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#1 Feath07

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:47 AM

Hello Ladies!  

 

I'm planning for my April 2015 wedding and in the process of narrowing down my top resorts in the DR (Punta Cana) and wanted to see if anyone has any particular recommendations or feedback they can provide regarding the "best" resorts and family-friendly as well, since we will have children attending our wedding too.

 

I've been looking at a TON of resorts and really seem to like the Paradisus Palma Real & Punta Cana, Majestic Colonial & Elegance, Dreams Palm Breach, Sanctuary Cap Cana and NOW Larimar.  Has anyone recently gotten married at any of these resorts or looking into them as well?  I'd also be open to suggestions for any other resorts not mentioned too, since I'm still pretty early in the process of narrowing down my "top picks" and recommendations, feedback, etc. is always a huge plus.

 

I'd also really like to be married on the beach and have our reception elsewhere (inside on "solid ground') as we don't want guests to have to worry about walking around in the sand at dinner. I ideally would love to have the reception in an area with an inside and outside, so guests can be in the AC and out in the fresh air as they choose.  I have found a few places that seem to offer this, yet it's always so hard to tell from the pictures and the responses sometimes are a bit vague from the WC's. It's also a little bit difficult since we do have quite a large guest list (about 275) and know for sure that we will have at least 50 people attending (our closest friends and family) and possibly 100-150, but I really think we may only end up with 80-100 in total, although you never know for sure! So we're somewhat limited in choosing locations that only allow for a smaller number of people.  I may ask guests to RSVP sooner rather than later, so I know for sure.

 

Another concern of mine is privacy.  I know getting married on the beach isn't generally all too private, yet if anyone is aware of resorts that offer more privacy for a beach ceremony, I'd greatly appreciate it!  Also, I'll be reserving a private area for the reception to ensure we won't have any "unwanted" guests crashing the wedding. I'm open to suggestions and recommendations for the reception area as well, so feel free to send them on over! :D

 

It'd also be a huge plus to find a place that has great food too... not just average.  However, I know this varies from person to person. I,saw a few posts where people mentioned getting sick. I'm not sure if it was from the food or what, but that definitely scares me quite a bit, since it would really put a damper on my wedding day. Has anyone experienced getting sick themselves or any guests not feeling well?  Some of the reviews were a few years old so I'm hoping things have improved at those resorts since then, yet you never really know.

 

Any feedback, suggestions, recommendations, pictures, etc. would be a HUGE help and GREATLY appreciated as this process of narrowing down the resorts is pretty overwhelming for sure!!

 

 

THANKS SO MUCH!!  :)



#2 britter08

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:46 AM

Congrats! I'm a DR bride too. Getting married in November at the Dreams Palm Beach, I fell for the resort early on and have been happy with my planning and communication with them thus far. I have heard great things and looked at 100's of pictures online of the resort and weddings held there. HTH happy planning :)

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    Posted 01 April 2014 - 11:29 AM

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    #4 Meandhim

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    Posted 01 April 2014 - 04:16 PM

    Congrats! I'm getting Married April 1st 2015 at Grand Palladium Punta Cana.. We stayed there on our first Vacation and that's why we are getting married there...it's family friendly, and the food was good when we were there.


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    #5 Feath07

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    Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:43 PM

    Thanks Ladies so much, I appreciate all the feedback I can get.  Congrats to all of you as well and all the Best!!


    Congrats! I'm getting Married April 1st 2015 at Grand Palladium Punta Cana.. We stayed there on our first Vacation and that's why we are getting married there...it's family friendly, and the food was good when we were there.


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    Hi Meandhim (love the name by the way  ;) )..... I was just looking at the Grand Palladium Punta Cana today, it looks beautiful!  I sent an email inquiry regarding their wedding packages and just waiting to hear back.  I'm glad to hear the food is good too, since that's a huge plus!  Do you happen to know off-hand if they allow outside vendors?

     

    Thanks!



    #6 Meandhim

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    Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:50 AM

    The 2015 prices aren't out yet but will be by mid April. I can send you the package price that she sent me for 2014... I think they do allow outside vendors but there is a fee of $300 from what I've heard I haven't asked myself yet... Unless for example you are bringing a photographer with you they are considered a guest and not a vendor. This is busy season for them right now so it may take awhile for her to write you back. Just a warning tho if you are looking for a private beach ceremony I heard from past brides that you probably won't get it here. I'm getting married at the gazebo right next to the beach instead.


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    Here is their wedding website... The packages are pretty much the same except it $22 per person not $20

    http://www.palladium...nican-republic/


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    #7 Feath07

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    Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:49 AM

    The 2015 prices aren't out yet but will be by mid April. I can send you the package price that she sent me for 2014... I think they do allow outside vendors but there is a fee of $300 from what I've heard I haven't asked myself yet... Unless for example you are bringing a photographer with you they are considered a guest and not a vendor. This is busy season for them right now so it may take awhile for her to write you back. Just a warning tho if you are looking for a private beach ceremony I heard from past brides that you probably won't get it here. I'm getting married at the gazebo right next to the beach instead.


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    Here is their wedding website... The packages are pretty much the same except it $22 per person not $20

    http://www.palladium...nican-republic/


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    That would be so great!  I'd love to see the packages they offer and thanks for the info on the beach.  I think it's pretty much a given it won't be too private if you choose the beach, so I may need to look into other options as well.

     

    My close friends are professional photographers, so they were going to shoot our wedding, so that's great news they'll be considered guests, since they actually will be as well.

     

    I appreciate you getting back to me so quickly!  Here's my email for the wedding packages:  etwedding15@gmail.com

     

    Thanks again!



    #8 MrandMrsBonitto2016

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    Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:00 AM

    Congrats:)


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    #9 Feath07

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    Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:41 PM

    OOps never mind MeandHim I just realized the packages are in the link you gave me.  Thanks again, so much!



    #10 ChristienEarnest

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      Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:32 PM

      @Meandhim

      Could you send me the price list as well. I will PM you my contact information.
      I am looking at Dreams Loc Cabo, Dreams Punta Cana and Dreams La Romana. And I need to narrow it down to one resort.

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