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I don't yet, but as soon as I do I will totally share with you. I am in love with Elizabeth Medina but I am displeased with the restrictions our resort is placing on outside vendors as far as fees and such. I don't know if I could justify her costs. Anywho, I will let you know as soon as I come across some goods........
Hi Bigbop! I'm an Azul Beach bride as well (I've seen you on the Sensatori thread). Just wanted to let you know that Azul Beach doesn't allow any photographers from Mexico other than the ones they've contracted with (Caribe and the other dude). So...they won't even let you pay a $500 fee to have a photog from the Riviera Maya. Your only option is to bring someone from the US and have them stay a minimum of 3 nights.

I think this is the LAMEST policy ever, but I wanted you to be aware so you're not surprised like I was.

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Thanks CJ and Nic..............

 

We are actually thinking about changing our wedding venue/location because of the private vendor charge. I am disgusted that this was not disclosed to us until after we signed and paid our deposit. I don't like feeling hardballed and pressured into padding their pockets by using their "friends." Photography is something that is HIGH on my list, almost as high as the venue. I'm headed over to the TA threads to see if I can find us a TA who will provide a nice query of potential venues as opposed as someone who is just looking to book brides where their company will get a hefty kickback. I don't mean to sound like Debbie Downer, I just don't want to be forced to select vendors I don't like. End rant......back to happy place. :-)

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ok, here is a short list of 1 i did AGES ago.... lots have been deleted as they havent been around for months & months but are ALWAYS welcome back :-)

Ive just added some of you on from the last few pages

 

******SORRY IF IVE MISSED ANYONE JUST ADD YOURSELF******

 

CeeCee76 - Sun Palace - 11 Jan 2011

fsuambs - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - 15 Jan 2011

Lindobride14 - Iberostar Paraiso Lindo - 22 Jan 2011

Linhy - TBC - 22 Jan 2011

josietoms - Catalonia Riviera Maya - 24 Jan 2011

cjb0arder13 - Azul Beach - 31 Jan 2011

 

xcitedbride - Gran Bahia Principe Tulum - 08 Feb 2011

Mischaka - TBC - 19 Feb 2011

barbiegirl 27 - Dreams Tulum - 2 Feb 2011

jrb - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - Feb 2011

 

gingerlover36 - TBC - 26 March 2011

 

margin123 - Dreams Villamagna - April 2011

roxmysockz - Dreams Riviera Cancun - 08 April 2011

 

Nicola - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - 06 May 2011

michelle2011 - Barcelo Maya Palace - 28 May 2011

mexbride83 - Ceiba del Mar - 28 May 2011

bigboponthebeach - Azul Sensatori - 28 May 2011

diamondpooch - Barcelo Maya Palace - 28 May 2011

pinchem to roberts - Turks & Caicos - 28 May 2011

rosieposie - TBC - May 2011

 

erinbrooke124 - Royal Islander - 14 June 2011

peterpanpixiedust- Dreams Cancun - 18 June 2011

 

AishaB - TBC - 31 Dec 2011

 

 

WOW I COUNT 5 OF YOU FOR 28TH MAY!!!!!! :-) xox

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It was hard to remember who, what, where & when (still is really as more and more are joining now) So i did this list a few months ago to try to help us.... just incase we have questions etc for someone at your resort... :-)

We'll have to try and keep this updated.....

 

xox

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ok, here is a short list of 1 i did AGES ago.... lots have been deleted as they havent been around for months & months but are ALWAYS welcome back :-)
Ive just added some of you on from the last few pages

******SORRY IF IVE MISSED ANYONE JUST ADD YOURSELF******

CeeCee76 - Sun Palace - 11 Jan 2011
fsuambs - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - 15 Jan 2011
Lindobride14 - Iberostar Paraiso Lindo - 22 Jan 2011
Linhy - TBC - 22 Jan 2011
josietoms - Catalonia Riviera Maya - 24 Jan 2011
cjb0arder13 - Azul Beach - 31 Jan 2011

xcitedbride - Gran Bahia Principe Tulum - 08 Feb 2011
Mischaka - TBC - 19 Feb 2011
barbiegirl 27 - Dreams Tulum - 2 Feb 2011
jrb - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - Feb 2011

gingerlover36 - Azul Beach - 26 March 2011

margin123 - Dreams Villamagna - April 2011
roxmysockz - Dreams Riviera Cancun - 08 April 2011

Nicola - Riu Palace Riviera Maya - 06 May 2011
michelle2011 - Barcelo Maya Palace - 28 May 2011
mexbride83 - Ceiba del Mar - 28 May 2011
bigboponthebeach - Azul Sensatori - 28 May 2011
diamondpooch - Barcelo Maya Palace - 28 May 2011
pinchem to roberts - Turks & Caicos - 28 May 2011
rosieposie - TBC - May 2011

erinbrooke124 - Royal Islander - 14 June 2011
peterpanpixiedust- Dreams Cancun - 18 June 2011

AishaB - TBC - 31 Dec 2011


WOW I COUNT 5 OF YOU FOR 28TH MAY!!!!!! :-) xox

I added AZul Beach for me :)

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Thanks CJ and Nic..............

