As is the case with any large construction or home improvement project, planning a DIY wedding is stressful, will cost at least thirty percent more than you’re expecting, and will consume most of your free time for the next six months.

This is a time in your life when it’s best to have less stress, not more. You’re starting a new life with the person you love and building a family from the ground-up. By choosing an all-inclusive wedding venue that takes care of the details for you, you can not only free up your time to focus on family, but you can also save money in the bargain.

Hidden Wedding Costs

When you plan a DIY wedding on your own, every detail must be accounted and paid for. These details include everything from setup to cleanup and all the hidden wedding costs in between.

These most common hidden wedding costs include:

  • Decorations for the wedding, reception, and any waiting areas
  • Flowers and other table arrangements
  • Chair, table, and linen rentals
  • Food and food prep
  • Food service materials
  • Permits, licensing, and insurance
  • Lighting and sound systems
  • Transportation of all setup materials
  • Garbage and disposal fees

These costs are all in addition to the standard wedding planning budget, which includes things like the venue rental, parking, photographers, clothing and hair, and more.

In addition, chances are that you’ll also make mistakes regarding quantity. (For example, almost everyone who plans a DIY wedding makes much more food than is necessary or opts for a full meal when hors d’oeuvres are a much more cost-effective approach.) Unless you’re accustomed to large-scale event planning, knowing exactly how much time you need to devote and how much food and beverage to order can be difficult and lead to unnecessary cost overruns

All-Inclusive Wedding Perks

This is where an all-inclusive wedding venue comes in handy. Because we handle the decorations, food, chairs and tables, parking, and legal paperwork for you, there’s no need for you to worry about them at all. And because we offer all this in a setting that provides an upscale and elegant wedding backdrop, everything from your photos to your memories will be picture-perfect.


If you’re on a tight budget, you can also look for great discounts on off-season dates and pricing. These provide even greater savings on top of the all-inclusive deal.

Enjoying Your Wedding Day

It’s also important to remember who does the bulk of the work on a DIY wedding. You and your spouse-to-be probably do much of the heavy lifting, but this kind of event also relies on family members and friends…in other words, the people who are supposed to be your guests. By putting them in a position where they are staff instead of guests, they’re likely to get much less enjoyment out of your wedding than you’d like. Especially when the event is over and the clean-up begins! 

When you break down all the various components that go into planning a wedding this way, you’ll soon find that the DIY approach will not only require you to do much of the work yourself, but actually cost more by the time your wedding day arrives. Start your marriage off right by saving your energy—and your money—with one easy choice!