(Closed) all inclusive venue or rent everything seperate?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Venues that supply everything IN the price they give you is a big plus. A venue that makes you use the vendors they approve is a BIG PROBLEM because youre stuck trying to make your budget fit them and you have no option to go elsewhere for a better price! And a venue that supplies nothing except the space and you have to bring everything in can be expensive. You really have to see several places..compare what they offer and how much the FINAL price with everything you need is going to be and see which one comes up as the best deal for what you invision. 

Post # 4
4799 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Generally it is much cheaper to get a venue where everything is included, that’s what I found to be true in my area anyways!

Post # 5
3311 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It really depends.  The chapel that we had our wedding ceremony in offered an all inclusive deal, but were hella lot more expensive.  To have everything that we wanted to have we would have been looking at easily $10k versus the $6600 we spent.  And if you compare what we actually got after the fact, the difference is even greater!  My photographer on paper was only going to do 6 hours – he ended up spending 10!  His price included engagement pictures and another sitting (b-pics, bridals, something like that), whereas the “all inclusive” package didn’t.  The “all inclusive” package required me to have an exact count of people and then would charge an additional $25 per body extra regardless of whether they ate or not – whereas I was able to get a caterer and pay for a set amount of food and be done with it cost wise.

So like I said, it really depends.  Do your research and see what you can get either way.

Post # 6
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i guess it depends on the venue.  many of the empty venues i looked at were far from free so with the venue cost and rental costs, it was coming out to the same or more than a venue with everything.  the almost free park venues, would require a tent.  tents are not cheap to rent.

for example, we live right next to an airplane hanger museum.  the rental was $1500 plus $12-$15 per person for admission.  so i was looking at about $7500 for 500 people and it didn’t include the rentals.  I priced out linens, dinnerware, flatware, glassware, dance floor…and i was looking at another $5-10k.  and then there was food and alcohol. 

some venues even required that all alcohol be purchased from them because of the whole liquor license thing. 

at the end we decided to do all inclusive because we would not save much (or at all) and we would have to deal with more vendors, meaning more headache.  we’re now paying just over $100 per person and it includes most items and the staff will coordinate everything.  we only had to book a few additional vendors.  normally i would be fine with all the coordinating because i’m good at it, but i didn’t want to on my wedding day.

Post # 7
10712 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would have loved to get an everything included venue but we didn’t have the cash for that so were doing everything seperate and it’s saving us thousands… we wen’t from estimates like $9,000- $17,000 in our area (and not really liking the decor they had) to finding a venue where we could bring outside things in for $6000 all together plus being able to decorate our way and no restrictions… 

Post # 8
2599 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It very much depends on your area, what kinds of things you want at your wedding and the venues.

But in general, in everywhere I’ve ever worked and lived it was cheaper to choose an all inclusive place.  Even if the cost is just slightly more than getting everything yourself, you’ll save BIG time in sanity and time alone.

More people are hiring day of coordinators after going the do it yourself route because it gets a little crazy trying to organize setup and all those vendors.  So it adds to the expense as well. 

With an all inclusive, you and your family can enjoy the wedding without cleaning up tables or anything.

Even if you find a place that allows your own caterer to come in, there’s still a lot of hidden costs and setup that may not be covered.

Whatever you look at, ask lots of questions to make sure things you assume would be covered are. 

Good luck!!!

Post # 9
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i can only tell you the difference between my wedding (in a hotel–all inclusive) and my brother’s (on a farm)– mine was much less! his had all sorts of “hidden” fees–he had to rent generators, bathroom trailers, and take out a ton of insurance policies–on top of renting everything, like chairs and linens, separately. for mine everything was included, including tips for the servers and bartenders, so on top of the cost difference, mine was much less stressful to plan…

and more broadly, i paid the same for my reception that i would have for food + alcohol + rental fee at other venues in my area that i was looking at–ie, i’m pretty positive i saved a lot in comparison to other non-inclusive venues where i would have needed rentals and everything else.

Post # 10
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My biggest fear with going with separate rentals is that the linen guy has to come in…on time…not get lost on the way to the venue…and set up just right.  And then the chair and table lady has to come in…on time…not get lost…and set up just right.  The caterer has to…well, you get the picture.  LOL.  For me, its better to have everything right ther, dealing with as few people/(personalities LOL) as possible, and making payments to as few entities as possible.  

Post # 11
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

From my experience, an all-inclusive venue is great!! My parents and I looked all over at different hotels, country clubs, halls, etc. The best “bang for your buck” that we found was definitely the place we chose, which is a reception hall that includes everything (table linens, flowers, cake, invitations, dj, food, etc.) And the good thing is the vendors that the place uses are of excellent quality AND I still have a say in what I want. For example, I get to choose what flowers I want, the color of the linens, the type of cake I want, so on and so forth. So I’m not losing any control in my planning and tastes. Oh, also, it is so much less stressful than having to deal with a million different vendors! Definitely the way to go if you ask me! Smile

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