Is An All-Inclusive Wedding Venue Right For You?
When you first embark on your wedding planning journey, all of the options available to you can seem overwhelming. You not only have to find a picturesque venue, but also all of the supporting vendors that can help bring your vision of the perfect day to life. It can be a stressful and expensive process, which makes all-inclusive venues a very tempting option for many couples. But is it the right option for you and your beloved?
Here are the five main factors you should consider when deciding if an all-inclusive wedding venue is right for you.
All-inclusive venues take care of all of the little details for you, which can either sound like a blessing or a nightmare depending on your personality and preferences. If you’re a “hands off” bride that doesn’t have the patience (or the stress threshold) to worry over every detail of the big day, then booking an all-inclusive venue might be your cup of tea. However, if you’re a Type A personality that wants everything to be exactly as you’ve always imagined, then you may want to pick-and-choose your vendors instead of going all-inclusive.
Time Available for Planning
Want to be involved in every detail of the wedding planning process? Then be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort. If you’re rushing to the altar or already have a very busy schedule, then an all-inclusive venue might be a great option for helping you cut down on planning time.
Desired Level of Personalization
While an all-inclusive venue is certainly easier from a planning perspective, you might not get as many personalized touches as you might like -- at least if you get a venue’s “standard” package. However, don’t let the fear of a “cookie cutter” wedding deter you from an all-inclusive option. If you opt for an all-inclusive venue but want to spice things up, you can always choose to upgrade certain aspects of the package to create a big day that’s truly your own.
Where You’re Having Your Wedding
Having a destination wedding? Imagining exchanging your vows overseas? An all-inclusive venue may be an easier option. Researching vendors that are located far away can be incredibly difficult, particularly if there’s a language barrier involved.
It’s a myth that all-inclusive wedding venues are always better for your budget, but they certainly can be better for your budget. If you shop around for a good deal, many all-inclusive venues will offer fantastic prices on food, decor, flowers, linens, music, photographers, and more. All-inclusive venues generally provide the cost upfront in a near package (though it’s always important to read your contract and ask the right questions). This allows you to easily keep a grip on your budget. However, if you opt for a lot of upgrades, understand that you will likely be paying more than you originally agreed to.