Is an All-Inclusive Wedding Right for You?

Is an All-Inclusive Wedding Right for You?

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As you may know, wedding planning is not an easy feat, especially when you have a busy schedule. From fiddling with the budget to finding the venue, there’s a mountain of work that goes into planning the wedding of your dreams. If you can relate to this, you can guess why so many brides today are choosing to go with all-inclusive wedding packages. All-inclusive weddings are more popular now than ever!

Wedgewood North Shore, IL

If you’re not familiar with the concept, you may have some questions. For one, can all-inclusive wedding packages be customized, or do you have to take them as is? Are there hidden fees that come with the services? And how do you really know if an all-inclusive wedding is right for you?

To help you find the answers to all of these valid questions, we turned to the experts at Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Centers. Wedgewood boasts a collection of diverse and gorgeous wedding venues—32 of them featured on Wedding Spot—that provide all-inclusive and fully customizable wedding packages! With 30 years of experience, they know everything there is to know about crafting a memorable event. We talked with Elizabeth, Wedgewood’s Marketing Manager, to get the scoop on all-inclusive weddings.

First, can you tell us about Wedgewood Banquets?

Founded in 1986, Wedgewood Banquets is a family-owned and operated business providing all-inclusive and fully customizable wedding packages at very affordable prices. Wedgewood’s nationally located collection of venues offer a variety of gorgeous backdrops; from awe-inspiring country clubs and beach settings, historical establishments and vineyards, you’re sure to find your perfect fit. Our foundation is to help you and your fiancé in your search for the perfect wedding site!

Our clients love our all-inclusive wedding packages. They include food and beverage, facility rental, as well as services like floral centerpieces, linens, DJs, lighting, specialty cakes and desserts, invitations, photo booths, and more – all at a surprisingly affordable, per-person price. By offering a variety of services in-house or through exclusive vendor relationships, Wedgewood creates a stress-free event planning experience that is far more affordable than sourcing theses services on your own.  While Wedgewood provides a one-stop-shop for all your event needs, we also offer personalization and customization of our packages and services so you never have to compromise your unique vision.

How do you know if an all-inclusive wedding is right for you?

Based on what our couples have shared with us, they chose an all-inclusive wedding for a variety of reasons. Typically planning a wedding can take a lot of time to manage. Whether it’s contacting the vendors, booking appointments, negotiations, changes and revisions to plans, the list seems never-ending! Our couples have expressed that having affordable and all-inclusive packages takes the majority of the weight off their shoulders. Some have found that negotiating for the best deal is not easy, and spend a lot of time researching vendors and struggled to find competitive pricing.

Our couples come to us and we discuss their vision, and we ourselves essentially become married to their ideas. From vision to reality, we’re removing the stress that comes with the details and fine print, researching costs and value, leaving the overall decisions to be made by our happy couples! We’ve been in the wedding industry for 30 years, so we are able to manage these things and the day-to-day details for our couples. It’s such a fun and exciting time, and we want our couples to enjoy every minute of it!

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Wedgewood Palm Valley, AZ / Wedgewood at the Orchard, CA

What amenities are typically offered in all-inclusive wedding packages?

Wedgewood offers all-inclusive amenities in our wedding packages! Within our packages we provide invitations, gorgeous floral centerpieces, the party starting DJ, even the deliciously sweet wedding cake and hotel accommodations!

Wedgewood couples don’t have to worry about cake-cutting fees, dance floor rentals, and other mysterious charges. Everything is all included, so you know exactly what you’re getting!

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Wedgewood at the Retreat, CA / Wedgewood Napa at Kennedy Park, CA

Can these packages be customized in any way?

Absolutely! Wedgewood couples are encouraged to customize their wedding details within their package. Couples can add and remove items based on their desires and their budget. They have the ultimate decision to adjust anything they want, and since we have long-term relationships with our Wedgewood preferred vendors, we are able to get what they want with the highest quality and most cost-effective.  Also, having experience in the wedding planning process, we’re able to make suggestions and advise our couples if they need help with any items on their must-have list!

What are the benefits of booking an all-inclusive wedding vs. a traditional wedding?

  • Time savings – Fewer appointments, research, less travel time, etc.
  • Going with experienced and trusted vendors means you know exactly what you’re getting and no surprises down the road.
  • Keeping within budget and letting someone else handle the tough stuff.
  • Stress-free wedding planning means more time to enjoy the fun parts of being engaged!

What is the best advice you can give someone who is in the wedding planning process?

There are a few tips we give to our newly engaged couples. With all the excitement of the engagement, it’s hard to determine where to start. In fact, Wedding Spot recently posted an extremely helpful blog “First 10 Things To Do After You Get Engaged” and our couples absolutely LOVED this! So helpful!

We always suggest:

  1. Determine your Must-Haves vs Wants
  2. Determine your budget
  3. Stay flexible on your date because this can affect your budget tremendously!
  4. Our couples typically shop around, and spend quite a large amount of time searching for the best venue, best bakery, highly-rated DJ, photographer, this list goes on. Ask questions, read reviews, but remember. Your time and money are valuable!
  5. And last but absolutely MOST important thing you can do is…have fun!
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Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, CA / Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, CO

How is pricing different for all-inclusive weddings? Are they more expensive?

Pricing for all-inclusive packages will depend on the budget of the couple. What we have found is that couples who decide to do the planning on their own, tend to spend more for less on their wedding because they may not have the connections or the know-how in wedding coordination. It’s a lot of work to plan a wedding and with all the tiny details that go into each aspect can become not only overwhelming, but unfortunately very expensive. Leaning on a professional with access to exclusivities such as deals and promotions, you’ll win big and benefit from these relationships as well. The idea is to extend your dollars to get the most out of it for one of the most important and meaningful days of your life!

Which packages have been the most popular among brides who book all-inclusive weddings with Wedgewood?

We haven’t seen one specific package chosen more-so over another, but that’s because of the flexibility that we offer to our couples. One of the best parts about working within our variety of options is that our couples can take something from one package and add it to another. This customization makes it more personal to their day and giving them exactly what they want. This is especially beneficial to couples who are looking for something that is most cost-effective and budget-friendly! We love that we can offer this to everyone because not everyone wants the same things, and we want every couple’s experience to be unique and special, just for them.

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Wedgewood Eagle Ridge, CA / Wedgewood Las Vegas at Stallion Mountain, NV

As a wedding expert, what are some of the trends that you have observed this past year?

Trends that we are simply obsessed with is making a wedding a signature event. We’re lucky to have such unique and creative couples who are interested in things like s’more stations, espresso bars, and clever guest book tables! We have also seen alternatives to cakes such as candy stations, donut bars, or pies rather than a traditional cake! We adore the ideas that our couples come up with. Utilizing their DIY skills in creating their very own unique seating arrangements and signage gives them special characterization and individuality. It’s great to see our couples personalizing these details for their special day.

Do you think you’ll go with an all-inclusive wedding? Share with us below!

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