have decided to share their wedding with you.
SuperClubs Breezes Puerto Plata
- Craig & Sabrina from Ontario Canada Dominican weddings
We were married on April 22 and it was a dream
come true. Everything was perfect from the Spa (hair, facial, etc.)
to the pictures (excellent). We received champagne in our room,
breakfast in bed, and an upgrade to a better room.
We were married in the gazebo by the Ocean and
then had our pictures (and video) taken on the beach. The photographers
were great, they had many different poses for us.
We had our reception in the French restaurant
which was great because it was air conditioned. We got to choose
our menu beforehand. The ceremony is in Spanish, however, Maribel
translates it for you.
We were a party of 22 and everyone agreed that
it was absolutely everything we had hoped for.
Thank you so much Maribel!
We have pictures available at http://community.webshots.com/user/brinigirl
However, keep in mind they are from our camera, not the professional
pics. (We haven’t scanned them yet).
Please feel free to email me with any questions
to [email protected]
SuperClubs Breezes Puerto
Plata - Debra Dominican weddings
We travelled from Ontario, Canada with 25 friends
and family members to Breezes Peurto Plata, February 21-28, 2004
for our daughters wedding. It was a vacation we will never forget.
Maribel did an excellent job cooridinating the wedding of my daughter's
and fiance's dreams. The flowers were gorgeous. They were married
on the lookout beside the beach bar overlooking the ocean. She used
the hotel photographer and video photographer and they did a great
job, haven't seen the video yet the newlyweds stayed on an extra
week. But, just a suggestion, if you use their photographer try
to meet with them ahead of time to discuss whom you want in your
pictures as her grandparents were not in any of the pictures, an
obvious oversight. They even had a visit from a group of whales
who performed a lovely dance on the ocean at the end of the ceremony.
Check in was a little slow but in all fairness
I had emailed Maribel ahead of time and requested an ocean view
room which we did receive and it was perfect. There was a fruit
basket, bottle of rum and a fresh bouquet of flowers when we arrived
and again the next day. Our room was always clean with fresh towels
and restocked fridge daily. We stayed in 1074 and it had a beautiful
secluded beach right in front, an awesome place to drink your coffee
in the morning. The room was a bit of a walk though as it was at
the end of the resort grounds.
The resort was beautiful and the staff were always
friendly. We ate at the Mexican, Japanese and the French restaurant
(for the wedding meal) and they were all excellent. Jimmy Buffet
always had a large selection and never had any trouble finding something
to eat. The pool is great. The beach was very nice and lucky for
us there were at least 3 green flag days that week. We also enjoyed
the more secluded beach on the other side of the breakwall. I could
go on and on but to sum it all up, If you are planning a wedding
Breezes did a great job and I would recommend it.
SuperClubs Breezes Puerto
Plata - Tina & Kevin Dominican weddings
Wow, we just got back a week ago, and are so sorry
that we didn't stay at this absolutely phenomenal resort for 2 weeks
as opposed to 1! We are already planning a 2 week trip next year,
and just can't wait!
We arrived at Breezes on Saturday, February 14th,
along with 14 of our guests. When we walked onto the resort premises
we were awestruck. The grounds were amazing. You'll see. Our wedding
was scheduled for Tuesday February 17th at 2:00pm.
We enjoyed the resort with our guests all weekend,
and without any wedding woes or worries. On Monday we met with Maribel,
the wonderful wedding coordinator. She was absolutely terrific right
from the get go. Although we only spoke for about 10 minutes or
so on Monday, we had been corresponding by email prior. She was
always quite quick to respond via email, and always answered any
of my questions.
Because we had a group coming with us, most of
my correspondance prior to our arrival was with guest services.
Tanja, and Annett with room bookings were wonderful. She helped
us to decide where we wanted to have our rooms (the Villas in the
1,000's - great spot, right on the beach) and all our guests were
very pleased with the rooms and location.
Okay, onto the wedding. So, on Monday my now husband
and I met with Maribel. We gave her our documents that were required
in order to get married in the DR, as well as our witnesses info
and documents. She showed us some photos of the different wedding
locations - we selected the gazebo, even though we had initially
thought we wanted the beach. Note that there is no privacy on the
beach for a wedding, so if you want people in speedos hovering around
you gawking at you then it's a great spot, otherwise you might want
to select the gazebo - which we loved. It provided the privacy that
we wanted and was pretty much on the beach as well.
So, the gazebo it was. Then she flipped through
some photos, and I picked my bouquet. There was a lot of different
styles to choose from, but I asked for a red and white/ivory bouquet,
the longer style, and that was that. White flower boutineire's for
my soon to be hubby, and for the witnesses. Oh, and we decided to
pay an extra 50 bucks US for more flowers for the gazebo. Definitely
a plus. They ended up taking them afterwards and decorating our
table at dinner with them. Worth the money for sure.
She asked if we wanted a vanilla cake or a fruit
cake, and obviously we picked vanilla - fruit cake, yuck. I asked
if she could put some red and white flowers on top instead of a
cake topper or the stuff that comes on them. (I had seen a wedding
the day prior and wasn't too fond of the cake) So, just so you know
- it comes with these pastel coloured flowers all around it, kinda
makes it look more like a party/birthday cake as opposed to a wedding
cake - still very nice mind you, but not what I would pick. So she
said of course, and that was that. They just pulled the flower things
off (they are on little wires that they stick all around the cake,
and they put the flowers on, and it looked gorgeous!)....
The only other decision to make was the menu for
the dinner... we had previously arranged to have our dinner at the
French restaurant, called the Paris. So Maribel showed us 10 different
full menus, including appetizers, soup/salad and entree..... this
was the hardest decision out of everything, only because there was
so much to choose from. We mixed and matched which she suggested
we do (so nice of her), so we had Tropical Salad with Chicken, Tomato
Soup with Basil, and Beef Medallions with Red Wine Sauce. So delicious.
Okay, so the wedding day. Kevin and I enjoy a
beautiful breakfast together at Jimmy's Buffet. Then we had back
to the room. Kevin goes to his Best Man's room to get ready. I go
to the spa with on of my bridesmaids, to get our hair done. The
spa can only accomodate 2 people at a time for hair updo's, so we
went first, then my other bridesmaid, and Kev's sister who was also
standing up with him. (She wasn't the witness mind you - family
can't sign the marriage certificate - FYI). We sipped on champagne,
did some photos, and then the other girls got their hair done. Back
to the room for me. Finish getting ready, and then the time has
Kevin had to be at the gazebo 15 minutes prior.
Maribel and the photographer (Wuan), the videographer (Hoolio) as
well as the Dominican Trio pick us up at 1:55pm. We take some photos
and then are on our way. This was fun. So my 2 bridesmaids walk
in front side by side. Then a small gap. Then my dad and I. Then
the trio. They serenade us all the way to the gazebo. So, we walk
the long walk (not really that long, but fun anyway), and walk past
the beach bar where people clap and say congrats and even had a
couple people I don't know take photos of us. Funny. We enter the
It was beautiful. The extra flowers were definitely
a good idea. There are seats for our guests. There's a little table
covered in a white tablecloth. Four seats behind it, with the white
covers. Maribel directed us the whole time, so that was good, otherwise
we wouldn't have had any idea what to do, or where to go. So, behind
the table we go. Maribel says some stuff in english, then the judge
speaks in spanish. All we had to do was say YES at the appropriate
time. That's all we had to say. So we liked that. After the ceremony,
which is pretty quick, but nice, obviously, the big ol' kiss. Then
they do the ring exchange. So they do it differently then we do
here, but it was nice. They take lots of pictures throughout the
ceremony..... if of course you got one of the photography packages,
which I would most definitely recommend. We got the King package
which ended up being 500US with the edited video, and 71 photos
in an album and 4 8X10's. Definitely worth it.
Then we had a little receiving line, where all
our guests could come up and give us a little hug and say a few
words. Very nice touch.
So, then then Maribel went around to all our guests
and gave them a handful of rice (unbeknowst to us) and they threw
rice on us! That was a nice touch. They popped the champagne, we
did some toasts, some photos, and then the trio played for our first
dance. It was so beautiful to dance in the gazebo with the trio
playing, and all our friends and family watching. So romantic, yet
so laid back and fun!
They brought out hor d'ouerves, which we didn't
know we would get, but was a nice surprise, and more champagne,
and even provided beer for those who wanted. We stayed in the gazebo
and enjoyed the mini reception. Then we did some photos by our wedding
cake. Made a fake cut (saved the cake for dinner), scooped some
icing off, fed it to one another.... oh they also had us do that
with the hor d'ouerves too. That was fun too.
Then the photographer and videographer took us
around to the beach and we took a lot of photos! And they turned
out beautifully I might add!! I was very worried about the photos
- but it really was silly of me to worry, because they were incredible.
We got them the next day, yes the next day, as well as the edited
video, and the unedited video. Oh, and the timing was perfect. Just
as we took our last photo by the pool, it started to rain. It had
been sunny and clear until then.
After all the photos, we went to the Beach Bar
because no one had really had lunch. We sat and enjoyed lunch and
eachothers company. Then everyone went back to the room to freshen
up for dinner. Because it was still raining, my dad asked the bartender
(which I didn't know) for a towel or umbrella for me so I wouldn't
get wet - which I didn't need, but oh well. The next thing I know,
within like a minute, there was a guy there at the beach bar to
pick me up in a little truck!!!!!!!! How nice is that! It was so
funny, and so thoughtful of the resort staff!
So, then we all head to the Paris restaurant -
where I must say - you really should book your dinner if you're
having a wedding. We saw a wedding at the Italian place and it was
nothing like what we got at the Paris, so really - the Paris was
When I walked in the room it was breathtaking.
They had the table (for 18) completely decorated with flowers and
candles and beautifully cut fruit. Gorgeous. We had a lovely meal.
OH! We hired the trio for an hour from 7-8 for 50US and it was sooooooooo
worth it! I didn't even know this was an option, but they asked
us after the wedding, and we jumped on it because they were so good.
This was one of the best decisions we made because it just made
the ambience all the better! Our dinner was scheduled at 630, so
we thought 7-8 would be good, and it was. The waitstaff waited on
us, with non stop wine/champagne or any drink for that matter........
we stayed until about 10pm, then headed to the lobby bar.
We had a couple drinks, then we all did some bartering.
They had some vendors there that night, and so we all bought something.
Had more drinks, and then headed to the disco! Had a great time
dancing! And that was that!
Our dream wedding at Superclubs Breezes Puerto
Plata! I can't tell you how incredibly amazing it was. I wouldn't
have changed a thing. Not a thing. They are all so wonderful there.
Very accomodating, and very helpful.
A great big thanks to Maribel and all the staff
at Breezes for making our day one that we will NEVER FORGET!
Definitely go to this resort if you are planning
a destination wedding. I'd be more than happy to answer any of your
questions... that is if you still have any after this really long
review! Sorry!!!!!!!! But it was fun to relive it all over again!
I can be reaced at [email protected]
SuperClubs Breezes Puerto
Plata - Barb Dominican weddings
We feel that Maribel (wedding planner) was just
excellent and took care of our every wish! The gazebo was beautifully
decorated and the fresh flowers were absolutely gorgeous!!! Our
mouths fell open when we entered the Reception. It was absolutely
beautifully decorated and the food was GREAT! I was a bit dissapointed
in teh photographer, I felt he rushed us a bit and that the quality
isn't as good as a home! If I had to do it over again. I would pay
1/2 of the fiar for a persoanl photographer to go with us! If you
are planning a wedding there please feel free to email and I would
be glad to talk to you about it! ( [email protected]
) I feel that they were excellent! And would be glad to talk to
you about it!
SuperClubs Breezes Puerto
Plata - Terry and Andrea - UK Dominican weddings
We wanted a quiet simple beach wedding in this
hotel. After booking the trip with the travel agent I asked them
how much it would cost for them to arrange a wedding for us during
the holiday we had booked. They quoted us £499 to arrange the judge,
(the$100 charge to be extra) the flowers, cake ,champagne, a-la-carte
dinner and room upgrade ( if available}. However, a short email
to the hotel put us in contact with Maribel, their wedding co-ordinator,
from there on it was all so simple, a date and time was agreed,
the hotel offered all the above services free except for the judge
who she booked and we paid for on arrival.
On arrival we were allocated a superior room with
sea views and there was fruit and rum waiting for us. Maribel met
up with us the next day to choose the location,flowers menu for
dinner etc. She also showed us the different photo and video packages
and we chose to have 72 photos (with negatives) , 4 enlargements
and and the wedding video, uncut version and one fully edited. This
package cost about £350.
Over the next few days we watched some other couples
get married and had one small concern, the Three Amigos, who accompny
each bride from her room to the wedding venue and then play throughout
the service and on for the first dance etc, seemed to be playing'Yesterday'
for the first dance and then jingle bells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was
easily solved after a quick chat to them using Maribel as translator.
They played us a lovely selection of Dominican music instead, even
if they did sneak in a rendition of Felice Navidad (Happy Christmas!)
It was a lovely way to get married, there was
so little stress - we were in the hot-tub drinking champagne for
much of the day.
Dinner was reserved for us in the Paris restuarant,
the table was beautiful, the food was good and the service was out
of this world.
