The Pros and Cons of an All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Package

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Destination weddings are exciting for both you as the couple getting married and for your guests—everyone is always ready to take a fun vacation and celebrate! With that being said, as you’re planning your wedding, you may be faced with the question of whether or not you’re going to opt for an all-inclusive wedding package. This can be a tough decision as there are upsides and downsides associated with these packages. To help decide what’s right for you, we’ve laid out what the pros and cons are of these packages.

The Pros of All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Packages

There are a lot of great things about these packages worth considering.

They Make Planning Simple

All-inclusive wedding packages are meant to make planning easy, and they do a great job achieving that goal. If you’re a bride or groom who doesn’t want to have to choose every last detail of their day, this could be the perfect plan for you. These packages have been used at your venue time and time again by couples, giving them a proven track record of pleasing the guests of honor and their loved ones alike. All you have to do is choose the package that aligns best with your needs, sign on the dotted line, and get ready to party in paradise!

You Know the Bottom Line

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Once you’re committed to your all-inclusive package and sign on the dotted line, the nice thing is that you pretty much know exactly what everything is going to cost without much wiggle room. This differs from other weddings where there may be a lot of unexpected expenses or charges that come up as the planning process continues. Having that knowledge of exactly how much something is going to cost can alleviate a lot of stress, and many of these packages are designed to be pretty affordable.

They’re Fun for All

All-inclusive weddings are typically in beautiful locations that allow you and your guests to relax, unwind, and have fun! Especially if guests are paying to stay at an all-inclusive resort, they rest easy knowing that everything they’re doing (in most cases) is included in the upfront price, which allows them to really enjoy themselves. Plus, having a big group in one location all enjoying the sun, sand, water, and cocktails is a recipe for quite a bit of fun and a great way to make unforgettable memories together.

The Cons of All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Packages

There are also some downsides to these packages that are worth taking into consideration as you plan your wedding.

One Size Fits All

If you go with an all-inclusive wedding package, you may end up feeling like you can’t customize things to be exactly as you envisioned them for your big day. While for some couples this may not be a big deal, others may wish that they could really put their own flair on the big day. These packages are meant to be pretty standard for everyone who enlists in them, so if you have really specific wants in mind, this is something to think about.

Add-Ons Get Expensive

Chairs set up for a wedding ceremony on the sand.

Many all-inclusive wedding packages have a lot of options for upgrades and add-ons to make your wedding more special. These can be anything from a photo booth to the ability to use the venue’s water sport items during the daytime. These upgrades are usually pretty alluring, but keep in mind that they can get pricey. This could really ramp up the price of your wedding from what it seemed at first glance when you became interested in this option.

There Are Limited Vendor Choices

Just like the inability to specify certain details about your wedding with these packages, you likely will not get your free choice of vendors. For that reason, if you’re opting for an all-inclusive wedding package, you’ll want to ensure that you’re happy with all of the vendors the package comes with. This includes your photographer, catering, cake vendor, florist, and entertainment.

All-inclusive destination wedding packages are definitely worth exploring as they could be the perfect choice for your big day!

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