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@@MrandMrsBonitto2016 Hey Hun! It is going good. I finally picked my dress and ordered it. We have sent invites out and so far have no "no" rsvps.I cant believe we are about 8-9 months out! Now I am trying to get my decor all pictured in mind. Its so hard for me to just visualize what I want it to look like and express it in a document. 

 

How is your planning going??

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I still have a lot of time. So I'm working on the guest list. And I plan to out a deposit down next month. Are you still using Kukua?

You have to share your dress pic girl.@@tasha682

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For anyone thinking of having a destination wedding in Punta Cana, Kukua Beach Club is the place to go. The place is gorgeous! The website is nice but in person it's unbelievable. We had a taste test a few days before our big day and the food was to die for. I am not exaggerating one bit. It was some of the best food I'd ever had :)

 

Bego, her husband and wonderful staff are all super accommodating and easy to work with. They will ensure your vision is completed.

 

The day of my wedding I had a room to me and my bridal party to get ready. It's breath-taking (especially for your photos).

 

The ceremony was the most beautiful and perfect ceremony I could have ever imagined. It went better than any dreams I may have had earlier.

 

The dinner was amazing (but we knew it would be from our earlier taste test) and all of my guests were shocked at how delicious and beautiful everything was.

 

Lastly, the party was incredible. We had the most fun EVER. The lights, sounds, everything was perfect.

 

All in all, we could not have asked for anything better. Our wedding was more than we ever hoped for. Recommend Kukua 150%!!!!

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A week ago my now husband and I got married in Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant. Our 50 guests and us are completely IN LOVE with Bego and all the Kukua stuff! From our first email with Bego to the last day in Punta Cana - we received nothing but love, support, lots of kisses and hugs! Bego answered all my questions though emails within hours (sometimes even minutes). We chose Coral & Turquoise colors for our wedding and Bego did an AMAZING job and was always there to offer suggestions and incorporate every single detail we ask her. The center pieces - WOW! All the credit goes to her! Food - YUM! All the dishes were fresh and delicious (we chose menu 1 option).

Weather in Punta Cana in November is unpredictable but dont you worry about that if your wedding is in Kukua! It was pouring all morning on our wedding day but when we arrived to Kukua to get ready and do our make-up we were greeted by smiles, hugs and huge umbrellas :) (btw, Bego organized all the transportation for us and our 50 guests few of which stayed at different resorts). Kukua's house/special drink was waiting for us (champagne sangria with fresh fruits) and I was told to go upstairs and worry about nothing as they prepare for plan B :) Although rain stopped for the ceremony and we were able to have it on the beach as planned, our dance floor was moved from open lounge/ pool area to covered private Palapa for all the dancing and Crazy Hour. They moved the open bar to palapa as well and it was perfect! So even if it rains, dont worry- Bego will make sure everything is still perfect and your Big Day will be nothing but amazing! If you want to impress all of your guests and make your wedding pictures unforgettable and super colorful and unique, get FIRE SHOW AND CRAZY HOUR!!!!!!! Our family and friends still tell us how much fun they had and how amazed they were by the fire show! (All you need to do is just mention it to Bego and she will organize everything for you!) I could go on and on but I will just finish here by saying if you chose Kukua for you wedding day - you will not be disappointed! You will be in love with Bego and Kukua just like we are! and you can thank me later :)

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I was recently married at Kukua (November 10th) and I cannot say enough good things about Bego, her staff and the location. From day one planning was super easy and stress free. I am usually a bit of a control freak, but found myself relaxing in my planning because I had total confidence in Bego, especially after seeing pictures of how she had decorated other weddings. She was extremely responsive with every email I sent her, and I usually didn’t go more than 24 hours without a response. During the planning process I would send Bego pictures and ideas of what I had envisioned, and she seemed to really understand.  We met Bego for the first time 2 days before the wedding, and then set our menu the day before. She was everything I thought she would be, absolutely lovely! We had a quick hello 2 days before, because she had another wedding, and then we spent about 3 hours with her the day before our wedding. We came for a tasting, which we thought would be a sample of the menu. We were surprised when they took us through the entire 3 courses, along with a pitcher of our welcome drink (white Sangria-AMAZING!). We were stuffed! The food was absolutely phenomenal. We had the ceviche and fresh chips (I have never had better ceviche in my life), my personal favorite – chicken croquettes and the main course was chicken and fish with veggies. We were blown away with quality of food for a very fair price. As good as the food was, the cake was what really….took the cake! I forgot to tell Bego what flavour I wanted, so she guessed, and her guess was bang on. It was a mixture of chocolate, Pineapple and another tropical fruit, and it was unreal. My Maid of Honour had 4 pieces, and she is the size of a pin. Most of our guests had more than 1 piece as well.

