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Must book 45 days in advance

 

Short hair styling $45, long hair styling $55, makeup $45

 

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

Onsite Photograhers:

As of 2013 - Adventure Photo

 

Positive Photo Studio - Fernando

www.positiveweddings.com

www.rivieramayaphotography.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY
Online Slideshow free with every wedding
Individual photos (8x6 prints or image cd/license) $15 ea

 

Standard Packages

Standard Photo Package 1 $699
1 Hour Coverage (Ceremony + Photo Session) + 40 images on CD

 

Standard Photo Package 2 $950
3 Hours Coverage (getting ready, ceremony, photo session, cocktail party) + 60 images on cd

 

Standard Photo Package 3 $1,150
Full 1 Day Coverage (getting ready, ceremony, photo session, cocktail party, reception, cake cutting) + 100 images on CD

 

Standard Photo Package 4 $1,599
Complete Wedding Coverage (rehearsal dinner, spa, getting ready, ceremony, photo session, cocktail party, reception, cake cutting, trash the dress) +200 images

Additional Photographer (per hour) $99

Luxury Wedding Book
30 layouts 30 pages up to 60 images $699
40 layouts 40 pages up to 80 images $999
60 layouts 60 pages up to 100 images $1,199

Fine art canvas prints
16x24 fine art canvas print $129
20x30 fine art canvas print $169
24x36 fine art canvas print $199

 

Complete Wedding Collection
300 images + Luxury Wedding Book with 15 Layouts (40 pages) $1,999

300 high resolution images on disk, online slideshow, online gallery, vision art book with 15 layouts (30 pages) & 16x24 fine art canvas print $2,195

All your high resolution wedding images on disk, online slideshow, online gallery vision art book with 20 layouts (40 pages) & 16x24 fine art canvas print $2,950

Video Package #1 $590
• Ceremony. Video studio by the beach. Includes digital & special effects, addition, music & titles.
• Full digital edition. Professional digital camera.
• 90 to 120 min. of service. 30 to 40 minutes edited video.

Master DVD with interactive menus.

Video Package #2 $1,000
• Ceremony. Video studio by the beach. Includes digital & special effects, addition, music & titles.
• Full digital edition. 1 professional digital camera.
• 3 to 4 hours of service. 60 minutes edited video. Master
DVD with interactive menus.

 

Video Package #3 $1,620
• Ceremony. Video studio by the beach. Includes digital & special effects, addition, music & titles
• Full digital edition. 1 professional digital camera.
• 8 hours of service. 90 to 120 minutes edited video.
• Master DVD with interactive menus.

Video Package #4 $2,100
• Ceremony. Video studio by the beach. Includes digital & special effects, addition, music & titles.
• Full digital edition. 1 professional digital camera.
• 6 hours of service. 90 to 120 minutes edited video.
• Master DVD with interactive menus.

Additional copy of DVD $80
Additional Hour of Photo Services $280
Additional Hour of Video Service $280

 

PHOTOBOOTH

Silver $649

  • Includes 3 hours of service, photo booth attendee, 100 4x6 prints, party props, DVD of all photos and videos professionally edited, set-up and break-down.

Gold $799

  • Includes 4 hours of service, photo booth attendee, 215 4x6 prints, party props, DVD of all photos and videos professionally edited, set-up and break-down

 

 

Trash the Dress session - $950

$1500 for the disc of all images

 

“I know you are supposed to get an album with 30 photos but it sort of felt like they tried to trick us when we went to look at them. He told us to go through and select all of our favorites. So we did. All 180 of them. After that he told us to narrow it down to 24 they would make into an album or choose 30 they would put on a dvd. If we wanted more than that it would be $15 per picture. I just wish he'd been specific from the beginning. They did offer us all the pictures for $250 after that, which is not so bad a deal.â€

 

If you hire an offsite, but local photographer, itâ€s a $65 day pass

 

If your photographer is staying at the resort for three days, there is not a problem.

 

VIDEOGRAPHER

Videographer - www.oscarvideo.com.mx

Miguel Angel Nunez and his email is oscarvideos@prodigy.net.mx

 

“The videographer shows up about 20minutes pre ceremony and starts filming the arrival of people, does the ceremony for about 30 minutes and a bit more just after the ceremony so about an hour of filming and then they edit a 30minute dvd for you. She said I would get total three hours for not taking the photographer from the resort. She also said you can split up the time so if you want the ceremony, not the cocktail hour or dinner but you want the dance they can ask them to wait.â€

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Bridal Roll Call

 

This is the place that I will list all upcoming weddings.  This information is very valuable.  Whether you want to share the cost of flying a photographer down to photograph your wedding, share centerpieces, or just meet at the bar for a celebratory drink!

