Wedding Budget Tip #35: A la carte or all-inclusive venues

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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post is all about weighing the cost of a la carte vs all-inclusive venues.

Wedding Budget Tip #35: Remember to factor in the cost of rentals.

Wedding Budget Tip #35:

Remember to factor in rental costs!

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are lots of options to consider for every potential vendor you book. The biggest tends to be the venue. There are so many variables involved depending on the type of venue you choose.

Some venues are a la carte. Some are all-inclusive. In this post, we'll outline the differences of each type of venue and explain what you need to keep in mind when getting quotes.

A la carte wedding venues:

A la carte wedding venues are typically a blank slate. You get the use of a room or site, but you are expected to bring in all your own decor, tables, chairs and more. Sometimes a la carte venues are cheaper, but you'll have to bring in pretty much everything yourself, including, but not limited to:

  • tables and chairs
  • linens and decor
  • dishes, glassware, and silverware
  • catering
  • sound equipment
  • centerpieces
  • and more

All-inclusive wedding venues:

All-inclusive wedding venues vary in the number of items they include in their rental prices but often include many of the things listed above. The ticket price is generally higher, but if you add up the costs involved with bringing things in yourself (including delivery and pick up fees) you might find that an all-inclusive is actually cheaper.

Or you may find that it's more cost-beneficial to bring things in yourself. That's why it's imperative that you factor in ALL the costs associated before making your decision. Get it?

So tell us: are you considering an a la carte or all-inclusive venue?

Leave a comment below and let us know!


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