All Inclusive Wedding Packages vs. Picking Your Own Vendors - Which is better?

With so many wedding venues and vendors out there—all with their own variety of available options—planning a wedding can feel both overwhelming and exhausting. When it comes to creating your wedding exactly the way you want it, how do you choose between an all-inclusive wedding venue and hand-picking your own florists, caterers, decorators, and other vendors? Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide what route is best for you.


Venues like the Ashton Gardens can scale for a variety of reception or ceremony sizes.

What's Your Bridal Budget?

While all-inclusive wedding packages can come with a bit of sticker shock at first, they often end up being a better value once you add up everything that’s included and compare it to the cost of sourcing independent vendors. Since many all-inclusive venues have existing relationships or things they can handle in-house, you’ll end up getting more for your money. And a good all-inclusive venue will work with you to create a ceremony or reception that works with your specific budget. (For more info on pricing and other helpful tips, check out our Insider’s Guide to a Reception Venue.)


From the cake, to the photo table, to flowers Thanksgiving Point’s expert planners can help you plan your big day.

What's Your Time Worth

From picking a dress to finalizing your guest list to planning the honeymoon, getting married gives you enough things to think about. Consider whether or not you want to add more to your to-do list by sourcing individual vendors, or if you’d rather let a seasoned pro handle everything related to the day-of festivities. Experienced wedding planners like those you’ll work with at Thanksgiving Point can not only save you a lot of time and stress, they can make your big day even better by adding thoughtful details you may not have imagined on your own.


We work with the best wedding cake designers and decorators in Utah to create show-stopping cakes you’ll remember forever.

Vet Your Vendors

Whether you decide on an all-inclusive venue or opt for choosing your own vendors, make sure to do your research. You’ll want to choose vendors who listen to what you want out of your wedding day, whether that means a formal multi-course meal or a more casual, flowing reception with tacos and cupcakes. Any caterer worth their salt will listen to what you have in mind and make suggestions to match, and a good all-inclusive venue (like Thanksgiving Point) will likely have an existing relationship with a well-regarded wedding cake decorator.


The Day-Of Experience

When booking vendors a la carte, how much help you get on your big day will likely come down to the individual venue. But without a dedicated wedding planner, you’ll likely end up having to coordinate setup and breakdown on your own, or enlist friends or family members to do so. A proper all-inclusive wedding package will handle all of this for you—and a really good one will assign somebody to provide you with personal attention on your big day, to make sure everything stays on schedule and all the moving pieces come together just like you’d hoped.


There are a lot of reasons to consider an all-inclusive wedding package—especially from a venue like Thanksgiving Point that specializes in helping brides bring their vision to life. Contact our expert wedding team to start planning your stress-free wedding or reception today.

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