 

We were really worried leading up to our wedding day because the forecast was sunny all week, except our day. There looked to be a 60-70% chance of rain, right at the moment of our vows. Bego assured us that she had a backup plan in place, so we knew no matter what, we would be taken care of. Weather is a huge stressor for an outdoor wedding, and we felt so confident going into our wedding day that no matter what, it would be perfect. And it was. In the end we had clear skies all day. We were lucky enough to be staying at the Bahia Principe, which is literally right next door to Kukua. When the big day came up myself and my bridesmaids walked literally 5 minutes next door to start getting ready. I used Kristie-Ann for hair, so it was easier (and cheaper) to use the bridal suite at Kukua for getting ready. This made things so stress free for us. We began hair at 11:30 for a 4 pm ceremony (since I had 5 bridesmaids). The suite was perfect for us, once the air conditioning kicked in! We spent over 4 hours in there, listening to music, sipping on champagne and getting ready. The amazing Fausto was there to help us with anything we needed. We even ordered some appetizers to nibble on. When I walked out to the reception and ceremony area for the first time, I was blown away! In the grand scheme of things I gave Bego very little to go on in terms of décor. I told her the colours I like, and that I enjoy romantic/shabby chic styles, but that was really it. She told me that she gets a feeling from the bride while getting to know them, and that is how she decorates, and she had me down to a tee. I was in love with every bit of decoration. I’ve been to many destination weddings, and usually the décor is minimal because the surrounding you are in is usually beautiful on its own. So I was so happy to see all the little details you would have at home in a local wedding. She had literally thought of every detail. The ceremony went perfectly, and Marc Lykins did a wonderful job of officiating. Once it was over our guests went into cocktail hour while the bridal party did pictures. From there we went into dinner and speeches, which all flowed very well. Once we were all fed and cried out we made our way to the party area. As much as I loved every details of our ceremony and dinner, the best part of our whole day was when the party began. The wonderful MC got a good sense of our group, who were all very sunburnt and sweaty, and declared the pool open instead of the dance floor. It only took a few minutes for our Best Man to jump in fully clothed! From there it was a chain reaction, and with the exception of me (and my dress), our entire group was in the pool. I loved that Bego was totally fine with this! The rest of the evening was spent in the pool, instead of the dance floor. The music was AWESOME! Most of our group were in our 30’s, so listening to 90’s R&B and pop was perfect for us. The drinks were flowing and people were having  a great time. The staff was so much fun, and incredibly attentive. We even got Elaina (not sure of spelling) up on the dance floor with us to show some merengue moves!

 

Our entire day blew my expectations out of the water. There was not one detail I would have changed from beginning to end. We had so many guests tell us that this was the best destination wedding they have ever been to! Not that it’s a contest….but it’s definitely nice to hear! I am so thankful that we stumbled across Kukua when we were doing our planning, and I will never regret our decision. Thank you Bego, and all of your team for your incredible hospitality! I wish you all the success in the world!

 

And as a side note, for all you dog lovers out there, be sure to meet Kua, the cutest dog ever!

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@@MrandMrsBonitto2016 Hey there! Its been a while. I am totally still using Kukua. We are about 6 months out which is crazy! Bego is still amazing! How are you coming with your plans?


For all previous Kukua Brides I have a question!!!

 

  1. What cake flavor did you choose? How did it turn out? I am going to do a tasting here in NC just to get a feel for different combos we like but I am scared the flavors will be different in DR. 
  2. Did you give the DJ an entire playlist? 
  3. When you met with Bego a few days before did she have the entire place set up to show you the decor?

 

Thanks!

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@@tasha682

 

1. I forgot to tell Bego a flavour so she chose for us. She picked the most popular one, which was a mix of chocolate, pineapple and I can't remember the third, but I think it was passionfruit. It was unreal. Our guests could not stop talking about it, and people asked for multiple pieces. You can't go wrong if you choose that flavour.

