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#1 monicabrandon2008

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    Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:43 PM

    I am still trying to pick a resort and I don't want to run into a road block because the resort won't allow an outside Photographer to come in or make me pay $500. If you are getting married or have gotten married in Riviera Maya or Cancun and the resort allows an outside Photographer, no questions asked, please let me know. Thanks! I just don't want to get stuck like this guy! LOL

    #2 jthrasher

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      Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:49 PM

      If you are flying in your photographer you won't have any problems if you have them stay at the resort as well. In this case, your photographer will already be a guest so it won't matter.

      It's when you are using a local photographer or have your photographer stay someplace other than the wedding location that you run into problems. It's completely wrong for them to do this though and if you run into problems you can just tell the resort you'll take your business elsewhere.

      Hope this helps

      #3 rodent


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        Posted 04 December 2007 - 10:28 AM

        Here are some that don't allow outside photographers (or charge a fee)
        El Dorado Royal $500 fee
        Iberostar resorts $300 fee
        Moon Palace

        These fees could have changed. I think there was talk of EDR dropping the fee.

        When I narrowed down the places I was interested in, I checked to see if they charged fees for outside vendors.

        When you pay the fee, you are suposedly paying for their lost income. So some people have considered paying the $500 & having the hotel photographer photograph a welcome party, a casual session, etc. And then hire someone else to photograph the wedding. I don't know anyone who has actually done this though so it might not work.

        #4 kiahjane

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          Posted 04 December 2007 - 11:48 AM

          I am bringing a local photographer to the Moon Palace, and they are charging her a $650 fee. It was a hassle to deal with the resort, and the fee is outrageous, but I think overall it will be worth it, even though it is a lot of $$.

          #5 TATrisha


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          Posted 04 December 2007 - 12:32 PM

          I am flying in my photographer. It was actually cheaper than hiring a local photographer, paying the fees, and upgrading the packages to get the photos I wanted.


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          #6 MissyR

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            Posted 04 December 2007 - 01:45 PM

            Bahia PRincipe Tulum and Grand Palladium and Paradisus only require you to pay the day fee.

            #7 gwynemark

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              Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:30 PM

              Yup, we deal with this sorta thing all the time. We are on the way to a cruise wedding to Jamaica next month and the bride was having a heck of a time getting them to allow us to shoot their wedding. The best way to avoid this is as JT said, get the photog to be a guest at the resort and they waive their costs. Either that or your photographer has give the impression of being a very good friend/family. There is nothing they can do to stop a good friend with a really nice camera from taking photos all day long. Just FYI!

              #8 Can'tHardlyWait

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                Posted 04 December 2007 - 07:59 PM

                Occidental Grand Xcaret wanted to charge me $85 for a day pass, which seemed fair to me. I ended up hiring a photographer that was outside the RM area, so I am paying for her to stay over anyway.

                #9 monicabrandon2008

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                  Posted 04 December 2007 - 08:45 PM

                  Thanks ladies, all of your information was helpful.
                  Do you guys know if the Dreams resorts allow an outside photographer with just paying the day pass? I don't mind paying the day pass but I really don't want to spend the extra money on a fee the resort wants to tack on. I don't mind flying someone in with us but I'd rather just use someone in RM.
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                  #10 jayreilly

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                    Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:35 PM

                    careful, there does not seem to be much consistancy in the rule. some that i thought were gonna be strict, i could walk right on to and no problems. others that i had not expected a fee, hit me on location.

                    i would be prepared either way ;-)

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