Photographs and edited vidoes were ready for us
to see and take away the next morning.they are lovely and well worth
One or two minor points which could have made
the day even better were no-one went through the service with us
beforehand so we didn't know what we were supposed to say and when.
there were only six in our party, the bride and groom, two witnesses
and brides parents, we did not realise that the witnesses would
be seated by us leaving mum and dad standing alone behind the judge
unable to hear anything, maribel could have expected the situation
and arranged seating so that they were able to be closely involved
Having said all of that, the hotel is wonderful
and the service throughout is excellent. This is a wonderful place
to be married If you are thinking about a wedding at this hotel
please contact us with any questions on [email protected]
Iberostar Bavaro - Lindsey
& Jim, Canada Dominican weddings
We were married at the Iberostar Bavaro and we
had a great experience. Thanks to this site for a lot of the helpful
information we received. I started out corresponding with Veronica
in guest services via email about 5 months in advance and she was
great. We met with her the second day we were there and worked out
all of the details in about half an hour - it was so easy. We chose
the garden over the beach because it is much more private. On the
day of the wedding my maid of honour and I had a 9am hair appointment.
I brought in a picture of what I wanted and the women at the salon
did a fabulous job. Just a quick tip - make sure you watch them
write down your appointment under the correct week and day or you
may be SOL like we almost were! We went to my room to get ready
and Veronica came by with the flowers and to tell me that the judge
was running late. My dad, maid of honour and I got to relax in my
air conditioned suite while the other poor guests sweated it out
in the lobby for about 45 minutes. Finally the judge arrived and
our guests, groom and best man proceeded to the garden. We were
picked up by a golf cart and driven to the site. We chose the guitar
trio to play and they sounded great. The ceremony lasted about 15
minutes, then we signed the documents, everyone toasted with a glass
of champagne (we ordered 3 bottles for the ceremony and 3 for the
dinner and that served 22 people). Ricky the photographer was great
- he took us all over the resort for pictures while our guests relaxed
with some drinks and snacks from the beach grill in the shade by
the ocean. Dinner was at 630 so at 5 we all went back to our rooms
to freshen up, and then dined at La Balena. The meal was wonderful
and the wedding cake was delicious too. Everyone said this was their
favourite meal. After dinner we had our first dance and father /
daughter dance in the restaurant (I gave my CD's to the restaurant
and they played them no problem). After dinner we had some drinks
in the lobby and proceeded to the disco for some dancing. All in
all it was a great day and I thank Veronica for pulling it all together
Riu Palace - Pam & Chris
I thought I would send a review about our wedding
since I found this webpage so helpful when planning for everything.
Chris and I were married on May 24, 2004 at the
Riu Palace in Puna Cana. We came from Toronto with 32 guests. Before
deciding to get married in the Dominican, be sure to research all
of the legal documentation that is required in order for the marriage.
Coming from Canada, the documentation is quite expensive. It ended
up costing us just over $700.00 in translation and legalization
fees. This has to been done before you leave (2 months about in
advance!). Our wedding coordinator was Magnolia. She was excellent.
When we arrived, she wasn’t there because she was on vacation –
but Victor ended up being just as helpful. Before leaving Toronto
for the wedding, there really isn’t very much to do. I kept emailing
Magnolia to make sure I had everything ready, but VERY little neededo
be done (which is great for people who hate planning – it bothered
me a bit because I am an organized person and need to know what
is going on!). We arrived on Saturday and us and all of our guests
stayed at the Riu Taino. We had been to this resort 2 years ago
and enjoyed it. It was exactly the same. Before arriving we had
requested an ocean front room. They knew nothing of it when we arrived
– but quickly made arrangements and we got the room we wanted. They
had a bottle of champagne on ice for when we arrived to the room
(we had to wait about half an hour for them to make up the room
- no big deal!). The rooms were fine – I know quite a few of our
guests had problems with air conditioners and most of our guests
were in the rooms furthest away (from the beach, pool…). Some people
requested a room change – which they allowed them to do with no
hassle. Anyways, on Sunday we met with the wedding coordinator for
about 10 minutes and went through a book to pick out the location
in which we wanted the wedding (we had a choice between the beach
and a garden). We picked the beach and had a back-up plan too just
in case it rained (as it poured all day on Sunday). The planning
was very quick and I was a bit concerned that it wasn’t organized
- but it was. We also arranged with the hotel to have our guests
go out on a boat cruise after the reception – this was great and
ended up costing us 220 US for our 32 guests. The day of the wedding
was perfect. It was hot, but not too bad. The wedding was scheduled
for 3pm (I had a massage on the beach at noon – which is a great
idea to make you relax). The wedding didn’t end up happening until
close to 3:30, but we had been warned in advance that the judge
would probably be late. The ceremony was VERY quick – about 5 minutes.
We got married right on the beach and they did a great job in setting
up an arch and flowers. It looked great. We had about 100 strangers
from the beach at our wedding (many topless). Also, the wedding
was in Spanish and we were provided with a translator – but almost
pointless as the translator was very hard to understand. Needless
to say, we weren’t quite sure what they were saying. We had a ring
exchange and our witnesses had to sign for us ( you need 2 witnesses
– and they must have valid passports and bring with them 2 photocopies
– these photocopies HAVE to be given to the wedding coordinator
at least one day before the wedding). The wedding finished about
3:45 and we all had a drink and then went out on the boat cruise.
We were provided with about 12 bottles of FREE champagne (we went
with the wedding package that didn’t include it, but they gave it
to us anyways). The boat cruise ended about 5:45 and we all freshened
up and then had dinner together at the steak house. They had a big
table set up and didn’t rush us at all! I was a bit worried about
this, but they let us sit there for about 3 hours. The food was
really great. Then we had a wedding cake (this also wasn’t included
in our package – but again they gave it to us as a wedding present).
After dinner we headed out to the show – which was karaoke that
night. Bad idea – it was horrible. So we decided to head down to
the ocean for a breeze and we ended up all going swimming. It was
great. The next day we paid for the wedding. It cost us 500 US for
the wedding and 50 US for the flowers (which I picked from a book
and were absolutely beautiful). The only thing that went wrong was
they forgot our music when I was walking down the aisle – but my
guests sang “Here comes the bride” – other than this though, the
day was perfect.
The resort was great and everyone was very helpful.
I think that all of our guests had a really great time! I would
do it again the exact same way and would recommend this for anyone
who isn’t into the big stress of planning a wedding
Riu Palace (Riu Complex)
- Katherine & Jim Dominican weddings
My husband and I were married on March 3, 2004
@ the RIU Complex in Punta Cana, D.R. We were married in the company
of 19 of our closest friends and family and we had a wonderful vacation
to boot! We were sooo pleased with everything about the hotel and
service that we would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Our wedding coordinator was Magnolia Christosomo at the Riu Palace
Macao..she is such a wonderful woman! We had been to scout out the
hotels in October/ 03 and when we returned it was like reuniting
with an old friend! She had everything organized to our liking and
her efficiency was awesome!
We decided to have our wedding in the white gazebo
on the RIU Bambu property. We had seen a lot of weddings on the
beach and did not like the onlooker-in-speedos-thing. We wanted
a little more privacy and because the gazebo is set back from the
beach it maintained a certain air of intimacy for our wedding!
We chose the high end package- 1000USD- as it
suited our needs most (my flowers, his button hole, legal/translation
fees, site decorated, organist, champagne for 10 people, flowers,
wedding cake for ten people, a private dinner for the 2 of us that
could be used during the week, and the photographer with 24 photos-
Magnolia fixed it so that we didn't even have to pay for extra cake
or champagne! ). We paid this by visa, although they prefer cash
(who wants to carry that much $ around !?!). We also hired a Mariachi
band for the reception dinner and extra flowers for our moms and
my father in law. The planning of this event took about 25 minutes
as Magnolia had everything ready and available for us to choose
from! We were soo relaxed and glad that everything was on track!
After eating breakfast on our wedding day, we returned to the room
to find that it had been decorated with palms and flowers inside
and out! It was so romantic and everyone in the hotel was a buzz
about who was getting married that day! I kicked him out and enjoyed
some brief solace before my sisters, cousin, and best friends arrived!
At 11am Magnolia brought the hairdresser to my
room where my girls and I were hanging out. We totally negotiated
for the price of our updos- I paid 25$- and hung out for the afternoon.
My best friend did my makeup and it turned out sooo well..it looked
professional which really impressed me. My uncle and cousin brought
us drinks and my girls brought up lunch for us to munch on. I kept
busy by steaming everyone's dresses! My flowers arrived on time
and all was going well!
I heard through the grapevine that my hubby had
been napping by the pool for a few hours- nice life!
At 2pm the photographer-Michael- arrived and began
his job. He was such a nice guy and he made this process a lot less
gruelling. I feel that I got all the pictures that were important
i.e. me with all of my female relatives, sisters and 2 best friends.
He took all of the pictures with a digital camera that was 6.2 mega
pixels..I don't know much about cameras but a doctor that I work
with told me that anything over 4.0 mega pixels is used by National
At 2:30 my friends got everyone out of the hotel
lobby and told them to head on over to the gazebo- it was about
a 5-10 minute relaxing stroll through the property from our hotel.
My father in law came to the room and we hung out before jetting
over to the site. This gave us some bonding time and time to practice
We went to the hotel Bambu by cab (2 minute ride)
so that I didn't get all sweaty or windblown- it was kinda fun!
Magnolia met us at that time and we luckily waited only 2-3 minutes
for the judge to arrive- we had been told that our wedding may be
late as they are often delayed by the judge coming from another
appointment. The judge looked over our documents and confirmed that
we could not have our mothers sign as witnesses- family are not
permitted- so two of our closest friends signed for us instead.
3pm! It was time! We had an L-shaped path to walk
down to reach the gazebo and it was cool because people could see
us coming, but could not get the whole effect until we got closer.
The path had arches made of palms and decorated with tropical flowers
which made it very beautiful! It was a bit windy, but nothing torrential-
it actually cooled us down!
I was so impressed with how the site was decorated
and set up- the chairs were covered in lovely white floor-length
covers, a waiter was set up for afterwards and the organist was
awesome! The gazebo looked stunning and we were so relieved that
our choice had worked out so well!
No long ceremony for us- The whole thing took
7 minutes and that included the translation of the ceremony- the
judge presides, but Magnolia translated for her. The judge was kind
of quiet, so it was hard for people to hear, but no one complained
as they only cared about hearing us say "I Do"
The photographer was so amazing that we forgot
he was there. To my surprise a videographer taped our entire wedding
even though we had turned down this service. We already had 3 people
taping the damn thing! My husband told me later that he had been
approached as they wanted to include clips of our wedding in a promotional
DVD that they were developing!
After the ceremony we had a bit of champagne with
everybody, took all of our family/group shots and then the two of
us traipsed on down to the beach for more pictures! All of our guests
went to the bar at the Bambu and started the party up! We were so
relieved that everything had gone well and we arranged to pick out
the pictures that we wanted at 10am the next day!
When we returned to our hotel we were congratulated
by everyone in the place! The staff made a big deal of us and brought
us in front of the merengue class to give us 2 bottles of rum! When
we went back up to our room we had a huge flower arrangement and
more booze from the hotel manager- it was soooo generous of them!
Dinner wasn't till 7pm, so we grabbed our suits
and hung out at the pool to cool off for a bit! It was an amazing
way to spend the evening! We all met up to walk over to the Mediterranean
restaurant together. We had chosen this because it is very intimate
and would be amazing for our group to feel like the place was just
for us! The service was wonderful- it felt like we each had our
Everyone loved the food and were sooo surprised
when the band showed up! They were terrific! We had a "first dance"
and then everyone got up and danced with the waiters and each other!
The cake was different than a North American wedding cake, but we
loved it because it was as unique as the rest of our day had been!
The only thing that kinda sucked was that the photographer was snot
at the reception, so we had to take our own pictures- which turned
out well anyways!
When we went back to our hotel bar, we were pulled
up on stage and got free t shirts as well as a round of applause-it
was soo fun- we felt like celebrities! We watched an awesome show
and then off to the hotel suite!
The next day when we went to choose our 24 photos
(from wedding pkg.) we haggled with the photographer and got the
following: 34 4x6', 10 6x9', a wedding album and the cd with every
single picture on it for 350 USD. The best thing about it is that
my sister burned everyone a copy when we got home and we have all
gone to Costco to print them off on their digital prints machine!
It only costs 25 cents for a 4x6' or a 5x7'- It is so cheap and
easy to do!
All in all we had the most memorable and perfect
day that we could have ever imagined! We love the RIU chain and
owe everything to Magnolia for making our day so excellent!
We would recommend the RIU if you are looking
for a hotel that will take what you want and make your dreams come
Feel free to email me for more info-
Riu Palace - Canada
Anyway, the wedding ended up going off without
a hitch. I was nervous at first about when we would actually plan
everything, because I didn't feel like anything had been taken care
of when I left. I had been emailing the wedding coordinator Magnolia
at the Palace to book the date and time. Other than that, we just
took care of the details when we got there. We ended up dealing
with the hotel manager Ramone as Magnolia was on holidays when we
arrived...He was absolutely amazing! Extremely busy man....he basically
said we could do whatever we want. The second package was $500 US
(going up to $700 US in 2004) as I provided my own photographer.
This package was not supposed to include cake and champagne, however,
Ramone gave us both. And then we were offered Champagne again at
the dinner that was arranged for us! Ramone was there to please
and it was evident. (He found us during our last night at dinner
to make sure everything went okay.)
We chose the Gazebo location which was actually
at the Bambu Resort next door. Ramone decided we should get a taxi
as it was pretty hot out. The cab ride lasted about 30 seconds!
