Post # 1
We are considering a destination wedding, but have so many questions, and we would perfer to get answers from those who are/have been involved with destination weddings. Hoping some of you can help us out!
We are thinking DR – Melia Tropical – anyone have any experience with this resort?
What did you do for hair and make-up? Did/are: you bring someone with you? Did it your self? Or use the resort spa? What were your experiences with these.
Photography? – Are you bringing your own, how much is this costing?
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I am getting married at Disney. They offer a lot of these things, if you’re married on a resort they will probably offer a lot of these things too.
I am bringing my own photographer because I’m picky, and he’s cheaper. Cost is dependent on location.
I’m searching for someone to do my hair. MY hair is too big for me to mess with on that caliber.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - Jellyfish, Punta Cana DR
I am doing a destination wedding in DR and we are staying that the Melia. I personally stated there about 4 years ago and loved it. If you can, do royal service.
My mother is a licensed hairstylist, so she will be doing my hair. I am flying in a make-up artist. However, when I was looking, there were 3 women highly recommended to do hair and make-up.
- Anna Nuet
- Krystie Ann
- Indira Sanchez
As far as a photographer, Katya Nova was highly recommended
Post # 4
i recently was married in Punta Cana, DR and we (hubby, myself, and all our guests) stayed at The Melia. But we were married off resort at a small beachfront restaurant called The Jellyfish. Its a beautiful venue and it does weddings often. There are several off resort wedding venues to consider – Jellyfish, Huracan, Kukua, etc. The coordinator/decorator/wedding guru from The Jellyfish is no lobnger at that venue (since about beginning of May), she is now at The Huracan. I hired a private hair & make-up artist for myself and my bridal party but my mom and mom-in-law used the resort spa. I also hired a photographer that is from the area but not associated with the resort. We really just stayed at The Melia; which is a beautoful but very large resort. Feel free to PM me with any specific questions. Happy Planning!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I got married in Vegas.
I used the resort spa for hair and makeup. I loved what they did, but if you want a more complicated hairstyle I would run it by them first. I almost couldn’t get what I wanted because the person originally assigned to me didn’t know how to do french braids.
I brought my own photographer, but he was a family friend so he didn’t include all of the extra travel costs in my price. If he had I probably would have gone with someone local.
Post # 6
shaye.hutchinson.3: Hi there, we are getting married at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana on June 16th. I previously attended my brothers DW at the Bavaro Princess also in Punta Cana.
A lot of planning is done for you by the resort, I would advise you to only focus on the items that are most important for you so that you can take care of them yourself. The resorts in DR are well accustomed to planning weddings and they will assign a wedding coordinator to you who will be your go-to person through the planning phase and also once you get down there. To answer your specific questions:
Hair is being done at the on-site salon at the resort, I booked the appointment for myself and one BM one month in advance of our wedding date. My BMs and I will do our own makeup, just because we’re all pretty particular about makeup.
For photography we are using the resort photographer and videographer, we have picked a package that is approximately $1000.
I highly recommend that you search for a group on facebook that is specifically for brides getting married at the Melia. The group I found for those getting married at the Majestic Colonial has been a huge help and you’ll find a lot of answers for specific questions.
In the meantime, feel free to PM me if you need more info! Happy planning!
Post # 7
shaye.hutchinson.3: I don’t have personal experience at the Melia Tropical, but my sister and her DH have stayed there and seemed to love it. However, she did say that sea grass at times was a problem.
I have, however, stayed at the Majestic Colonial. Such a luxurious resort for an affordable price! My FI and I are obsessed with that place. However, there wasn’t a very big window as far as dates to get married, and all of Majestic’s wedding spots were taken by the time we got engaged. There’s also Majestic Elegance which is Colonial’s sister resort and supposed to be a slight step up from Colonial, but they share wedding venues, so if Colonial has no wedding openings for your date, Elegance won’t, either. If you can, however, I’d HIGHLY consider it. My FI and I were pretty disappointing that we weren’t able to get married there. Also- Majestic is located on one of the best spots of Bavaro beach. Sea grass was not an issue for us.
Like a PP said, the Jellyfish restaurant is also very popular for weddings. I hear they do a great job.
The resorts for the most part have packages for you to choose from. For example, the resort I am getting married at includes hair and makeup in our wedding package.
Post # 8
Thank you all for your help!
Post # 9
1 – We got married in the Caribbean, but not in the DR, so I’m not familiar with the resort you’re interested in.
2 – Arranged for hair and make-up to be done by people locally.
3 – Brought our own photographer (a friend).
Post # 10
Interesting topic. Why are you choosing a destination wedding? Love the romance of an exotic location? want to kill two birds with one stone and have a vacation too?
I am intrigued by the idea of destination weddings because it seems like an ideal way to cut out drama surrounding who gets invited, who has to travel farther, who is mad because their kids aren’t invited etc.
Post # 11
1 – I can’t comment on the resort, we are getting married in Northern Italy
2 – I have arranged for hair and make up to be done locally
3 – we have booked a local photographer
romantic@heart: We always knew we would have a DW, as did our family/friends…we both love travelling and Italy in particular holds a lot of happy memories for us as a couple! We are very lucky that our closest friends and family are totally embracing the idea so I think we will end up with 50-60 guests sharing our day with us. I can’t imagine swapping the amazing day we are planning in Italy for the potential drama, expense and bad weather etc of a standard wedding in the UK lol
i know a DW is not for everyone but it’s perfect for us 🙂
Post # 12
shaye.hutchinson.3: Not familiar with the resort, but i am doing DW in Jamaica.
I have hair/makeup trial/day of booked through spa at the resort. I felt it was pretty reasonably priced.
I hired an offsite photographer local to the area.
Also since its only me and my FI (pretty much an elopement…?) I also hired a bridal consultant to help me get into my dress.
Post # 13
We choose the Excellence Punta Cana (mostly because it’s adults only). I think it’s hard to go wrong in the DR though. In all of my research, and it’s been A LOT, I haven’t heard anyone regret the resort they chose to get married at in Punta Cana.
I’m going with the resort hair and make-up, but I’m going to hit up Sephora in advance and do a make-up trial and bring make-up with me, just in case.
I hired a DR photographer, but have to pay the outside resort fee to use him (well worth it from what I’ve heard about the new in-house photographers!).
Good luck with your planning. Please feel free to PM me with any questions.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2015 - Jellyfish, Punta Cana DR
beeniggli: I am getting married at the Jellyfish! I am extremely excited.