(Closed) Wedding venue – go for venue only or all inclusive?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013



Hi there and welcome to the Bee! 🙂

$15k seems a bit steep if they’re not including any catering. You might have to price it out and compare. Are they including things like:

  • Linens
    Glassware/China rental
    Dance floor
    Audio-visual system
    Assistance with setup/takedown
    Tent/chair rentals and set up fee
    On-site wedding planner/Day-of coordinator
    Cake cutting fees
    Tips for servers
    Ready rooms for bridal party
    Welcome gift delivery fee to guest rooms (if it is a DW)

We had our wedding at a 4-5 star resort in the Cascade Mountains (Washington). They provided everything on that list except for flowers, centrepieces, chair covers, and specialized uplighting for about $2.5k. All catering, lodging and spa services (hair and make up) were separate.

We ended up paying about 20k to the lodge for everything, including 12 nights of lodging, reception catering for 90 incl. open bar, rehearsal dinner for 35, hair and makeup for 8 people, all incidentals (breakfast, lunch etc) for 4 days, and a dessert evening for about 40 people the night after the wedding. 




Post # 4
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@saphron234:  we went the venue only route – the provide tables and nothing else (well, they provide chairs but they’re covered in paint splatter so i’m not counting them).

The rental fee for the ceremony space and the reception space is $2100.

On top of that we’re paying apx $5500 in rentals

glassware, dishes, cutlery, serving dishes, linens, chairs,

Food is another $6000 (apx – for soft bar, 3 course meal, hors d’ourves and late night snack(

Staffing is another $5500

Those are all for 100 people – we’re in a location  out of the standard bubble for deliveries so we’re paying some travel fees and we’re in an expensive part of the country so things are pricey here (sounds like they are where you are too).


Post # 6
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

We wanted a venue that was venue-only because we had already found a caterer that we LOVED.  It also ended up being cheaper than most of the all-inclusive venues we looked at.  The caterer included linens, plates, glasses, silverware, and the cake.  The venue included tables and chairs.  So, we didn’t have to use a separate rental company for anything.

Post # 7
1 posts

All inclusive for an award winning venues for weddings and receptions special event.

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Post # 8
5064 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

We went for an all inclusive package to take away the stress of sourcing everything ourselves & we’re got someone co-ordinating the day & tidying up when it’s all over. 

Post # 9
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Sorry for the late reply! I think if the other venues are going to charge for all those things separately from the facility fee, then there may not be that huge a difference in cost, but even so, I don’t know if it will come up to 8-10k. However, like other people have mentioned, the convenience of having it all handled through one coordinator is definitely worth something too. If you can, get estimates and price out the major items at one or two venue-only locations. The venues should be able to provide you with a quote including all fees and give you estimates on other rentals that they do not provide in-house. There’s no harm in asking for the quote, and you’re not obliged to sign with them after you get one. All the best! 🙂

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