:) Ramone offered to pay for it as well, even though we ended up
paying. It was a great idea. We were glad we took his advice! There
was a pianist provided and it was just lovely. Translation at the
ceremony was done by Magnolia as she was back from holidays. Everything
was so beautiful you would have thought it had all been planned
Coral Costa Caribe -
Louise - UK Dominican weddings
The staff that arranged our wedding there couldn't
of been any more helpful we had a wedding arranger called Herman
who became a friend of ours whilst we were there. They arranged
the flowers to hairdresser and what route we were going to take
to the flower covered pagoda on the hotel premises. We paid a local
photographer to take our wedding photo's which was about £140 pounds
which may seem cheap but the quality of photo's arn't as good as
Occidental Grand Flamenco
- Diane & Rob Dominican weddings
We were married on the beach in Punta Cana on
July 31, 2003. From the moment we arrived at the Occidental Grand
Flamenco we knew it was the place for us.
I told them at the reception desk we were their
to get married so they upgraded us to a room with a king-sized bed,
view of one of the pools and the ocean. It was beautiful.
We had 10 other family members traveling with
us and they requested to be in the same building as us. At first
I wasn't too happy about that idea but everyone respected our privacy
so it wasn't a problem. We arrived on the Saturday and met the wedding
coordinator on the Monday to sort out the details, from flowers
& location to dinner & breakfast. It was very well organized.
The wedding took place on Thursday at 2:30pm in
the afternoon on the beach under a white tent decorated with balloons.
Under the tent, my husband (to be) stood waiting along with our
family, the judge & translator. Also present was our very own waiter,
duo band, the wedding coordinator, the photographer and a few onlookers
in their Speedos.
It was a very casual wedding. I wore a white spaghetti
strap dress (like a sun dress) and my husband wore linen beige pants
with a linen blue short sleeved shirt. My dad and I were picked
up by a chauffeured driven golf cart. When we arrived at the beach
it was absolutely beautiful. We quickly took off our shoes before
my dad proceeded to walk me down the rose petal path to my husband.
The sand was like baby powder. My mom and husband's father were
our witnesses and they stood beside us as we faced our families.
The judge didn't waste any time to get started.
The ceremony was short but very nice. It was performed in Spanish
(which was ok because my family is Spanish) and translated into
English. Once the ceremony was done the band started to play music
for us. It was very romantic. We also had champagne, hors d'ouevres
and cake (which was awesome by the way).
We had many photos taken during the ceremony and
lots taken at the beach We were also very fortunate that a couple
we met a few days earlier during scuba diving showed up and video
taped the entire ceremony and gave us the tape. Thank You! The day
was amazing, we couldn't of asked for a nicer day. Not a cloud in
the sky. And although 2pm is probably the hottest part of the day,
there was such a nice breeze at the beach that we didn't even notice
the heat. Well, after a few long hours of picture taking (with my
dad as our personal photographer) we had a little break before heading
out for dinner. Dinner was all 10 of us, which was really nice.
When we went back to our room the hotel had decorated the door with
a large white bow on it . Inside the room, the floor and bed were
covered with red rose petals (courtesy of my husband and sister-in-law)
and a large floral arrangement and 2 souvenir t-shirts. The next
day breakfast was served in our room along with a bottle of champagne
(enough to feed 4). I have to say for not knowing what to expect
it was the most PERFECT wedding. More than anything I ever imagined.
I hope we get the chance to go back to celebrate our 1st wedding
El Portillo Beach Resort
- Mrs P Dominican weddings
We just got back from our weddingmoon at El Portillo
Beach Resort. I can't recommend this enough. It is an incredibly
stressfree way to get married in a memorable and beautiful way.
We took care of our paperwork through the consulate
in Washington D.C. The service was slow and rude. I emailed and
got no response. When I called, usually the phone went unanswered.
When I did get someone, they could only speak Spanish. Finally,
my fiance spoke to someone (he speaks Spanish) and got the instructions.
He drove up there (4 hours away) and was turned away. We just needed
to get our paperwork legalized and the we were told they would do
it as you wait. The lady refused to do that. She said she'd send
it to us when she got around to it. Fortunately it arrived the day
before we were to leave.
We got our single declarations translated by US
Translating. (http://www.ustranslating.com). It was done in less
than 24 hours and at a very competitive price! Very happy!
We booked our stay at El Portillo Beach Resort
through Prieto Tours. We did most of our communication via email.
It was slow and frustrating, but the price was excellent. We originally
booked transportation from the airport to the hotel at $65 per person
each way, but then decided to rent a car for less. (We still haven't
gotten the refund for the transportation cancellation). Prieto Tours
didn't send the resort a voucher, so we thought we might be charged
twice, but that got fixed at the last minute.
Gabby arranged the wedding. $500 got us the justice
of the peace, in-country legal fees, bridal bouquet, the boutinniere,
a decorated location, and a few extras like a honeymoon suite upgrade
the night of the wedding, dinner on the beach, breakfast in bed,
and 3 bottles of champagne. She was very attentive and thought of
so many things to ask before I even had a chance to think of them.
There was just one tiny boo-boo. I wanted to get
my hair done in an up-do. We did a trial run with the hairdresser,
whom I highly recommend. There was a misunderstanding and Gabby
got defensive and seemed to imply that the situation was my fault.
I wasn't about to stress out about it though, and the hair was fine
for the ceremony.
The highest raves go to the photographer, Eusebio.
For $300 we got two disks (about 70 digital, high resolution photos)
of pictures. He was so creative and fun. We have photos that everyone
is raving about. They are NOT your typical wedding pictures. They
are priceless memories.
The whole experience was well worth it. It was
really beautiful, memorable, stress-free, and relatively cheap!
The resort has a lovely location. Th gardens are colorful and well
maintained. It's small enough to provide intimacy, but large enough
to give you lots to do! The staff is efficient, though not as friendly
as the other side of the island. There were members of the staff,
like Andrea, and the breakfast singers that made it really nice.
I would recommend it to anyone.
from Matt - Canada
- Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus Dominican weddings
First of all the wedding was wonderful, the perfect
setting. The gazebo was decorated very nicely and everything was
on schedule. My wife had a wonderful scenic walk down the aisle.
The ceremony was very simple and translated from Spanish. Julio
assisted us from guest services, and was always very friendly and
helpful. Other guests from the resort did watch the ceremony but
were very respectful and stayed in the background. After the wedding
we toured around the grounds and the beach for pictures with the
photographer. We received the pictures the next day and they turned
out very well. There were many to choose from and you had the option
of paying for extras not included in the package. The night of the
wedding we all had dinner and wedding cake at the gourmet restaurant
and the service, food and atmosphere were perfect. At the end of
the night the hotel provided us with champagne in the room, which
was a nice touch. We received our marriage certificate before we
left the resort. We were very happy with our wedding and would do
it all over again.
Mark & Wendy - Caribe
Club Princess Dominican weddings
We have recently returned from a week's vacation
at the Caribe Club Princess where we were married on May 13th. Having
never traveled down south before, we have nothing to compare this
resort to, but even so we can call this place nothing less than
We had an early morning flight on Sunday and so
arrived at the resort by 11 am. Since we were staying in a honeymoon
suite, we had a quick private check-in where they had all our things
waiting for us (key, wristbands, safe lock, maps, etc) and took
us by golf cart right up to our room and gave us a tour of the room
and how everything worked. From the time we arrived to getting down
to the beach was less than an hour! Need I say that that was the
first thing we had to check out? Having never been to the Caribbean
before we were dying to test out the waters and we were not disappointed
in the least. The sand was white and the waters bright blue. There
were quite a few waves but Mark was happy about that because he
was all into bodyboarding. There was never any problem getting a
chaise in the shade because the resort was only at 60% capacity
On Monday we met with Nicolas Rijo who is the
wedding coordinator for the Caribe Club Princess. I had been in
communication with him for several weeks prior to this via email
and he's a great guy. He showed us pictures of flower arrangements
to choose from for the bouquet, table arrangement and boutonnieres.
We purchased extra boutonnieres for the other men in our party for
$5US each. We chose the flavour of our wedding cake (vanilla, chocolate
or strawberry – we chose strawberry), gave in copies of our witnesses'
passports (note that witnesses CANNOT be family members), and then
Nicolas drove us around the resort to look at possible ceremony
locations. If you're having a religious ceremony, there is a very
quaint little church not far from the front lobby, otherwise if
you're going civil (as we did) you can choose from the beach, gazebo,
2nd lobby next to the gazebo (not the main lobby), or bridge over
the lagoon. We chose the gazebo because it is simply beautiful and
ended up being perfect for us. There are also some beautiful gardens
right behind for pictures and the lobby is right next to it for
a nice place to cool off.
The wedding was scheduled for 2pm on Tuesday,
but was delayed to 3pm in typical Dominican fashion. We didn't mind
– it gave us more time to get ready. Mark and the guys were picked
up first and driven over to the gazebo (which was beautifully decorated)
then Nicolas came back for my mother and I. As soon as I drove up,
the show was on! I was walked up the "aisle" by my father with the
musicians (two guys on acoustic guitar with a third on some kind
of instrument that looked like a cheese grater) trailing behind
playing the wedding march. Mark and I stood side by side holding
hands with our witnesses on either side as the judge read our vows.
The whole thing was over in about 5 minutes! As soon as we were
declared married the champagne was popped and the musicians started
playing again (they were fabulous!!). We signed the registries and
then it was time for pictures.
My only complaint throughout all of this would
have to be the photographer. Nicolas explained that they had recently
changed photographers along with the change in management at the
resort. The guy who did the photography that day was nice enough,
albeit very quiet and not very clear in what he wanted us to do,
but he took some really lame poses that we felt stupid doing (arms
outstretched, kissing the hand, etc.). Those that were not so silly
came out really nice though. We went down to the beach for more
photos once the garden shots were done, and I realized how much
better option the gazebo is for the ceremony. Once down on the beach
the sand crept up the crinoline in my dress making it very uncomfortable,
it was so sunny we were squinting in all the photos, there were
tons of topless people crowding in on us, and the wind kept causing
my veil to whip in my face. You couldn't hear hardly anything on
the video of the beach either because of the wind muffling the audio.
I strongly suggest you don't get married on the beach – just get
photos taken there afterwards. The last complaint I had about the
photography company was that they tried to fleece us on the price
of the photos. If you want more info on that, email me. Everything
worked out okay in the end.
That night we had dinner at the Italian restaurant,
which was really fabulous. The food at this resort is really top
notch. We tried every single one of the a la carte restaurants,
including La Cava which is not included as part of the "inclusive"
but where you can eat for $25US each. We got to eat free because
we got married (it was part of the bonus). I HIGHLY recommend spending
the $25US each for a meal at this restaurant! For the same meal
in Canada you'd be looking at a minimum of $200. I had the filet
mignon which was melt in your mouth and Mark had lamb chops. Everything
on the plate was arranged with such sophistication (it looked like
French dining). I cannot say enough about how delicious and beautiful
our meal was there. The only restaurant we didn't really enjoy was
the Mexican, but only because we found the choice there very limited
and the salsa was too spicy.
Our honeymoon suite was beautiful, we were on
the 3rd floor so the ceiling was very high, and our balcony was
right next to the ocean. There was a jacuzzi in our room, which
leaked all over the floor the first time we used it, but the maintenance
guys came in and fixed it immediately after reporting the problem.
Every night we had turn-down service with little mints on our pillows.
Our fridge was always stocked with water, Pepsi, 7up and Presidente
beer (all in bottles). Several times we had breakfast in bed with
champagne and fruit baskets delivered. One day they even brought
us a chocolate mousse cake for no reason! The only problem with
all that food being brought to us was that tiny ants started to
congregate. We just put our dishes out on the balcony when that
happened. Overall we felt like we were treated like royalty.
Other things we did that week were horseback riding
(included, but a 10 minute truck ride away), boat trip out to see
the Astron (a sunken ship just off the coast), daily darts tournaments
(of which Mark won twice – 2 free bottles of rum!) and archery.
We really ran out of time to do anything else!
In summary, I would highly recommend this resort
to anyone looking to get married in paradise or just enjoy a nice
relaxing week in the sun. [email protected]
Carrie & Dan - Fiesta
Palace Dominican weddings
Departing on the January 16-31 from Vancouver.
We had 19 people in our group flying in from different parts of
Dan and I stayed at the Fiesta Palace but were
married in the gazebo at the Fiesta Bavaro. We had contacted the
Palace in August with questions regarding a wedding and the Assistant
Manager, Daphne, responded immediately with answers to our questions.
From our initial contact with her in August, until our day of departure
to go back home, Daphne was absolutely wonderful to us, making sure
we were happy and completely taking care of our needs. Once we arrived
at the resort, we dealt with Simone in guest services to finalize
any details, who was just as wonderful to us and has a great sense
We arrived a week earlier than most of our guests,
to relax and finalize any details of the wedding - choice of flowers,
I had the option of arriving at the gazebo in a horse and carriage,
which I declined (I'm allergic to horses) and the wedding cake.
There is a spa at the resort where you can have your hair, make-up,
massage, etc. done. I did not use these facilities but they looked
very nice and quite reasonably priced. We hired a musical trio to
play at the ceremony as well. We also had the option of a photographer
and a videographer which we chose not to use. Our guests all had
cameras and 3 video camera's going of the ceremony. We have a ton
of pictures of the vacation/ceremony and we brought the 3 video
tapes home and had a professional video made out of them which turned
out amazing! The gazebo at the Palace is right beside the pool,
which isn't a great spot so they perform weddings at the gazebo
at the Bavaro which is in a very beautiful garden setting with a
red brick pathway to walk up to it. We had requested months prior
to our vacation, a specific time and day to be married but because
there is only one judge in the area he is booked VERY far in advance
so do this a.s.a.p.
We asked Simone if we could go and do a bit of
a rehearsal the day before the wedding which I am very glad we did
because we moved some tables in the gazebo, and no one would have
known were to stand or who was to walk down first etc. Simone had
arranged for the trolley to pick us all up at the Palace and take
us to the gazebo at the Bavaro, she came with us to help organize
and it turned out to be a lot of fun.
