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#1 tbrow813

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    Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:09 AM

    Hello! My FI and I will have out wedding at the Excellence Punta Cana Resort on May 3rd, 2014. I have been looking and reading through the threads for any additional information I could get for now. My wedding coordinator for the resort has confirmed my date and time but stated that she will get back in touch with me about 2 months before the wedding date. I just feel like I should be doing more or asking more questions. There are a few things I am interested in finding out before 2 months of the wedding date. I never been married before and have not attended to many weddings so I am a bit confused or just need further clarification on what some of the things the wedding package includes. Here are some of the questions: For the Excellenece of Love Wedding Package it is for 20 people. Would that mean 20 people including my FI and I or 20 people and my FI and I would make 22 people all together? The special silver wedding dinner that is included with the package, is that another word for reception? If so, will there be music at the reception? Do I provide my own playlist? Do we have to hire a DJ? As for color selection; do I get to choose colors or are the colors already choosen. Anyone know what type of prices the resort photographer charge? Any help will be appreciated!! Thank You All!!!!

    #2 JennelleRM

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      Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:28 AM

      I have all this info if you want to give me your email. My wedding is 11/8/14. I got the info back in May, so it may be a tad outdated, but it definitely helped to calm my nerves. If you don't want to give your email over this site, you can email the wedding coordinator and ask them to send you all of the package details. I also emailed Photo Souvenir and they sent me over a price list but said they were changing their prices soon. I'm too new on the site to be able to add attachments, etc.

       

      I believe you are included in the 20 people. The wedding dinner is a reception, but you have to pay for the dj, or for the use of their speakers so you can have an ipod. They gave me .pdf's of some premade centerpieces, bouquets, etc in each price level.

      I'm doing the gold package, so I don't have menu options for the silver level.



      #3 KWitt

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        Posted 20 December 2013 - 04:01 PM

        I have all this info if you want to give me your email. My wedding is 11/8/14. I got the info back in May, so it may be a tad outdated, but it definitely helped to calm my nerves. If you don't want to give your email over this site, you can email the wedding coordinator and ask them to send you all of the package details. I also emailed Photo Souvenir and they sent me over a price list but said they were changing their prices soon. I'm too new on the site to be able to add attachments, etc.

         

        I believe you are included in the 20 people. The wedding dinner is a reception, but you have to pay for the dj, or for the use of their speakers so you can have an ipod. They gave me .pdf's of some premade centerpieces, bouquets, etc in each price level.

        I'm doing the gold package, so I don't have menu options for the silver level.

         

        I am getting married at Excellence Playa Mujeres but i am assuming the stuff is pretty similar.  If you wouldn't main can you email me the documents to Kwolcott82314@gmail.com?? 



        #4 kellisbaby

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        Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:57 AM

        @tbrow813  I'm getting married at the EPC 1/12/15 and my experience has been similar to Jennelle's.  I have a TA who booked the room block and wedding date, and then I got sent sheets for bouquets, centerpieces, photography, etc. 

         

        I've emailed Emy Rose a few times and she has gotten back to me.  DJ is $1200 for 3 hours, outside vendor fee for photographer is $500 but does not include dinner (so I think I need to include him in my reception headcount). 

         

        It's stressful not having all the information but I think this is normal.  I've poured over all the old threads and it sounds like you get your email 2 months in advance and make your selections.  Then the day after you arrive on the resort you meet the WC in person and finalize everything.

         

        I guess that's the beauty (and curse!) of a DW.  Not much planning (which IS kind of stressful.  LOL).  Hang in there!!



        #5 DJMannia

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          Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:26 PM



          #6 shellyn

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            Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:39 AM

            I will be getting married (symbolic ceremony) on 4/16/14 and emailed EPC and received all the options. I still have a few questions, but Emy has been very responsive and helped clarify everything I've asked. I still don't know how the Silver Dinner will work for me since (1) there's only 8 total (I'm guessing they'll just scale down the sizes of the appetizers), and (2) I'm hoping this is just a dinner and not a full on reception, as we have no plans of hiring a DJ, paying for extra decorations, etc. I'm confused as to where this will happen since the questionnaire asks which restaurant and time you want your dinner at. We're getting married at 11am so hopefully they'll be able to move the dinner to a lunch hour, but if not, it's no big deal...we'll just wear our wedding clothes to lunch and will dress a little nicer for our Silver Dinner that evening. (We have the luxury of being laid back about details since it's just our immediate families at our wedding!)

             

            As for photographers, I'm not sure if they mentioned that Photosouvenir is no longer the in-house photographer...Beach Wedding Studios now is. I'm really bummed since I booked EPC because I was in love with Photosouvenir. I can still book Photosouvenir, but will be charged a $500 fee by EPC for hiring an outside vendor (not too happy about that option, but that's the nature of how resorts work). I've been in email contact with Photosouvenir about their services and can say that they are willing to customize packages (for me, I don't need a photographer for 3 hours since our wedding is for immediate family only and there won't be a real reception with dancing, etc.). Once you compare the two companies and their packages, you'll see that Photosouvenir might be worth the splurge since they seem to include more bang for the buck (can you tell I really want to hire Photosouvenir?!...I'm just trying to figure out whether I can justify the cost)!

             

            I, too, feel like I'm under-preparing for my wedding compared to friends who've planned their own weddings. However, the reason I booked a destination wedding is so I wouldn't stress like they did over the fine details. I figure that Emy would let me know if I'm missing anything, and if we realize there's a problem at the meeting we have before the wedding, things will be worked out in time. 

             

            One thing I hadn't thought about since it's an outside wedding is music (I've had friends that just walk down the beach without any music and it wasn't that weird). The wedding questionnaire Emy emailed me (which was different than the one I completed back in June 2013) asks if you have music or songs you want played and said to bring an ipod with the songs.

             

            Definitely request the options from Emy or Claribel...I received a questionnaire and options for: cake, bouquet, corsage, boutonniere, hair flower, gazebo decorations, Silver Appetizer and Dinner menu options, and floral centerpieces. 

             

            Also, if you plan on having your hair and make up done by the spa, make sure you email them as well...they're booked separately and aren't as quick to respond to you as Emy was. 

             

            If anyone has any other information that might be helpful, please let me know! Congratulations! 

             



            #7 kellisbaby

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            Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:11 PM

            @shellyn  Glad we've got another EPC bride to compare notes with!!  Your wedding is fast approaching.  Congratulations!



            #8 JennelleRM

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              Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:05 AM

              @tbrow813 congratulations on your wedding! Would you please provide us with a review of your experience?!

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