One of the biggest decisions a couple needs to make after getting engaged is where to have their dream wedding day. Do you choose an all-inclusive space where everything is done for you or do you select a DIY space and take on the challenge of bringing everything in to make it your own.
So what’s the difference and how do you make the decision? Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind and help you make a more informed choice.
Pro- There is much less preparation for you to do leading up to the wedding, the event manager will guide you through the menu, reception layout, bar selection and even offer some recommendations of other vendors to choose from such a DJ/band, flowers, and photographers to name a few.
Con– You will be hard-pressed to find a venue that you will love everything about. You will likely end up settling for something you may have decided differently if you had the choice. What if you hate their chairs, carpeting, or they can’t accommodate certain menu options? The ceremony space is not what you envisioned? The vendors they recommend are not in your budget or style? This is where you compromise on your preferences.
DIY or ala carte venue:
Pro– Your wedding, your way! Usually, a blank canvas to decorate, set up, and create your vision without concession. Typically a wedding planner will be needed to execute all of the details (yes I consider this a pro) and help your vision come to life! You will get a list of vendors from your planner that are the right fit for your venue, style, and budget. Usually, these weddings happen on a farm, barn, loft, park, or tent and can truly show your personal side as a couple.
Con- The costs can add up! Even though a rental space is usually quite affordable, bringing in everything from tables, chairs to food and decor can not only be a tedious list to check off but will sometimes cost more than an all-inclusive venue. You will not be as fully staffed as an all-inclusive and will need to hire, servers, bartenders, chefs and clean up to set up and break down the venue.
So which way did I sway you? I have planned and coordinated weddings at both types of venues and I can tell you that each one is a completely different wedding planning experience. Don’t be afraid to take on a DIY venue if that’s your vision, just make sure to hire the right team of wedding pros starting with an experienced wedding planner!