Post # 1
Hi Bees! We had a great weekend visiting possible wedding venues today! I would love your opinions on a few things.
We went to a beautiful bed and breakfast on a bluff over looking a stunning stretch of Pacific coastline. They quoted us at $10,000-$12,000 for venue, flowers, food, chairs, tables, tableware, officiant, sound equipment. Just about everything we need!
Another venue is right along a gorgeous river with trees and a nice lawn. They charge $3,000 for the use of venue, a cabin to get ready in and flowers. That’s about it. Food is extra and we would have to rent and truck in chairs, tables, dishware, dancefoor, etc.
As expensive $10,000 sounds (to me) for more of an all-inclusive wedding, it’s starting to look better when I start to think of all the separate costs for the other venue. We are planning for 50-60 guests.
So in what experience you have, do you think an “all-inclusive” wedding would be a better deal in the end?
Post # 2
I don’t know about price – in the end that will come down to what extras you want to add in and how happy you are with the all-inclusive options. I can tell you that if you are happy with what the all-inclusive offers it will be SOOOO much easier and less stress!
Since my FI and I live in a different country from my family we’re planning two receptions and one wedding. The reception and wedding in Japan (his country and where we live) is all-inclusive. This has meant I’ve had to give up a few things I would love to have, but once I made my peace and decided to go with the flow it has been so easy! They show us the options, we choose, and move on to the next. Simple. Easy. And day of there will be almost nothing for us to worry about as the venue knows what to do and will do it. In the end the all-inclusive will be a lot cheaper than it would be to pay for everything individually, but it does include things we have little interest in, so it is a toss-up as to whether it would have been cheaper to build-our-own.
The reception near my family? It is my dream venue, but proving to be an absolute PAIN! Trying to choose and corral vendors and make decisions and prep and… It will probably end up being more “us” and maybe even cheaper too, but a lot more stress!
<br />So it depends on what is important to you and what you want for your wedding day.
Post # 3
I most definitely would go with the all inclusive if you’re happy with what they have to offer. It’s soooo much less stressful than trying to get all the arrangements together & worry if the vendors will show/be as advertised, calculating all the pricing, labor, etc. The all inclusive is clearly familiar with weddings and will probably be able to make everything come together beautifully… And again, much less stressful & time consuming!! I think you’ll be able to enjoy the day much more with the all inclusive. Goodluck & congrats :)!!!
Post # 4
Definitely all inclusive. I was in an already all-inclusive wedding the other day and it was already seriously exhausting – non all-inclusive would’ve killed me!