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Originally Posted by CarolynSD View Post

 

 

Yes I got the pictures a few day later from the resort photographer. They were basic pictures where couples posed and he took a picture. It's something you could do yourself. He didn't take any candid pictures at all. It was all posed pictures of couples. The pictures were good as they were taken with a good camera but again you could have a cousin take the same pictures. Also he didn't even bother to tell people the "wet floor" sign we behind them or next to them so that's in the pictures. I mean come on your professional you should know better. 400

 

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You can see the yellow marker in both. I just think that's ridiculous. Higher out! Also, I won't say who as I don't want to get them in trouble but during my site visit someone who works at the resort told me not to use the hotel photographers as they went very good. That's why I never even bothered with them and just took the free ones for the welcome cocktail hour.

Your pictures are nice - because your guests are beautiful, but I can see what you mean. They're nice photos but in terms of paying a professional to take them, I think most people would be disappointed. That yellow sign would bother me too. They don't look any different than what someone else's photos from a party would look like if they had a Canon D50 or something like it. Perhaps they don't put in the effort for the people who use the 24 photos included in the package? But, that doesn't seem like good business sense, because then no one will spread the word that they're good photographers and recommend people use them for their wedding. Hmmm, well good thing you didn't have to pay for them I guess. 

 

On a positive note - the resort looks beautiful and so do your guests!

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Your pictures are nice - because your guests are beautiful, but I can see what you mean. They're nice photos but in terms of paying a professional to take them, I think most people would be disappointed. That yellow sign would bother me too. They don't look any different than what someone else's photos from a party would look like if they had a Canon D50 or something like it. Perhaps they don't put in the effort for the people who use the 24 photos included in the package? But, that doesn't seem like good business sense, because then no one will spread the word that they're good photographers and recommend people use them for their wedding. Hmmm, well good thing you didn't have to pay for them I guess.  On a positive note - the resort looks beautiful and so do your guests!
You may be right that they didn't put in the effort but I did tell him I would buy the rest if I liked them. He still left after 20 mins when he was supposed to be there the whole hour. He claimed he got pics of everyone but he only got about 1/4 of the guests. He also took about 4 of the same picture for everything so one in black and white, one close up, one far away, ext so really we only got like 6 photos in the free 25. We did pay $50 extra to take home the other pictures just to have them. All in all I think we got about 15 pictures for the free 25 plus $50. Honestly if its not too late I would really hire outside.

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Originally Posted by CarolynSD View Post

 

 

You may be right that they didn't put in the effort but I did tell him I would buy the rest if I liked them. He still left after 20 mins when he was supposed to be there the whole hour. He claimed he got pics of everyone but he only got about 1/4 of the guests. He also took about 4 of the same picture for everything so one in black and white, one close up, one far away, ext so really we only got like 6 photos in the free 25. We did pay $50 extra to take home the other pictures just to have them. All in all I think we got about 15 pictures for the free 25 plus $50. Honestly if its not too late I would really hire outside.

It doesn't sound like he put any effort in at all! We have hired an outside photographer. I'm not sure if we're doing a rehearsal dinner so we may not end up using the free 25 at all. It sounds like a waste of time in the end. Good advice for future brides though.

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Does anyone know if you can take your own floaties down there? I hear the lazy river ones get taken fast. Saw some cute, cheap ones that might be a fun OOT addition if they are allowed.

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Originally Posted by CarolynSD View Post

 

 

The cool thing about our cups were that everyone used them and the waiters would fill them up. The were about twice the size iof the cups they provided at the pool and beach so you didn't have to get refills as often. Also with 86 people not everyone knew each other so it was a cool way for people to meet each other. If they were at the pool and saw someone with the cup they knew they were part of the wedding. 400

 

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Made my own bag tags using plastic name badge holders from staples, ribbon, and my printer. I sent them a week prior to the trip. 400

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As for putting your small items together I used a cellophane bag and stapled a print out folded over the top. It said weekend survival kit. I forgot to take a picture sorry It worked really well and look professional even though I did it. This is not mine but you can get the idea of what I was saying. 400

Thank you SO MUCH Carolyn for sharing all of this info! You are awesome! I feel soooo much better about my wedding coming up (exactly one month till wedding day tomorrow!)...if Gloria and the rest of the staff can handle your wedding of almost 90 people, then they can def handle my measly little 20-person wedding! :)

 

Your pictures are so pretty, and I love what you did with all the details - the tumblers, OOT bags, etc.  Thank you thank you thank you for all this info!

 

- Rhiannon

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OMG thank you for posting this! I'm getting married there August 2nd and now I'm going to look for a REAL photographer. Pictures are so important that I agree with you, he could have done better.

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I am a newly engaged girl! We got married in Mexico this past march at a different hotel and are seeking excellence playa mujeres for a june 2014 wedding. Any tips/suggestions/recommendations would be helpful as I am a new to all of this!

 

thanks so much

jackie

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Originally Posted by Natalie85 View Post

 

OMG thank you for posting this! I'm getting married there August 2nd and now I'm going to look for a REAL photographer. Pictures are so important that I agree with you, he could have done better.

If you are looking for an outside photographer, check out Lori from Sweetfire Photography. She did my wedding at Excellence Playa Mujeres in May 2012 and her work is phenomenal and she is so professional and fun herself! Good luck!

 

http://www.sweetfirephotography.com/

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Thanks for all the info everyone! This is so helpful! Does anyone know if they do spray tans at the resort? I would get one before we leave but we are gonna be there 5 days before our ceremony so I think it will wear off.

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Originally Posted by KayLynn Oliver View Post

 

Thanks for all the info everyone! This is so helpful! Does anyone know if they do spray tans at the resort? I would get one before we leave but we are gonna be there 5 days before our ceremony so I think it will wear off.

That's a good point! I was planning to get one before we leave, but our wedding is also 5 days after we arrive. If they don't have it there I may have to research the best tanning lotion. Eeep! Let me know if you find out about it.

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