(Closed) All-Inclusive Vendors Questions and Worries

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 4
Member
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mk. First I totally understand/concurr the all inclusive route (at this point I wish I had too). From what I see the second option is leaving out 5,6,7, and 8, which were some of the pricier/stressful things I had to deal with. If you like #1 better anyhow I would say from just reading the description that it’s a better deal if you want less stress. GL!

Post # 5
Member
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our venue is all-inclusive (except for florist, photographer, and DJ), and it was such a great decision.  Throughout the last year, I have been asked so many times about how “stressed out” I am over wedding planning.  I have been so lucky to always be able to answer, “no stress at all”!  I am getting married tomorrow, and still no stress!  They are so good at what they do, and they take care of all the coordinating.  It took so much of the pressure off me, and I was really able to enjoy wedding planning. 

Post # 7
Member
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would kill for the first venue. Our “all inclusive venue” is $110 per person pre tax and service charge ($140 pp after tax and service charge). Ours includes:

  1. 4 hour Reception and 1 hour Cocktail hour
  2. Cake
  3. Linens
  4. Tables
  5. Chairs
  6. Food
  7. Open Bar
  8. Valet parking

I can tell you just our DJ is $750 (most were 1400-1800+ for the base packages), and I’m sure flowers will cost a lot too. It seems like a really good deal to me. To be fair, I’m getting married in NJ, which is the second most expensive state to get married in.

I would look into the following:

  1. What they do for parking
  2. Also, you need to consider the cost of paper products, some of which might be included (Save the Dates [if you’re doing them], Invitations, menus [if guests order at the reception], escort cards or name cards, seating chart [if you’re doing one], programs [for the ceremony]). Our venue does the escort cards unless we want different ones.
  3. I would also ask them what is not allowed (candles?)
  4. if they charge if your wedding runs late (ours does)
  5. if they do all of the setup
  6. Is it handicapped accessible
  7. They do flowers, but does that include your bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets, boutineers, and corsages for special guests? Or is it just the flowers involved in decor
  8. The bar: Can you set a limit? (So you don’t get a larger than expected bill at the end of the night if your guests go crazy)

Ultimately I would show them 5 or 10 inspiration pictures and make sure they can do that for you. I would have trouble trusting that they can afford anything you can dream up on that budget. Maybe ask if they can include some of those most important things (a specific kind of flower, types of centerpieces) in the contract.

Your contract should include the price and mention everything you’ve set in stone. The price shouldn’t  jump unless you amend the contract for something it did not originally cover.

Post # 11
Hostess
2634 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

my venue offers everything:

 

ceremony

officiant

cocktail hour

open bar

reception

5 course meal

midnight buffet

champaign toast

live band 

centerpices

DJ

photographer

cake

limo service

wedding coordinator

1 night stay in their bridal suite at their attached boutiqu hotel

and for booking a $200 gift certificate to attached restaurant for rehersal dinner

 

All this is $140 a head ,with 13% tax and 17% gratitudee it is $182 a head. 

 

There are a few downsides, for this package they need a minimum of 120 guest. That would eaqual $21 840, way over our budget  and we still need to get stuff for the wedding.

 

So when we talked to the events coordinator she was willing to work with us on our wedding. She removed the minimum number of guest, so we can invite less. 

 

I hate the photographers work that they use (I know strong word) , I worked with him a few times when I used to model…bad decision, he is photoshop obsessed and makes the person look overprocced and plastic. 

 

I didn’t need the live band (if anything I have a friend who plays the violoa if I want one)

I didn’t want the officiant as I want my pastor to officiate us. 

I believe we can bring down the cake cost by less guest. 

and she said she may be able to get discounts on some of the vendors (we are in nogotiations)

also we oopted for friday night (chaper)…so with all that. we got a great vendor and we got it at a great price!! 

 

I love the all inclusive, I say a good choice,

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
Member
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our ‘All Inclusive’ Venue includes:

– 3 Course sit down dinner

– Setup and Cleanup

– All rentals, linens, tables, chairs etc

– Non-floral Centrepieces

– Champagne for Toast

– Appetizers

– 5 Hours of Open Bar Service

– Use of the Ceremony Site outside

– Bottle of Wine on Each Table

– Late Night Buffet (coffee, cakes, crackers, etc)

– Shuttle service

 

For 50 people (their minimum was waived, it is usually 100 people) it comes out to about $77.00 per person (including taxes and gratuities)

 

Not Included: the Cake, Officiant, DJ, Photographer, Flowers, Extra Decorations

 

Definitely think that all inclusive is the way to go! It’s nice to have a few less things to worry about, as well.

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