Hi, I'm getting married next month also at Paradisus Punta Cana so I hope some of my findings can help you. If you hire Pastor York or his assistant on your own you will need to pay whatever fee he charges PLUS the vendor pass fee they resort charges of $120 + 16% tax. If you hire him thru the Miami office their fee will be a bit higher but it will include the pass. I chose to just hire him thru the Miami office because I wanted to be sure if there was any fallout - i.e. last minute cancellation on the Pastor's end, etc. I would not be left scrambling and they would be responsible for finding someone else. It was about a $45 difference and I was okay with that for my piece of mind. He also isn't available for my Nov. 9th wedding, NOR is his assistant, so we had to hire a totally different pastor (which he referred us to) that only speaks Spanish. LOL. It's not a big deal for us because my family only speaks Spanish anyway, while my FI's family only speaks English, but one of the Paradisus WC's will translate the ceremony in English. Totally fine, as Pastor York would've done the ceremony in both languages anyway (he's bilingual).
Regarding your photographer, you can bring in your own photographer and if you book him a room you won't have to pay the expensive external vendor fee. If you don't book your photographer a room, you will be forced to pay the external vendor fee. I can't remember what exactly it is but I want to say its something like $1,000? double check with the resort on it, but it's pretty high. Otherwise, if you don't want to do either, than you will need to use their preferred photographer which is onsite - Arrecife Photography. They have a Facbeook page and you can check out their work. I personally did not like their style of work so I've hired HDC Photography, and will be paying $120 per person for external vendor fee (total $240 b/c of photographer AND videographer). But, my fee is lower than what you would pay because I booked my wedding in 2011 and was grandfathered into their rates at that time.
Originally Posted by TishaJules
Thank you for that info on Pastor York! I actually contacted him and he won't be available for my wedding date of 10.12.13, but he told me that hs assistant would do the ceremony for me. I'm about to leave my deposit for the Paradises so I just want to make sure of a few things before I leave my deposit. I'm choosing the Aqua package...so I want to 1- make sure that I can bring my own Pastor and just pay the additional fee and 2) I can also bring my own photographer. If not, I may be forced to look elsewhere...and that's gonna really suck because I love PPC.