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So, 

 

I have a friend that is a photographer and I would love for her to do our photos. It will be cheaper for us to pay for her stay at Moon Palace and flight than to hire someone in Cancun. If we were to hire her, she would be given a free vacation. Would we still have to pay her for the services or is it an exchange?

 

Also,

 

I was at an event with my childhood pastor over the weekend. He said he will be waiting for us to call him for the wedding. I told him that we were getting married in Cancun and he said he can always use a vacation. We are having a symbollic ceremony, but I want it to be religious with prayer. Now, if we were to ask the pastor to marry us, what are the formalities for that as in cost? I know the ministers through the resort should be familiar with symbolic weddings, but I don't want it to lack spirituality.

 

Any suggestions?

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You'd have to ask your photographer and minister about their fees and standard charges if it's a destination wedding. Some might discount or change their compensation structure, but some may not. 

 

Have you considered writing your own ceremony script? Then you can be sure it includes just the right amount of spirituality you envisioned. 

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So,

 

I have a friend that is a photographer and I would love for her to do our photos. It will be cheaper for us to pay for her stay at Moon Palace and flight than to hire someone in Cancun. If we were to hire her, she would be given a free vacation. Would we still have to pay her for the services or is it an exchange?

 

Also,

 

I was at an event with my childhood pastor over the weekend. He said he will be waiting for us to call him for the wedding. I told him that we were getting married in Cancun and he said he can always use a vacation. We are having a symbollic ceremony, but I want it to be religious with prayer. Now, if we were to ask the pastor to marry us, what are the formalities for that as in cost? I know the ministers through the resort should be familiar with symbolic weddings, but I don't want it to lack spirituality.

 

Any suggestions?

You'd have to ask your friend if she would swap her services for the free vacation. All photogs structure it different. I talked to one that wanted her and another paid for but she offered engagement, wedding, TTD and some other things. Then the guy who did our engagement photos wanted $200 per hour for 8 hours min and a $500 spending bonus but he'd pay his trip. They are all different. Definitely ask her :) we are just booking someone down there unless when I get my engagement pics back I am blown away hehe

 

 

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We originally were going to ask a guest who is a professional photographer to shoot our wedding. (She actually offered) But she required a second shooter to get all the shots necessary, or at a minimum an assistant to help with lighting etc, (she explained this to me when we were getting into details) so two trips to our resort was the same price as hiring the photographer we liked from Cancun. I also didn't want the stress of not liking my photos and potentially ruining a friendship (though I love her work) and decided it best to not mix friendship with business.

 

 

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We originally were going to ask a guest who is a professional photographer to shoot our wedding. (She actually offered) But she required a second shooter to get all the shots necessary, or at a minimum an assistant to help with lighting etc, (she explained this to me when we were getting into details) so two trips to our resort was the same price as hiring the photographer we liked from Cancun. I also didn't want the stress of not liking my photos and potentially ruining a friendship (though I love her work) and decided it best to not mix friendship with business.

 

 

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Good point!

 

 

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I would ask the friend what she's willing to work for. Explain to her what you want and if she can do it what is the best way to make it happen. That way, you have her input and both of you are on the same page. 

 

As for the minister, perhaps you can get him to do a prayer for you at home before you leave, or if you're having a "real" ceremony before your destination ceremony, maybe he can officiate that one. 

 

@kmk2014 was spot on with mixing business with pleasure. Sometimes, it just doesn't work!

 

Good luck on your decision-making! 

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