We are actually thinking about changing our wedding venue/location because of the private vendor charge. I am disgusted that this was not disclosed to us until after we signed and paid our deposit. I don't like feeling hardballed and pressured into padding their pockets by using their "friends." Photography is something that is HIGH on my list, almost as high as the venue. I'm headed over to the TA threads to see if I can find us a TA who will provide a nice query of potential venues as opposed as someone who is just looking to book brides where their company will get a hefty kickback. I don't mean to sound like Debbie Downer, I just don't want to be forced to select vendors I don't like. End rant......back to happy place. :-)
I totally, completely, 100% understand your frustration, as I myself had a huge temper tantrum when I found out about it. In fact, my contract specifically says that I will pay a $500 fee for an outside vendor, but that they must be preapproved by the resort. There is NOTHING said about a minimum stay. Apparently, the resort doesn't approve anyone other than the two photogs they work with (who, let's be honest, take barely better-than-average photos).

I would say find the section of your contract the points this out, and see if you have better luck. Who is your WC at Azul Beach? You may have better luck with some than with others.

I will say that Azul Beach, from what I heard, is an amazing top-of-the line resort, and that the brides who have been married there don't regret the decision at all. I stuck with AB because of that.

Also want to point out that bringing someone from the states and paying for 3 nights stay may very well come out costing less than Elizabeth Medina would be charging...just something to think about. But I also understand that it's the principle of the matter, and super disgusting that they have that kind of policy in the first place.

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Hi Bigbop! I'm an Azul Beach bride as well (I've seen you on the Sensatori thread). Just wanted to let you know that Azul Beach doesn't allow any photographers from Mexico other than the ones they've contracted with (Caribe and the other dude). So...they won't even let you pay a $500 fee to have a photog from the Riviera Maya. Your only option is to bring someone from the US and have them stay a minimum of 3 nights.

I think this is the LAMEST policy ever, but I wanted you to be aware so you're not surprised like I was.
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I totally, completely, 100% understand your frustration, as I myself had a huge temper tantrum when I found out about it. In fact, my contract specifically says that I will pay a $500 fee for an outside vendor, but that they must be preapproved by the resort. There is NOTHING said about a minimum stay. Apparently, the resort doesn't approve anyone other than the two photogs they work with (who, let's be honest, take barely better-than-average photos).

I would say find the section of your contract the points this out, and see if you have better luck. Who is your WC at Azul Beach? You may have better luck with some than with others.

I will say that Azul Beach, from what I heard, is an amazing top-of-the line resort, and that the brides who have been married there don't regret the decision at all. I stuck with AB because of that.

Also want to point out that bringing someone from the states and paying for 3 nights stay may very well come out costing less than Elizabeth Medina would be charging...just something to think about. But I also understand that it's the principle of the matter, and super disgusting that they have that kind of policy in the first place.
I'm so glad that someone understands my frustration. I know other brides have felt this way in the past.....but I haven't caught up enough on this thread yet to sense it. :-) I'm still on page #116 and they are still all concerned about the grand opening. :-)

It is just BEYOND frustration and I am a very free spirit and don't like to be restricted. I understand the need for insurance, liability, and work permits, but these restrictions are over the top. I can tell that they weren't made in our best interest but rather to maximize the profit of the resorts and hotels. I am by no means looking for a hand out or for anything free, and I am more than game to pay for all of the other ammenties of the resort, but the whole photographer thing just has my feathers ruffled! girl_werewolf.gif I won't be taking a DJ, a reception dinner, the flowers, or the centerpiece home with me.....but the photos, I will. So let ME pay for whom I choose. Grrrr.....it probably doesn't help that I'm totally PMS'ing. LOL

We read our contract and it states that we must pay $500 for an outside vendor. However, the photographer we love is not in the area, so we must pay for an overnight stay for her if we intend to utilize her services. It's a double edged sword that I must build a bridge and get over. Just not this afternoon. :-) LOL

We are contemplating relocating to another resort and forfeiting our deposit. I've been jumping around here and have read that MANY of the other resorts are imposing the same or similar fees, so we might just have to take this one on the chin and find positive energy in the other special selections.

We can support each other on this one. :-)

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