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    I would compare it to bringing a babysitter or nanny with you on vacation. I don't think anyone would mind - you arent taking jobs away from locals permanently.
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    I like that comparison! Thanks. God knows we will be leaving a LOT of money behind in Aruba... =) My fiance once teased "Wedding or Mercedes?"... Well the wedding has far surpassed the 4 yr old CLK430 convertible we were looking at.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    I would compare it to bringing a babysitter or nanny with you on vacation. I don't think anyone would mind - you arent taking jobs away from locals permanently.

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    Very nice websites, thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christene View Post
    I like that comparison! Thanks. God knows we will be leaving a LOT of money behind in Aruba... =) My fiance once teased "Wedding or Mercedes?"... Well the wedding has far surpassed the 4 yr old CLK430 convertible we were looking at.

    I got married 4 years ago in what was supposed to be an inexpensive wedding. It wound up costing as much as our 2 current cars... Acura TL and a Ford Edge.

    Uggh - wish I woulda spent that money on something else.
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    well ya, but the babysitter/nanny isn't bringiing thousands of dollars of equipment thru aruban customs.
    there may be questions to the photographer at customs.
    i forsee that to be a possible issue.....or not.

    i do respectfully disagree that bringing in one's own vendor does take away from local residents.

    when aruba began allowing tourists to be married on island it was for a number of reasons.
    in no particular order
    so many folks requested it.
    it brings in revenue
    it makes the island more varied vacations honeymoons destination wedding
    it was a way to bring more employment opportunities to arubans.

    those are my comments
    my opinions
    nothing more nothing less

    and if christene does not post her wedding pix, i for one will be terribly disappointed!!!!!!!

    andrea





    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    I would compare it to bringing a babysitter or nanny with you on vacation. I don't think anyone would mind - you arent taking jobs away from locals permanently.

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    I agree with the equipment comment. Multiple professional camera may raise some eyebrows. I do wonder what the official policy is on this subject.
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    Christene...when exactly is your wedding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    I agree with the equipment comment. Multiple professional camera may raise some eyebrows. I do wonder what the official policy is on this subject.
    Unfortunately for Christene, she was misinformed by who ever answered her e-mail at ATA. Thanks to this Message Board, that has since been corrected.

    Professional Photographers are to register their equipment at the Customs Office upon arrival and state their purpose. The serial numbers and receipts are recorded. If this is not done prior exiting the airport, the Photog takes the risk that one of the officers might choose to search the bags and find professional equipment. The equipment will remain in the custody of the customs department until someone from ATA assists the photographer. If this occurs on a weekend or after office hours, the equipment will remain at the airport.

    To enter Aruba as a tourist the following rules are applicable:

    A: By "tourist" is meant any person who visits Aruba for the purpose of recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious purposes or business and does not take up any gainful occupation during his or her stay in Aruba.



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    Ok - sounds like its between the photographer and customs. Thanks for the clarification. Somehow I expected a photographer to get to the bottom of it. =) Off the top of my head though, I can think of at least 5 really high-end digital cameras that will be coming through for our party and hope none of my guests will have trouble.

    I still think there could be a market for 'high-fashion' / glam / artsy style wedding photography in Aruba. I have a close girlfriend who is a fine art photographer and does a lot of that sort of work so I've totally fallen in love with it (she's the one that found Paulina and Elizabeth for me). And I think those that want it expect to pay a lot for it. Someone that's really good could start their packages at around $4500 for services alone. I had been looking at packages that started at $5,000 PLUS travel and didn't include an album or any physical prints. That's out of our league thanks to plenty of other unexpected expenses but had been in the budget once upon a time. Of course it could be a trend that fades like all the other contemporary components I want but I think it will be around a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christene View Post
    Ok - sounds like its between the photographer and customs. Thanks for the clarification. Somehow I expected a photographer to get to the bottom of it. =) Off the top of my head though, I can think of at least 5 really high-end digital cameras that will be coming through for our party and hope none of my guests will have trouble.
    I don't think your guests will have a problem bringing in personal cameras and if asked, they just respond with the truth. That they are a tourist on the island. A Professional on the other hand will have to state his/her purpose as well which would be "I was hired to shoot at Wedding at the Marriott" and unless the paperwork and deposits are made prior exiting the airport, the equipment will be detained until someone of authority can assist.

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