Post # 1
We visited a really beautiful venue this weekend that is very DIY. It will cost us around $2,000 to rent the space, but we’ll have to take care of catering, alcohol, linens/chair cover rentals, etc. I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth it or if it would just cost less to have it at a restaurant or all-inclusive venue. We’ll have about 120 guests and I’m estimating $3,000 for food (that wouldn’t cover waitstaff, which I have no idea what that could cost for a plated dinner). We’re thinking beer, wine, prosecco, 2 signature drinks. Again, not sure what the cost of alcohol would look like (I’m guessing $1,500?) or bartenders. Linens/seat covers, too (somewhere under $1,000?). And plates/servingware. Can anyone help me get an idea of what these different vendors would come out to? I’m trying to get a breakdown of everything before we commit to it!
Post # 3
@vanessa7: Where are you located?
Post # 4
I can help with linens and plates etc
Linens each cloth averages $5-15 depending on size and where you rent
chair covers I think are about $3-5? And sashes are like $1
plates/silver ware around about 0.50 each.
Google a local party rental place, they will have their prices on the website.
Honestly though, if you can find an all inclusive it would be wayyyy easier on you to do it that way. Then you only have to deal with one vendor, instead of a whole bunch.
Post # 6
Much easier to have an all-inclusive menu, but that means that you dont have the flexibility that you want.
If you go with a DIY then you can have the wedding more costumized to you, but it will cost more.
Post # 7
@kjo: thanks! it does seem easier, I just haven’t fallen in love with any sites.
Post # 8
Have you started pricing and visiting all-inclusive (or at least mostly-inclusive) venues in your area? Maybe looking at the places and what you’ll get for your money will sway you one way or the other.
Post # 9
We went with a semi all-inclusive because it was so much cheaper than having to rent the space, tables, chairs, linens, silverware, drinkware, plates, seving staff, etc. Our venue is letting us bring in our own flowers, decorations, DJ, officiant, etc., and gave us a lot of freedoms. The things we are limited to are their tables, chairs, linens (choice of pintuck black, white or ivory), their catering staff (although the chef will customize our menu), and a choice of 3 bakers for our cake. Since our ceremony, reception and hotel are all at the same place, we don’t have to worry about transportation. Overall, it was just the best choice for us since it let us DIY the things I wanted to.
Post # 10
@housebee: Have you priced out the all inclusives? It all just depends on the comparison. I am doing a DIY and somewhat inclusive venue. The space rental is only $650 and they have catering on-site. I have to rent tables and chairs (they will provide table clothes), but it will only cost $450 (with delivery). So that is only $1100 for use of space and seating.
We are decorating the venue ourselves and doing a lot of DIY stuff (making my own bouquets with bulk floral purchases, hanging decorations and making centerpieces, etc). We spent about $250 on decorations (paper lanterns, flowers, vases, candles, lanterns), bringing the total to $1350. The caterer is also very flexible and we are getting 3 food stations with a variety of selections for only $21.50 per person.
We are saving thousands of dollars considering the best all-inclusive I could find near me was $3,200 (without the food/alcohol charge). However, I am only only having 60-70 guests, so it is easier/makes sense to go my route. Many venues packages are more ideal for 100-150 guests (around here at least).
You really do have to do your homework, but if money is tight or if you want things custom, then DIY can be the way to go. You also have to have the time and help to do it. I love DIY stuff and I am a regular crafty person (so is my sister and aunt who is helping a lot). I also work at a school and have long (1-2 week breaks), so it is easier to block out stretches of time for projects.
Good luck OP!
Post # 11
When I was shopping for venues, I had a very detailed spreadsheet of about 8 places in my price range. I priced out everything (with taxes, charges,etc). To do an apples to apples comparision – I calculated the price based on 50 guests. That way I could see in a fair way where each venue ranked price wise. Some included cake cutting free, or a champagne toast, etc, so that was counted as a bonus.
Basically, you just have to do your research. There could be value in just having someone else do everything rather than dealing with individual vendors.
Post # 12
@bmo88: Unfortunately for us, many of the venue only places charge extra if you don’t hire their preferred vendors. Another thing that really limits us, is our venue has to be indoors and handicap accessible. Places too far away from the city would require us to provide transportation to all of our guests (90% are from other states). It’s not that there isn’t a cheaper option than an inclusive venue (it’s a hotel), it’s just that there wasn’t one cheaper for our situation. I totally agree that you have to do the comparison to see what works for you. Every bride’s situation/style is different, so it’s all about the best fit; kinda like the dress.