DIY vs All inclusive

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
Member
1193 posts
Bumble bee

LeeBee88:  The cost of rentals adds up insanely quick. My rentals (basically everything) are costing more than my food. And the problems with rentals is that the majority of things are not “nice-to-haves”. You can’t have dinner without plates, or drinks without glasses. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room or ability to cut things out.

That said, the cost of my venue plus rentals/catering is around the same price per person as the hotels in the area. 

Another thing to consider is that when you bring everything in, you add another layer of complexity to the planning. You definitely need an assigned person the day-of to help coordinate the deliveries, etc.

Post # 3
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you are going for a more laid-back feel, you might want to look around a little futher… We are going for the same vibe and found a bunch of really great places that left us broke when we looked into rentals. I looked around a little more and ended up finding a very cool stone shelterhouse in a park that we love that comes with picnic tables. For us, this was perfect, and about 1/10 the price of the other places. 

There is a place out there for you. I wouldn’t give up on your overall vision. Maybe there are other compromises you can make… like using disposable plates/glasses or you could even get some mismatched vintage ones from thrift stores/garage sales, or maybe you can find some money by doing simple bulk flowers in vases vs hiring a florist. I would spend some time brainstorming some ideas that would allow you to create your vision. I completely understand your furstration though, I was there a few months ago, arg, so expensive! 

If you need any advice, I’m almost done planning my DIY, laid back, fun wedding (way under 10,000) and I’d be happy to share my ideas. Good luck! 

Post # 4
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2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

LeeBee88:  I can’t speak to the difference in cost, but I used an all-inclusive venue and I loved it.  I’m not the type to want to micromanage every aspect (or any aspect really) so I loved that I didn’t have to pick a photographer, bakery, DJ, florist…I used the vendors provided and it made life very very easy.

Post # 5
Member
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

LeeBee88:  If you can find a place with the basics–tables & chairs, then the rentals are very managable.  I found that just not having to pay retail for the bar (alcohol) was more than worth it.  At an “all inclusive” the cheapest open bar we found was $40 per person for 5 hours, which did not include taxes, fees, or tips.  That would have been just over $7000.  Our diy open bar is $2500 (which includes 3 bartenders + tip + the alcohol permit + insurance) for 7 hours (and I know we will have lots left over).  Our total cost in  rentals is just under $1000, but we did not need tables and chairs (well, we did rent bistro tables).

 Also, it gave us the choice of open catering, so we were able to shop around and get great food at a great price.  

But you do need to be organized, have lists of everything you need, etc.  If you hire a caterer than specializes in weddings, they usually can be a big help in providing what you need, or at least a detailed list.

That being said, I just had the appointment at the rental company, got what I needed in about an hour.  And then headed over to the dollar store for everything else (about $100 in trays, serving utensils, etc.).  We have a day of coordinator and I’ve hired two students to help set up the day before.  So that added another $500 to the cost.  

Really, it will come down to if you want to be this detailed in planning your wedding.  It is very do-able, and I enjoy the details.  But, if you would rather just have someone else take care of it either go with an all inclusive (and get the prices for everything, including the fees, bar charges, tips, etc.), or go with a diy venue and hire a wedding planner to do the details.

 

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We went the DIY route, our total budget is around $14,000 – which I understand is more than your budget, BUT we are having alot of things that aren’t “needed”. Like an 8 tier cake, candy buffet, cigar bar, dj, photo booth, outside seating area, ect. $10k would have been very easy for us to make if we didn’t want all of the “extras”.

I would start by searching for a place that provides tables & chairs, and has restrooms facilities… this will save you ALOT of money.

We purchased all of our linens and plates/cups/forks ect. We went with [nice quality] disposable because there isn’t a rental place within a 2 hour drive. And, the recepton space has a VERY small kitchen area, we’d never be able to wash place settings for 100 guests.

Just know that while DIY can save ALOT of money, it may need more decoration [if you are wanting decoration]. We’ve spent quite a bit on twinkle lights, organza draping, curtain draping & uplighting, but it would still be cheaper than going to other venues around here for us.

Post # 8
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

LeeBee88:  We are DIYing our photobooth, because we wanted one but didn’t want to drop $600+ on it. [Those were the quotes we got for 4 hours!]. To purchase everything including props, camera, film, backdrops, & a table/basket to keep everything in, it’s costing us around $300, but we’ll be able to use it as long as we like.

Post # 9
Member
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

LeeBee88:  Doesn’t sound “lushish” at all.  I don’t even drink and I wanted a DIY bar.  Those retail prices are insane.

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