We were married on January 28th at 1:00 pm. Dan
and all of our guests were driven over to the gazebo in a trolley
at 12:15. I stayed behind in the room with my father and my 2 attendants.
Simone and Daphne were both at the gazebo with walkie talkies to
contact the porter to pick us up and bring us to the gazebo as soon
as the judge had arrived at the gazebo (he is always late).
The judge performed the ceremony in Spanish and
Simone translated it in English for us. We exchanged rings, read
our own vows and signed the marriage registry. The ceremony is about
15 minutes. After that we cut the cake, had our first dance (to
the music of the trio who were fabulous), had some champagne and
did some toasts.
Simone had brought a CD player so our guests celebrated
in the gazebo with beer, wine and music, while we got pictures under
way. We went for buffet lunch at the very nearby El Accerife at
3:30 went down to the beach at 5:00 for some pictures at sunset
and then headed off to an amazing ala carte dinner at the El Accerife.
They had brought our cake from the gazebo to the restaurant as soon
as we had cut it and that was our dessert for dinner and everyone
thought it was delicious.
After dinner we all headed back to the Palace
and had a late night swim. What a wonderful way to get married.
A lot of our guests said it was the most intimate and personal wedding
they had been to. The best part is that we got to vacation with
our closest friends and family for a week instead of our wedding
being just one day. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Ryan and Jo-Anne from
Alberta Canada - Melia Tropical Caribe Dominican weddings
We were married January 16, 2004 at the Melia
Caribe Tropical. Where do I start...it was perfect and stress free.
We went with another couple and it was our first trip to Dominican
Republic. We stayed two amazing weeks in a beautiful room with the
patio looking out onto the pool and the beach right out our door.
The resort is huge and unbelievably beautiful. For a vacation I
would recommend it to anyone. For a wedding, I would definitely
We did very little preparation. We got our papers
from the consulate as required, sent a couple of emails to the Melia's
wedding coordinator, German Mejia (who is a God as far as we're
concerned), showed up at the resort, met with German the 2nd or
3rd evening we were there for 1 hour and the whole wedding was planned.
Nothing else to do but show up on the right day.
The morning of the wedding, the boys went to the
pool and the girls went to the spa. We casually got ready and the
horse and carriage came and picked up the best man and I (the groom...if
you haven't yet figured that out). The carriage then picked up the
bride and maid of honour. The wedding in the gazebo was perfect.
The musical trio was very friendly and sounded great. The photographer
was quite good, although we would recommend spending the extra money
and getting all of the negatives, not just the included ones. If
you don't get them all, they cut them up into small pieces and they're
tougher to get reprinted when you get home. The wedding dinner was
very nice and simple. We went to the French restaurant...I think.
In hindsight, we'd choose a different restaurant...there are so
many excellent restaurants to choose from. The French one was the
only one we hadn't tried yet. We saw some beach weddings at other
resorts and they didn't seem as nice as ours. Who wants some hairy
guy in his Speedo thong walking by during your wedding?
Having never been to the Melia, we made our parents
stay at a neighbouring resort so we weren't honeymooning with them
with us the whole time. Had we known how big the resort was, we
should have had them stay there. We probably would have rarely seen
them. We were on the Caribe side, they could have stayed on the
Tropical side. The staff is very friendly and lots of fun. We were
treated wonderfully by the staff and especially German, who made
our entire experience unbelievable. He was always doing little things
to make our stay special. A piece of advice from German helped me
to relax and set the tone for the trip. He said "You're not in Canada
anymore...we don't die of heart attacks here. If you ask for something,
you'll get it...in a minute".
It's hard to believe that people plan their wedding
for months or even years, and stress themselves out. Then they don't
even enjoy their wedding because its too stressful. There was not
one bad memory or stressful moment for us. This was the perfect
Thanks to Debbie for all of the information on
this website and to German at the Melia Caribe Tropical.
Shawn & Ursula - Melia
Tropical Caribe Dominican weddings
i have just read my sister, ursula montgomery's review of melia
in punta cana and i just want to reiterate everything she has said.
the people that complained about their holidays
on the review page, i have to ask, what the hell would it take to
please them?.... i would think these are people that make a vocation
out of complaining.
as i sit in the damp winter in ireland i fondly
remember every aspect of my holiday. everything was absolutely fantastic,
my sister's wedding in particular was amazing- both relaxed and
well organized. if i was to do it over again, i would definitely
copy my sister!
finally, i would just finish off by saying that
the people are a credit to their country- helpful, polite and always
smiling. i would go again in a heartbeat.
My husband and I just returned from our trip to
the Melia where we spent 2 amazing, sun-filled weeks. This was our
first time in the Dominican and we picked the resort/destination
for our wedding based on a recommendation from a friend of a friend.
We invited many of our closests friends and family. In total, we
had 34 people at our wedding.. Based on the fact we had all of these
people joining us, people that had chosen to use their vacation
time to spend with us, I was a little nervous about the resort,
food, etc. I read and re-read many of the reviews online. I am still
baffled at what I have read based on our own experience and I told
my husband on our trip that, upon our return, I was going to write
my impression/review of the resort.
In a word, it was wonderful. We had a huge variety
of people at our wedding; three children aged from 4 months to 5
years, our grandma who is in her 70's, a nursing mother, my sister,
aunt and cousin from Northern Ireland, a friend with a herniated
disc and many other able bodied friends and family ranging from
their 20's to their 60's. The resort catered to everyone. In my
opinion, it is perfect- not just for young couples but for families.
Our wedding was on the Thursday of the week we
arrived. I couldn't believe I was sitting in the pool with my dad
and brother and a Miami Vice the morning before my wedding. It was
completely stress-free. After our appointments at the spa, my sister/maid
of honour ran to the gazebo in her stilletos and my mum and I were
picked up by a horse and carriage and met our friends and family
and my soon-to-be husband at the gazebo. It was like a dream, the
sun was shining, there was a nice breeze and there were beautiful
fresh red flowers everywhere we looked. German, our wedding co-ordinator,
took care of EVERYTHING. For those of you who are lucky enough to
be able to have a wedding in the Carribean and have your closest
family and friends there, this is the way to do it. We had a beautiful
service followed by champagne and photos while the 3-piece band
played in the background. After Shawn and I had our video and photos
done at the beach, we went for dinner and had our own little "reception"
at Ma Maison (French restaurant). The meal and service was excellent.
After dinner we headed to the Fun Pub on the Tropical side. We brought
a couple of our cds and had the d.j. play 2 wedding songs for us.
We stayed at the pub dancing, drinking, laughing, taking photos
and playing pool til it closed. Everyone had a blast. If you have
any questions about the resort or about having a wedding at the
resort, please contact me at [email protected].
Janette - Melia Tropical
Caribe Dominican weddings
If you want a worry free wedding, book it at Dominican
Republic's Melia Caribe Tropical in the city of Punta Cana/Higuey.
I was worried knowing that I was arriving, from New York to Punta
Cana, for my wedding only a day in advance. In that (half) day,
by the time I arrived from the airport, I had to pick flowers, get
my dress steamed, make appts. for the hairdresser and make-up artiest
and make sure my 30 guests arrived safely. Needless to say, I was
a nervous wreck. But the wedding coordinator, German Mejia, was
my angel in waiting. I knew he was pleasant from ONE phone call
conversation and he was always so patient with my million of e-mails
he received 4 months b4 my wedding. And when I met him he confirmed
my suspicions, with his winning smile, the minute he laid eyes on
me. His gracious and kind demeanor immediately calmed my nerves.
He continued to be gracious and sweet even after I arrived 30 minutes
late to the ceremony! I really felt bad, but he was so patient that
I quickly recovered and began smiling for my pictures. I must admit
that my first impression of the photographer was unprofessional,
but when I saw his pictures, compared to that of friends, THEY WERE
AWESOME! And the pictures were ready by the next day. The negatives,
the following day. Prompt service! All 36 photos were 5x7 size.
German scheduled my wedding for 2pm and dinner @ 6pm. I thought
that was too much time in between for my guests to wait, but it
was perfect. It actually gave all of us time to relax and unwind.
And lets not forget shower after taking pictures in the sun and
heat for what seemed hours. The hotel's attention and bridal goodies
were pleasant surprises. Even though the champagne was very dry.
Our dinner, could have been better, but that was my fault. The night
b4 I arrived to the resort I changed the menu from a Seafood restaurant
to the International restaurant due to the recent tragically loss
of a friend's daughter during a wedding ceremony, after she had
Salmon. She was allergic to seafood. Not knowing my guests allergies,
I decided to change the menu. The service for the dinner was very
classy!!! Better than I expected, but the food wasn't enough or
tasty. Almost everyone ended up going to the Seafood restaurant
afterwards. My guests and myself stayed @ Melia Caribe Tropical
from Friday to Tuesday and our major complaint was the trolley.
It was more than a 15 minute wait for it each time. The resort is
splendidly gorgeous, but way too big. If you want to see pictures
please e-mail me w/the subject "Melia wedding" or else I won't even
open it. [email protected]
Heather & Cam - Melia
Tropical Caribe Dominican weddings
My husband and I were married at the Melia Caribe
in Dominican Republic on February 25, 2003 WOW!!! My dream wedding!!
Stress free and absolutely beautiful!!
We are from Canada
Here is how to do it!
1. Pick your resort
2. Call wedding coordinator and book your day
3. Go to the Dominican Consulate in your country ( the number is
in the blue pages under GOVERNMENT) and have birth certificates,
passports, legal single status certificate ( if you call the embassy
they will fax you the proper document and you just retype it EXACTLY
as shown) this will cost you $240 U.S and if you have been previously
married, your divorce cetificate will also have to be translated
4. they will mail you all your paper work within 3 weeks.
5.Get on the plane, and DO NOT pick your location, flowers, or dinner
til you get there
6. Book and massage, hair, makeup, nails ect ect
7. Get married
8. when you return home your marriage licence will be about 2 weeks,
you must get this translated back to english at the Dominican Consulate
9.Live a long and happy life together!!
Carla - Punta Cana
Beach Resort Dominican weddings
We chose to travel to the Dominican Republic,
specifically the Punta Cana Beach Resort to have our wedding. For
us, it was absolutely perfect. We were lucky enough to have 28 of
our friends and family join us for the wedding. After we confirmed
the resort that we would be visiting, we began making arrangements
with the individuals in guest relations. Our resort did not have
a wedding coordinator, nor did Signature designate this resort as
a place for weddings, however they were more than accommodating
in helping us plan ours. At resorts that Signature advertises that
they perform weddings, your travel agent will work directly with
the resort to arrange all of the details. There were two individuals
in Guest Relations, Ingrid and Valerie, that assisted us is making
the advance arrangements. This included picking the date and time
that we wanted the ceremony to happen. At first, I was a bit alarmed
at the laisez-faire style of guest relations when I was asking questions.
However, now having been to the DR, we totally understand that this
is part of the culture. Live today and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow!
While we get caught up in confirmation numbers and confirming things
several times to ensure they meet our expectations, I was told that
we would work out all details regarding the wedding when we got
Making the necessary legal arrangements was relatively
simple. We followed the advice that we found on this site (THANK
YOU!) and had our lawyer fill out and notarize our statutory declarations.
We then sent the original and 2 copies of the statutory declarations,
birth certificates and passport (main page) to the Honorary Consulate
in Toronto. They do the legalization and translation and all documents
were returned to us within 2 weeks. We took all of this documentation
Before we left, we had set up a meeting to finalize
some the details (cake, flowers, location, etc) with Ingrid that
was to take place the day we arrived at 2:00pm. The most reassuring
part was that Valerie (who was working for Ingrid that day) was
waiting for us and asked the Signature rep which ones we were, so
that we could confirm the meeting. It was at this preliminary meeting
that we gave the copies of the documents to Valerie, who in turn
ensured that the Judge received them prior to the ceremony. We were
also required to photocopy the main pages of our attendants passports
who would be our witnesses. In addition to all of the legal documentation,
it was at this time that we were able to pick the location of our
wedding (we chose the beach), bouquet color and design, cake design.
After this meeting, which took about 20 minutes, Valerie drove us
down to the Beach location where the ceremony would take place.
We confirmed a few more details with regards to chairs for our guests,
flowers for the archway, photo session and how my attendants and
I were going to be transported to that location.
The next day we confirmed with Valerie that our
selections were possible, which they were, and everything was set!
The day of the wedding everything was set up, the photographer was
on time - he was scheduled to come to our suite ½ hour before the
ceremony to get pictures of me alone, with my attendants and with
my family. We then proceeded down the beach to where the ceremony
was to take place. We were waiting about 10 minutes when Valerie,
came to tell us that the Judge wasn’t here yet. All I needed to
know was if anyone had spoken to him that day, they said they had
and he was just running late. She assured us that he was indeed
still coming. As it turned out, the Judge did arrive, one hour late.
The ceremony took place at 5:00pm which made pictures afterward
rushed as we were losing daylight. The ceremony itself took approximately
15 minutes, the Judge spoke completely in Spanish and Ingrid, translated
into English. We then signed the official documents and continued
with the photo session. Our wedding package price included 36 5x7
pictures which were quite good, we had about 80 to choose from.
After the photo session, we cut the cake, had
a informal gift opening and then we danced to a trio of local singers
and guitar players. It was very authentic and quite beautiful. They
had planned for our dinner to be ready at 8:00pm, so we improvised
with the dancing before the dinner. Valerie had reserved the entire
beach restaurant called La Choza for our wedding and we even had
menus with our names on them with the dinner selections for our
It was an excellent day with very little preparation!
