Originally Posted by karla5280
The dance floor information is so helpful to know and help my budget. I am still deciding on inside or outside wedding since we will have about 50 people, meaning a couple thousand dollar difference. Was it hard to have people staying in different properties, same resort but not having access to the Palace area? We are looking at a group rate for the Palace, which is reasonable but I didn't know if it would make a difference to offer a cheaper option for those that might want to stay longer at one of the other areas. How did you get everyone from the airport to the hotel? We have many guests who are not good travelers and I will have to arrange some transportation for them before the are "attacked" by the time share sellers & other transporation people at the Cancun airport. They would be easy targets. So many questions, but so super helpful!!!
Originally Posted by FireyNurse
Photography was VERY important to us and was an area that i was willing to splurge in, it depends on your preferences, though, because I know many brides I spoke to who were at the resort getting married when we were there did use their company on site.
As far as the outside fees goe and getting rooms etc, I have posted about what we did but I know there is tons to read so I will re-post. We had a photographer (Juan Navarro) and his assistant as well as a Videographer (Playaweddings) and an assistant. When I inquired I was told I had to pay $500 for EACH outside vendor or book them two nights stay. I booked each company a room at the Beach/Caribe for two nights and it was definitely a savings for us! If you sign up for mybarcelo.com you can get great deals on room rates, 30-50% off, I put the photographer and videographer names on the reservation page and their address/phone info and paid the rooms and sent them the confirmation info, they had no issue accessing their rooms! We paid just under $600 total for the 2 rooms for two nights each, saved ourselves $400!!
We had no issues with anyone being allowed at the palace for our wedding, not the photographer and videographer with their Beach bracelets or our guests with Colonial bracelets but they did not go to the Carrey bar either as we didn't have anything there, if they tried to drink there they would have been told they couldn't I am sure.
Wow! We only had to pay a $300 outside fee for the photographer - not the videographer. I love Barcelo but I think that is their one area of improvement - consistency in their policies and enforcement of them. However, that being said, an outside videographer fee may be new since we got married in February 2012.