[QUOTE=Shay2679;552351]The Royal is certainly not the only hotel who has a "Outside Vendors" policy in place. I think in a way, they are doing it because the demand has gone up for their properties so much in the last few years, that...the only way for them to continue doing SO many weddings in an organized fashion, is for them to control who's doing what and how. It seems unfair initially, BUT...it could potentially offer brides one stop shopping...and for many, I'm sure (not me...but...) this is exactly what some people are going for with a destination wedding. Making things simpler. Also, by controlling who their contractors are at the hotel, they may be able to offer more of a guarantee
of quality to brides and really "master" the services they are trying to offer. (I realize that they could very well do this by continuing to allow brides and grooms options but...) The flip side to this particular policy is...it could very well be the answer to many brides dreams! Just not necessarily for us!QUOTE]
Yes, I totally understand the points you make. The "one stop shopping" is definitely what appeals to us most about a DW. However, it IS still a lot of money and I'd like to have the option at least to make a few modifications. I wouldn't mind in the least if they charged an outside vendor fee. That's completely fair. It's the not having that option that is really frustrating. I haven't heard of any other resorts (except Iberstar maybe?) that completely bans outside vendors altogether. All the others we've considered just charge a fee.
I think EmenGeeRoxx has it exactly right: It's all about the money, plain and simple! The resort will make more money by forcing all their couples to use their contracted vendors.
As far as assuring quality...perhaps (and in fact I'd like to believe it)...but I lean more towards the money end of it because afterall, the resort IS a money-making business.
I don't know. I guess we'll just see what happens. I've never been to Mexico so I'm not sure how a typical business is run. In Korea, it's very common for them to say one thing and do a completely different thing. Or, just look the other way and let you do what you want. From past reviews of the resort, it sounds like they are like this so maybe it won't be a big deal at all. Who knows? I'm going to hold out hope that it'll all work out for us though!