Please send me a PM or an email (Faberphotography@charter.net) to be included in this list.

 

User & Date

KayCee2117 01/22/2012

Chantal 1979 01/26/2012

kthun 04/06/2012

Shills 04/07/2012

WelshGirl2012 04/12/2012

jmac 04/17/2012

Sarella727 04/27/2012

MirandaandJedd 05/06/2012

Dana Mendez 05/07/2012

dawnliana 05/08/2012

KerriCornell 05/16/2012 - Wedding Review

kitkat863 05/17/2012 - Wedding Review

ssemaan371 05/24/2012

uhaft 06/01/2012 - Wedding Review  Wedding Video

Sunsilksoy 06/02/2012

Ashlee2011 06/03/2012

mdcrews 06/15/2012

Cheerios 07/21/2012

KatieJ 11/01/2012

alyb000 11/06/2012

luvthatsun 11/08/2012

travelbug 11/27/2012 - Wedding Review

Lady DoGa 12/08/2012

Chantal09 - 01/17/2013

karii86 - 01/19/2014

ashleyblayne 01/22/2013

kelseyfanning 01/25/2013

Jenvinet 01/28/2013

jenniferandjeff 02/02/2013

JillianFrances 02/02/2013

Mlite83 - 02/09/2013 - Wedding Review

tiakat - 02/14/2013

mic813 - 03/09/2013

Vika - 03/10/2013

vlivins - 03/26/2013

jend 04/01/2013

Canada05 04/02/2013 - Wedding Review

tamarack 04/04/2013

aarosenthall 04/12/2013

Retro Couple 04/13/2013

jmc8922 04/17/2013

berniebags 04/19/2013

kkutnyak 04/25/2013

megp 04/25/2013

Caroline1118 04/26/2013

CassidyKristen 04/29/2013

Soon2beMrsR 05/08/2013

luvbug 05/08/2013

ChocoTaco7568 05/18/2013

gizmopie 05/21/2013

khunt29 05/25/2013

JenO 06/08/2013

Meagan816 06/13/2012

Misscolo 16 06/13/2013

shannonmarie 06/14/2013

jackieindabox 06/30/2013

EJay2013 07/06/2013

Tricia Horchem 07/27/2013

tccjem 09/07/2013

leka4581 09/21/2013

LaurenMoser2B 10/11/2013

jld411 10/15/2013

brandi 10/19/2013

Nicole Graf 10/23/2013

Michellelepore1 11/01/2013

remykion 11/01/2013

christina111213 11/12/2013

bmelko 11/16/2013

AdamShannon 11/22/2013

TFinlay 11/26/2013

VikaAndrew 11/28/2013

Dbrowndiva 12/15/2013

ironman 12/16/2013

hortonk 01/09/2014

1dutchie 01/16/2014

heathersierra 01/16/2014

UMassRN007 01/18/2014 - Review

karri86 01/19/2014

juicybride - 01/31/2014 - Review

kelly bennett 02/19/2014

JeninKS - 02/28/2014

Amy Lynne - 05/04/2014

MayFlowers - 05/04/2014

thurberwedding - 05/06/2014

Valmoka - 05/07/2014

EmmA1025 - 05/16/2014

superlawyer87 - 05/17/2014

annettea1021 - 05/31/2014

kking - 06/18/2014

chan - 07/08/2014

Marta30 07/11/2014

mslinda 7/20/2014

A7Xtrish - 9/23/2014

Stack02 - 10/16/2014

ZKeeper04 - 10/18/2014

Candle23 - 10/23/2014

amym2324 - 10/24/2014

Blondiefish26 - 10/25/2014

Meg32IL - 11/06/2014

Rheannarudy - 11/06/2014

Joy2011 - 11/08/2014

amarie4713 - 11/21/2014

whitejulie01 - 11/21/2014

missdeeya - 11/24/2014

nala2009 - 11/25/2014

Jennifer146 - 02/23/2015

Nina1116 - 03/14/2015

LRod22 - 04/14/2015

jayejayelynn - 05/22/2015

emb0017 - 06/12/2015

rachelia160 - 06/17/2015

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Things I wish I would have known

 

This was some great advice left by a previous bride, if youâ€d like to add more advice, just send me a message!

