Post # 1
Hi Bees – So I am 18 days out from my wedding and everything is going great, until I find out from the very expensive hotel that are staying at and getting ready at, that there would be a $250 (plus tax) fee to take pictures on the hotel grounds! I have never heard of this before and definately wasnt planning on spending that kind of extra money. We are having all our family and friends stay at this hotel and chose it because of its view and grounds. Whats worse, they told us there are already 2 wedding parties using the grounds that same day! Now I have to get in line to take pictures.
Has anyone else heard of this or had to pay a fee to take pictures at their hotel? I know we run the risk of being asked to stop mid-photoshoot, but has anyone just NOT paid the fee and tried to take pictures anyway??? Any advice is appreciated!!
Post # 3
It’s actually really common. Many places – buildings, parks, botanical garderns, etc charge fees and require permits to take pro pictures on their property.
Your photog will likely refuse to take pictures if the fee has not been paid. They are not going to risk being banned from future photo jobs because you don’t want to pay the fee.
Post # 4
@prncss47: A lot of hotels charge unless you’re having your event on their grounds in which case you get preference over other brides who aren’t getting married there and paying a fee. I’m assuming you’re staying there but having your event somewhere else nearby. It stinks, but I’d pay the fee and get the best time you can possibly arrange.
Post # 5
Yes, this is pretty common. We were going to book a nearby resort hotel to do the bridal prep in and I had seen a lot of people take photos on the grounds prior to going to their actual wedding site. When I called and asked, they basically said we would have to coordinate with the event coordinator on site to be able to take photos around the grounds. I think they have to do this so you don’t get a bunch of brides all running around and getting in each other’s way for photos (especially if you are on a weekend). I think if it is just in your suite, then it is “okay” in that they won’t necessarily know.
Post # 6
I think that’s ridiculous……but, I’m a small town girl who thinks that a lot of things should be done for the customer service. I can see coordinating with an event planner to avoid a million brides doing it….maybe even paying a $25-$50 licensening fee or something….but $250? When you already have an entire party staying at your hotel and you’re making booku bucks off of them? Not so much….
Post # 7
I don’t know about hotels not being used as “venues”, but I know that both of my venues (theatre & art gallery) charge extra for any photos taken in the space after your “rental” is over.
Post # 8
Theres this place where we plan to do our pictures called Caramoor in NY…they want $300 to take photos. It ends up as a donation, so I can put it on my returns! 🙂
Post # 9
Unless you are having your wedding there, it’s fair that they will charge you. If I were in your shoes, I would just pay. It’ll be less stressful and you can take your time taking photos instead of sneaking around security. I love the Langham in Pasadena, but they have a fee for any photoshoot too.
Post # 10
It totally sucks, but there are lots of places like that. Pay the fee… if you are stopped the photographer runs the risk of getting blacklisted for disobeying the rules and that wouldn’t be fair to them.
Post # 11
Thanks for the info everyone. I didnt realize it was so common when you are a paying customer. Anyone else have any experience with this? How do they knwo we’ve paid and got approval? Am I supposed to walk around with a receipt in my wedding dress?
Post # 12
eeek it rained on our wedding day and called down to the front desk the morning of to ask if we coud do our pics in the lobby/balcony which were nicely decorated- they were super accomodating and didn’t charge anyhting to shoot there! sorry your going through this!
Post # 13
@BellaDee: Caramoor is such a beautiful place. I went to an event there in high school and it was gorgous. We have some pretty areas here in NC, but I’m missing some of the places I grew up with in NY that I would have loved to use for pics.
@prncss47: If you just want to do getting ready shots in the room you should be ok. The only other suggestion if money is tight is to find another bride who wants to do pics at this locations. See if you and she can book together, and split the cost.
Post # 14
@prncss47: I don’t have any experience with this, but I’m guessing that if you have to schedule it with a coordinator, they would know what you look like. It’s not that easy to blend in, after all, with a full entourage and your wedding dress. In addition, if there is a line for certain picturesque spots, perhaps the coordinator has to get everyone on a schedule for their time slot.
Since you are in OC, I’m sure you know of the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point/Laguna Niguel. When I called them, they said that brides have to work with the coordinator if they want photos anywhere but the suites/rooms.
Post # 15
@nikkialys: Wow thank you so much! A co-worker of mine from that area mentioned Caramoor to me..when I looked it up it was PERFECT!!! It has the mediterranian feel we were looking for in our pics, and also the gardens are gorgeous (Summer Garden theme for our wedding).
We’re crossing out fingers that graduations for High school are the week AFTER our date, because they use the facilities for that..