(Closed) Resort photography – thoughts?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@jlc3:  I think it depends – I’ve seen some resorts which say you cannot bring any outside vendors, whereas others just charge you something on top. The photographers I’m planning on using in the Caribbean clearly do quite a lot of sessions (featured on their blog) where the couple get married at a resort, then go and do a photoshoot off the resort to get better pictures (either the same day or a different day). 

Post # 4
9948 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @jlc3:  Ya you have to check with your Resort and what their rules are.

Mr TTR & I Eloped to a Destination Wedding, we LOVE our resort (having been there before) but the cost of having a Wedding Ceremony there and being bound by their rules as to marrying on site, and using their Vendors ONLY and facilities were uber expensive, so we opted to make other arrangements.

(In our case we got married on a Public Beach… and ended up using local Vendors that we found via the Internet.  We came back to the resort for our Cocktail Hour etc)

The Resort Vendors I saw info on no doubt were excellent (we had checked them out online, and the Photographer especially was phenominal)… but I wasn’t that keen on paying a $ 2000 Resort Fee for our very short Elopment Ceremony, and then double the going rate for other Vendors, just for the luxury of the Resort Grounds… when the entire Destination had TONS of FREE Natural Beauty all around us.

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jlc3:  We actually opted out of the resort photography and are having our friend take the photos for us.  He’s not technically a professional wedding photog and we’ve discussed this with the resort and they are ok with it with him being a guest.  Score!

Post # 8
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@jlc3:  Well, even though we opted out of the photography we did get a standard video package, which is running us about $800…  But overall we are getting a great deal!

Post # 10
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We flew in photographers. I found that the packages offered were insanely priced, and to get the amount of photography we wanted on resort would have been too expensive, on top if having concerns over doubious quality. I found someone on line who was willing to do 12 hours of photography for the price of travel. They were allowed on resort and I didn’t pay any additional fees as they were technical “guests” at my wedding. We paid for flights in and out and two nights stay at our resort. It cost ~1600, we got a full day with 2 photogs, and the digital use of what ended up being over 1400 pictures. I was very happy with our arrangement.

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