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  1. Hello brides! I've been scouting this forum quite a bit - I'm getting married in July 2015 but have been getting so much useful information from this forum that i thought I'd share some as well! I asked the hotel directly about outside vendor fees and here's what i've gathered: 1. Photographer: $500 or 2 nights at the hotel. Note that if you have more than one photographer though, I think it's probably a better deal to pay the $500 fee because you'd need to pay the entrance fee for each guest for 2 nights (since the room fee includes food/drink etc). I don't think you could get away with only paying the fee for one.. If you have an additional session, if they want to return to the hotel and aren't staying there, you need to pay the fee again (so if you're thinking of doing a TTD session, it might be better to leave and go to a cennote, for example.) 2. Videographer: same as photographer. 3. Hair & makeup: when I asked 2 weeks ago, i was told the outside vendor fee was $150 for hair & makeup 4. DJ: For an outside dj, its $100 per hour (electricity fee) Hope this helps some of you!
  2. Absolutely Amazing - Do yourself a favor, hire Sascha for your wedding!

    Pros: Extremely talented, responsive, great prices, pleasant
    Cons: None!
    This review is long overdue - we got married on July 1st at the Barcelo Maya Resort, and hired Sascha as our wedding photographer.   Before proceeding to rave about Sascha, it is important to note that we searched long and hard before settling on a photographer, analyzing every portfolio, every email, every blog post and possible review.  I have always been very fond of photography, and love journalistic, non-posed photos. My husband convinced me that it was equally important to have some of the more traditional wedding photos. Sasha was the absolute perfect combination of both - he delivered a slew of beautiful in-the-moment photos, some heartwarming, countless hilarious, all beautiful! He also delivered classic photos with beautiful angles, gorgeous lighting and stunning backdrops. We could not have asked for more beautiful photos - each is more stunning than the last, and we are having trouble deciding which we want to frame because we love them all! We got the "unlimited" package, which entailed a full day on the wedding day, as well as another trash-the-dress shoot. We also hired Sascha to photograph our welcome party. When comparing prices, I remember thinking his were extremely reasonable - and I can honestly say that it was absolutely worth every single penny. Not only is he an amazing photographer, but he is a genuinely great person, very pleasant (which, believe me, is important - you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on the most important day of your life, you want to ensure you like them!) - he is hilarious, got along with everyone, made everybody comfortable - by the end of the night everyone felt like he was one of the guests! He knew the hotel very well, was helpful in his english/spanish translations when needed, helped us figure out logistics whenever needed, recommended entertainers and gave advice on the beach location. Because we did not wish to do a trash-the-dress, he recommended a classy shoot in a nearby cennote - and the pictures turned out spectacular! Sasha is not afraid to get dirty - he will jump in the sand, in the water, on a tree if it means he will get the perfect shot, and the results really reflect his talent and his passion. Finally, from beginning to end, he was always extremely responsive and helpful by email (also important when planning a destination wedding!)   I cannot say enough great things about Sascha, except that you cannot go wrong! Do yourself a favor, you will not regret it! Thanks again Sascha for being a part of all our festivities and for the beautiful memories we will cherish forever!   
  3. This is a review of:

    Disco Movil DJs

    Best DJ - absolutely loved Ricardo!

    Pros: Quality, Communication, Kept everyone dancing
    Cons: None!
    My husband and I got married July 1st, 2015 at the Barcelo Maya Palace - Ricardo was absolutely the best DJ we could have asked for! We were nervous about the music, as we believe it truly is one of the most important aspects of the night - but Ricardo kept everybody dancing on the dance floor all night! Young & old - not one person was seated. He was great at reading the crowd, adjusting & playing songs that kept everyone excited and dancing! He happily took requests, and even let one of my bridesmaids go next to him and DJ a couple songs! He was great at improvising, the father-daughter dance that my dad picked was very hard to find but he was able to find it & download it, he modified our first dance as requested to fade out before the end - all in all, he completed each request seamlessly and happily! He truly made our wedding a success, and so many people commented on how great our DJ had been! Best of all, his costs were so reasonable - even with the outside vendor fee, they were comparable or less to our own resort's DJ (and likely 100X better!). His light up dance floor really  helped add color & light to the reception, and the cold fireworks at the end of the first dance were a hit as well! Finally, he was extremely responsive throughout the year leading up to the wedding, and took the time to come meet with us at the resort a few days before the wedding to answer our questions.   Absolutely one of the best investments in this wedding - I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks again Ricardo!
  4. This is a review of:

    MVP Hair and Makeup Artistry

    Melissa & her team are truly the best! Do yourself a favor and hire them!

    Pros: Great service, responsive, beautiful end result!
    Cons: None!
    I got married at the Barcelo Maya Palace on July 1st, 2015. One of the first things I looked for when we decided on a destination wedding was a great hair & makeup artist - I was extremely nervous about finding someone, and Melissa immediately put all my worries to rest! They were extremely responsive from the very beginning - which, when dealing with vendors for a destination wedding is SO helpful and important. All emails were typically answered within an hour - an impressive feat! Once there, I opted to have my trial at their place to avoid paying the vendor fee twice - they came to pick us up & drop us off, and even stopped at a shop along the way as my mom wanted to purchase small fans for guests and did not know where to go (very sweet of them!).   Finally - and most importantly - they did an AMAZING job on the hair & makeup both for myself & for my bridal party - they were able to achieve a beautiful natural look, the hair & makeup did not budge all night through the heat and humidity, and they were even able to achieve beautiful hairdos on friends with more difficult hair - everyone was thrilled! Melissa perfectly understood the look I was going for, she made sure that I was happy with the end result and happily modified as needed - she made me feel 100% comfortable throughout the process, and helped me feel beautiful on our wedding day! I would absolutely recommend Melissa and her team to any bride - you won't regret it! Worth every penny and more!