We loved having our wedding on the beach and would recommend it
Christine, Boston, MA
- Secrets Excellence Dominican weddings
We just returned on April 2, 2004 from the best
trip of our lives. We got married and had our honeymoon all together.
First of all I just want to tell anyone that reads my review that
Secrets Excellence is the best resort we have ever stayed at and
we travel allot. Since this was my wedding also I had done so much
research and reading of reviews my head was spinning. I can honestly
say that some of the negative reviews I read made me nervous, thanks
to people posting their reviews and thank you to the ones that actually
left their e-mail addresses I actually had conversations with some
people which put my mind at ease. I truly believe that anyway who
has a negative complaint is just a rude hard to please person, we
witnesses some of these type of people and couldn't believe it,
I said to my husband these must be the type to write a negative
review. It is a third world country for god sakes your not at an
upscale NYC hotel. Anyway I could go on forever about how wonderful
this resort was, I can say that neither me or my husband can think
of one negative thing to say, the only thing that wasn't completely
fabulous was the weather a few days, but that is out of everyone's
control. This resort absolutely catered to us from the minute we
got there, were greeted with mimosa's and taken immediately to our
room which had a huge Honeymooners banner on the door and flowers
and champagne inside. I have never been treated so well in my life.
Every night we returned to our room there was flowers, champagne,
and different animal made out of the towels, little hint I know
it is all inclusive but these people really work hard and tipping
gets you much better service, we left our maid $3 per day and let
me tell you she took real good care of us, and left the guy that
comes around to stock the mini bar each day a couple of dollars
and after our first day my husband was getting the mini bar stocked
with Budweiser instead of the presidente beer. It works the same
at the restaurants, the are so nice and I mean you take a sip of
your wine and they are right there to fill up, leave a few dollars
on the table, they are very grateful for it. We flew in on a Tuesday
and Wednesday morning we met with the wedding coordinator who was
wonderful, we decided on our wedding package, how many pictures,
I told her what kind of flowers (color) I wanted and left her with
my dress and all I had to do the next day ( my wedding day) was
show up at the hair salon at 2pm, I got my hair done, which for
any bride thinking of doing their own hair, DON'T I had every intention
of doing my own hair for my wedding I even bought a hair extension
thingy but it is so so humid there and I am so happy I changed my
mind, I was bit nervous but the hairdresser did an amazing job,
it was nice and air-conditioned and I drank some champagne while
I had my hair done. The wedding coordinator was there every step
of the way, she had my dress all pressed and helped me get dresses
when I was ready. I am not going to go on and on about the wedding
part, but it ended up being perfect, anyway who is considering getting
married here can e-mail for details. As for as the resort the food
was amazing, we ate at each of the restaurants and never had a bad
meal or got sick, and let me say that I have major stomach problems
anyway, and I was fine. We did buy all the things I had read about
in other reviews, the benedryl, bug spray, pepto, but never used
any of it, we seriously never saw one Mosquito. I really can't say
enough good things about this resort, anyone considering going please
feel free to ask me any questions. It was absolutely paradise..
- Secrets Excellence
Now for the WEDDING. I started my day around noon at the resort's
salon. I had consulted with Heidi at the salon the previous day
about what to do with my hair and all. They tried to get me to purchase
a spa package for my husband and myself, which we weren't interested
in. I suppose if you want to be pampered and have the money to do
it it's a good idea. The spa is beautiful and I would have liked
a massage. We're by no means rich though and had spent a lot on
this vacation and wedding package already. And with the way the
Canadian dollar is...So I was set up in a room and had my nails
done first. I feel silly that I can't remember the lady's name who
worked on me all afternoon...I think it was Elsa? She did a wonderful
job and was sweet but quiet. She didn't give me fake nails but gave
me a very pretty french manicure with my own nails. Didn't take
long, maybe 20 minutes. She then started on my hair. The entire
morning it had been pouring rain but we kept our hopes up that it
would stop by 6:30 PM when the ceremony was. There's a gorgeous
outdoor gazebo of sorts for wedding and I really wanted the ceremony
there. Otherwise the wedding would be at the lobby gazebo. I didn't
really want the entire resort at my wedding however! Anyways, the
girls at the salon really know how to style hair for the humid,
hot climate. They pull your hair up nice and tight (free facelift!)
and use a ton of hairspray. That hair wasn't going to budge an inch!
They put fresh daisies in my hair too and it looked great. By the
time I was done the rain had stopped (thank goodness!) Karla arranged
to have me picked up from the front of the salon by horse and carriage
to meet the groom for pictures before the ceremony. That was a nice
touch and Blondie the horse was pretty cute. Brides beware of the
wheels on the carriage; I got grease on my dress while getting out
the first time. Hold you dress clear of the wheels! I was brought
to the lobby area to meet up the groom and we toured the property
for a few hours for pictures. The rain held off and we got some
great shots. Many guests and staff stopped to say congratulations
and take pictures of us.
We had to kill another hour or so before the ceremony
so retreated to our room to escape the outside humidity, which reeks
havoc on hair and makeup. The groom then went to the gazebo with
the other family members to meet up with the judge. I was picked
up again by the horse and carriage in front of our building and
brought to the gazebo. It was amazing! Karla and the staff had decorated
the gazebo with fresh flowers and arrangements and had a table set
up for the document signing/cake cutting etc. We opted for the Caribbean
trio for our music rather than a pre-recorded song, which I'm glad
we did. They just completed the whole thing. It was very romantic.
Many people watched from their balconies or stood nearby. The ceremony
was performed by the judge in Spanish and Karla translated. It was
over quickly but it was lovely. We had champagne and canapés afterwards
at the gazebo and had our first dance there as well. The trio played
a number of songs for us so everyone could dance and it was so perfect.
We then cut the cake and took some more pictures before heading
off to the Mexican restaurant for the reception dinner. The dinner
was lovely too. We were treated like royalty the entire evening
and the cake was brought to the restaurant for us to eat after dinner.
When we arrived back at our room later on that evening, all the
arrangements from the gazebo were in our room. There were petals
scattered everywhere and swan towels on the bed. The room looked
amazing! The next morning the staff forgot to bring us our breakfast
in bed, but we didn't care. We didn't even bother to complain about
it because we just went for breakfast together in the morning and
had a long leisurely meal.
There were a few extras included with the wedding
package like champagne in your room and fruit plates, nightly turndown,
spa discounts, etc. I am so glad we had our wedding at the resort.
Karla and Biberly could not have done a better job at planning and
preparing everything. We didn't have to worry about a single detail
once we got there. It is the perfect location for a wedding or renewal
of vows for anyone. The setting is unbelievable and the staff are
so accommodating and willing to please. Everyone in our group agreed
that this place is top-notch and worthy of a re-visit. I will absolutely
be returning to Secrets for a visit in the not-too-distant future.
If anyone has questions about anything please
drop me a line at [email protected]
& Brad at the Iberostar Punta Cana
We arrived at the Iberostar on Sunday May 2nd. We were told to meet
with Alita the next day at 3:00 about our wedding. Alita showed
us everything and we picked out all our stuff in about an hour.
We chose the flowers, cake style and menu. She was very, very helpful.
I had been emailing the resort and talking to Yngrid who is also
a wonderful person. After that we were done and they told us they
would then talk to us on Thursday May 6th which was our wedding
Our wedding was on the beach and was suppose to
start at 5:00 p.m. Well anyway on Thursday at about twenty minutes
to 5:00 Alita called and said the judge was running late and they
would check back with us when she was there or close to arriving.
They did warn us ahead of time that the judge is always late so
that wasn't a big deal gave us some more time to relax. So around
6:00 we got a call that the judge was there and the wedding would
soon be on its way. A few seconds after the call the bell boy was
at the door to pick up me and my sisters and mom to head to the
beach in the golf cart for our wedding. So we got down to the beach
and everything was decorated so beautiful. They had flowers in the
little hut where you end up after you walk down the isle which is
a red carpet. Then they had some chairs decorated under the hut
for after when you sign the license. The wedding was done by the
judge in Spanish and then Yngrid translated it for us. It was a
short and sweet wedding. Everything was wonderful a beautiful day
it couldn't have been more perfect. The staff at the Iberostar were
excellent I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding. After
the wedding we had pictures on the beach by Ricky he is the best
photographer very funny request him.
Then we went on to eat at the Marimba the tropical
restaurant on the beach. It was a great supper we had a wonderful
time. We had 17 people besides my husband and I and we all stayed
at the Iberorstar Punta Cana. If anyone has any questions feel free
to email me at [email protected].
It is a beautiful place to go and is very laid back and relaxed.
You will definitely enjoy this place.
& Jerry at the Iberostar Punta Cana
We were married on January 9, 2004 on the beach at the Iberostar
We had 42 friends and family join us for one week
(we stayed for two). Thirty-one of our guests stayed at the Iberostar
Bavaro and 13 stayed at the at the Iberostar Punta Cana. My husband
and I stayed at the Iberostar Bavaro, but we chose to have our wedding
at the Iberostar Punta Cana because we had read many wonderful reviews
about the wedding coordinators at this particular hotel. It made
for difficult planning but it was well worth it.
After arriving at our hotel, we wandered over
to the guest services at the Iberostar Punta Cana. There we made
an appointment for the following day to meet with a wedding coordinator
to go over all the details for our wedding.
The next day we met with Alida. She was so nice
and helpful. She went over all the details of the ceremony. We picked
out our flowers, colors, music, etc. Thankfully, Ingrid (the coordinator
I had been corresponding with via e-mail) reserved a restaurant
for our wedding dinner in advance, otherwise we would have been
SOL because of the size of our group.
The day of the wedding, my mom and my maid of
honor walked over to my sister’s room at the Iberostar Punta Cana
around 1:30 pm. We curled my hair and had a few cocktails. Around
3:00 pm someone phoned to let us know that it was time. We weren’t
quite done with my hair, so they said they’d give me another 15
minutes. When I was ready we grabbed my dad and went downstairs
where a golf cart was waiting to take us to the ceremony.
When we arrived at the beach, I was amazed at
how beautifully decorated it was. There was a grass roofed gazebo
decorated with flowers and beautiful cloths. They had set-up chairs
on one side of the aisle (in the shade) for our 42 guests. At the
altar there were two chairs with huge red bows tied around the backs.
My dad walked me down a red carpet that was edged
with palms. We were followed by a guitar trio playing a beautiful
version of the Wedding March. The ceremony was performed by a judge
in Spanish and translated in English by Alida; it lasted about 15
Immediately after the ceremony they brought out
champagne for us and all our guests and they brought us our wedding
cake. We took a few pictures then walked back down the red carpet
as husband and wife while everyone threw rice at us. Next, we headed
to the beach to take more pictures, and then to the garden to take
Around 7:00 pm our group met at the Caribbean
restaurant (La Marimba). We chose to have an open menu because we
couldn’t decide on one dish for everyone. They closed the restaurant
for our group until 8:15 pm. After dinner we moved to the beach
bar patio just outside the restaurant. One of our guests asked if
we were going to have a wedding dance. I told him we had brought
a cd but that there wasn’t anywhere to play it. He took my cd and
soon came back to tell us that the restaurant had agreed to turn
off their Caribbean music and play our wedding song so we could
have our first dance. We danced right outside the restaurant in
front of the pool. (Thank you Al).
A Few Details About Our Wedding: We requested
and luckily Ricky the photographer because I had read so many wonderful
things about him. He did an absolute fabulous job on the day of
our wedding. It was so hot outside that if it wasn’t for Ricky and
his jokes we probably would have given up half way through the pictures
and gone for a swim. Our wedding was on Friday and our pictures
were ready on Sunday. The pictures he took turned out so well that
we ended up buying all of them. We also received a cd (because the
pictures were digital) and a photo album. We had also hired a videographer.
He was so quiet we forgot he was there through the wedding. When
we got back to Canada we watched our video and to our surprise it
was fantastic. It cost us $200 USD. It’s not the same quality as
if you had hired a professional in Canada, but for $200 we were
more than pleased. And last but not least, about the girls at guest
services at the Iberostar Punta Cana. These girls are phenomenal.
Thank you Ingrid for assuring me (over and over again) that all
would go well. Thank you Alida for everything!!! We are so grateful
for the treatment that we received from "all the girls" at guest
services at the IB Punta Cana. They made our wedding and our trip
to Punta Cana a special one.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at
Feel free to take a peek at a few of our wedding
photos posted at: http://photos.yahoo.com/freakincoldhere
and Michel at the Iberostar Punta Cana
We were married on April 9th 2003 at the Iberostar
Punta Cana. The day was so beautiful and the wedding was so well
organized. For about 8 months before I kept in contact with Laikin
Ng the wedding coordinator who was very good at returning e-mails
with all my questions.
The day of our arrival I was given a letter from
Laikin to meet with her the next day to go over the details of the
wedding. We went for our appointment but Laikin wasn't available
so we met with Ingrid Morales from guest services who helped us
with picking out the flowers, cake and dinner reservations. We were
there maybe an hour and then we were on our way to enjoy the rest
of the day.
Finally the big day was here, I went and got my
hair done at the Iberostar Bavaro which turned out pretty good,
I brought a picture with me. Then I went back to me room and got
ready and Michel went to my parents room and got ready with my dad.
