(Closed) Any Other Punta Cana Brides

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mytwolovebugs85:  Me! Still looking for a resort though, so I’ll be watching this thread. So many to choose from and they all have a fair amount of horrible reviews on tripadvisor no matter how high the rating…so I’m scared.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hey ladies.  I’m getting married in DR on Jan 15, 2013 @ the Melia Caribe which is part of the Paradisus chain.  I started by setting a budget of $1500 as the most I would want my guests to spend to attend my wedding, and had about 4 travel agents giving me quotes via email competing which each other and for that week got the price down to $1430/person which I am very happy with.

I’ve seen the negative reviews on tripadvisor but am reassured because my fiance’s brother got married at this resort over 5 years ago and everything went fine.  His very well off family also raved about how beautiful the resort was so if it’s good enough for them I’m sure I’ll be happy with it. 

We are using the resorts photographer becase the resort will charge a $1000 copyright fee for another to come take pictures but I have heard other resorts only charge around teh $600 mark.  I am so grateful that these blogs and facebook pages exist because I have only heard good reviews and have seen all their work on thier facebook page and am happy with what I see. 

You actually only have to be there 2 business days prior to the wedding date if you wish to have a civil ceremony, but the wedding coordinators have recommended over and over to have the ceremony here in Canada and just do a symbolic ceremony there.  PERSONALLY I felt I couldn’t drag people to the DR to witness a symbolic ceremony so I am doing it legally in the DR and yes it is coming with a ton of paperwork to do ahead of time but oh well. 

I have 51 guests to date and so far will cost me about $11,000 which includes our stay for the week.  We would stay longer of course but are planning to go to Europe the following summer so I’d rather a bigger budget for that.  I am sure I will opt for some upgrades in terms of bouquets and decorations but I don’t forsee me going over the 12k mark.  

I too will be following this thread, always looking for tips on how to personalize the wedding since there is only so much decorations you can fit in your suitcase!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@dominicanbride16:  Does that price include airfare?

Abt the photog, FYI for other brides – normally the resorts don’t charge a fee if the vendor is your guest – i.e. staying a night at the hotel. Paying for a night is much cheaper than paying the $1000 and you get to have the vendor you want.

That’s what we’re doing since we had planned a local wedding for 8 months before deciding to switch to a Destination Wedding.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our wedding is in April at Barcelo Punta Cana. Our photog is coming with us. The hotel said it is OK as long as he is a guest at the hotel. Will are arriving Wed and getting married Sat. Our reception will be when we get home. The only people coming with us are the bridal party and our parents.

The travel agency we worked with gave our guests the option of the number of days they wanted to stay so some are only coming for 3 nights, some for the whole trip. For the 3 nights in a regular room it came out to less than $300 for the room. We don’t have airfare yet.

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