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#51 Meandhim

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:56 PM

@Mels84 You looked Beautiful!!!! You are right about not needing much decor for the ceremony it looked so pretty!! Thanks for the time line and the info about the extras!! Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures!! We are staying in the Bavaro part of the resort...we stayed at the punta Cana part the first time... I'm getting so excited... I have such a long wait!


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#52 Mels84

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:20 AM

@Meandhim thanks so much! Believe me time will fly by!! Your wedding is closer than you think! It will be here before you know it! A bit of advice... Be organized and get everything done early so it's less stressful in the last few wks before your departure... I had all of my stuff (crafts, welcome bags, reception stuff etc) all done by New Year's Eve and we didn't leave until Jan 6., that gave me lots of time to pack... You will need to be smart about packing due to weight restrictions... Oh and one of my guests had a great idea.. Pack half your clothes in your fiancées luggage and half of his stuff in yours... That way if one bag doesn't make it to your destination, you at least have a few days worth of clothes... My MIL's luggage didn't arrive for 2 days and she had absolutely nothing... Not even a swimsuit or shorts!!

#53 Meandhim

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 06:13 AM

@Mels84 I've never actually lost my luggage but for some reason I live in constant fear of it when I travel..my FI thinks I'm nuts! So I will definitely have stuff split up accordingly! Your poor MIL two days would be a long time without a bag at a hot place!! I was organized but I have kind of fallen behind! I'm a bit of a procrastinator so I know how important it is especially for me to get things done early... I am so bad at that so I'm trying really hard to get what I can done!

For me right now my budget is my main concern because I'm going to lose a fair chunk to the exchange rate :( if you don't mind me asking...how much in total did your wedding cost?... Not your dress or travel but just what you paid to the resort for your wedding, reception and extras... Did you have to pay any of that in cash or could you do it all on CC?


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#54 Mels84

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:19 AM

There were 45 people plus the two of us and it worked out to roughly $7,000CAD at the hotel and I paid with my credit card... They charge your card in pesos tho so it was hundreds of thousands of pesos lol ... A bit scary lol but it's better than them charging in pesos and then paying in USD and paying the exchange on that too... You would lose twice...

Dispite the exchange being a bit rough right now.. The price of gas is great! Take some of your gas budget and put it in the wedding budget!! ;)

#55 Kerrierf

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 09:28 AM

@Mels84 so true! I filled up my tank at under $40 for the first time ever! Normally it's upwards of 55-60



#56 Mels84

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:41 AM

I know what you mean! I commute an hour to work.. I normally spend about 100/wk and I'm probably at 65 now!

#57 Everly

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    Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:56 PM

    @Mels84 I've never actually lost my luggage but for some reason I live in constant fear of it when I travel..my FI thinks I'm nuts! So I will definitely have stuff split up accordingly! Your poor MIL two days would be a long time without a bag at a hot place!! I was organized but I have kind of fallen behind! I'm a bit of a procrastinator so I know how important it is especially for me to get things done early... I am so bad at that so I'm trying really hard to get what I can done!

     

     

    I live in fear of lost luggage as well! Cause you know the moment you don't worry about it, it'll happen! :o

     

    And while I agree having the lower gas prices has been nice I heard on the news that if it doesn't go back up its going to make the loonie even worse compare to the USD. Why can't we have the best of both worlds?!


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    #58 Mels84

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    Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:46 AM

    Stock up on your USD now then!

    Wedding stuff in carry ons!!

    #59 samilein

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    Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:45 AM

    Hello Ladies,

    So happy to have been recommended to this site and thread
    I'm in search of clarity

    My fiancé and I are booked at GP for Nov. 5, 2015 ... And now I'm having second thoughts ...

    ...we were drawn to the GP because compared to other resorts we had researched, it seemed to be more reasonably priced...I understand that perhaps a resort would charge a nominal fee for privatizing and setting up an event, but wow! They are really capitalizing on DW it seems...they can definitely get quite pricey...of course we want our wedding to be beautiful, but we don't want to mortgage a day either

    So as for on the fence ~ I recently saw wedding pictures from the jellyfish in Punta Cana and felt like the wedding I'm imagining had taken shape...until I received the price lists...now I'm trying to price out both the GP & JF to see truly what the differences are...
    The JF would mean complete privacy (no beach onlookers and speedo's in pictures )
    I'm opting for a barefoot beach wedding ...
    It also looks like a gorgeous setting for the ceremony & reception...
    GP is definitely more within our budget - but I feel I need to see pictures (other than the professional ones posted online)
    I'd love to see and hear about the semi-private and private dinners - the beach bash - the decor - experiences of the planning and the big day!

    ...and if anyone can give provide insight on the size of their group and final costs-well that would be helpful too

    I would describe myself as a less is more... - even when I saw the JF wedding, it was simple and romantic but it definitely had some elegance ... But it also had the price tag and another consideration is that because we will have about 5-10 children, being on the resort would make it easier if the grand parents or parents would need to take them to bed ...the JF requires a shuttle...

    So ladies...congratulations to all of you - and thank you for all of the sharing of ideas and insights and experiences - both ahead of my post and hopefully thereafter.

    #60 Meandhim

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    Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:57 AM

    @samilein I'm getting married at GP nov 25th...I'm opting for a renewal package with a private reception because I will get married just before I go. @Mels84 just came back from her wedding... If you read further back in the threads... Hers was about $7000 for 45 people with a pure paradise package and private reception.... Really it's all about the extras. @shevette925 is staying at GP but having her wedding at JF....maybe these ladies can help with your questions... :)


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