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#1 mrsmarrero2015

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  • Wedding Date:May 1, 2015
  • Wedding Location:Dominican Republic
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

Hi everyone! I'm newly engaged and just starting to plan my destination wedding.  My fiance and I had gone on vacation to DR previously and LOVED it so we are positive that we want to have our wedding there.  We also would like to set a date sometime in May of 2015.  However, that is about as far as we have gotten.  We talked to a travel agent but I did not feel that the woman really had suggestions on resorts for us.  It was more info on what happens once we pick a place.  I have searched this site and found multiple places I like.  We are looking at having a group of 30-40 people (including children).  We would like a resort that is somewhere between a "party" resort and a nice quiet relaxing one.  We also would like a combination of an elegant resort but with a lot of nature (palm trees, small ponds, birds, etc).  I'm hoping to get suggestions from past brides or hear from currently books brides on how they made their decisions.


Thanks so much!!! 

#2 acw271011

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  • Wedding Location:We tied the knot in Runaway Bay, Jamaica and renewed our vows in Mexico on our 4th Anniversary
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:38 PM

Congrats and welcome to the site. I don't know anything about the DR but I know there are a lot of brides here that have booked their wedding for that location. Definitely search the resort reviews section and the forums and do some reading. Past and present brides are more than willing to share tips and advice and reviews of resorts from brides that have been to a location is as good a way as any to check out resorts.


Good luck and happy planning!

I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015







#3 Cwright

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    Posted 24 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

    @mrsmarrero2015!  Congrats at your upcoming wedding!  I was very overwhelmed also with trying to chose a resort.  I also started with a travel agent who did not work out.  I am getting married May of 2015 at Now Larimar after much research.  I am using Patty Jordan at Wright Travel Agency as my travel agent, and she has been absolutely amazing to work with!  She responds very quickly and is so informative.  I would highly recommended looking into her!  May be worth it for you to contact her!  Happy planning.

    #4 marinah84

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    • Wedding Date:March 14, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Crown Paradise Club Cancun
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    Posted 24 June 2014 - 06:19 PM

    Congratulations!  My advice is to take a lot of time reading the forum, and go to the Planning threads as well.  Lots of good advice from brides, and it'll help you get ideas for what you want to do.  There are brides on here who DIY'd everything, and others who bought it all.  Sit down and create a timeline/budget, and see what you want to do!


    I'm loving the personalization of some DIY (do it yourself) in my wedding - I've started a planning thread with the intent to keep myself accountable!  I have the link in my profile if it helps :)


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    #5 DinaQtobe

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    • Wedding Date:November 21, 2013
    • Wedding Location:Now Sapphire

    Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:37 AM

    I narrowed down the resorts by looking at photographers websites.  I would scroll through a lot of the photos from recent weddings to find a resort that looked like somewhere I would want to get married. 

    #6 kcole123

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    • Wedding Date:April 17, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Melia Caribe
    • LocationPunta Cana, Dominican

    Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:03 AM

    I am booked at Melia Caribe Tropical in DR. I chose it because the grounds look absouloutly beautiful and they over a family friendly plus there is a section there for adults only too. This was the best of both worlds for us because we originally wanted adults only but people in our family wanted to bring there kids. So if some people want, if they aren't bringing kids, they can stay in the adults only section. I have never been to this resort or have never been to DR, but I did a lot of research and this one came up with a lot of the things I was looking for and the price was lower than a lot of others I have researched.


    Have a look and let me know what you think of it.

    Kristy and Nathan

    Melia Caribe Tropical

    April 17, 2015

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