having our honeymoon there! I can't wait!!! I hope to see you brides during our stay next August!

             

            Happy Planning and REMEMBER: breath, stay positive and enjoy the planning! :woot:

             

            Xoxo

             

            Liz



            #86 angelnjewels

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              Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:42 PM

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              Originally Posted by Nena Martinez 
               

              Hello and sorry to all of you who have reached out to me and have not gotten a response! :)

               

              I cancelled my wedding at PPR and switch it to Ecuador next year. Now, we will be taking advantage of our resort credit and having our honeymoon there! I can't wait!!! I hope to see you brides during our stay next August!

               

              Happy Planning and REMEMBER: breath, stay positive and enjoy the planning! :woot:

               

              Xoxo

               

              Liz

              Hi Liz,

               

              Congrats on your new wedding plans! I hope you enjoy your honeymoon at PPR...:) 


              Can't wait to marry my best friend and love of my life...


              #87 Nena Martinez

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                Posted 03 September 2013 - 07:33 PM

                Thank you angelnjewels!! 😊 Same to you and your future hubby!! I hope to see you in The Nest and The Bump blogs!! Lol Enjoy!

                #88 IslandGirl808

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                  Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:00 AM

                  Hi ladies, I'm about to turn in my Romance Contract and put a deposit down for a date for May of 2014. There was one thing that was concerning me though, and I haven't heard back from the Romance sales person about it. It's on the 2nd page, 2nd Paragraph:

                   

                   "For weddings booked and/or paid to directly with the Resort: Initial deposit not exceeding USD$10,000.00 are accepted with credit card. Subsequent deposits are accepted only with wire transfers or certified check. Additional payments made with credit card after the initial deposit will be subject to a surcharge of 5% administration fee. This will be absorbed by the client. Please note that in some cases your local bank my charge an additional fee in accordance to the Exchange rate. We encourage you to check this in advance as the hotel will not be responsible for any charges."

                   

                  For those who have already turned in their contract... does the above mean that when you pay for the balance of the wedding package with the same credit card that you put the deposit on, that balance will be subject to a 5% admin charge? I want to make sure this is NOT the case. My interpretation of above is that anything I plan directly with the resort APART from what's included in the wedding package (i.e. Aqua, Fantasy, etc.) is subject to that 5% admin fee. Now when my balance for the original wedding package is due, Ask Me will NOT charge me 5% for that package. Is this correct?

                   

                  Please can someone clarify!!



                  #89 EVKnowsitall

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                    Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:50 AM

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                    Originally Posted by IslandGirl808 
                     

                    Hi ladies, I'm about to turn in my Romance Contract and put a deposit down for a date for May of 2014. There was one thing that was concerning me though, and I haven't heard back from the Romance sales person about it. It's on the 2nd page, 2nd Paragraph:

                     

                     "For weddings booked and/or paid to directly with the Resort: Initial deposit not exceeding USD$10,000.00 are accepted with credit card. Subsequent deposits are accepted only with wire transfers or certified check. Additional payments made with credit card after the initial deposit will be subject to a surcharge of 5% administration fee. This will be absorbed by the client. Please note that in some cases your local bank my charge an additional fee in accordance to the Exchange rate. We encourage you to check this in advance as the hotel will not be responsible for any charges."

                     

                    For those who have already turned in their contract... does the above mean that when you pay for the balance of the wedding package with the same credit card that you put the deposit on, that balance will be subject to a 5% admin charge? I want to make sure this is NOT the case. My interpretation of above is that anything I plan directly with the resort APART from what's included in the wedding package (i.e. Aqua, Fantasy, etc.) is subject to that 5% admin fee. Now when my balance for the original wedding package is due, Ask Me will NOT charge me 5% for that package. Is this correct?

                     

                    Please can someone clarify!!

                     

                    That is incorrect. We had the option of a bank wire transfer, certified bank check, or credit card. The 5% charge is on the total package and the wedding extras- so lets say your entire wedding cost is $10,000- that's what the 5% charge is on- the entire amount of the balance- not just the deposit. The cheapest way to pay is a bank wire transfer. We calculated each form of payment. The most expensive is paying by credit card because depending on your package- that price can soar. Sending them a bank certified check- you have to fed ex it and fed ex charged us $60 to send our documents to the church- and they were lost along the way. The wire transfer depends on your bank- but I was able to submit it online through Chase- I don't remember but the charge was less than $25 I believe and the resort also assesses a $25 fee to accept- so we ended up paying $50 as opposed to all the other options which were far more expensive.


                    Happily married to the love of my life- since July 5, 2013

                    #90 IslandGirl808

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                      Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:04 PM

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                      Originally Posted by EVKnowsitall 
                       

                       

                      That is incorrect. We had the option of a bank wire transfer, certified bank check, or credit card. The 5% charge is on the total package and the wedding extras- so lets say your entire wedding cost is $10,000- that's what the 5% charge is on- the entire amount of the balance- not just the deposit. The cheapest way to pay is a bank wire transfer. We calculated each form of payment. The most expensive is paying by credit card because depending on your package- that price can soar. Sending them a bank certified check- you have to fed ex it and fed ex charged us $60 to send our documents to the church- and they were lost along the way. The wire transfer depends on your bank- but I was able to submit it online through Chase- I don't remember but the charge was less than $25 I believe and the resort also assesses a $25 fee to accept- so we ended up paying $50 as opposed to all the other options which were far more expensive.

                       

                      EVKnowsitall you are a godsend to these Palma Real discussions. Thanks for the info. I was simply going to do payments with credit card and yup, 5% of $10K+ will end up working out to a huge "admin fee." We also bank with Chase so great to know there is an online wire transfer option... we will take this payment route.






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