So I'm ready and waiting for my flowers to come and when they did
they were just what I had asked for all white roses. So I went down
stairs and met my dad where our limo(golfcart) was waiting to take
us to the beach where the ceremony was. We walked down a red carpet
followed by a musical trio which added a special touch. The ceremony
was short. We cut the cake, drank some champagne and Rickey the
photographer took some pictures. We were showered in rice as we
walked on down by the water to take more pictures. Then walked by
the pool for more pictures where everyone is applauding and congratulating
us. Then off to the gardens for more pictures. Rickey took 100 pictures
and they all turned out amazing so we bought all the pictures and
were given a nice photo album.
Around 6:30 we went and had cocktails (where I
finally got to meet Laikin) before the wedding dinner at the International
Restaurant which was really good, lobster and beef. Then we were
served the rest of the cake for our dessert. After we all went and
had more drinks in the lobby bar. When we returned to our room our
sheets were turned down and chocolates on our pillows and 2 t-shirts
that said "Just married".
This resort is amazing and anyone planning on
getting married in the Dominican, I recommend the Iberostar. If
anyone has questions or would like see some pics feel free to e-mail
me at [email protected]
Les & Tracy at the Casa Marina Reef
My wife and I travelled down to the Reef in April by ourselves to
get married, it was an experience neither of us will ever forget.
The wedding went without a hitch, it is a very simple ceremony with
the only words the bride and groom have to say is “I do”. We got
our choice of fresh flowers for decoration, the cake was deliciuos
and the preparation by the hotel staff was superb. That evening
there were reservations made for us at the specialty restaurant
of our choice (Italian) and the next morning we were served breakfast
in bed and it was amazing, enough to feed an army. Since we travelled
alone we had to get witnesses, the wedding coordinator, Mr. Hostar
Gomez Hernandez and another member of the hotel staff, Mrs. Yolarys
Noemi Rodriguez Veras were happy to do it for us. The Photographer,
Julia, from Foto Memories did an awesome job, very professional
and at the same time adding some fun into the whole thing. And oh
yeah since we were getting married we were given one of the best
rooms in the place, two balconies, pool view and ocean view.
The resort itself was fantastic, there was always
something to do. The staff was very friendly and full of fun, always
out to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. It was very clean, and
in my opinion the food was very good, if you didn’t like one thing
at the buffet there was a wide assortment to choose from. Every
night there was live enterainment in the ampitheater and the shows
were wonderful. If you like to snorkle this is the place to it,
there are all different colors af fish and if you bring a bread
roll or banana with you the fish will eat right out of your hands
it is amazing (bring an underwater camera). The beach vendors are
kinda pushy but once you learn how to play the bargaining game you
can get some good deals. My wife got her hair done in them braids
for 20 dollars Canadian.
Well I could go on and on but I would fill the
server with everything so if you would like any additional information
you can contact us at [email protected]
and we would be happy to answer your questions if we can.
Cynthia at Coral Hamaca
There is no other way to get married!!!!! For years I had always
told my friends that when the time came this was how I was going
to do it, and I did!!! My first advice to anyone planning on doing
it this way is think about #1 you!!! I spent weeks researching resorts
than running them by the different people that wanted to go and
quickley came to the conclussion that you can't please everyone.Finally
I gave up picked my resort and told everyone where we had chosen
now it was up to them if they still wanted to go, they did.
First we had to do our paper work here in Ontario.
Our lawyer did his part in just 2 days. That was our affidavidts,
then we copied our birth certificates and passports and sent it
all to the Dominican Consulate in Toronto via they County Courier.
The consulate called the County Courier 2 days later to say it was
ready for pick up. In 2 days they had translated it to spanish and
had it stamped and ready. When we got it back I faxed it down to
the Hamaca to Yvonne Pena the wedding coordinator and with in 3
hours she faxed back to say it was all in order.
I had spoke to Yvonne a few weeks prior to let
her know when we were arriving and the date that we wished to be
married on. There were 13 in our group so I requested that we could
book the Italian restaurant for our reception dinner. All this was
We arrived on January 20th. There was a letter
from Yvonne waiting for us when we checked in, saying that she would
meet us the next morning at 10am. We had met some very nice people
on our flight that were staying at the Hamaca and they said they
would love to join us for our dinner. When we met with Yvonne I
requested 6 more for dinner and this was no problem. We picked out
our flowers and she showed us where the gazebo was, explained where
Ted would stand, the best man, and the guests there would be chairs
set up if they wished to sit. Yvonne offered to book a appointment
for me at the hairdressers on the resort if I wished, yet my maid
of honour is great, a woman of many talents so I declined the appointment,
the charge would of only been $35. The wedding package of pictures
I found to be quite exspensive so I struck my own deal with the
beach photographer.20 pictures and all the negatives for $100 he
charged me an extra $25 for the negatives. So for $125 I ended up
getting 20 5x7 pictures and 36 negatives and got the other prints
done back home. We had other people with us taking pictures and
2 of our friends had video camers I did not feel I nedded to buy
the big package( everything is in american dollars and the exchange
Our wedding day came. I laid out on the beach
until 1pm. By 3pm Yvonne called the maid of honour and I in my room
to say they were ready. I met yvonne in the lobby, she had my flowers
there and they were gorgous!! She had the front dest take off our
all inclusive wrist bands and on we went. No problem!! I guess they
had some problems in the bestmans room, the groom had popped a button
on his tux shirt and they were running frantically 15 min before
the ceremony to get it fixed.
I had to walk down this S shaped staircase while
they played the wedding march song. As I started down I see all
these people in their swimsuits there to watch. The wedding had
been posted on the board in the main lobby for all to see. At least
I didn't trip and fall down the stairs!! My sister gave me away,
she met me at the botom of the stairs and on we went to the gazebo.
The ceremony was all in Spanish and Yvonne translated it into english.
When all was done they had given all our friends rice to throw and
boy they spare no expense on the rice. I had it everywhere, my hair,
down my dress and in my sandels. The photographer had us pose for
some pictures, they brought out the wedding cake and champange,
the cake was gorgous, from there we went to the beach for more pictures,
this photographer knew what he was doing. All was done and we were
at the swim-up bar by 4:30.
The reception dinner was at 8:30. It was great.
A normal dinner in a non-smoking resturant. Once everyone but the
wedding group was gone they brought out ashtrays and passed out
cigars. Than out came the wedding cake. They were singing and dancing
as they brought out the cake. What a hoot!! The description of the
cake said it would feed 10-12 people, well 19 of us had cake and
there were leftovers.
It was a perfect day! I think everone should get
married without stress. It was definatley a day to remember. Where
else could you lay on the beach until 1pm, get married at 3pm and
be at the swim-up bar by 4:30. If you have any questions please
write me at [email protected]
and Esme at Catalonia Bavaro Resort
We had an amazing "wedding week" amongst 37 of our friends and family,
and wouldn't have changed a thing. The entire week was special,
however, nothing could top our wedding day itself. We had our wedding
at 1:00pm on the beach. There was a slight breeze which made us
forget the heat altogether. They set up a beautiful display of floating
champagne glasses, elegant chairs, and flowers on the aisle and
table. We opted to have our own music and are thankful that we did.
The DJ played our cd for us before and after the wedding. Everytime
we hear our wedding cd it brings back wonderful memories. We also
opted out of the photo package, and instead had our friends send
us cd's with their digital photos. We ended up with hundreds of
beautiful and natural photos for free!
The wedding reception was remarkable as well.
They surprised us with extra champagne, a semi-private section of
the beach restaurant, and decorated the tables. We also had additional
waitstaff to make the evening smooth. They opened up the disco early
for us so that we could have our first dance together.
For those people who want an intimate and relaxing
wedding without the fuss, this is an amazing option! We are now
using the money we didn't spend on an expensive wedding to travel
the world. Just be prepared to play it by year. Most of the planning
happens last minute, and you never know what to expect....
Monika at Catalonia Bavaro Resort
Wedding: "A Dream Come True"
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful wedding!
Before I start about this topic I want to say that our Wedding Coordinator
Diana did a wonderful job, she worked so hard to make everything
perfect, and it was perfect! We had 33 people attending this wedding
and normally it's a group of 10 or less, so this was probably not
easy for her to organize. If you are reading this Diana...thank
you, thank you, thank you again!
You need to get some paperwork done before you
go to the DR. The Dominican Consulate (In your hometown) requires
copies of your birth certificates (if it's in any other language
then English or Spanish it MUST be translated into English and notorized),
copies of our passports, $150 US fee (it has to be a money order
or US cash) and the single declarations. The single declaration
(Statutory Affidavit) in English (one for the bride and one for
the groom) has to be notarized by a lawyer or Notary Public) and
translated into Spanish (which the consulate does for $30US each.
In total we paid $220US We emailed Diana from Toronto many many
times with a million questions we had but most of the decisions
regarding the wedding were made when we arrived at Catalonia. Since
we got there on a Saturday and the wedding wasn't until Wednesday
there was plenty of time to organize the wedding, very little to
organize! Stress free.
We met with the coordinator several times before
the wedding which helped a great deal. She was able to show us pictures
of bouquets to pick from and she took us around the different wedding
locations (at the pond, the beach or wedding pavilion). As well
she asked what colours we would like the decorations and what type
of wedding cake we wanted. We were able to chose the menu for our
wedding reception dinner. There was a large selection of food to
choose from, we had lobster and steak. You have a choice of any
of the pre-existing menus from any of their gourmet restaurants.
The Wedding was arranged to be at 3pm, ( this
allows for pictures to be taken after the ceremony before the sun
goes down) at 12:00 the girls went to get their hair done at the
salon, while my fiancée was enjoying himself at the beach with his
buddies. Despite the fact that the hair dresser did not speak a
word of English my hair turned out great, If you have a picture
of the hair style you want done it makes it a lot easier. Diana
had arranged for someone to come with me to my appointment who spoke
English and Spanish.
At 2:45 the beautiful flower bouquets were delivered
to my room for my maid of honour and I and the boutonnieres were
delivered to the room my fiancée was staying in. They were beautiful
and the flowers were fresh. I chose to have pink and white roses
since I did not like the look of the typical tropical flowers that
are deep red and orange colours. Included in the wedding package
is the brides bouquet and grooms boutonniere as well as flower arrangements
for the tables. The extra flowers we wanted for the wedding party
cost very little ($10-$15 US for another bouquet & boutonniere).
A little before 3pm my fiancé's limousine arrived
(a golf cart). The resort was very big and to walk all that way
would probably be way too hot. The golf cart was a great idea. My
limo arrived right at 3pm and picked up my parents and I. We chose
to have the wedding in the wedding pavilion and not at the beach,
we had 33 guests to think about and it would have been too hot right
on the beach for some of the elderly people. Also, be prepared that
most days were very windy on the beach.
The Pavilion was decorated beautifully with balloons,
streamers, white table cloth's and large flower arrangements. They
also had chairs set up for the people that wanted to sit. There
was a band that played the wedding march and sang after the ceremony
was done and lots of champagne was served. There were numerous hotel
guests watching the wedding, it was fun to have an audience!
We requested the local photographer, who took the nicest wedding
pictures we have ever seen, he arrived before me and started taking
photo's as I walked down with my father. You can also request the
videographer, which we did not, but know people who did (Hi Andre
& Julie!) and said the video was worth every penny. We received
all of the professional photo's the next day!
After the ceremony and photo's were taken, we
relaxed a little before going to our reception. They did a wonderful
job accommodating our large group. Normally the wedding dinner is
in the Gourmet French Restaurant, but we had too many people. Instead
Diana had reserved half of one of the bigger restaurants and made
it very private by separating our 3 very large tables of 11 with
numerous tropical plants and trees. It was very private, you couldn't
see anyone else in the restaurant. We had a delicious dinner, champagne,
wine and wedding cake (3 tier). The tables were decorated beautifully
with lots of flowers and candles. The service at our dinner was
impeccable. It was a perfect ceremony and a perfect reception. To
top it all of we went to the disco afterwards for dancing. The disco
opens at 11:00pm but again they were very accommodating and opened
the disco an hour early for us so we could have our first dance,
mother/son & father/daughter dance. We supplied the DJ with a CD
of our wedding songs and he was more than accommodating. After 11pm
the doors opened and we partied with the rest of the hotel guests.
Overall, a perfect wedding. I would recommend
anyone who wants to get married to go to Catalonia. It's worth every
penny, and it's very inexpensive compared to the fortune you would
spend here in Canada! One suggestion, request to have a wedding
rehearsal the night before, we did and it was helpful to know what
was going on. They didn't ask us if we wanted one so make sure you
If you have any questions, feel free to email
me at [email protected]
If you need more info about the resort, Catalonia has a very informative
Thanks Debbie, for a wonderful website, It helped us decide were
we wanted to get married and obviously this was the right choice!
Plata Village - Selena
My husband and I got married in the Dominican
Republic in January 2003. After researching various hotels
for our DR wedding, I finally settled upon the Puerto Plata Village
Resort. Prior to the wedding I contacted the wedding co-ordinator
Maria (Maggie) Veras, who always promptly responded to my emails,
answering all of my questions. The wedding package I received contained
a document stating requirements needed to get married in the DR,
the wedding package information and a list of extras with prices
in US & Pesos.
After being greeted with a welcome cocktail, we checked in, after
which Maggie introduced herself and we met to run through the wedding
details. At this time she gets your documents (ie. Passports, birth
certificates & declarations), runs through what will happen for
the wedding and takes your order for any extras you would like to
add onto the package. All we needed to add was an additional bouquet
for my bridesmaid, 2 extra boutonnières and 2 corsages for our parents,
extra hor’derves, champagne (package only includes enough for 8ppl)
and arranged for our marriage certificate to be translated (resort
charges $30US for this, the Consulate in Canada charges $40US).
For the marriage to be legal in Canada the marriage certificate
must be translated and sent to the DR Consulate in Canada for them
to legalize it the cost is $75US for just the legalization fee.
