Hi remdog! Thank you for the congratulations! We are really looking forward to going back to Costa Rica! I don't think alot of brides choose this location because it is a little expensive as compared to other places but I completely think it is worth it. Your FI will definately NOT get bored here! There is so much to do or perfect for laying by the pool and doing absolutely nothing. The reason I had decided on this resort is because the people that work there are so amazing and friendly and honestly speak better english than I do! Also, I have a sensitive stomach (had gotten sick in Mexico at a 5 star resort, and had gotten REALLY sick at a 5 star resort in the Dominican) and not once did myself or my FI get sick at the Paradisus. It's the last thing I want is to be sick on my wedding day (or my guests to be sick)! Their food is so good as well! And the different animals on the resort is so entertaining, monkeys, lizards, raccoons, wild kittens, you name it they got it! I sound like a cheerleader for the resort, but I think instead of choosing different places to go for vacation every year, we will just come back to the Paradisus.
As for your questions:
The DJ was actually in the list of options that I had asked for, they have about three pages of different music options for your cocktail party/reception (bands, dj, saxophone, guitarists, etc.). Whatever you want...they can get it!
I am just waiting to get pictures of the different locations for the reception so I can choose which location I would like to have...They do have different locations for the ceremony, all are great, but we chose the beach because I don't want to wear shoes.
The photographer was recommended by the romance manager (El Velo Photography), check out their website, they do great work from what I have seen! They have different packages you can choose from depending on who you want to have pictures of (we chose the "all in the family" package which includes 500-800 high res pictures of up to 25 guests and ourselves. We also chose to get a 10 x 10 book made up, their books look amazing! (and I don't have to do the work) They do video's as well but I though pics were good enough for us.
We are having a private reception, we will have 23 people at the ceremony/cocktail party/reception (including four kids). In the aqua package, you have 20 guests included, anymore than that is 85.00/per person. We do have people staying outside the resort and just coming in for the wedding (day passes).
The contact I have been using is: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lucia Chaves) - she has been absolutely wonderful with all of my requests and she also would have the form to reserve your date.
Any more questions...don't hesitate to ask! Happy Planning!!