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I thought we got the best deal... it's about $160 per person per night for the Jr Jacuzzi Suite at Azul Sensatori after the group agreement (20%). We booked through the destination wedding. Anyone got better deal? I am curious...
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I'm not sure if I was clear in that post, but our price of $1499 is for the resort and our flights...not just resort stay.

For our gift bags, we ordere travel mugs off of discountmugs.com. They actually just arrived Friday. Everyone will get a mug and we will put on things in them. NOt sure yet, but maybe cigars for the guys, tea, lip balm, sweets, candles, etc....we'll see what we can find. I've heard of people giving beach towels as a wedding favour and I think that is a good idea.

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Grrr Tiffany is so frustrating. I'd asked her about the policy for non-resort photographers. I'm really interested in Ivan Luckie (love his pictures) but according to Tiffany, we cannot hire a photog from within Mexico, we have to bring one from the states, and they have to stay a minimum of 3 nights.

 

I honestly do not understand their reasoning behind this...it's not in our budget to fly someone out there and pay for their stay PLUS the photography package, and I am really not a fan of the two photographers they use.

 

Ugh! Karisma is kind of on my shi* list right now.

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Grrr Tiffany is so frustrating. I'd asked her about the policy for non-resort photographers. I'm really interested in Ivan Luckie (love his pictures) but according to Tiffany, we cannot hire a photog from within Mexico, we have to bring one from the states, and they have to stay a minimum of 3 nights.

I honestly do not understand their reasoning behind this...it's not in our budget to fly someone out there and pay for their stay PLUS the photography package, and I am really not a fan of the two photographers they use.

Ugh! Karisma is kind of on my shi* list right now.

UGH, I know excatly what your feeling.., this was totally furstrating for me. I ended up using Caribe photography. They ended up doing a great job, so I do recommend them. however< i will say this, its nothing like claudia and some others that I have seen in comparison.
Is there anyone getting married same weekend as you that maybe you can work out a deal with for a good photographer?

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Grrr Tiffany is so frustrating. I'd asked her about the policy for non-resort photographers. I'm really interested in Ivan Luckie (love his pictures) but according to Tiffany, we cannot hire a photog from within Mexico, we have to bring one from the states, and they have to stay a minimum of 3 nights.

I honestly do not understand their reasoning behind this...it's not in our budget to fly someone out there and pay for their stay PLUS the photography package, and I am really not a fan of the two photographers they use.

Ugh! Karisma is kind of on my shi* list right now.
I hear ya Celina! Not liking their two choices is why we ended up flying one down even though it wasn't in our initial budget. It was well worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat, but yeah it can cost a lot. The policy is the outside vendor fee or a 3 night stay. With Andrew we lucked out b/c his family has a house down there, so we only paid the vendor fee. Mind you that wasn't cheap, but it is cheaper than a 3 night stay.

I'll give you what they say their reason is behind not allowing any other Mexican photographers: They say that they've worked hard to negotiate contracts with those two photographers. Not only do they need to protect their business partnerships, but it wouldn't be fair to those two if their local competition got to come in and undercut them. They would lose their incentive to partner with those resorts.

Karisma's vendor policy flat-out sucks and they went on and off my shi* list many, many times. Hang in there!!

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I hear ya Celina! Not liking their two choices is why we ended up flying one down even though it wasn't in our initial budget. It was well worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat, but yeah it can cost a lot. The policy is the outside vendor fee or a 3 night stay. With Andrew we lucked out b/c his family has a house down there, so we only paid the vendor fee. Mind you that wasn't cheap, but it is cheaper than a 3 night stay.

I'll give you what they say their reason is behind not allowing any other Mexican photographers: They say that they've worked hard to negotiate contracts with those two photographers. Not only do they need to protect their business partnerships, but it wouldn't be fair to those two if their local competition got to come in and undercut them. They would lose their incentive to partner with those resorts.

Karisma's vendor policy flat-out sucks and they went on and off my shi* list many, many times. Hang in there!!

