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Hello, I am getting married at RIU Negril next month and was just informed that no photographers are allowed in the rooms to take pictures before the wedding. Did any other RIU brides get told this and if so how did you handle the pre-wedding pictures?

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Theres another thread on this somewhere. I'm getting married at the one in Ocho Rios and I saw someone wrote about that as well. But I've seen plenty of professional pics in rooms, so the photog had to be in there. I mean, how can they stop it really. If your paying the fee for them to be onsite, it would be odd that they would be restricted to certain areas. Hopefully some other Negrils brides will chime in, but I think there has to be a way to get around this.

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You are right TA Maureen, yes the WC at the RIU said it was hotel policy that no vendors are allowed in the rooms. But if they are guest staying at the hotel then they are permitted.

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Idk, my photog photographs at the ROR all the time and in our contract that he made he states that he will be there 30 minutes before the ceremony to take pics in our room so maybe at ROR it's not a problem...

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Originally Posted by TA Maureen View Post
ROR is in the process of changing their outside photog policy. They are introducing an outside vendor fee of $200.00 for photogs that are not guests of the resort. Those on property with day passes rather than as guests of the resort will have more limitations. At this point in time it is not clear how these restrictions will be enforced and not even the WC's are clear are when they have to start implementing these restrictions. I asked for an exception to the rule for one of my clients that booked way befor ethis started and the response was that they are not even sure when this policy will be implemented.
Do you know if this applies to the Riu Negril as well?

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Yes this does apply to the Riu Negril. I am getting married July 24 and I got my email last week about the $200 vendor fee and policy stating no vendors allowed in the Rooms or Blocks( meaning buildings). I started email Dionne last year about prices for photographers and because she quoted me less than the $200 she is will to honor that email quote. But the new fee is $200. So if your photographer is not staying at your hotel it may be cheaper to book a room versus pay the $200 fee.

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This makes sense for our booking at the ROR. We are bringing our photographer with us for the week so I guess because he is a guest, the restrictions of shooting in the rooms do not apply. I have seen other photos of weddings there and they had interior photos but I don't know if those photographers were also staying at the hotel or not.

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The best way with RIU is simply get photographer a room for one night and then he will have no limitations whatsoever. I would recommend Frank Panaro Photography who does alot of weddings at RIU in Ochos Rios. Does great work but prices are anywhere from $2500 and up for photography only. He is excellent and did my wedding. Lots of photos on site from RIU, Ochos Rios.

Website is www.frankpanarophotography.com

 

All these big resorts want you to use their hotel photo studio, but they are below average usually. If you want beautiful wedding day images, then you have no choice but to use an outside photographer as you will be happy in the years after your wedding day when you look back at the wedding day photos and videos.

 

Best of luck always !!!!

 

 

Sarah

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