@Danielle1 and @perianjay,
Thank you so much for your answers!
You are both right, I really don't want to stress over something like this on my wedding day, it is definitely not worth it. Booking nights for the photographer is also really expensive, and coming from Canada the dollar conversion rate is horrible right now... I am trying to negotiate something with the wedding coordinator. The alternative would be to book DreamArt, any thoughts on their work?
@Cancun2016 I'd say that it's very risky. Chances are that your coordinator will be able to tell that it's a professional photographer and not a friend, they are pretty knowledgeable and have done many weddings - they are also very present during the day of.. my coordinator was around for the entire wedding. You can maybe get around it with flowers, but honestly, I don't think you can with a photographer. I tried to do the same thing, but in the end I decided it wasn't worth the risk of anything going wrong on my wedding day.
@Cancun2016 I brought an outside photographer and wasn't charged an outside vendor fee. However, my photographers stayed at the Hotel for 4 nights, they were on my room block list, and I even had seats for them at the reception (they didn't use them, but I thought it made it seem like they were actual wedding guests... ha!). I had asked about this months in advance of my wedding, and was told that I would be charged a $400 fee even though they were staying at the hotel. I thought that was really dumb, but I was prepared to pay the $400 if necessary. I think the only reason I wasn't charged the $400 may have been because they were staying at the hotel (and maybe because my wedding coordinator was amazing?).
I think you could try to get away with buying the photographer a day pass only, but I would be prepared to pay the $800 just in case. You don't want to get in an argument with your wedding coordinator on your wedding day... that could really ruin the mood!