1. What is an All-Inclusive wedding package?
2. Pros and Cons of All-Inclusive Packages
The main pro of an all-inclusive package is that it saves you time with wedding planning, design and coordination.
Another con with an all-inclusive package is the initial sticker shock that many couples have. When everything is added together in one sum, the overall cost of a large wedding can seem overwhelming to some couples. Many couples are turned off from all-inclusive options and would rather try to cut costs by doing everything themselves, which brings us to the à la carte option!
3. À La Carte Weddings
4. Pros and cons of À La Carte Weddings
While an à la carte wedding might seem like a perfect option, there are a few cons that you should think about first. Firstly, if you don’t have a wedding planner you will have to find all of these vendors yourself. If you are comfortable contacting and negotiating with companies, and you have enough time, then this may not be a problem. If, however, you have a busy job or cannot effectively negotiate then this may cause added stress and additional monetary cost to your event.
Secondly, many couples tend to leave out important items and logistics when planning their own wedding. Doing your own floral, making your own centerpieces, etc., can seem doable and a great way to save money, however, there are many logistical obstacles that you have to think of as well. If you are doing your own floral, where are you going to store it until the wedding? Do you know how to keep hydrangeas from wilting or turning brown? Do you know how to make flowers blooms slower/faster? If you are doing your own decorations, who is going to set them up for the event? The bridal party typically spends the morning doing hair and makeup, is there someone ready to take over the decorating and do they know exactly how it is supposed to be set up? These are a few of the things you must plan for if you are trying to DIY your wedding.
...many couples tend to leave out important items and logistics when planning their own wedding.
5. All-Inclusive vs À La Carte Weddings
Couples that that are very busy and don’t have time to do all the planning/design/coordinating themselves would benefit greatly from an all-inclusive package. All-inclusive packages are the least stressful option and allows the couple to book almost everything in one contract. In most all-inclusive packages, all of the setup, breakdown and cleanup is also included, because who really wants to clean up right after their wedding?
In most all-inclusive packages, all of the setup, breakdown and cleanup is also included, because who really wants to clean up right after their wedding?
My main advice for couples trying to save money is to create a spreadsheet and do the math themselves.
Many couples end up paying more for less because of the initial sticker shock from the all-inclusive package.