Post # 1
What do you feel is more cost effective — having your ceremony/reception at a venue that is “all inclusive” so to speak (i.e. hotels and places like that which provide linens, food, set up, etc etc), OR, doing a more a la carte approach — choosing a venue which allows you to pick your own caterer, renting/purchasing your own linens, hiring bartender, etc etc etc? I know it varies wedding to wedding and locale to locale, but just looking for general views from those who have chosen their venue, or going thru the planning process.
Post # 2
KatJoy227: Like you said it varies from wedding to wedding but I feel like me & my fiance would have spent less money if we had used an all inclusive venue. They work with those vendors all the time so they can actually get better deals!
Post # 3
KatJoy227: I think this totally depends on budget and exactly what the all inclusive place is including. I think this is exceptionally difficult to generalize, especially because not all all-inclusive places include all of the same things!
When venue shopping, we looked at a few places and then compared our favorites side by side. We looked at what each venue included and if one included something that the other didn’t, we added what we estimated item would cost to the bottom line (if that item was something that we wanted) of the cost for the venue that didn’t include that particular item.
Post # 4
KatJoy227: Our Ceremony/Reception Venue happens to be at a hotel/casino which gave us more of an “all inclusive” approach. I still have to bring in a decorator for some things, DIY’ed some stuff on my own, DJ/lighting etc. My fiance and I were going to get married at a Golf and Country Club but they didn’t offer us as much as we are getting with this venue and they weren’t able to accomodate a severe allergy we have in my family so it was a deal breaker. I think the biggest thing is you kinda have to price out what you want to have at your venue (decor, food, linens etc) and than compare it to the price of an “all inclusive” in your area. We had priced out a few different venues in our area and the one we chose was best for our budget because it included the most. I think it depends where your area is, if you have any married friends in your area that have gotten married in the last say 2 years, ask them what they found was the best 🙂 Good Luck!
Post # 5
I think you are very right in saying that it varrys from place to place. Some all inclusives are going to be cheaper just because they have everything and can use it again and again. Some are going to be more expensive because you can find better deals else where. I think the better thing to look at between the two is how much stress they are saving you. All inclusive is just going to be less stressful for you. Your cater, decorator, rental company and bar tender are not going to be calling you to ask where they need to be. You also don’t have to research each option indvidually. Really, I would decide on weather potentially saving a couple hundred is worth the stress it can put on you on your wedding day.
Post # 6
Yes, I really like to keep things simple and as stress free as I possibly can and will gladly pay a little extra for more conveniece/peice of mind… However if the cost differance is majorly substantial, then I will definitely take more of the prep/planning/etc on myself! Going to a bridal expo next week, which will be my first official planning move, so trying to get all my ducks in a row when talking to vendors!!
Post # 7
I should also add, at this point, we have a relatively large guest list of between 125-150 people, so that also has to be taken into consideration with regards to cost per plate, etc etc…
Post # 8
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
When we looked at all inclusive place we found there were limitations that did not meet our needs. The package only included a 4 hour reception, but we wanted four hour reception plus one hour coctail party so we would have to pay extra. We were forced to use their caterer and bar which was out of our price range. We found a venue that we were rneting just the space and we had to bring everything in our selve. There were no rules so we could do whatever we wanted. The food turned out to be cheaper by looking into a local caterer and we even had the option to stock our own bar to save money, although we avoided that to reduce stress and purchasing hassels.
The only thing I spent more on was chairs, something I didnt factor in when we were first doing venue visits. I am probably spending close to $1200 on chairs because the ones at my venue are just old metal folding chairs. If I had gonee to a hotel I would have been able to use their banquet chairs.
I sugest you look at a variety of venues as compare them all. If one requires chairs add that to the estimate, if one requires an extra hour of time add that to the estimate, etc. It’s a lot to consider. Good luck!
Post # 9
For me, time is money. I work 2 part time jobs and I’m a student, and we’re house hunting/buying. So it may very well have been a bit cheaper to DIY the crap out of this wedding, but it would not have been worth it to me. I’m so relieved that most of the big things are taken care of.
We are saving money on other things though-no need for decor of centerpieces, since they’re included, and we’ll have fake flowers and simple, but quality stationery.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
KatJoy227: My Venue is a mix of the 2. My Venue included everything except food. The venue included Tables, Chairs, Linens, Decorations, Wedding planner, Set up, Ceremony to reception transition (outside ceremony on the lawn overlooking the bay), Flowers, Bar and cleanup. All I had to do was get the Food, Cake, DJ and Photographer!
Post # 11
We used an all inclusive venue and we felt it was cheaper. The bonus was we didn’t have to worry about anything else. I’m glad we went that route.
If you get a wedding planner, they could help you with all tge extra if you decided to not use an all inclusive venue.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
KatJoy227: I’d also like to add because my venue came with the wedding planner once we let her know who was doing the Food & cake she took it from there. The caterer is right down the street and they work with my venue all the time. It was a major bonus to not have to worry about all details because they work with each other all the time when I told the cater where I was getting married they were all “oh ok so I know we need this, this and this and the venue will take care of this and we don’t have to worry about this and we’ll call her and set it up!”
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I picked a place that had it all and I was SO glad not to have to worry about organizing all that crap. Honestly, it’s not worth it unless you are s SUPER planner OR you have some amazing site that just doesn’t offer you all inclusive. Personally I don’t have the energy for all that.
Post # 14
I think the only way to really know is to do a cost spreadsheet. I did one while planning my wedding and using the one particular location for hotel, ceremony, reception, etc. came out to be less expensive in the end; however, this was not true for all the “all inclusive” venues, so you have to do your research.
Post # 15
If you’re having a small wedding, it’s probably more feasible and cost effective to do things a la carte rather than buying one large package. That way you can pick and choose what things you want to include, and you’ll have a wedding customized to your personality. If it’s a large wedding, you may have to do more calculations to figure out cost comparison.