Post # 1
Brides to be and newlyweds, do you prefer a venue that is all-inclusive where, though they put you in a bit of a box, they have everything for you or do you prefer a BYO location that allows the “no corkage, no cake-cutting fee” scenario?
A bit of background:
– i am DIY. I enjoy the details so I wouldn’t say the “no stress related to all inclusive” is a selling point for me
– I’m curious as to what you’ve found to be more expensive
– I cringe at the idea of corckage fees, add ons and other restrictions
– I live in town but my family is from out of town so I am a tad worried about the availability of help come time of the event
Post # 3
We are going with a venue that is BYO. In my mind it will be cheaper because liek you said no extra fees tacted on. Plus we entertain a lot so any left over alcohol will be used at a later date.
Post # 4
I voted all-inclusive though our venue is the best of both worlds. They cater dinner and provide all of the non-food stuff like tables, linens, lighting. They only provide non-alcoholic drinks BUT provide a bartender for us and do not charge corkage fees. They have bakeries they like to recommend but do allow any cake and charge no cutting fees. Seriously, we couldn’t believe it when we found them, and don’t even get me started on the price.
If we hadn’t found them, we would have probably still gone with an all-inclusive just because the no-stress thing is huge for me. For my first wedding, all I did were the flowers, centerpieces, and favors, but even that small amount was crazy. I didn’t time budget for the fact that my family is totally needy and irresponsible or that nobody really helped. This time around, the wedding will probably be twice as big, and I really do not want to be up til 4am again the night before or running around that morning doing projects.
Post # 5
I had to choose between an all-inclusive venue for $10,000, or a BYO venue for $1,800. I chose the BYO venue because in the end I don’t want to be stuck picking between the venue’s centerpieces and floral budget restraints. I get to add my own flair and personal touch to everything. The wedding will end up costing about $12,000 total.