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#471 trivera5521

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    Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:43 PM


    What was Phil's fees for the 12 hour day? I am sure its way out of my budget but still LOL..
     

    Originally Posted by Tomkins 

    Maridr2012,

     

    We did get our hair done at the spa. I had thought about using the bridal suite to get ready as well, but I didn't think it was worth the extra money. The spa only had three stylists so myself and 2 of my bridesmaids went at 10 am for hair and makeup ($110). My 2 other bridesmaids and mom went at 1130.  Just hair and no makeup cost $85.  Everyone loved their hair and makeup except my mom re-did her makeup as it was pretty heavy for her. 

      Our photographer was Phil Steinguard and he was excellent! He had our entire day planned out from 10am until 10 pm.  He met the guys around 10 30am and started doing pictures with just them. Then at 12pm he met myself and my bridesmaids in my room for our pictures. Then at about 130pm the entire bridal party met in the lobby for pictures. I was unsure about seeing my fianc© before the actual wedding, but it actually worked out okay. Phil set it up so that when we saw each other for the first time it was all captured in pictures. It turned out to be very emotional for everyone! Then at about 330pm the girls and guys separated again to freshen up for our 4 pm ceremony. We then took family photos and more bridal party photos on the beach from about 530 to 645pm. Then we went to freshen up again before the 7 pm reception. It was ALOT of pictures!! It will be worth it though, from what we saw, so far they look amazing! 
      His cost included a 12 hour day, every image taken on a CD, all editing and a trash the dress session a couple of days after the wedding. We did not have to pay for his travel or accommodations because he is affiliated with the Magestic Elegance. We did however have to pay $120 to the resort for an outside photographer fee.

     



     



    #472 lmazz729

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      Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:28 PM

      Tomkins,

       

      My daughter's hair and makeup were included as part of the wedding package, but I paid $85 each for the bridesmaid and maid of honor. All three were started at 1:30 but the bride's wasn't done until almost 4. A guest did my daughter's makeup, but the other girls did their own.

      Maridr2012, if you go with the spa, make it early so you have time to get makeup and get dressed. There are only 3 stylists, so book the appointments as early as you can.The spa is over near the Gazebo, but the Reserve is on the other side when you get dressed. Then you have to ride back to the Gazebo for the ceremony. We were late, so Elizabeth was driving very fast, everyone on foot was looking, and I was on the back holding on real tight!!

      I believe that they usually upgrade the bride and groom to the Reserve, and they are fabulous suites with a jacuzzi bathtub, a living room, dining area and kitchen. There is also a large closet to hang your dress.My daughter brought hers from NYC, to upstate, to JFK and to Punta Cana and hung it in the closet. It looked perfect for the wedding, and didn't even need to be steamed..



      #473 Tomkins

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        Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

        $2600

         



        #474 Janinej9

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          Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

          Ladies after reading the posts about the new policy on outside photographers I emailed Paradisus and got the following response :

          Hi Janine –

           

          Allow me to quickly introduce myself…my name is Marilyn and I am the Romance Desk Manager for Paradisus Resorts.  I received your email from Cemone and would like to offer the following clarification, with regard to Paradisus Punta Cana’s new policy/fee for outside photographers/videographers. 

           

          ·         Effective new weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana, in 2012 & onwards, any photographer/videographer company wishing to capture pictures/video of a wedding at Paradisus Punta Cana, will incur a fee of $1,000 and this fee is paid by the company, not the client.    

          ·         The client is only responsible for paying the day pass fee ($120 per crew member). 

          ·         However, these fees do not apply when using the resort’s exclusive photographer/videographer company – Arrecife. 

          ·         For weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana in 2010 & 2011, such as the case with your wedding, the fee for an outside photographer/videographer remains as $120 (per crew member), paid by the client.  The outside company will not incur any additional fees…as the wedding was booked prior to the new policy taking effect. 

           

          I can certainly appreciate the level of concern this new policy may have caused on your part and truly apologize for any inconvenience or discontent experienced in this regard.  Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation shared with our clients, by outside sources, which has been disseminated via email and on blogs and has raised concern with many of our valued brides.  Rest assured, Paradisus Punta Cana is diligently working to clarify the new policy, in order to avoid any negative feedback. 

           

          More importantly, congratulations to you and Vincent and we thank you for allowing Paradisus to be part of your special day!

           

           

          Kind regards,

          Marilyn Cairo

          Romance Desk Manager, North America

          US Representative for Paradisus Resorts

          Dominican Republic & Mexico

           

          Paradisus Resorts logo.jpg              This cleared up my concerns and hopefully yours.



          #475 Janet1480

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            Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:11 PM

            This is still crazy to me. If i want to bring a photographer (assuming i was planning now) to the resort to take my pics and they have to pay $1000, essentially that means i have to pay the fee because my photog will charge it back to me


            Married my soul mate and best friend on October 25th 2011 at Paradisus Punta Cana


            #476 cdc150

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              Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:44 AM

              Hi Janine,

               

              do you have Marilyn's email address?
               

              Originally Posted by Janinej9 

              Ladies after reading the posts about the new policy on outside photographers I emailed Paradisus and got the following response :

              Hi Janine –

               

              Allow me to quickly introduce myself…my name is Marilyn and I am the Romance Desk Manager for Paradisus Resorts.  I received your email from Cemone and would like to offer the following clarification, with regard to Paradisus Punta Cana’s new policy/fee for outside photographers/videographers. 

