Yeah - but you have a wedding to worry about! I'd run screaming from the room if I had a wedding to deal with! But I don't! That's the thing! We're just trying to renew our vows and celebrate the fact that I'm still alive to stay married! This place makes everything SO complicated!! Did I see someone make a comment somewhere about only one wedding a day? Cuz I'll tell you right now that is SO not true!! We can't get any locations for pictures because there are weddings everywhere or they're setting up for receptions/cocktails. And we're supposed to pay an extra $800 to bring the photographer onsite but then not have any of the nice locations to take pictures? Uhh nope. So not happening. Especially since the only thing we're there for is the ceremony!!! Then we're leaving to have dinner somewhere else. I'm already getting the comments about the fact that we only have a small group so can't have this or that and can't do this or cant' do that. But they'll take your money, then just tell you everything after the fact. What a mistake this was. I've already asked to find another location. I'll kiss my $200 or whatever it was goodbye if it means I get somewhere that's easier to deal with.
It seems as though they are giving you the subpar treatment because you have less guests, which is a shame. I would call them out on it and see what happens before you lose out on your deposit. I haven't requested any areas for pictures. I didn't know that we needed to do that but I'm fine with taking pictures wherever we can, there's so many beautiful places.
Another idea, is to go to Playa to take pictures and then head to the reception. There are so many great places and I love the artistic flare that the pictures have with the city as a backdrop. Or what about doing a first look? You might be able to get around the fact that they're setting up weddings by taking your pictures earlier.
For me, aside of the fact that they want to charge you extra because you breathe pretty much, I haven't had too many issues. I just get frustrated with the lack of perks for Canadian brides. I'm calling BS on the fact that they give you the same amount of a discount on our vacation packages. I'm not saying let's get everything the US brides get, but something would be nice. I just found out they also get a discount on the menu prices (on top of everything else), what do we get? nothing. I would be a 100% happy camper if I was in the States and I'd even be happier to pay their outrageous fees because you're getting so many other free things.
Ok rant over haha.