Because we had guests booked into 6 superior rooms the wedding package
was free otherwise it would have been $450US. The extras worked
out to be about $150US and we spent about $250US on the pictures
(all proofs (aprox. 70 pictures), all negatives, 24 – 5 X 7 photos
in an album & the wedding video edited). Actually it probably worked
out to be less because instead of the hotel & the photographer (Photo
Memories) instead of just charging us in US dollars (which for Canadians
isn’t very favourable), they charged in Pesos & converted to CDN,
which works out to be a much better deal for us Canadians.
The wedding was wonderful, perfect, exactly what we wanted. It was
so relaxing and stress-free. That morning the girls lazed in the
sun and guys went to the beach. My husband remarked to me later
that at one point on the beach that day he finally realized that
he was getting married and was amazed at how relaxed he was. Just
soak up the sun and let Maggie and the Puerto Plata Village staff
take care of everything. I had a hair trail done in Canada prior
to the trip and brought my pictures along with me to show the hairdressers
exactly what I wanted. Both my hair and make-up were exactly what
I wanted, they did a wonderful job. After arriving back at the room
our flowers arrived and I have to say they were gorgeous! I had
brought a picture just to give an idea of what I would like because
a visual picture is so much easier than trying to describe what
you want. The florist did such a wonderful job, everyone was amazed
and really impressed with the flowers. After oohhing & aaahhhing
over the flowers for a while the photographer & videographer arrived
to take some before pictures and then my sister, Dad and I jumped
on the shuttle provided for us and sped off to the wedding location.
We were able to have my sister (who I had chosen
for my maid of honour) and my husband’s Dad (who he had chosen for
his best man) be our witnesses, provided that Maggie (our wedding
co-ordinator) signed as a witness also. The information that I had
read said that you could not have relatives be your witnesses so
this was a wonderful surprise, it meant more to have them be our
witnesses instead of strangers. However, I talked to a lady that
got married at a different resort and she was told differently and
ended up having to switch their witnesses at the last minute. She
had planned on having their 2 sons and was understandably upset
when she found out differently. We were married by the same judge
and it seems to me that this judge marries all the people in the
Playa Dorada complex. Just make sure to double check and maybe have
back-ups if your hotel won’t provide witnesses for you.
As I walked into the garden the guitarist sang
Ave Maria and I must say, did an awesome job. The ceremony began
and thankfully was short but sweet. The judge spoke in Spanish and
Maggie translated for us, what would a DR wedding be without Spanish
in the ceremony. All we had to say was yes and after more Spanish
and translation, we kissed. After that we exchanged rings and kissed
some more. The order of things is different than in Canada, (ie.
rings before kiss) but that was part of what made our wedding unique
and I couldn’t care less in what order everything was. The important
thing was that we were married! After the ceremony there was more
pictures and everything was a beautiful photo opportunity. I especially
enjoyed the rice throw even though I got rice in my mouth and even
down my dress! After the champagne toast and cutting the cake we
had our first dance with the guitarist singing ‘Unchained Melody’.
After more pictures we jumped in the waiting carriage and headed
off to the beach for more pictures.
When we got back from the beach we headed to the
area above the lobby and had drinks and hor’derves with soft music
in the background. With light music playing in the background we
danced, nibbled on hor’derves and had an opportunity to chat with
our guests. Maggie had thoughtfully arranged for the CD player and
it is just another example of the co-ordination and competence of
this wonderful lady. None of us had to worry about a thing it was
all taken care of by Maggie.
When we arrived at the restaurant for dinner we
were ushered in and treated like royalty. The food was delicious
and the service was wonderful. We ended our night partying at the
disco where my husband and I even lead a chain through the dance
We were able to pick up our pictures a few days
later and boy was I impressed. The pictures are just gorgeous. We
also purchased the edited wedding video and even though the quality
wasn’t the best, it gave the whole picture of the wedding.
If you have any questions or would like to view our pictures, feel
free to email me at: [email protected]
Plata Village - Kari and Darren
We are coming up on our 1 year Wedding Anniversary so my review
is a little late coming, but here it is. Our Wedding at Puerto Plata
Village was better than I could have ever imagined. We chose Puerto
Plata Village because the Wedding Package had great features and
was a better price than the other resorts we had looked at (we did
not qualify for the free wedding, as we only brought 2 other couples
with us.). It turned out to be a great choice.
I started communications with our wedding co-ordinator
long before our wedding, her name was Maria Veras (a.k.a. Maggie),
and she was incredibly patient with my never ending questions, always
replying quickly to all of my inquiries. We met with Maggie and
Sandra the day after we arrived to decide on our Wedding location
and flowers and any extra's we would like to purchase - with that
out of the way we had the whole weekend to relax before our big
On our wedding day we got up and had breakfast
together before my massage appointment, I then had time for a quick
swim before my girlfriends and I had to go for our hair appointments,
Unfortunately, I cannot remember the girls name that did our hair,
but she was fantastic. We showed her pictures of what we wanted
done, and we got exactly what we were after. The flowers for our
hair were delivered to the salon while we were getting our hair
done, there was a bit of a mix up initially with the flowers, but
I was warned beforehand that this was to be expected, so I was not
concerned. Everything worked out great, the rest of the girls flowers
were delivered to my suite, and the boys flowers were delivered
to the room they were getting ready in.
The girls and I got ready in my room which was
great, it was very large with our own huge patio, and was a free
upgrade with the Wedding Package. If I had to pick the one thing
that best demonstrates the level of service and attention we received
it would have to be when I had a problem with my dress and the PPV
staff saved the day. I had brought my own steam iron to get the
wrinkles out of my dress (though it was a very small wedding, we
chose to wear traditional, formal wedding attire), but about 30mins
before the ceremony was to begin we discovered that as hard as we
tried my steamer was not getting the many, many wrinkles out of
my fancy dress. So one of the girls called our wedding co-ordinator
to see if she had any suggestions, and without delay one of the
laundry staff came and picked up the dress and then much to our
astonishment the dress was returned 15mins later - perfectly pressed!!
The ceremony was beautiful, Sandra even looked
after my friends' baby, while the vows took place so there were
no interruptions. Everything was perfect, from the guitar playing
escort to the rice throwing surprise to the romantic first dance
and the Horse and Carriage......The hors duerves were delicious
and Dinner was lovely (being a very picky eater I ordered Mucho
papas fritas (lots of French fries) and they happily obliged).
The photographer and videographer were great,
they had obviously done this before. We had many fun, romantic and
creative poses to choose from for the album that was included. Unfortunately,
we were a little disappointed with the quality of some of the pictures
and decided not to purchase the whole package, but the video turned
out fabulous and we took it home with our 14 picture album. The
video started with a video tour of the resort which is just lovely,
we were given the choice of what kind of music we wanted on the
video and we asked for some Spanish music, which turned out great.
Once we got home we changed our minds about the rest of the photos
and negatives and were able to send away to France (yes, France)
for them, so we now have all of the pictures and the video.
We absolutely cherish the wonderful memories we
have of our Wedding and wouldn't change a thing if we had it to
Here's a couple of tips that may be helpful to
Canadians: as Jennifer mentioned in her review I would not let the
travel agent make your wedding arrangements either, even if they
seem offended by you wanting to do it on your own, I think you will
feel better to have first hand knowledge of what arrangements have
been made. **Also important**.... try to have someone in the Dominican
(e-mail the resort) or someone who has been there recently, tell
you what the exchange rate is on the American and the Canadian Dollar
(what the bank says here is not the same as the rates they use there).
I took Canadian money with me which was a big mistake, as the American
Dollar was worth double the Canadian Dollar. When I calculated how
much my wedding package would cost I converted the US$ price to
CAD$ and planned on it costing that much, but by the time they converted
US$ to pesos and I converted my CAD$ to pesos it ended up costing
me $200 more than it would have if I had just bought the US$ at
I would like to say a big thank you to Jennifer for being a big
help while I was planning my wedding, and would be happy to answer
any questions I can for anyone else planning theirs you can drop
me a line at [email protected].
well where do i start we had the best wedding ever. We arrived at
the hotel at about 4pm and i thought it was a beautifaul choice
for our wedding there were tropicaql flowers e everywhere and it
was just so colourful. We were given our wedding package on the
coach on the way to the hotel which informed us we were to get married
on the folowing monday it was like wow its really happening. We
had an appointment to meet our wedding coordinator which was hilary
on monday(we only arrived on sunday) at 4pm she was great she talked
to us about the wedding what guest were with us, there was 18 of
us altogether. We had a look through some photos of previous weddings
and they all looked nice. She showed us the locations where we could
get married and we chose the garden which was very private and quite
when we chose our location we went back to the reception area and
discussed things like colours of flowers colours for the garden
to be decorated in and all the little extras you want. We had all
the stuff that came with the wedding package like flowers, heurs
deurves photos cake all what it said in the brochure. Then we decided
to have extra flowers for our bridesmaids all the buttton holes
for the guests and a wrist band of flowers for my mum, flowers for
the bridesmaids hair, extra sandwiches, bottle of champagne, we
also opted for our wedding certificate to be translated into english.
Also all our documents had to be translated into spanish. All these
extras only worked out under £100. Whenall this was sorted we told
Hilary our colour scheme which was cream and gold and she said that
was all we needed to do and to relax until monday which was great,
time to top up our tan.
Our boys were our best men and we wanted some
ring cushions so we spoke to Maggie shes the hotel wedding coordinator
she is great as well she made a phone call and said no problem it
was sorted they only cost about £12 for the pair and theywre lovely.
we wre married on the 25th August 2003 at 3pm it was supposed to
be 2.30pm but you get married when the judge is ready but that isnt
a problem.The ceremony was really relaxed although very emotional
it was nice having family and freinds there. The decorations and
the cake were amazing the colour scheme was just perfect. the ceremony
only lasted about 5 minutes if that but it was enough.After that
we had photos taken. Oh by the way i was serenaded walking down
the garden by a guitarist he was great as well. We had loads of
photos taken in the garden then in the surrounding area by the big
palms lovely setting. We then went along the golf course in our
horse and carriage and had photos taken by the lake and in the garden
opposite. The flowers and all the areas are so pretty you wouldnt
get it in this country. WE then went down to the beach when it started
to rain, dont panick, it was a godsend we sat in the bar at the
beach had a drink and relax for 10 minutes while the shower passed.
We then had our photos done on the beach and under the palm trees
we then went for a ride in the horse and carriage while the other
guest went back to the hotel. when we arrived back we had some drinks
and our nibles and chatted for a couple of hours. We had our meal
at the a la carte restaraunt which was very nice we had a table
for 18 it was no problem.
I would like to say I have been ,married before
but nothing beats this one it was so romantic and relaxing . Without
Hilary or Maggie it would not have been a dream come true they couldnt
do enough for us and our day was perfect. Iwould recomend it to
anyone first or second time round. If you would like to see some
phots just Email me at [email protected].
Enjoy your special day
and Tony at the Iberostar Costa Dorada
Our wedding day at Iberostar costa dorada was
everything and more than we could of hoped for. We asked reception
the night before for a room for the bridegroom which they supplied
for us as none of our wedding party would accomadate him, nasty
people. So we took breakfast in shifts, i then went down to the
beach for a sunbath and then off to the Salon for a relaxing massage,
with bridesmaid and friend. Massage was fantastic and managed not
to but into Tony. I then went back to my room to find that our pation
window that had been broken for 4 days had been taken out to be
replaced but my room had been left open with everything on view,
all wedding stuff and more. After being mad at reception as i had
had a letter the previous day to say that the window was to fixed
then but wasn't just very baddly handled. We then went to take showers
and start on hair and make-up which my bridemaid was doing being
in the trade. We had constant in teruptions and we were both getting
stressed out. We had no air conditioning as this doesn't not work
if the door is open, but room was by the sea so had a great breaze.
Finally got ready i had time to chillout while bridesmaid got ready.
Judge and Cosmos rep were late so all waiting in room. We finally
got going 30mins late. Flowers were so lovely, you get to choose
colours mainly roses used. And oder extra flowers if you like, we
did and well worth every penny. We got taken by the buggy to reception
where you make a big enterance and everyone can see but not verywell,
pictures start to be taken. Then they play the wedding march which
is fab, close to tears my dad gave me away and with my bridesmaid
by my side, all my guests looked fab the venu is so well decorated.
In the domincan you have a special lock that you have to preform
with your hands and it's really inportant. The service is short
but great. the guest services help out and they are fantastic, out
cosmos rep translated for us but you can understand most it even
though it's in spanish. Then after the cerimony you exchange rings
as they don't do this in dr, then lot's of champaigne and lot's
of photos, your firast dance together as man and wife. Then you
get paraded around then hotel and photos are taken.
We then went for a helicoptor ride, which made
our day unique. Then back for more champainge and dinner, our dinner
venue was changed and there was a mess up but it was the reps fault
but we coped. Dinner was lovely, not sure what everything we eat
was but it was lovely and so was the service. We then went to sit
out side to do cards and speaches. some of our group went to bed
but the rest of us stayed up and ended up in route 66 where they
played a special song for us, which ended the day perfectly. Iberostar
is a hotel to die for and if you choose to get married there which
you should it is simple the best!
and John at the Iberostar Costa Dorada
We have just returned from an amazing (2) weeks
at the Iberostar Costa Dorada.
After reading your reviews, I choose this hotel
and we went out there to get married, there was 19 of us all together.
Just before we went I e-mailed the hotel to see
if they could tell me the date of my wedding, as the best man and
bridesmaid were only coming out from Friday 6th June till Friday
13th June 2003. The hotel e-mailed me back on the Thursday before
I was due to go on Monday saying my Wedding was Friday 13th June
2003, I then e-mailed back saying about bestman and bridesmaid and
they changed it no problem to Wednesday 11th June 2003.
