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Can I check, are we definately not allowed to use outside photographers?? do we have to use Arricefe?? really nervous about using them?!

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Technically no - you can't use outside photogs

The only way around it is if you book them into the resort as a guest for minimum 2-3 nights OR if you bring your own from home (they'll be considered a guest at your wedding, so the resort can't do anything)

I was about to go with Ivan Luckie but then found out that i'd have to book him in to have him. Just wasn't worth it in the end.
I'm bringing my own from home. He's fairly pricey - but we're getting 2 engagement sessions (one home, one in Mexico), the ENTIRE wedding day, AND Trash the Dress the next day. Plus a DVD slide-show!

Arrecife has great quality - but I find their prices to be a rip off for what you're actually getting. So if you're worried about quality- don't be. Its just that you'll end up paying a bit more if you want a lot of pictures.
What bothered me also about Arrecife - is the fact that their packages are high in price- but you're also having to pay extra for pictures of your reception. I think thats ridiculous.
Also - its all just a business to them. They show up...*snap* *snap* and thats it.
I'm much more happy having a photographer who KNOWS my FI and I...knows what we like etc etc. Plus - he'll be there ALL week with us - so on the off chance of nasty weather on the wedding day...we at least can make up for it!!
And whats nice for  my guests is that my photog is offering private couples sessions throughout the week for a discounted price.

You really just have to weigh your pro's and con's. Some people think photography is the be-all end-all of their wedding. Others not so much.
Like I said - I've seen their Facebook page and their shots are quite nice - I just can't justify paying around $2500USD for 160 pictures
But thats just me...

 

Originally Posted by Jemma View Post

Can I check, are we definately not allowed to use outside photographers?? do we have to use Arricefe?? really nervous about using them?!



 

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I have been off of the forum for a few days, I have pink eye or an allergic reaction in my eye...who knows!  On top of that other crazy health issues, all I care is it is here now and not in 25 days!! lol, so close!

 

I did finally talk to Eugenia, so I did get my final details done with her but she kind of brushed off my excursion help.  Which she told me to talk to my travel agent, once I spoke with her she told me to book them when I get there!??  So who knows, hopefully we end up doing something as a group down there!  Kind of frustrated but what can you do?  We hope to do some fishing, and go to the ruins as everyone can do that one.  Some people are afraid of water, so the fishing would be out......anyone hear of good spots to book for these?

 

I am basically going to finish up my bags, and then be ready to go I think!!!! 

 

My dress alterations look great now too......what a sigh of relief there!

 

I am getting our pictures done with the resort photographer as we can't afford to fly down our photographer here:(  We are not paying for them, they are a gift from my fiance's parents.  I just hope they turn out good, and we are getting a video for people who could not make it.  I think we are getting 50 pictures for 850 USD, and the extra 10 in our package.  Which I think should be enough:)  Our video is 500 USD, with one camera.  I hope we have some guests who take nice shots too! LOL

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Fally: I hope you feel better soon.  I plan on using the resort photographer and I have no worries about the quality...the pictures on their facebook pages are beautiful.  I just am still working over prices..and if I can afford them to go to the reception and dinner.

 

I have seen a few brides on here have had welcome breakfasts?  How does this work?

 

I can't believe our wedding is just under 4 moths away, and it seems like so much is already taken care of.  I go for my dress fitting next week!  Now I just need to pick out the details I think, and I need to stop looking at pages of bouquet pictures everyday and just pick one!

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Does anyone have the 2012 Symbolic Wedding packages information?  I've emailed the resort, but, they of course are taking so long to reply...

Thanks,

Sarah

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PM me your email address and I can send you what my travel agent received from the resort.
 

Originally Posted by sjust View Post

Does anyone have the 2012 Symbolic Wedding packages information?  I've emailed the resort, but, they of course are taking so long to reply...

Thanks,

Sarah



On another note, I didn't want to do the work twice but I finally wrote about my DIY Boarding Pass wedding invites, you can check it out on my Blog. If you need the templates I used please don't hesitate to PM me!

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Oh Fally!  I hope your eye clears up soon!  But you're right, better now than at at the end of the month!!! 

 

Andrea, I didn't have a welcome breakfast, but we had a welcome dinner at the buffet and I'd assume they'd be handled the same way.  The wedding coordinator just had them block off a section of the seating area for our group.  It was very nice of them.

 

When we were there the breakfast buffet at the Akumal activity pool was awesome.  It's the italian resturant come evening, but they serve breakfast too.  Not many people knew about it, so it was always emtpy.  If the WC isn't willing to organize your group in the big buffet, I'd recommend just setting a time and having everyone meet at the little buffet.

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Hello Sarah,

My name is Sarah as well, I am getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba March 2012, I have the information as an attachment in my email.  If you give me your email address I can forward that information on to you.

Just let me know.

 

Sarah

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Thanks Sarah...

I just sent it to you.  Two Canadian Sarah's getting married in March 2012 at the Coba!

Thanks for your help.


 

Originally Posted by starsprinkles View Post

Hello Sarah,

My name is Sarah as well, I am getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba March 2012, I have the information as an attachment in my email.  If you give me your email address I can forward that information on to you.

Just let me know.

 

Sarah



 

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Hi

 

Are any of you traveling to the resort next week??

My wedding is next weekend...we leave next Tuesday- and the forecast looks awful.....


Fally, Hope you're feeling better!

 

 

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