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I forgot to answer the question about the plaza being gravel. It's not gravel. It's concrete. It's like regular sidewalk. I wouldn't go barefoot, but you can wear any shoes, heels, flip flops, etc. and you'll be fine.

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I forgot to answer the question about the plaza being gravel. It's not gravel. It's concrete. It's like regular sidewalk. I wouldn't go barefoot, but you can wear any shoes, heels, flip flops, etc. and you'll be fine.
Katken, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! It is VERY helpful to hear from someone who was already married at the resort!

As to Claudia, we had originally booked her for our wedding, but cancelled and decided to fly someone in after pricing things out. After pricing the "Golden Package" plus 2 extra hours of service, she became VERY expensive (and we weren't crazy about the final product -- something like 250 pictures -- I can't remember). Anyway, we are now paying a bit more, but we will get pictures for the whole vacation and a professional wedding album. I tried to get Claudia to lower her prices and she said that she couldn't because of Karisma. Maybe she expressed her anger to the hotel and the relationship fell apart from there huh.gif

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Katken, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! It is VERY helpful to hear from someone who was already married at the resort!

As to Claudia, we had originally booked her for our wedding, but cancelled and decided to fly someone in after pricing things out. After pricing the "Golden Package" plus 2 extra hours of service, she became VERY expensive (and we weren't crazy about the final product -- something like 250 pictures -- I can't remember). Anyway, we are now paying a bit more, but we will get pictures for the whole vacation and a professional wedding album. I tried to get Claudia to lower her prices and she said that she couldn't because of Karisma. Maybe she expressed her anger to the hotel and the relationship fell apart from there huh.gif

Do you mind sharing approximately how much it is to bring your own photographer? I'm wondering if that is the way to go...I just dont want to spend a ton of money, and i Know if u bring your own, u have to pay for a 3 night stay, right?

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Do you mind sharing approximately how much it is to bring your own photographer? I'm wondering if that is the way to go...I just dont want to spend a ton of money, and i Know if u bring your own, u have to pay for a 3 night stay, right?
We're paying $3000 plus all travel (for two, for 3 nts), so around $4700 for Friday night (rehearsal dinner), all day Saturday (wedding) and Sunday (brunch, TTD) -- plus album cost, which for their top of the line including parent books etc. will probably be another $3000 or so (but, of course, there are cheaper options)...

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KittenHeart that is terrible!! What is her issue with going?? It must be something else aside from cost if she wont' go even when you offer to pay! Family and friends can be so stressful when it comes to stuff like this. I don't know why people can't just be supportive. They must not realize how important this day is and how they are letting us down by acting this way.
She's afraid of flying... which isn't an excuse to me. More people get in car accidents the plane crashes!

She's had a few flights before but would a fear a flying stop you from your only daughter's wedding? It wouldn't stop me... although I'm not afraid to fly so I don't know.

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Ugh, I know its horrible!! The only family we have coming is my brother and possibly my sister...she's another non-committer. FI has NO ONE on his side lol! I've gotten to the point that I just don't care....it's not about them anyhow. I know its hard to stomach but don't let them ruin your experience. They'll be the ones that regret it. Why is it that your mom isn't going? Especially when you've offered to pay!!
She doesn't like flying which to me is a LAME excuse... and how bad does it look that my FI's relatives are coming from Australia, London & Canada. All my relatives are in CA & CO... so it should be easier for them.

I won't let it ruin my day, it's not worth it :)

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oh my god KatKen, that's awful. I know as much as we tell ourselves it doesn't matter, it still cuts deep. hopefully she'll see sense and book last minute - unless she's got some big reason for not going (which she should have told you) then she should be there, no questions asked.

Is there a chance she's maybe finding it hard? emotionally etc. from the little I know from what you've posted 2 things come to mind as to why she may not be going - 1st. does she get on with your FH? approve of him etc? or 2nd. could she find it really hard on a day as special as that and your dad not being around? maybe she's running?

I hope your FH makes it an extra special time for you, no matter what happens with your mum.

Katie
I WISH those were the reasons... my fiance asked for her approval before proposing to me and she told he "I could have asked for a better son-in-law" they get along better than her and I do!

My father and her were divorced when he passed away so that's not the reason either. I just get nothing from her.

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For our photographer, we negotiated to pay for her airfare and 3 nights at the resort. It comes to about $900 (the flights from DFW are only about $300). She is going to bring her husband and they are paying for him. The actual photo package we are getting is around $3700. It includes an taking pictures at an engagement session, welcome reception, getting ready, ceremony, reception, and TTD session. Plus we're getting a big coffee table album for us and 2 smaller ones for each set of parents, a video montage thing, and a CD with all the pics. I think we got an awesome deal!!

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Oh, and I think we are going to hire a videographer from their options for just a few hours - the ceremony and some of the reception. Tiffany said that runs $400 or $500.

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Do you mind sharing approximately how much it is to bring your own photographer? I'm wondering if that is the way to go...I just dont want to spend a ton of money, and i Know if u bring your own, u have to pay for a 3 night stay, right?
Meghan,

One other thing you might consider is posting a thread on here to see if someone else might want to share the cost of getting a photographer down there. If your wedding is Friday and theirs is Saturday (or something like that) it might work out where you could share :-)

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