Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: All Inclusive Wedding Packages

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

How’s your Wednesday going?  I hope well, but if not, it’s about to get much much better because it’s time for our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  Today we’re discussing all inclusive wedding packages:  I’m having a destination wedding and I have the option of getting an all inclusive package at my venue. The package includes food, alcohol, photographer, videographer, flowers, cake, photobooth, DJ, and the officiant for our ceremony.  The package fits in our budget, but do you think it is a good idea?   Or do you think I will have a better wedding if I find my own vendors?  Any advice would be super helpful!

This is a wonderful question as it is something that destination wedding couples run into all the time, particularly in locations that are known for destination weddings like Hawaii or the Caribbean.  All inclusive wedding packages exist to make it easy for couples and also to make it easy on the venue.  It’s a set package, so everyone involved on the vendor side knows exactly what to do, no questions or guesswork involved.  For the couple, you’ve now just hired everyone you’ll need in one fell swoop, no research or interviewing involved.  Sounds pretty good, right?  Now the question is, is it right for you?  Perhaps yes and perhaps no.

With a destination wedding, you are planning from afar and for those of you without a wedding planner, it can make your life easy if you just pick a package and be done with it.  However, the caveat with an all inclusive wedding packages is just that, it is a package, which means zero customization or choice.  For some, that is the best thing ever because it also requires no thinking or time.  For others, though, if you are looking to create a certain type of look or experience, having a set package doesn’t allow for any changes.  More importantly, it doesn’t allow you to choose your particular vendors which means that you have almost no control on how things will turn out.  Picking an all inclusive wedding package means you are getting a pre-determined set of vendors without knowing how good they are or if you even like them.  This can be a problem if say photography is really important to you and you want a certain kind of look.  With a package, you are stuck with whomever the venue chooses as their photographer (which in all honesty, is never really that great).

On the flip side, hiring your own wedding vendors means more research and time spent finding the right person.  So, the question is whether having control and the ability to choose your vendors is more important to you than the ease of a package.  If so, then forego all inclusive wedding packages and do everything on your own.  If not, then go for it and then take a nap.

Couple kissing at their destination wedding via all inclusive wedding packages at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

(Photo from Casa Velas)

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