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Santa Fe Questions - Speeches&Photography

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#1 red789

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    Posted 20 June 2009 - 11:17 AM

    Im hoping a few of the past brides can help me on this one. Im getting married in November and then having a reception at home as well in December.

    My plan was to do the speeches at the reception at the Steakhouse in CAbo, a friend who is a videographer was going to record them and make a video for us to play on the projector at our reception at home. I emailed Erica and unlike the Palace they dont give you a mic at the dinner. Im wondering if any other Santa Fe brides have done their speeches at the dinner?? If so could everyone hear you over the other restaurant patrons? I have alomst 60 guests so im not sure if we will be too spread out for everyone to hear.

    The new photographer for the Santa Fe, Has anyone paid for photography here? I dont need 5 hours, it seems like if you want all the pictures they take you have to buy 5 hours. I was hoping for 2 or 3 hours unlimited pictures. Maybe it is possible to talk to the photog personally once he gets there and ask for the all the pics and give him some money under the table Ive attached the pricing i was given for anyone who may not have it. I havent been able to get an answer from Erica on this so i thought i would ask you guys.

    Unlimited Pictures$1250 uds5 hours
    Unlimited Pictures$350 udsExtra Hour
    Elegance 12$290
    Unique 24$325
    Platinum 36 $485
    Diamond 72$725

    #2 goosie52

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      Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

      I was married at the Santa Fe May 21, 2009. We paid for the least expensive picture package. When we met with the photographer a few days later, he offered all the pics to us for $200 Cash. We took him up on the offer, very nice gentleman!

      Good Luck

      #3 red789

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        Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:37 PM

        So, how long was he taking photographs when you asked for the cheapest package? Was he there getting ready, ceremony, to take pics of the two of you afterwards?

        I think i would def like to take the $200 option....lol. Im most concerned about pics from the ceremony, and of the two of us after. The rest I have pretty good photogs who are guests, not so much wanting them to take the romantic pics of the two of us...lol.

        #4 red789

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          Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:44 PM

          Oh and congrats by the way!! Did you do your speeches at the reception??

          #5 DestCabo10

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            Posted 30 June 2009 - 03:53 PM

            Hey ladies does anyone know if that pricing is for 2010 packages as well. i looked on the riu website and it looks like there is no photographer included in the 2010 packages. Pictures are very important to me and im getting a little nervous that they may not have a photographer for 2010. It isn't helping that now i hear no outside photographers are aloud in the resort Just looking for peace of mind.

            #6 Kelly C

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              Posted 05 July 2009 - 11:15 AM

              I cant help with the picture questions. We brought our own photographer.

              As far as a Mic we didnt have one. There were 30 of us. We had the first seating in the steak house on the terrace. That way no way else was there until the end. We had no problem hearing each other.
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