Updated: May 27, 2021
We hear it and see it in movies all the time; your wedding is supposed to be the most magical day of your life. Of course, if the stress of wedding planning, managing a budget, and dealing with disgruntled family members doesn’t completely overwhelm your life first - kidding but not kidding.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, we see an increasing number of couples opting for a different wedding planning experience by skipping the large wedding all together and choosing to elope. This is an excellent option for many couples who want to miss the minutiae of selecting the venues,rentals, paper goods, catering, alcohol, etc., altogether. However, some couples opt for all-inclusive weddings that maintain the traditional wedding feel but without the hassle.
If you are in the process of deciding between a traditional wedding, elopement, or an all-inclusive wedding, then you are in the right place. Keep scrolling for a detailed list of everything you should know about all-inclusive weddings to inform your decision.
When comparing venues,one of the first steps is to list out the number of external vendors you will need. Some wedding venues have a preferred vendors list that will help you narrow down your vendor list options. However, some don’t. Most people prefer a narrow vendor list, as the vendor possibilities are endless, and it's overwhelming and time-consuming to make selections for every minor detail.
Once you are finished determining which vendors to use for what, every vendor you have to work with is now another detail for you to manage during the planning process and another expense to add to the budget.
Working with an all-inclusive wedding venue means fewer vendors to worry about. If you are the type of person who wants to avoid having to choose every last detail of your wedding, an all-inclusive wedding venue will be life-changing.
For example, Etre Farms, a wedding venue coming soon to St Joseph, Missouri, includes the venue rental, floral design, decor item rental, catering and bar packages, and associated staff. Working with an all-inclusive like Etre Farms means that you don’t have to worry about these additional details, making planning much more manageable and the months leading up to your wedding more enjoyable.
The great thing about all-inclusive venues is that you know exactly what you are getting, and there usually isn’t wiggle room with the price you pay.
Aside from freeing up mental space in your mind, working with an all-inclusive will also free up room in your budget. Each vendor rental cost varies, and many factors will impact your cost (i.e., location, the time of year, etc.). Working with more than one vendor will undoubtedly start to add up in price, and it is often hard to determine how much you will end up spending between hidden fees, travel charges, and the cost of additional staff members.
Again, this differs mainly with wedding venues and vendors that have hidden fees or unaccounted for charges. Most all-inclusive venues offer packages that are not only affordable but bundle all costs and expenses together.
Choosing an all-inclusive wedding eliminates a lot of financial stress and unknowns for couples during the planning process. The last thing you want the day of your wedding is to find out about hidden astronomical fees.
One Point of Contact
Another perk is that most all-inclusive wedding venues have an in-house planner and venue manager. Both of these people will be your go-to’s for all questions and concerns you have during the planning process.
Because the wedding planner and venue manager both work intimately for the venue, you can trust that they know the in’s and out’s ofthe venue space. Their experience with the venue is crucial as they will know what works, what doesn’t work, and ways to avoid potential pitfalls on your wedding day.
Furthermore, having one person (venue wedding planner) who can be your main point of contact for all things menu, decor, floorplan, menu,alcohol, timeline, etc., will save you time and alleviate so much stress on the backend of planning.
Anyone who has gone through the process of planning a wedding can tell you how important it is to have a staff that has worked together and is familiar with the venue. Solid staffing can be the difference between a seamless wedding and one that leaves guests waiting for food,beverages, or entertainment.
The quickest way to avoid this type of staff-associated hiccup on your wedding day is to work with an all-inclusive venue with its own hired staff. Working with knowledgeable and experienced staff who regularly work in the same venue with the same team ensures a seamless event.
You will also avoid paying for travel fees and added staffing charges, as we mentioned earlier.