Originally Posted by mariel12
Thanks for this info! I still think its ridiculous and it doesnt make me feel better lol but i guess at least I know that it was stated in writing somehow and my fault for missing it if it was on my version of the contract. I think at this point I'm just gonna suck it up and do it anyway. The highest package for the outside photographer HDC is $1550 and it includes 300 small prints, 30 medium & 5 larger ones. It also brings DVD with 550 pictures to print/use at your leisure, online access and a few other things. The resort photographer highest package as per the email they sent me was $1950 and it only had like 300 photos in a cd. So in the end it would be like paying $500-600 extra instead of the $1K which of course I would still rather save but at this point we've invested so much into making sure everything is as smooth as possible that its like why not. We dont wanna skimp on the most important thing we will have after the wedding. And it's not to say that theres anything wrong with Arrecife - I would actually love to hear anyone else's experience that has used them and what they thought they got for the money the spent. But i rather pay for peace of mind which is what I have with the outside photog as our cousins used them 2 yrs ago for their wedding. And their pictures were one of the main reasons we chose to have our wedding a destination wedding - we just fell in love with them. I just feel like i really like their style and ability to capture the little details. I havent made any deposits yet but Im 90% sure we will end up going w/ outside photog just because they offer more at the end of the day for the money.
As for the florist - I do lovee flowers but ive always found it insane how much they charge for such simple arrangements. And being that we chose ours for outside (beach) we made used of lots of lanterns which we are bringing with us and just using my bouquet and my sisters' for the flowers as centerpieces too. It definitely is a pain cuz we are bringing quite a few things with us - and as i write this i still havent packed and im wondering hoping everything will fit! lol but i do like that i have more of an idea of how everything will look and the stuff im planning to bring back with us and used them for an informal graden/pool party or gathering for those who werent able to attend. So cheaper cost and i get to double use the stuff and keep them for the future. Once i figure out how to bring there and back all in one piece ill be one full happy camper
I hope you find a happy medium with the flowers arrangements (oh also one tip that our cousin used they got BEAUTIFUL fake flowers - you really couldnt even tell they were becuase they were good quality - which they brought from here and she used them for her bridesmaids as small bouquets and then for table centerpieces. They looked great. So thats another option maybe.
Good luck with the packing!! I have been contemplating bringing everything down and have been asking pretty much my entire family to use their carry-ons!!
And you are totally right just to pay the extra bit and go with a company you feel good about! It's nice you got to see their work in its entirity before deciding on them!
I personally am going with Arrecife. I have chosen to go with the Silver-package which includes the videographer and they are with you all day and for the whole reception. I like their work on their website and the woman I have working with is really great. The feature I like with them is that I get to forward her pictures as I see them of shots I like or whatnot.
On top of that ... as per my previous post, I am going to be going with an off-site florist and just going to their location to pick them up, that way I waive the vendor fee!
I hope you have a beautiful wedding and enjoy yourself!! I'd really like to hear how everything goes when you return!!