Hotel was amazing, anyone who complains must be
Star friends are fab they are always full of life
considering the hours they work, gives the men something to do,
while the women sunbathe.
Food is great, had a bit of a tummy upset from
Mexican and Brazilian restaurants.
Pool is lovely, but you do have to get up early
to get a bed. Beach is lovely too, it is abet blowy in the afternoon
but it's nice sometimes as it is very hot around the pool.
Evening entertainment looked great, we were never
early enough to sit close enough to be able to see it properly.
Make sure your documents are correct, as there were alot
of weddings the weeks we were there, and we were the only ones in
that two weeks with the right paper work. (Think they can sort it
out over there).
One thing I will say to all brides is that I got
conjunctivitis the day before my wedding and the groom did and 9
of the party got it at various times after me. It could of really
spoilt the wedding, but I had an injection the night before my wedding
and on the day. Eyes were abit red still but it didn't spoil the
day. (So brides beware of the pool, don't get water in your eyes).
On a better note! What a day, you could not have
a better wedding at home. You pick your flowers before the wedding,
which are out of this world, you pick the flavour of the cake.
The day just went so well, they do everything
so lovely, the trio band sing while you are getting married, then
you have champagne, cake and then they play while you have your
After the ceremony you have photo's and then have
photos on the beach, but to be honest I didn't like my beach photos
as it was too windy. (photos are a rip off, video is expensive too
but we had it to remember the day).
We all have drinks at the lobby bar (which is
fantastic for drinks) and then went in for our (4) course meal,
which was lobster, soup, beef in a sauce and a pudding. Meal was
excellent, then we had speeches, it was just like a normally wedding
We then went back to our room and there was a
beautiful arrangement of flowers a plate of fruit and chocolates
and a bottle of champagne in the fridge. A perfect touch to the
day and night (unfortunately my husband opened it and I was fast
asleep, must of been the injection kicking in), we had a glass in
the morning though.
All in all this is a top hotel and I'm so glad
I did read the reviews and picked it, I couldn't of asked for anything
better. Not one of my party had any complaints.
& Steve at the Iberostar Costa Dorada
Our April 2003 wedding at the Iberostar Costa
Dorada was wonderful! I wouldn’t have done it any other way. All
28 of us had a fantastic time. The details are outlined below:
See Debbie’s website for the details and, if you are Canadian, you
can send an e-mail to the Dominican embassy in Toronto at [email protected]
for the current prices. Our papers were translated into Spanish,
legalized, and sent back to us within a week. Cost for us: $230
US. When you receive your marriage certificate from the Dominican
it will need to be again be translated into English and legalized.
Cost: $115 US.
I will not go into very many details but you can read the outstanding
reviews this hotel has received on this website for yourself. It
is one of the best hotels in the Puerto Plata area. The food is
fantastic (which often makes or breaks an all-inclusive resort).
Not one of our guests complained and some are already planning their
Basic Wedding Package
At the Iberostar Costa Dorada the basic package is $625 US and includes
the ceremony, judge services and fees, legalization, gazebo decorations/set
up, bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, musical trio who play throughout
ceremony (and at the dinner), photographer + 14 photos 4” x 6” only
of the ceremony, champagne for 8 people, wedding cake for 8 people,
and dinner for 8 people. All additional guests are $12 US extra
As the judge does not make up his schedule until the month before
you will not know the exact day of your wedding until approximately
3-4 weeks before. Don’t worry they will accommodate you – I needed
our wedding to be on either Mon., Tues, or Wed. as we had guests
leaving on Thursday and I got the exact date I requested. Guest
Services at the hotel arranges the wedding and they can be contacted
at: [email protected] They replied to my e-mails within
24 hours and answered all of my questions.
The flowers are beautiful. As part of the basic wedding package
you receive two giant arrangement on either side of the table, 2
smaller arrangements for the table (which then go on your dinner
table that evening), your bouquet (pick from 2 styles: long & flowing
or small & round), and your fiancé’s boutonniere. You are asked
for your choice of colors and you can tell them any flower preferences.
My bouquet was pink & white and consisted of pink & white chrysanthemums,
white daisies, pink Painter’s Palette, and Bird of Paradise. For
extra flowers I ordered 2 more of the small bouquets, 4 corsages,
& 2 boutonnieres for $60 US total.
There is no problem accommodating any extras you wish to add to
the ceremony. The judge will do his part first and then you are
welcome to have anyone else come up. We had a prayer said by my
husband’s grandfather and a wedding blessing from a friend. If you
are having other people attend, consider having them participate
in the ceremony as it really adds to the specialness of the day.
We were married on Tuesday and had our photos available Thursday
by 5 pm. There are many packages to choose from at the Iberostar.
We choose the deluxe package which gave us all our 4x6 “proofs”
(over 100 photos), all the negatives, 3 8”x12” enlargements, and
3 6” x 8” enlargements for approximately $400 US. The enlargements
were ready the following day. Negatives by themselves are $10 US
each. You do receive 14 photos of your ceremony as part of the package.
I would highly recommend the video. We were not going to have one
done but after reading the reviews posted by others from this hotel
we decided to get it. The guy is from outside the hotel and does
an excellent job. He edits it wonderfully and you receive 2 VHS
copies and a CD for the computer. There is footage of the bride
arriving to the ceremony, the ceremony itself, and then pictures
from the hotel grounds. Also, he speaks fluent English and may be
contacted at: [email protected] Cost: $220 US.
There is a spa right at the hotel. I went for a practice run for
my hairstyle a few days ahead. Several of our guests also had their
hair done the morning of the wedding (they closed the salon for
us that morning). I would suggest bringing a picture of the hairstyle
you want as the girls do not speak a lot of English. My hair with
practice was $35 US. Everyone’s hairstyles turned out great. Just
don’t be afraid to mention if they are doing something you don’t
like (communicating through hand gestures works very well). Several
of us also had manicures the day before. I had a French manicure
which was well done for $18 US. The hotel can e-mail you a list
of all the spa services and prices. You only need to book your appointments
when you arrive.
The bride and her attendants stay in the room and the wedding coordinator
will come up and get you. Do not panic if they are late (ours was
15 min late). At this time you will be brought your flowers and
the coordinator will pin any corsages. You then get into a golf
cart and travel to the front lobby of the hotel. You will stop for
a few photos and then the musicians (three of them) will start to
play the wedding march. You walk through the lobby to the gazebo
(the gazebo is also decorated with tulle from the ceiling and down
the front columns-very classy). There is a red carpet and chairs
arranged for all your guests. Your groom will, of course, already
be waiting by the table at the front. You then walk behind the table
to face your guests. Per Dominican tradition, during the vows you
hold right hands and your groom puts his left hand behind your back
(you hold your bouquet in your left hand). The vows take only 10
minutes. You then exchange rings (they have a nice silver box on
the table for this purpose) and you and your witnesses sign the
register. Everyone will then be served champagne (your glasses will
be decorated with ribbons and flowers), your speakers may then come
up next, then you have a first dance (the musicians play throughout
the ceremony – the live music is so much better), cut the cake (which
is a nice sponge cake with fruit filling in between the layers,
ours was three stacks high, beautifully iced white with bride and
groom figurines on top). All your guests will then be served wedding
cake by the hotel staff. You then take a few pictures at the front
then everyone lines up to throw rice (and confetti if someone brings
it) as you walk down the aisle together. We had requested earlier
to have a group photo together which is a wonderful reminder of
everyone who was there.
You will then go around the hotel grounds for
pictures and you can take pictures with whomever you would like.
For us, it did rain on and off the entire day of our wedding but
you cannot even tell in the pictures or video (Do not be disappointed
if it rains, everyone of us had a great time and what else would
your guests be doing if it rained anyways. It’s was also cooler
so everyone was comfortable in their formal clothes.). The walk
outside to the gazebo is short and the hotel provided umbrellas
for our guests. For us, this meant that we took pictures with our
guests in the hotel lobby (which is beautiful, marble floors, large
flower arrangements) then the next day only my husband and I dressed
up and had pictures/video in the garden area and by the pool. We
chose not to have any beach pictures as it was still windy the next
You have a special dinner menu in the poolside Caribbean (seafood)
restaurant (included in the basic wedding package price). If you
have guests with special dietary requirements then they can order
from the restaurant’s usual menu. The menu is a 4 course gourmet
dinner: Temperate delight of cardinal lobster on puff-pastry milhojas;
Fine cream of wild asparagus with crispy Parma Ham, Roasted a la
Broch Tournedo (beef medallion cooked to order, this was the best
course!) in a scab of herbs and Foie-gras; Parfait of blueberries,
nougat and guava with culis of mint. If you don’t like any of the
above the hotel will let you pick items from the regular menu but
the above was fantastic – much better than we could afford for our
guests back home.
In between the ceremony and dinner the hotel staff will put one
of the giant flower arrangements in your room and leave you a bucket
of champagne and a wonderful fruit plate. They also turn down your
bed and give you Iberostar T-shirts with “Just Married” on the back.
It’s a very nice touch.
Be sure to mention to the wedding coordinator if any of your guests
will be having birthdays or anniversaries. The hotel will call and
sing Happy Birthday in the morning to them and then put a small
decorated cake in their room (and sometimes flowers as well). For
anniversaries, they send a bucket of champagne.
There are no irons in the rooms but an iron/ironing
board is available from the front desk. We told our guests to bring
their own. I brought a small steamer for my husband’s suit (my dress
was fine). Also, you do need an electrical converter as the plugs
are different than ours (not polarized). You can buy one from the
hotel gift shop for 16 pesos (approx. $1.00) or bring your own.
I would be happy to answer any other questions,
please feel free to contact me at [email protected].
& Myrna at the Iberostar Costa Dorada
We just returned from the most fantastic week
of our life! We decided to get married in the DR at the Iberostar
Costa Dorada & it was the perfect decision. We stayed from March
30-April 5. First of all our travel agent from Maritime Marlin Travel
was a great help to us in getting all the documents in order to
get married. We arrived at the resort on Sunday. On Monday we made
an appointment to meet with the wedding coordinator. We met with
him - Deyan - on Tuesday. We got to pick out the colors for the
bouquet, boutonnière and floral arrangements, also the flavor of
our cake. He then explained how the ceremony would take place. He
also brought us to the hair salon as I was going to have them do
my hair. Our wedding was on Thursday afternoon. I had my hair done
earlier in the day. It was absolutely beautiful,done exactly like
I wanted it. Any reviews that say they weren't great with hair is
wrong. Prudy done my hair to perfection. When we were ready my husband
had to go down to the lobby half an hour before the wedding. I was
later picked up in a golf cart and brought to the lobby. Pictures
are taken by the hotel photographer during the ceremony- you get
to pick 14 of these with your wedding package. Because we went alone
we also got him to take other pictures around the resort and beach.
The pictures were absolutely beautiful but my only complaint about
our trip and wedding as a whole is that the pictures cost way too
much money. If you have people going with you have them do pictures
for you. The hotel had two witnesses for us from guest services
and reception. Anita from guest services translated the ceremony
into english for us. There is also a band trio that plays and sings
during the ceremony. After the wedding and Pics were done we went
back to our room where there was a bouquet of flowers and towels
on our bed shaped like hearts and swans. Then we went to dinner
at the Tropical Restaurant. They had a special menu made up just
for us. When we went back to our room there were just married shirts
on the bed, the bed was turned down with chocolates on it. We then
went to the show when we went back to our room to call it a night
they had a platter of fruit, wine on ice with wine glasses. We felt
like royalty. All in all our wedding was so stress free form beginning
to end that it didn't feel as if we were planning a wedding at all.
You may pay a little more for this resort, but if you want quality
and a personal touch to your special day this is the place to be.
We would like to thank Debbie for providing such a wonderful site,
it really helped us pick the Iberostar resort for our wedding.
Bahia Principe - Jenn & Chris
We just got back from the Dominican Republic,
Puerto Plata on Sat. We stayed at the Bahia Principe and had our
wedding there as well.
The resort was beautiful, there was 22 of us that
went down, there was a little confusion with the rooms but was quickly
fixed. The rooms are nice clean but beware after some of the cleaning
ladies leave your room they might just happen to leave you back
door!! we found out this the hard way when things were missing from
the room. The food was fine, i like to be safe so i ate a lot of
bread. But make sure you make reservations for the medatrian Restaurant
it was great.
The wedding : As soon as we got checked
in we went to public relations to speak with the wedding coordinator.
MAKE YOU DINNER RESERVATIONS ASAP. Got all the papper work sorted
out. You are able to pick out your own flowers and colors etc. I
got to the resort on the Sat and my wedding was on the Tues it was
really nice it gave me time to prepare and then relax. The day of
the wedding i felt like i was in the dark because i really didn't
know what was going on the wedding coordinator didn't get back to
me. The cart with balloons came to pick me and my girls up at 4:00.
The ceremony is in spanish and they will translate it into english
for you . The actually ceremony was fast to the point i didn't even
have time to cry. I would strongly request that you get a quick
run down of what you do etc . (you say i do then your married and
the rings come later???) We had our dinner at the Italian Restaurant
and it was great they br! ought my wedding cake to the resturant
and all the decorations there it was beautiful.
FYI : If you wait to get married closer to when
you go home you run the risk of not getting you marriage cert before
you leave. The photo's turned out really nice and were ready 2 days
later. The video beware our video was only 13 min long and it was
to be 30min ( we got money off the price)
I wouldn't change a thing it was everything i
wanted and more!!
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