Hello lovesthesun and all other brides,
We just got back from our amazing wedding at the Bavaro Princess on May 9 and it was fabulous. The weather that day was a little scary in the morning, but it all cleared up around 10:30 and was sunny and hot the rest of the day.
We had the catholic ceremony with the French Canadian priest who has been in Punta Cana for 29 years and it was great. We had prepared our ceremony in advance at home and had it approved by our priest and it was fine with him. He is very nice and funny. If you are thinking of a catholic ceremony, have no worries, the priest is great!! The ceremony was also on time!!! That never happens in Punta Cana, but it did for us. We added a sand ceremony after our vows and it was great. The only thing is that we left the bottles behind after the party that night and they were lost so we had to come home without our bottles. We are very disappointed, but after asking for 4 days, we just stopped when it became evident that nobody knew where they were. Just my advice, but for future brides, I would definitely recommend your designate someone to pick-up all things left behind to make sure you don’t forget anything. We still have sand at home and my mom got me some sand from the beach wo we will make new bottles. It won’t be the same, but it will have to do.
We met with the coordinator, Francelia the day before the wedding (Gabriel now has someone else working for him. She is the coordinator on site and he supervises). She is really nice and organized as well except for a few little things, but nothing to even fret about.
I had brought pictures with me of things I wanted (different cake with my decorations and bouquet). They did an amazing job with the cake and I got the flowers almost identical to the picture I had brought with me. I was very pleased.
I also got my hair done at the spa and the girl did a nice job. I only recommend that you make your appointment well in advance of your wedding time because speed is not her style. I was starting to panic a bit when she was taking so much time, but everything worked out in the end. She did a very nice job.
Before the ceremony, they normally pick you up in a decorated tram, but since we had the Platinum Club and our rooms were so close to the gazebo, we just walked over.
The wedding site is just simply stunning overlooking the beach and the ocean. It is also much more private than if you were having your wedding on the beach. I definitely recommend you have your ceremony under the gazebo unless you want speedos in your wedding photos ;D
The photographer did a great job as well. If you have special requests for certain poses, ask him, he is open to that. I only asked for one since it was very windy that day and not so good for pictures. He did a great job. The only little glitch was that we were supposed to meet with him on the Friday night to select our photos, but he had scheduled us for the Saturday night. We were leaving on the Sunday morning so that made me a little nervous, but he was there on Saturday night and we got our pictures and CD. We had 25 included in our package and we bought an extra 16. It cost us 144$ US (9$ per photo).
We also had the videographer film the ceremony and I highly recommend it. We watched it when we got home and it is amazing. He did a really good job and it’s a great souvenir. Our ceremony was a little longer since we had the catholic ceremony (20-25 minutes) and he also follows you to the beach after when you are taking pictures. It cost an additional 300$ US, but I’m glad we chose to have it done. Since many of our family members weren’t able to join us, it will be nice to show it to them when we have our parties back at home this summer.
Finally, we had the private beach party for our reception. What a party that was!!! It started at 7:00 and ended at midnight. We loved every minute of it. The only we could say is that the food wasn’t that hot. It was very windy that day so I don’t think that could be helped. We also had a mic for speaches and a DJ. The DJ played his music during dinner, but when the dance started, we had brought our own. I’m glad we did cause the dance floor was packed until midnight. It was great!!! Our server was also fantastic. His name was Domingo and he made everything so easy. Great service all around!!!
If I can give any advice it would be to just enjoy it. It will be fantastic!!!
Here is a link to the pro-shots. Enjoy!!! If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask.