Hola future brides! This is Lincoln from MTM Photography. I am asked all the time about resort policies and what is required for vendor fees for us to gain access to the resorts? That being said... here is a list of the resorts I have compiled so far. Again... it is always best to ask your wedding coordinator what they require as the rules do change often!
Aventura Spa Palace: Upon arriving at the resort the bride was told external photographers were not allowed, but they would make an exception, just once (and we've only been there once).
Azul Sensatori: $500USD fee, or minimum 3 nights stay.
Barcelo Maya Colonial,
Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe,
Barcelo Maya Caribe,
Barcelo Maya Beach,
Barcelo Maya Tropical: Barcelo has again changed their vendor policy and now requires $500 or a 2 night stay. Often, booking us in for 2 nights can work out cheaper and allows us to pretend to be tourists for a day and enjoy the pool!
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda: We were able to access the resort without a problem. The bride took care of details but I believe they were required to purchase day passes for us.
Catalonia Riviera Maya: Both times we attended we spent the night as guests of the hotel (for a TTD shoot the next day). It is possible you could get away with purchasing day passes only. Either way, we've never had an issue.
Ceiba Del Mar: Rules have recently changed. There is no fee to enter the resort, but they do require a copy of all the images taken at the hotel.
Dreams Tulum &
Dreams Cancun: Day passes only. Entrance is always a breeze. I believe day passes are $45USD but could be double when extending coverage into the evening.
Dreams Puerto Aventuras: Required we have a room booked for the evening, staying as guests of the hotel.
Dreams Riviera Maya (Porto Morelos): Recently, this resort has changed their vendor policy and is asking for a 30% commission fee. They would like us to add this to our prices and pay them directly. We do not hide costs from our brides and the base price for each of our packages is the same to be fair to everybody.
El Dorado Seaside Suites,
El Dorado Royale: $500USD fee or minimum 3 nights stay at the hotel.
Excellence Riviera Maya: Day passes required.
Excellence Playa Mujeres: Day passes required
Gran Bahia Principe Akumal,
Gran Bahia Principe Tulum,
Gran Bahia Principe Coba: We have shot here twice, as exceptions to their rule. Recently they have stopped allowing external photographers on the premises. They offer one local photography company for use at your wedding. Since they do make exceptions, it is worth asking your wedding coordinator but I believe their rules have gotten more strict lately.
Grand Coco Bay: No fees, no problems.
Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen: Day passes required. Entrance is never a problem.
Grand Palladium White Sands,
Grand Palladium Kantenah,
Grand Palladium Colonial,
Grand Palladium Riviera Maya,
Grand Palladium Royal Suites: Required we spend the night. Recently, they have only requested that we have day passes to access the resort for the day. Please contact your wedding coordinator.
Grand Riviera Princess,
Grand Sunset Princess: Both Princess resorts now have a $200 vendor fee. They do issue us bracelets so we are able to grab a beverage or meal if need be.
Iberostar Paraiso Beach,
Iberostar Pariso Lindo: Mixed answers. We have shot there approximately 4 times. A couple times they required we spent the night, and the others were told we weren't allowed but they would make an exception.
Maroma Resort & Spa: Completely welcome here. No charge.
ME Cancun & Beach Palace: Permission was not an issue although I'm not sure if there was a fee at all. Either day passes, or nothing at all.
Moon Palace: We have shot the Moon Palace many times now and haven't had a problem. We've had to spend the night twice and most recently we are only required to have a day pass. They have their own photographers on location and push hard for you to use them. From experience here, if your package includes video and photography there will be ALOT of photographers fighting for space. If you hire us it is best to cancel the photographer included in your Moon Palace package. Moon Palace has a policy of no outside vendors. They will allow you to get around this rule by telling them that you are bringing in your own â€œguestâ€ to shoot the wedding for you. They may require you to get us a day pass or tell you your â€œguestâ€ must be booked into the hotel for the night. This is just how the Moon Palace works but will allow us to capture your wedding as your guest. We have been that â€œguestâ€ many times now.
NOW Sapphire: $300 vendor fee
Occidental Grand Xcaret: Day passes required.
Ocean Turquesa: Originally the bride was told she couldn't have external photographers but when she mentioned she wouldn't be booking her wedding there without us, they quickly bent the rules. We required day passes and accessed the resort without a problem.
Paradisus Riviera Maya: Day passes required.
RIU Palace Riviera Maya: $100 vendor fee
Royal Playa Del Carmen: $100 vendor fee
Secrets Maroma Beach: Day passes required. Entrance is never a problem (and we love shooting at this resort!!)
Sandos Playacar: Another "exception". Bride was originally told "yes" but upon arrival was given another story. The wedding coordinator said we were not allowed, but they would make an exception.
The Royal Playa del Carmen: Day passes required. Entrance is never a problem.
In conclusion, there is usually an exception to every rule here in Mexico. If you ask before confirming your wedding they'll be more likely to bend the rules for you. We ALWAYS require the couple to contact their wedding coordinator for permission. This listing above is based on our experience but here you just never know. Please contact the resorts directly to confirm their policies.