For bees who chose a venue with nothing provided, was it worth the work?

posted 5 months ago in Reception
Post # 16
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1705 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Absolutely. We made it ours and so special. 

We took this: 

And made it this: 

Post # 17
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2797 posts
Sugar bee

mtbee26 :  I would go with a partial planner who will recommend vendors and take care of scheduling all the logistics. It’s more expensive than a DOC but well worth the money. 

Post # 18
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I love the idea of planning every detail and having it be 100% personalized, but fiancé encouraged me to take the all inclusive route and I’m so relieved I did. I have planned 2 very nice bridal showers and 2 baby showers (some with more formal atmospheres and decorations similar to a mini wedding. I’m super low key but my friends family’s aren’t so I tried to make it nice so they’d feel confident and not judged by their family’s for something too casual. I disagree with this mentality but did it for a friend’s sake) anywho- one bridal shower I did everything DIY and had a “blank” venue and the other was all inclusive. I was a mad woman rushing around with all of the last minute DIY details. I was stressed and didn’t enjoy it at all. Everyone said it was beautiful and so well put together, but I didn’t enjoy it for a second. The all inclusive one I just showed up, put some fresh flowers on the tables to add color in her wedding colors and I was pretty much done! Walked out at the end and didn’t have to worry about sweeping floors or tearing down decorations. So for my wedding I realized that while I am super creative and love all of the Pinterest ideas and could get lost in hobby lobby, I just don’t want that stress leading up to my wedding day. I’m definitely not knocking any brides who want to take that on, because it can be stunning and so awesome how personalized you can get! I just knew I’d put way too much effort into it that it would become unenjoyable for me. My venue is taking care of everything from the cake to the DJ. I’m enjoying the little bit of planning I have to do and will add a few personalized touches and be done. But good luck in whatever you choose!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

If you are utilizing vendors and not DIY, then there is not a lot of cleanup after. Each vendor comes and picks up their supplies. Most of the trash is generated and taken care of by the caterer. The coordinator will pack up anything that is yours to keep.

Post # 22
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2797 posts
Sugar bee

mtbee26 :  p.s. my ceremony was on the lawn and reception in the warehouse at a winery. Everything (except bathrooms and wine) had to be brought in (even lighting). So feel free to PM me with any detailed questions now or later.

Post # 24
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1223 posts
Bumble bee

mtbee26 :  I’m doing the blank ballroom option and we are about 20% over budget right now. I thought I could do it for as much as (or less than) the all inclusive venues but that has proved to be a fool’s errand. I think wedding related things are just so marked up. So the all inclusive packages may be marked up 50% whereas each individual vendor’s prices are marked up 75%. If I had to do it again, I’d do the all inclusive vendor and go with the simplist options — no upgrades. 

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