2. We only gave the DJ the songs that we needed for walking down the aisle, first dance etc. Otherwise he picked it all for us. We had no complaints about the music. We knew all of the songs, and there were a lot of fun throwbacks in there. You can request any song in the night and he will find it for you.

3. Bego did not have everything set up for us, and we were ok with that. It would have been a ton of work for her to set it all up ahead of time, and they are still operating as a restaurant during the day. She showed me some of her decor and asked if I liked stuff, but that was it. At the same time, we didn't push for it. My fiance and I were pretty confident that she would give us what we wanted. And I thought it would be more fun for me if the decor was a surprise. But everyone is different! In the end I couldn't have asked for a better set up for my personal taste.

 

I hope that helps!

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DEFINITELY RECOMMEND KUKUA!!! 

 

We had the perfect wedding day and hope you will too! Wedding date was Nov. 8, 2014.

 

Services used:

15 guests

DJ and MC - Raul is AMAZING AND SO FUNNY!

Saxophonist - PERFECT!

Fireshow - STUNNING and GRACEFUL

Cake - Beautiful and tasty! Everyone complimented how yummy it was! (Tier 1 vanilla/passionfruit, tier 2 almond/chocolate) CAKE WAS SO GOOD!

 

Pros:

-BEGO!! She is a great sales person, but will make sure you get EVERYTHING you want perfectly on your wedding day, to the last details. She tended to all the decoration details and made everything look so beautiful.

-FLEXIBILITY! Everything is customizable to your desire

-Staff/service, everyone made us feel so welcome and special

-All the vendors through Bego were really on point

-AND BEGO!!!

 

Cons:

-Non exclusive beach, so although people kept their distance during the ceremony. It was a little challenging to take pictures after, but we managed okay.

 

From the start:

Bego was always very responsive. ALWAYS! We made lots of changes and she was so accommodating. We made deposits via Western Union and had no problems.

 

3 days before the wedding:

We met with Bego in person. Went through all the details of the wedding. She had a sample table set up, it was so beautiful. We had a 'tasting' which really was eating the whole meal in full portions. We even set up a plan B in case it rained...

 

Day of the wedding:

Perfection! Bego tended to every detail, all we had to do was enjoy it. 

 

If we had to do it all over again, we would do it exactly the same!

 

THANK YOU TO BEGO AND EVERYONE AT KUKUA!! Love and kisses to you all!

 

Tips:

Ask a friend to officiate to save some $

Ask your guests to bring swimsuit/towels to jump in the pool

Do only 1 hour of dinner drinks, more time for the party openbar (min 2hrs)

Definitely get the DJ/MC

Good fake flowers still look really nice

 

Other:

We stayed at Paradisus Palma Real, used Ambrozy Studio for photography, and Diego Films for video.

 

Flowers:

bouquet - wedideas.com

decorations - bought some from afloral.com

 

Hair/makeup:

Hair - salon at Paradisus Palma Real

Makeup - self

 

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Hello Everyone.

 

I got married at the Kukua in October.  All I can say is WOW.  We are so glad we chose the Kukua.  We originally were going to get married at The Royalton where we all stayed but once I saw the Kukua venue pictures online and read all the amazing reviews we cancelled the res at The Royalton. 

 

I basically wanted minimal stress leading up to the wedding so I decided to pretty much leave everything up to Bego.  I just gave her my colors and a basic idea of what I wanted and let her work her magic!!  And did she ever!!!  We had 50 guests with us and all of them were shocked by how beautiful everything was.  Every little detail was taken care of and thought out with love.  Bego and her staff are truly amazing.  The staff were so attentive, and very friendly. 

 

The food was delish and the cake was to die for.  The reception was the best time EVER.  We got the crazy hour and I'm so happy we did.  It started off what turned out to be the wildest party on the island...Our guests kept coming up to us saying" THIS IS THE BEST WEDDING EVER"  Every single guest ended up in the pool  with their clothes on. 

 

 

We were also lucky to have Julia Eskin capture every beautiful, hilarious and crazy moment of our wedding.  The pictures are stunning and perfect.  If you can book Julia and her husband Mark, do so, they are the best on the island.

 

For our hair and makeup we had the amazing Anna Nuet.  I chose to have my hair down which is risky in the humidity but it turned out amazing.   All the bridesmaids loved their hair and makeup. 

 

 I wouldn't change anything about our wedding because it was absolutely perfect. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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