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#1 flaca313

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:29 PM

My head is spinning from reading resort reviews, researching different islands, until finally deciding on Punta Cana (we have been here twice before and LOVE it), but now more factors are coming into play. People are concerned about getting sick because of the water (speaking of this, have any past brides had issues with the water and guests getting sick? This really does make me a little nervous), for example and in any case, I just can't figure out how to choose one resort!

 

Anyway, after my million spreadsheets containing resort ratings, amenities, etc. I think I've narrowed it down to 5 with Paradisus Resorts in the lead at the moment:

 

1) Paradisus Palma Real and/or Paradisus Punta Cana

2) Iberostar Resorts

3) Now Larimar

4) Riu Resorts

5) Dreams Resorts

 

A few points - a casino was a MUST for the groom and there will be over 100 guests ages 3 to 85! We would like nightlife since a majority of the guests will be between 25-35. I guess my question to you is - how did you pick where you were going to get married? Did anyone go to Punta Cana and just go visit a bunch of resorts? I'm just trying to figure out the best way to go about this. Any help - greatly appreciated because I feel like my head is going to explode....



#2 JJCB0418

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  • Wedding Location:Punta Cana - Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:04 AM

Hi @flaca313!  I'm getting married at Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe.  We didn't take a trip and visit a bunch of resorts, but if you can afford it you may want to - even if it's just an excuse to take a vacation!

 

I'm very happy with my choice as it has something for everyone.  We have a lot of people of all ages (my niece will turn 1 the day after we arrive and some of my older aunts/uncles are coming) so we needed something family friendly with lots to do and at a reasonable price.  Initially we were in talks with Paradisus Palma Real but found it was too expensive for our guests.  Our travel agent helped break down a few resorts and we decided based on costs and amenities. 

 

As far as the water - we are advised not to drink it!  Only use bottled water.  They say you can brush your teeth with it, but my fiance decided to stay safe and use bottled water for that too....kind of a pain but it's not the end of the world.

 

Good luck making your decision!!



#3 flaca313

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 01:03 PM

I just wanted to thank you for your response! We booked teh paradisus Palma Real for 8/19/16. So excited!! :)



#4 JJCB0418

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 01:16 PM

yayyy congrats!!  When we went for our site visit to BBPD in September we spoke to some people that attended a wedding their a few years ago and they said it was absolutely beautiful.

 

Now the fun begins.....happy planning!! : )



#5 MrandMrsBonitto2016

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  • Wedding Location:Dominican Republic~Kukua/ Staying at Dreams Palm Beach
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Posted 16 December 2014 - 12:34 PM

@flaca313 I personally think Paradisus has the best packages. Based on how many guest I have and the extras......Have you made a choice yet?


          Future Mrs. Bonitto 12/14/16



 
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#6 flaca313

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 03:06 AM

@MrandMrsBonitto2016 I'm so glad to hear because we did book the Paradisus Palma Real for 8/19/16. I'm so excited!!

Edited by flaca313, 18 December 2014 - 03:07 AM.


#7 MrandMrsBonitto2016

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 12:34 PM

@flaca313 Did they tell you how soon you have to pay off your balance? I can't seem to find the answer. I want to book my date next week.


          Future Mrs. Bonitto 12/14/16



 
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#8 tbg0819

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    Posted 23 January 2015 - 11:39 AM

    @MrandMrsBonitto2016 I'm sorry I got locked out of my flaca account lol so I couldn't respond!! I put down a $500 deposit now, 50% of the wedding package is due 6 months prior to the wedding date and the rest (including extras) are to be paid in full 45 days before your wedding date!

    Couldn't "mention" you in the post above! sorry!


    Edited by tbg0819, 23 January 2015 - 11:41 AM.


    #9 adrianaportela07

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      Posted 13 July 2015 - 07:20 PM

      @MrandMrsBonitto2016 how many guest are you having I was looking at the Barcelo Bavaro but the package that I like is only for 20 ppl ..how come you choose the PAradisus palma real?


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      #10 MrandMrsBonitto2016

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      Posted 10 September 2015 - 06:50 PM

      @MrandMrsBonitto2016 how many guest are you having I was looking at the Barcelo Bavaro but the package that I like is only for 20 ppl ..how come you choose the PAradisus palma real?
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      I actually switched to Kukua. After add-ons an offsite location seemed less expensive.

                Future Mrs. Bonitto 12/14/16



       
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