Planning your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya is sure to be one of the most exciting adventures of your life!
Expect hundreds of details to plan for and execute before you find yourself standing with your toes buried in the sand beside a twinkling turquoise sea, marrying your best friend.
Then it’s all going to fly by in the blink of an eye.
What will you be left with when the dust settles?
If you have played your cards right, hopefully, you will have gorgeous wedding photos and a full wedding film to immortalize the story of your day. How else will you get to relive your best day ever and reflect back on all those special fleeting moments?
You want to hire the very best photographers and videographers in Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum, right? But of course, you have a budget to think about. When you first start shopping around, it’s natural for your first question to be ‘How Much?’
If you are one of the 80,000 couples planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico this year (according to The Knot’s survey) at some stage you will need to start hunting for the price of photographers and videographers.
I’m afraid the average cost is not a cut and dry number. (You didn’t really think it would be that easy, did you?)
However, we can definitely help arm you with what to expect, what to ask, and what to recognize when shopping around the package prices.
Is it cheaper to use your resort’s photographers & videographers?
Most Riviera Maya wedding packages at the best resorts in Mexico will include or offer their own in-house photographer. You have the choice to use their recommendation or to hire an outside professional you love and trust.
You are probably wondering what the difference in price is?
It completely depends on who your resort promotes, and the outside professionals you are looking at, so rather than fixating on the dollar signs, you need to focus instead on what you can get from your wedding photo and video package.
- Is great customer service before, and more importantly after your wedding day, important to you?
- Will you feel better working with a company that has multiple glowing 5-star reviews to refer to?
- Is it important that you get everything you want without paying for anything you do not need?
- Do you want to be treated like you are special, and that your wedding matters?
The point is, this is your wedding day. An awesome experience is priceless. Ask yourselves what is most important to you overall and then figure out who offers that, rather than simply looking at who is cheaper or more expensive than the average.
How much will the resort’s outside vendor policy cost you?
If you have already booked your destination wedding venue, then you know about being strong-armed to use their vendors. Is it fair to get hit with penalty fees by choosing an outside photo & video team YOU love for YOUR wedding? Of course not, but it’s a game changer, right? (No idea what I’m talking about? Read this.)
The outside vendor fee is a nasty, money-grabbing reality in the Riviera Maya and it affects the bottom line of Photographer and Videographer prices in Playa del Carmen, Cancun or Tulum.
And who does it hurt most? That’s right…YOU!
Want to know how to keep more of those precious wedding dollars out of greedy resort pockets?
In most cases, resorts will only charge you one vendor fee if your photographers and videographers come from the same company, so focus on companies that can offer both top-quality photo & video….like us!
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Do you want English speaking wedding photographers & videographers?
Still hoping I will toss out an average price for photography and videography in the Mayan Riviera and make it easy on you?
No can do Amigo, because here’s another factor to acknowledge;
Newsflash! In Mexico, English is NOT the native language. Speaking English is a huge advantage and life skill that most people here don’t possess. Going out on a limb and making a very sweeping generalization across industries, those who can speak English earn more money.
Do you value clear communication from the get-go?
Do you want your wedding vendors to understand you without any threat of miscommunication?
If you want your destination wedding photo and video teams to speak Engish WELL, expect that the average price of the wedding packages you are looking at will be higher than with those who do not.
Looking for a cheap wedding photographer or videographer in Playa del Carmen?
You’ve heard the old saying “You get what you pay for”?
It exists for a reason. Getting tunnel vision on package prices, makes you miss the bigger picture. There are loads of reasons that one company might be cheaper than another, and you owe it to your wedding to ask why:
- Are they new to the wedding industry? Everyone needs to start somewhere in building up their portfolio, and offering cheap prices is usually how to get it done. It’s up to you to decide if you are comfortable being their guinea pig.
- Are they new to the Riviera Maya? Consider that even experienced professionals from other countries do not understand unique elements like the climate or the light, and that will affect the outcome of the final product – your wedding memories. We certainly had a huge learning curve in our early days!
Planning a destination wedding in the Cancun area during the rainy season?
Wanna gain some bargaining power over the prices of destination wedding packages?
You may see the average prices for photography and videography in the Riviera Maya dip during low season. It’s simple supply and demand really. You are far more likely to find yourself a deal offered when hurricanes invade the Caribbean. This is the time to negotiate extra bells and whistles in your wedding package.
(For more on how to plan a destination wedding in Cancun during the hurricane season, read this next.)
Okay, wait. Seriously – how much are the average photography and videography prices for a Playa del Carmen wedding?
The answer is: It totally depends.
- Is the wedding vendor in-house or off-resort?
- What will the resort vendor fee cost you?
- Do they speak English well?
- Are they an experienced, local professional?
- What time of year will you be getting married?
Remember that these are your wedding memories. Do you want average…or priceless?
If you are looking for the best local English-speaking experienced professional wedding photographers and videographers in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, then contact us today! We are Fun In The Sun Weddings, for the best destination wedding photography in Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Let’s hear it. Have you found there to be an ‘average’ price for wedding photos and videos in The Mayan Riviera? Leave your comments below!