I've started my planning with the coordinator, and I just wanted to fill you all in on the changes that have been made. First, I will start by saying that I am not "pushy" but I am certainly smart in my business dealings and I don't just take answers without questioning them. That said, many of the prices and conditions have changed.
- Many past brides were able to exchange the cocktail hour for credit towards extra guests attending the reception. This is NO longer being accepted. I was told it was only for brides last year (even though I know brides this year have done it). I explained that it is in Dreams best interest to do this as it saves them cocktail set up, a bartender, appetizers. I was met with a swift "NO".
- The outside vendor photography fee has doubled. It used to be $150 and is now $300. You also need to pay for the photographer's meal (which will be counted as an extra guest at your wedding). I'm all for feeding the photographer, but doubling the fee is outrageous!
- The photography prices have gone up substantially from last year. I had an email saved that quoted $1,500 for a package, and now this year that same package is $2,500!
- I asked if I could forgo the TTD session for an hour more of video (some other brides have done similar), and was told that there are no more credits being given for unused photography. I even asked if I could have more images instead and was told no. This makes no sense because it saves them a bundle of time and money.
I'm sorry to be a downer, but I wanted you all to be prepared. I was not, and this has totally ruined my wedding planning. My wedding is now going to cost a LOT more money than originally planned.