No sorry, I meant they waived the outside vendor fee. The wedding coordinator sent me an email awhile back saying that if I was booking Del Sol the outside vendor fee was $500, then another email later said the fee was now $800 for 2014. I freaked out and managed to find some documentation where it said I only had to pay for 2 day passes for the photographers and they honored that. $200 for daypasses is much better than $800 lol.
It is so weird how they are not consistent with the outside vendor fees for everyone...After hearing that the fee is not really being enforced, I am now totally reconsidering hiring Tania Tagel for hair and makeup (I wanted to have her, but couldnt risk having them charge me $800! yikes). Has anyone been able to confirm that only a day pass is needed for an outside makeup artist?
I was told that they would charge the vendor fee for makeup artists. I have booked Styling Trio to do my hair/makeup and they have just signed a contract with Palace Resorts so you won't have to pay the vendor fee or even the day pass. Check them out.
@shmanderz I know what you mean about the vendor fees they are really killers. I would gladly go with their preferred vendors but I've been finding that they are more expensive than other outside vendors and by a lot and their work is not the style I'm looking for. I'm going with an outside vendor for my videographer and I'm going to book them room for the night of the wedding to avoid the $800 vendor fee. The videographer also worked with me and discounted his package by 10 percent which is a big help. My next hurdle is the DJ, I want a fun party atmosphere so there has to be a good DJ. The quotes i'm getting from both PSAV and JSAV for DJ and light up dance floor is about double what the outside vendors are quoting me and even with the $800 vendor fee or a room night I would be saving a couple hundred dollars. I'm not sure what to do though I don't want to worry about the outside DJ having any problems setting up or bringing in his equipment and dance floor. At least with their preferred vendor if any problems do occur they handle it, with the outside vendor I'm on my own. Did you book a DJ?
I booked DJ Doremixx and even with the outside vendor fee it was still cheaper than going with one of the Palace preferred vendors. I read tons of great reviews about them prior to booking