I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this forum! I have spent the last week going through the entire thing. I can honestly say I picked GS very confidently after reading this thread.
I originally wanted to have our DW at the Barcelo in the Mayan. I went to a wedding there 1.5 years and was very happy with it. Although my FI and I always wanted to do a DW (all of my family and most of my friends live in the Maritimes, while we live in Edmonton) I've been terrified of picking a resort blindly and being disappointed. I know some ladies on here have complained how expensive the packages at GS are but in comparison to the Barcelo it is reasonable (the top package at the Barcelo is projected to be just under $11,000 CAD in 2016 and to bring a photographer into the resort for the wedding day is $500)
We ultimately chose not to go with the Barcelo as it was going to cost our guests nearly $1900 per person in April-June, which was our original choice of wedding dates. After I spoke with our TA Nicola she recommended GS as it had the same wedding vibe/vision I had explained to her (beach wedding, palapa reception)
I couldn't find too much information on the GS or their wedding options online, but then I stumbled upon this gem. Ladies let me tell you how much of a help you've been to me already, and I am in the very early stages of planning this trip! We decided to change the dates to November 29 - December 6th 2015 with the wedding on the 3rd.
I do have a question about photography as there seems to be a steady stream of negative feedback on what the hotel provides: how much would I be looking at to hire a photographer in Mexico of the day of the wedding/ TTD the following day? If I brought someone with me from Edmonton what is the expectation of payment? Do you just pay for the trip and they take care of the rest, or do you have to pay them on top of covering their travel expenses?
Welcome and congrats on your wedding date.
Our TA also recommended GS and once we had booked we actually found out that we knew a slew of people who have stayed and married there, so we were super happy with our choice.
I think you'll find that the resort photographer has changed since the earlier posts. No packages include photography anymore and it's a different company. Just want to throw that out there. Not saying all brides choose to use the resort photographer - Adventure Photos - but wanted to make sure you knew. I booked Perla from there for our wedding but I'm currently debating my decision. Not because I'm worried about her but because with TIME I seem to be changing my mind a lot haha. You can request certain photographers from their company. That's what I did - I looked thru all their work, picked what I liked the best and asked who did the work.
My contract states to use an outside photog you pay $300 USD plus a day pass for each person entering, so if you have 2 coming you pay twice. From my research the cheapest package you'll find for about 5 hours is $1600, for full 8 hour coverage would probably land you $2500-3000 depending on the photographer. Lots started as $2500. To throw in a TTD would raise that. I can give you ones to look up that came back reasonably priced if you are interested.
If the photographer comes with you and is a guest for more than 2 nights you don't pay a fee. You'd have to ask the photog what their charges are. I looked into it and got 3 answers. One wanted a trip paid and package paid. One wanted 2 trips paid. One would pay their own trip but wanted package paid and spending bonus. They are all different so you'd have to ask.
Good luck! Boards been super quiet lately
but I am still around if you have other questions.
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