Thank you so much for explaining their "reasoning"...I actually e-mailed Tiffany back asking that very same question, but I'm not holding my breath that she'll get back to me.

I just looked up my contract...it says nothing about a minimum stay, only that it must be pre-approved by the hotel, and I must pay $500 per day for each day they are there.

I'm asking my TA to get involved. Honestly, if I can't get the photographer I want, I'll have to go through Caribe, because I just can't afford flying someone in sad.gif.

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UGH, I know excatly what your feeling.., this was totally furstrating for me. I ended up using Caribe photography. They ended up doing a great job, so I do recommend them. however< i will say this, its nothing like claudia and some others that I have seen in comparison.
Is there anyone getting married same weekend as you that maybe you can work out a deal with for a good photographer?
I'm glad to hear you were happy with Caribe, because that's who I'll go thru if they are sticklers on this rule.

The reason I want a good photographer is because my FI *hates* having his picture taken...he says he's really un-photogenic and that he "ruins" every picture that he's in, and I want someone who will make him change his mind. I want him to be PROUD to show people his picture, and I think it'll take a good photographer to make him see.

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Thank you so much for explaining their "reasoning"...I actually e-mailed Tiffany back asking that very same question, but I'm not holding my breath that she'll get back to me.

I just looked up my contract...it says nothing about a minimum stay, only that it must be pre-approved by the hotel, and I must pay $500 per day for each day they are there.

I'm asking my TA to get involved. Honestly, if I can't get the photographer I want, I'll have to go through Caribe, because I just can't afford flying someone in sad.gif.
Lots of luck!! We tried, too, to say that our contract didn't mention the 3 night stay, only the $500. They didn't bite. Maybe they will with you! The more complaints they get about their ridiculous policy the more likely they are to budge.

Tiffany, btw, couldn't give me a good answer as to the why's of their policy. It took asking the resort once we got there.

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So we have a new wedding date...July 1st....could I have my date changed on the list Nicole, please :)
Wow Meghan - hope evrything works out.

I was away this weekend so have a lot of posts to cacth up on. However my boss left for the UK as her mother is very ill and I will be working 12-14 hour days the next 2 weeks leading up to my wedding. AHHHHH Good thing everything is pretty much done!

Hope to catch up soon girls

xx

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Lots of luck!! We tried, too, to say that our contract didn't mention the 3 night stay, only the $500. They didn't bite. Maybe they will with you! The more complaints they get about their ridiculous policy the more likely they are to budge.

Tiffany, btw, couldn't give me a good answer as to the why's of their policy. It took asking the resort once we got there.
That is such a big bummer! I guess I won't hold my breath. Luckily it worked out for you though...like I said before your pictures are so amazing :)

I guess I'll just have to try to get more comfortable with Caribe. At least I'll save some money...silver lining, right?

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UGH, I know excatly what your feeling.., this was totally furstrating for me. I ended up using Caribe photography. They ended up doing a great job, so I do recommend them. however< i will say this, its nothing like claudia and some others that I have seen in comparison.
Is there anyone getting married same weekend as you that maybe you can work out a deal with for a good photographer?
Amy, where are those beautiful photos?? wink.gif

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I'm glad to hear you were happy with Caribe, because that's who I'll go thru if they are sticklers on this rule.

The reason I want a good photographer is because my FI *hates* having his picture taken...he says he's really un-photogenic and that he "ruins" every picture that he's in, and I want someone who will make him change his mind. I want him to be PROUD to show people his picture, and I think it'll take a good photographer to make him see.
That's so sweet of you to want a good photographer so your FI will be proud of his photos.

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That is such a big bummer! I guess I won't hold my breath. Luckily it worked out for you though...like I said before your pictures are so amazing :)

I guess I'll just have to try to get more comfortable with Caribe. At least I'll save some money...silver lining, right?
You will love your photos either way and they are not bad photographers...you can always have something better no matter who you get. Keep thinking of the positive that you will be saving a lot of money and you will still have beautiful photos in the end.

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