I'm sorry we share same frustration with ERC. I had emailed Nayelli and told her my honest opinion about BlueLensCaribe, and asked if only certain outside vendors are banned. And last night I got an email from her, and she said it's best to check with her first before booking any outside vendors, and that not all vendors are banned. She also said that vendors fee is $150, and it does not include a meal. That is really frustrating me because I want to be able to give my photographer at least a meal during my wedding. Also the photography team I love is Del Sol, and they are not going to do anymore weddings there, and also they are banned/not allowed to shoot weddings with Excellence.
But yeah that is really strange about them pushing a photographer who only has a few pictures of Excellence Playa Mujeres, and having website issues to ERC brides. When I was at ERC this past May, we talked to a guy named Peter with VIP photography (photographers on the resort), and we set up for him to take our engagement pictures. We had a lot of fun with him, and he put us at ease. The pictures turned out really nicely, and we spent quite a lot on them. He also told us that he was leaving the country soon and so it's not like I can ask him to take our wedding pictures. But VIP was the only photography on site at ERC, at least when we went. But VIP photographers take all sorts of photos, for all kinds of events, and I didn't get a feel that they do a lot of weddings. And because photography is so important to me, I would want someone who does wedding photography to do my wedding. I'm still debating on what to do. Glad I didn't spend money or lose money like some have. And it's hard to trust a resort that can change rules at any moment, and all you have is email correspondance.