(Closed) Would You Rather…(Venue Edition)

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which type of venue would you rather have:
    Wedding Package Venue w/ most things supplied : (145 votes)
    67 %
    Just a venue where you hire separate caterer, etc. : (66 votes)
    31 %
    Obligatory "other." Please explain. : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We’ll be looking at venues like the first. The less we (I) have to worry about, the better.


    Post # 5
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    our venue is all-inclusive. no way did I want to be trying to coordinate 18 different vendors  

    my thought – the more vendors involved, the more chances for something to go wrong 

    Post # 6
    249 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Around here, hiring your own caterer, etc. is often less expensive than going to a typical reception venue where they have food provided. Also, you can usually customize it a little bit more to your style.

    Perfect example: Few to no venues around here offer mac n cheese (homemade, not Kraft) on their menu but you can bet we’ll be serving it at our wedding!

    Post # 7
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    All in one of course.  I wouldn’t want to worry about everyone working together.  It just seems like added stress. 

    My reception venue included the arranging of the room, rentals, the catering, and a coordinator for the time, I used their cake person but could have gotten my own.  I only had to get a florist and I picked one that had worked with them often. 

    I did have an out of state wedding so I wanted to have to deal with as few folks as possible.  If you are in town it might be a little easier to mix and match and pick everyone.  But in the end I only had to deal with a limited amount of folks, church coordinator, reception coordinator, musicians (2) for church, florist, photographer, DJ, class car driver.  It was great. 

    I have a friend that had a reception issue where the reception hall wasn’t unlocked when the florist and cake person arrived and they were running around trying to find the key.  I think if it was the same place handling all of it that wouldn’t have been an issue.  🙂  Everything worked out but I am sure she was a little stressed by that on the day of.

    Post # 9
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @inky_1:  you know yourself the best.  Would going with a not-all-inclusive venue stress you out?  be honest with yourself.   You are going to have a TON of stuff going on.

    Post # 11
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    We were in that exact same boat and we chose #1.  It was SOOOOO nice having less people to manage (and, trust me, there was still a LOT to manage) – but the less things you are responsible for, the BETTER!  …and I’m a super duper event planner type person.

    Post # 12
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @inky_1:  When in doubt:  GO FOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF STRESS!!!!!!

    Post # 14
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I wanted choices so I vetoed any all-inclusive venues.

    Post # 15
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I didn’t want the stress of a DIY venue, so we went with one who would coordinate everything. We’re also getting married several hours from where we currently live.

    That being said, it would have been nice to be able to purchase our own alcohol instead of going through our venue. But even when we did a price comparison, we still preferred the convenience of the all inclusive.

    Something to consider: do you have to clean up after the wedding at the DIY venue? That is a major pain and not something I was willing to ask my family & friends to help with. That alone helped make our decision for us.

    Post # 16
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    It wouldn’t really be a factor in my decision as long as I liked all of the vendors.  All of the venues we looked at that came as a package deal were catering/banquet halls.  We found a venue we liked better.  A lot of people like the flexibility of having a package, but it really isn’t all that hard to find your own vendors and it gives you more flexibility.  Plus, a lot of venues will give you suggestions and/or have preferred vendors.

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