Post # 1
UGH! Wedding planning isn’t as fun as I initially thought. I don’t know how any brides put up with the outlandish fees and price quadruples every time the word ‘wedding’ is mentioned!
Any tips on dealing with this?
I am trying to organise a ceremony/reception in Bali and an example of some of the fees they’ve quoted are a bit insane..
E.g. if I want to supply a couple of my own vendors (their photographer isn’t great) then I have to pay ‘entrance fees’ to the hotel.
Photographer – $400
Videorapher – $400
Cake – $200 (their cake is $150 and feeds 10-15 people, $5 per additional slice)
Florist – $150
Plus 15% tax on top of that. That’s $1322 on made up fees – probably the price I would spend on my dress :S
One side of the argument is that Bali is a lot cheaper overall and we will be having a much nicer wedding for our money with the guests being in a relaxed, holiday mode..but the other side of the argument is that it’s BALI and these fees would be insane in a western country let alone at a greedy hotel where their staff are only being paid $70 a month :S
My questions to you…
Will the cost/stress be worth it in the end??
Post # 3
@springweddingbee: If you don’t like the policies of the venue, pick a different one.
Post # 4
@SummerOfLove: I should have mentioned that most of the hotels have fees like this
Post # 5
I voted that you should elope, but that’s what I always vote in these polls, so I’m biased. I think spending large amounts of money and stressing out over a wedding is so unnecessary. I do understand that there is nothing inherently wrong with a large or expensive wedding, but it has no appeal to me.
Post # 6
I don’t think there’s much you can do, really. Those are their policies. I think they’re a little crazy but that’s how it is I guess. You can look for alternative venues that are not a hotel I suppose.
How many guests are you having? That makes a big difference to me. Usually people save with destination weddings because the guest list is much smaller (compared to a large wedding at home). If you’re only having 20 people than their cake costs $175 which would be better than paying the $200 fee. Similarly, paying dinner for 30 at an expensive resort (let’s say $75 pp) might be pricy but with only 30 people it’s cheaper than paying for 200 people (at $40 pp) to eat.
Post # 7
@MsW-to-MrsM: Did you elope? 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2015 - Powel Crosley Estate, Sarasota, FL
@springweddingbee: It’s still early and based on your date, you still have plenty of time. I would shop around for competitive venues in the area! Think outside the box and try multiple optoins 🙂 I used an excel spreadsheet to keep track, and it helped a lot!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
I voted look elsewhere. If you still feel the same after researching different locations and countries – elope!
Post # 10
@FutureLadyL: Thank you! That’s great advice!
Post # 11
@springweddingbee: Nope, we’re going to have a small civil ceremony in our town with dinner for 20 afterwards at a local, casual restaurant. The only thing I really care about is going out of town for a few days on a honeymoon.