(Closed) All Inclusive Wedding Venue…Worth it?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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kaitlynrose30 :  Considering my venue alone was close to the 16 thousand dollar mark for 120 People….  not including DJ or flowers or photography  That’s a steal…. I would go for it , Where is it located? 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I did not do all inclusive. I found an inexpensive historical site, brought in a caterer, brought in rented linens, DJ, etc. It would have been a million times easier to have an all inclusive venue. I also ended up spending between $15k-$20k for people.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I like the idea of an all inclusive venue but the fact that they do their own DJ/Flowers/ decor makes me a little nervous. How much say will you have in all those items? 

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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kaitlynrose30 :  That’s beautiful! If you aren’t a control freak or comfortable with the ideas they give you it seems like an awesome deal! 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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kaitlynrose30 :  I went will an all inclusive wedding venue (it was a Destination Wedding at a resort in Mexico and I did pretty much everything throug the restort) and it was a GREAT choice for me.  I think this worked for me because:

 – I didn’t have super specific opinions about esthetics and really did not want to spend a lot of time worrying about decor and details.  The all inclusive venue allowed me to make some quick choices from a menu of options.

 – It vastly minizes the number of vendors you need to deal with which saves you time and headaches.  It also basically gives you a wedding planner since you point person from the venue will be the centralized point person who will keep everything running.

– I made the “big” choice well so didn’t have to sweat it too much over the small choices.  The overall venue itself (the hotel) was great.  It was a really beautiful place with excellent esthetics and great food and service.  I knew that whatever they turned out would most likely be very well done as it would be in line with the rest of their standards.  I was not disapointed.

 – I was trying to do something pretty traditional and full service, so it fit well within their model.  We did ceremony, cocktail reception, full dinner, and dancing.  

 – I thought the overall dollar value was pretty good, especially consider all the hassle it saved.

 – I had no interest in DIYing any signifigant elements of the wedding.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

When I was venue shopping, we narrowed it down to 2. One was more ‘all inclusive’, and one was more DIY. The AI sounded more expensive initally, but we knew there would be additional costs with doing our own caterer/flowers/etc that they would have covered. We ended up going with the more DIY one, because we can have bridal party stay on site, but looking back I think I might have LOVED an all inclusive one. SO much less stress!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Yes! Ours wasn’t quite as all inclusive but included a lot. It was amazing and made planning easy and stress free and our wedding day ran perfectly thanks to the venue’s amazing coordinator. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Where I live all inclusive is only good for brides who cannot handle all their vendors separately.  You are taxed and additional gratiuity on items that normally would not have those fees associated if you didnt put it price per head.  For example for $130pp I could have linens and fancier chairs, but they would’ve been taxed (normally exempt) and I would have had to pay the 20% gratiuity on it, they do not itemize.  So if you want convenience, pay for it, otherwise I’d price separately see what the value of your time is.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Totally worth going with an all inclusive – so much less stress!

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