               

              ·         Effective new weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana, in 2012 & onwards, any photographer/videographer company wishing to capture pictures/video of a wedding at Paradisus Punta Cana, will incur a fee of $1,000 and this fee is paid by the company, not the client.    

              ·         The client is only responsible for paying the day pass fee ($120 per crew member). 

              ·         However, these fees do not apply when using the resort’s exclusive photographer/videographer company – Arrecife. 

              ·         For weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana in 2010 & 2011, such as the case with your wedding, the fee for an outside photographer/videographer remains as $120 (per crew member), paid by the client.  The outside company will not incur any additional fees…as the wedding was booked prior to the new policy taking effect. 

               

              I can certainly appreciate the level of concern this new policy may have caused on your part and truly apologize for any inconvenience or discontent experienced in this regard.  Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation shared with our clients, by outside sources, which has been disseminated via email and on blogs and has raised concern with many of our valued brides.  Rest assured, Paradisus Punta Cana is diligently working to clarify the new policy, in order to avoid any negative feedback. 

               

              More importantly, congratulations to you and Vincent and we thank you for allowing Paradisus to be part of your special day!

               

               

              Kind regards,

              Marilyn Cairo

              Romance Desk Manager, North America

              US Representative for Paradisus Resorts

              Dominican Republic & Mexico

               

              Paradisus Resorts logo.jpg              This cleared up my concerns and hopefully yours.



               



              #477 trivera5521

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                Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:36 AM


                WOW!!!  I guess we wont be having our 2013 wedding there. I am not in the least bit interested in Arrecife Photography and theres no way any other vendor will incur a $1000 fee to shoot your wedding without adding that to your package!! This is just insane and I am sure they will loose a ton of business over this "new policy". Just outrageous!!!

                Originally Posted by Janinej9 

                Ladies after reading the posts about the new policy on outside photographers I emailed Paradisus and got the following response :

                Hi Janine –

                 

                Allow me to quickly introduce myself…my name is Marilyn and I am the Romance Desk Manager for Paradisus Resorts.  I received your email from Cemone and would like to offer the following clarification, with regard to Paradisus Punta Cana’s new policy/fee for outside photographers/videographers. 

                 

                ·         Effective new weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana, in 2012 & onwards, any photographer/videographer company wishing to capture pictures/video of a wedding at Paradisus Punta Cana, will incur a fee of $1,000 and this fee is paid by the company, not the client.    

                ·         The client is only responsible for paying the day pass fee ($120 per crew member). 

                ·         However, these fees do not apply when using the resort’s exclusive photographer/videographer company – Arrecife. 

                ·         For weddings booked at Paradisus Punta Cana in 2010 & 2011, such as the case with your wedding, the fee for an outside photographer/videographer remains as $120 (per crew member), paid by the client.  The outside company will not incur any additional fees…as the wedding was booked prior to the new policy taking effect. 

                 

                I can certainly appreciate the level of concern this new policy may have caused on your part and truly apologize for any inconvenience or discontent experienced in this regard.  Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation shared with our clients, by outside sources, which has been disseminated via email and on blogs and has raised concern with many of our valued brides.  Rest assured, Paradisus Punta Cana is diligently working to clarify the new policy, in order to avoid any negative feedback. 

                 

                More importantly, congratulations to you and Vincent and we thank you for allowing Paradisus to be part of your special day!

                 

                 

                Kind regards,

                Marilyn Cairo

                Romance Desk Manager, North America

                US Representative for Paradisus Resorts

                Dominican Republic & Mexico

                 

                Paradisus Resorts logo.jpg              This cleared up my concerns and hopefully yours.



                 



                #478 maridr2012

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                  Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:34 AM

                  It really is too bad that they are doing this ridiculous $1,000 upcharge to non-preferred vendors.  Of course the vendors are going to upcharge the couples because of this!  Paradisus was my favorite of all the resorts I visited when doing wedding site inspections.  Melia is also owned by the same company, and their property is also beautiful.  I'd suggest to all of you who writing off PPC to look into a policy change at Melia as well and see if it applies there too. If they don't have the same policy, you may want to consider them.  Best of luck!



                  #479 surferjenny

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                    Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

                    This is really unfortunate. I guess I won't be choosing the Paradisus now. Is there a list of preferred vendors? Or are we all limited to just that one photographer?



                    #480 trivera5521

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                      Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:23 AM

                      Ladies this poicy totally sucks! They wont allow you to use any outside vendors without incurring this charge! Just **^%$ outrageous.  I will also tell you that I just received the below confirmation from my second venue choice that they two have the same policy in effect...Melia Caribe wrote:

                       

                      Hope this e - mail finds you well. Thank you for the information, regardin your question we do not just start with this policy we have this for 3 years ago, if the photographer works in bavaro punta cana zone and does not belong to arrecife studio the company that have the copy right fee of the hotel locations the company of the phothographer that you select have to pay to arrecife studio the fee of $1000.00 USD for take wedding pictures in our resort and there are not any exceptions.

                       

                      Needless to say I feel like !!!!






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