 

Airport & Travel

  • Read the customs form carefully. We got detained for two hours and fined for not declaring our wedding party gifts (Burberry sunglasses). You are allowed to bring in $300 per person of goods not for personal use (this includes all gifts, all OOT bag contents, etc). If we could do it again, we would give our wedding party their gifts before we left.
  • If you are bringing in stuff you will have to pay taxes on, make sure you have the receipts!
  • Your bags all go through an x-ray machine before you can enter Mexico. I had never seen this process before.
  • We were late arriving and our private transfer had already left, so we got suckered into a private sedan for $80. If you donâ€t have a shuttle waiting for you, be wary about how much you pay. The resort has set posted rates for taxi, and a taxi from the resort to the airport is a fixed cost of $360 pesos (about $30).
  • The resort is not right on the highway. You will leave the highway and drive about 5 minutes into the town of Puerto Morelos and then you will drive out of town down a windy road for a further 5 minutes before reaching the resort. If you arrive after dark, it totally feels like theyâ€re driving you out to the middle of nowhere.

 

The Resort

  • The front desk staff will provide you with change (for tipping). We used mostly $20p notes for tipping.
  • Ana and Pilarâ€s office is located in the same building as the photo desk and spa. It is on the main floor behind the photo desk.
  • The resort can send your dress out for cleaning! Pilar offered this the day after our trash-the-dress session, and it hadnâ€t even occurred to me. It was $40 and they did an amazing job. I was quoted $300-$500 at home!
  • The housekeeping service was inconsistent at best. They often forgot to leave new towels or bathmats or replenish the soap, and we never once got the nightly turn-down service (except for the wedding night, with rose petals and a bath drawn!)
  • Your room should have robes and slippers. Call the concierge if they are missing, because they are quite nice to have. We didnâ€t even know we were missing the slippers until almost the end of our vacation. =(
  • The resort means it when they say the adults-only pool is adults only. Children are evicted very quickly.
  • Keep your patio door shut or you will have geckos in your room. My new husband performed the heroic act of evicting one by catching it by the tail with a face cloth. The resort kills them rather than catching them, so best to keep them out in the first place.

 

Restaurants and Food

  • Remind your guests that they do not need to make dinner reservations at any of the restaurants. Many of our guests did buffet the first night because they assumed they would not get a reservation.
  • If you eat outside at the buffet during the day, watch out for birds. The ceiling canopy is open and we saw people get pooped on.
  • Two of the restaurants require men to have long pants, collared shirts and closed toe shoes, and they enforce the dress code pretty firmly. We saw a few groups denied entrance.
  • We did dinner around 6 every night and never had to wait for a table. Restaurants all filled up by about 7pm and were full until well after 9.
  • Any guests with food allergies or other dietary restrictions (in our group it was Celiac) should chat with the concierge early in the week. They are more than willing to accommodate these things but need to know ahead of time where you plan to eat each night.
  • The food is never hot, anywhere. It was usually lukewarm.
  • The room service takes a LONG time at night. When you are drinking in your room and think “hey, a late night snack would be awesome!†it will likely take 1.5 hours to arrive, and everyone will have left or passed out by then.
  • The bartenders –especially at the Mix and in the preferred lounge - make the drinks very strong.

 

The Beach

  • The beach is quite rocky, and I would recommend water shoes, especially for children. There is a small sandy section at each end of the resort, but it is mostly rocks.
  • There are bugs, especially at night, we think they were on the beach. Many in our group ended up with lots of bites on their legs, and they are itchy for days. Not sure if bug spray helps, we didnâ€t have any.
  • We didnâ€t go, but the snorkelling is apparently amazing, either on your own or with a tour through the reef.
  • You are not allowed to climb the lifeguard tower, even in your wedding dress.
  • The ‘romantic dinner on the beachâ€: I recommend pants (that was the night I got all my bug bites). Also, ours was only lit by 3 candles and the server had to use his cell phone to show us the food we were eating.

 

The Wedding

  • Take super-strong eye makeup remover – the black eyeliner that Angel used took me 5 days to get it all off.
  • You can have round tables on the Festival Terrace, I saw it! We were supposed to have that too but there was some sort of communication error.
  • The sun sets FAST! I couldnâ€t believe how quickly it was absolutely pitch black out after the sun went down. It was nice to hear the waves from the festival terrace but there was no view.
  • The outside eating area for the buffet during the day is the Festival Terrace for weddings. They pull down most of the blinds between you and the buffet, but we had a few people cut through our reception to get to the buffet.
  • We found the beach very loud, between the waves and the wind, and during the rehearsal we chose to move our ceremony onto the grass off to the side of the fountain. 

 

Other

  • If your FI is wearing shorts for the wedding, donâ€t let him ride the mechanical bull before your wedding. The bruises last for days (I believe the mechanical bull is out every Saturday)
  • Book your couples massage ahead of time by email (ours was included in the Divine wedding package). It was wonderful. The spa has some great facilities so plan time before or after your massage for the whirlpool and steam shower.

 

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