Congratulations on your sister’s wedding. As for the Barcelo Resort wedding, I just want to submit my two cents worth as the owner of a destination wedding and honeymoon company for the past 13 years. Just so you know the background to my comments.
Nothing to your sister’s day, but to the other couple looking. I would look elsewhere, especially with the kids. There are better programs with trained people who’s job is to only be at the Kids Club. You have anyone of the Dreams Resorts there, the closest would be Dreams Palm Beach. Their staff is Red Cross trained, which is a comfort to the kids because allot of hotels just rotate people into the Kids Club. So one person could be working the pool games one day, than in the Kids Club painting the next. Another resort with a great pool area for kids is the Moon Palace or Hard Rock Moon Palace (name change coming out shortly). Both of these resort chains offer an excellent wedding program, plus allow you to work with them even if you are having the ceremony outside.
I had a couple just recently who had their wedding on the boat, but they only did the ceremony there. Then they came back to the resort for the rest. They used the resort’s wedding package for the flowers, then came back to use the cocktail party and wedding dinner.
As for the Barcelo Resorts we do not use them anymore because of problems that we have had with them in the past. It seems the Punta Cana resort has had rotating wedding planners, missed information and questionable quality features for the wedding. We will book them if the couple has to have them so we do keep up but the last comment I see on file for us regarding them is browned lilies and roses, rude staff.
I hope this helps! Best wishes on your search for that special day!
Weddings on the go!