Originally Posted by melsramey
I am also having the same issue, I had read on this thread that if you book an outside vendor such as a photographer a room at the Royal or Gran you can avoid the overpriced outside vendor fee. Well the Royal must be catching on to this and they are determined to continue to charge their outside vendor fee. I told Anna, my coordinator, that we have hired Ivan Luckie as our photographer and that I will be paying for his room at the Gran so him and his assistant can be a guest at our wedding.She then replied that they know he is from the area and since he is from the area they are going to charge us the outside vendor fee even if we pay for his room!! I was so pissed when I read that, there are 35 people that are coming to the resort because we choose to have our wedding there, and we are going to pay for him to stay at their resort and they still want to charge the outside vendor fee. I probably shouldn't have told her that he was going be our photographer and just added a room in his name, but I didn't so now we have to pay the stupid vendor fee. My TA is trying to do what she can to have this fee waived, I will let you all know if she is able to have the fee waived or not
Wow this is crazy! I was told before that if they were a guest of a Real resort there would be no vendor fee.
I truly do not understand the outside vendor fee. It's just extra money in the Royal's pocket for no reason. Like you said we and our guests are giving the hotel thousands of dollars. I'm doing my best to get around this and have not mentioned the names of my vendors to WC. It seems the onsite coordinators are more lenient with the rules and fees so I'm hoping once I get down there I won't be charged.
Another idea I had was just buying them day passes, it may work out cheaper. Did any past brides get away with this?