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    The best beach/beaches you've been to?

    For me, a certain beaches are beautiful for various reasons and different activities you can do there. Some beaches are great because you can drive on them like Polihale State Park in Kauai, HI Other beaches are great because they have great snorkeling like Hanauma Bay on Ohau I can't remember the name of this beach. It was on the east/northeast coast of Ohau. Some of the most beautiful beaches to me are the ones where I have the greatest memories of hanging out and camping with my friends. They aren't the most pleasing to the eye, but we had great times there. great times from my days in Hawaii. a couple of theses might need to go in the "funny photos of you" thread :-) I miss my Jeep!!!
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    Hi :)

    welcome to the forum! lots of great info here as you already know. let us know how we can help.
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    Hey Everyone,

    Welcome to the forum! Happy Planning!
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    Hello

    welcome to the forum, happy planning!
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    Introduction

    welcome to the forum! Happy Planning
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    Photographer

    Quote: Originally Posted by AlmostMrsForbes I agree with you, Jonathan. I'm getting married at the Riu Ocho Rios, and have decided to hire an outside photog. By the way, Riu ladies, I would consider this - yes, I am paying more (about 2k) but he will be with me all day - and will come with me to my off-site reception, and he is fantastic. Anyways, I guess I will be the test case because I'm telling Michael and the resort that I'm not paying a breach of contract fee. I'm an attorney - and I write/review contracts everyday. What I do know is that I am not, and have never been, a party to a contract with Michael. His contract is with the Riu - not me. To charge me a "breach of contract fee" - with the alternative being Michael's interruption and sabotaging of pictures is nothing more than extortion. I won't stand for it. My guess is that when someone stands up to him/them, they'll have back off. The resort is already nickel and diming me for "included" options. There's no way I'm paying this ridiculous fee. Sorry - I'll get off my soap box ... I just can't believe that they're making people do this. Awesome! I hope more brides follow your lead!
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    Hi Girls

    welcome to the forum! There are lots of other Jamaica brides here to help. Happy planning!
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    Photographer

    Quote: Originally Posted by twelve_piece If I were getting married here I would expect to way well over $1000 for pictures, but I would also be getting way more for my money! That's my issue. He doesn't offer any appealing packages. exactly. This is why resorts shouldn't force you to use "their" photographer. You have the right to chose who you want. There are many brides are fly in their photographer for that reason. While it may seem like an expensive option, more often than not, it's not as expensive as you might think. You have more options on who you hire. Then you know you're going to get photos you will love.
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    Budget

    Quote: Originally Posted by Dijawana Diva I just looked at my spreadsheet; right now, we're a little over 23k (includes everything but incidentals and spending money); Luckily, we've paid about 15k towards it already. I thought Destination Weddings are supposed to be less expensive According to The Wedding Report - Wedding Statistics and Market Research for the Wedding Industry. , average wedding costs in the U.S. for 2008 are $29,780 so you're still under average. :-)
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    Photographer

    Quote: Originally Posted by twelve_piece No one going with me is a professional photog, but I think Michael's prices are outrageous! I'm doing the free package, so 3 hours of coverage and 100 photos would be $910! I really want high quality photos but I just think that is highway robbery. Maybe the gov't will issue those extra refund checks and I won't feel so bad about spending this money. What to do....? $910 is still a steal for photography! In the U.S., most photographers charge at least $2000, many are even more. Granted, most resorts are only charging a fraction of that for their photographer but most of the time the quality could be better and the photos are more traditional. The REAL highway robbery here is that resorts are charging you for not using their photographer. That's what is crazy. There is NO breach of contract and you don't have to pay anyone anything. The resort is the one who has the contract with the photographer. It's not your fault they made that contract with him, and it's not your fault you don't want to use him. If the photographer wants his money, he should take it up with the resort, not you. IMHO the resort as no right to charge you a fee for a stupid idea they had. Ladies, you have a choice, and your voice will tell these resorts they can not keep doing this. Would they be willing to drop a $150 fee if you threaten to take your business elsewhere and have them potentially lose thousands? Just tell them you aren't paying for something you don't want. It doesn't make sense. Hopefully resorts will learn not to force you to use someone you don't want to use.
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by Nic Dragomire Im such a guy! I thought... whoa a girl bought a clutch and she works on her own car? duh!! HA! I thought the same thing!
  12. Yes, you are correct. All you are getting is a disc with the digital files on it. You can then take that disc to where you get prints made and have photos printed from the files on that disc. This is pretty much the norm these days. Most photographers will sell or include the disc of files. I would recommend however, that when making prints, if you're ordering larger than 4x6, either order directly from your photographer, or use a professional photo lab. Don't use a cheapo place like Walmart or those type of places. That quality of prints you can get from your photographer or a pro lab, will be better than the discount places. You might pay more, but it'll be worth it.
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    Hi!

    welcome to the forum! Good to hear you've decided to do a wedding that suites your personalities! Congrats. There's tons of info here as I'm sure you know. let us know how we can help.
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    Brand New

    welcome to the forum. sorry to hear about your troubles but I know you'll find a better place. There's tons of info here. let us know how we can help
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    Hello Everyone-Newbie

    welcome to the forum! you'll find lots of great info here to help in your planning
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