I don't mean to brag...but, I've pretty much figured out this whole wedding thing.
Alright, so I figured it was about time to do another wedding update. Chris and I have found our "destination wedding" venue. It's called Avondale Chapel and it's in Northwest Arkansas (halfway between our two families). It's perfect.
Not only does it provide that cute southern, plantation look that I have always envisioned, but it's also all-inclusive. What do I mean by all-inclusive? I'm glad you asked! Check it out:
Regal Wedding & Reception Package
Additional hour of use (5 hr total)
Private dressing rooms for both the bride and groom
Ceremony setup and cleanup
Ceremony CD Music
Candelabras with candles, signature flowers and greenery
Reception setup and cleanup
DJ (during reception)
Draped service tables
Punch, coffee, nuts, and mints
Champagne flutes (couple only)
Tableware, glassware, silverware and serving pieces
Printed napkins with names and date
Round tables with floor-length tablecloths (black, white, or ivory)
Colored tablecloth overlays (optional colors)
Deluxe Centerpieces (with custom colors)
So, basically the only thing that isn't covered with this is the photographer, wedding attire (bridal party, bride, groom, etc.), invitations, and alcohol. For the alcohol, we have decided to just buy in bulk from Sam's Club and hire someone for about $100 to bartend. This package says hors d'oeuvres, but we actually upgraded to a plated meal (stay tuned to help us choose which meal to serve) to serve for dinner.
The only thing we have to do for this package is meet with the wedding coordinators 3 months prior to the wedding and tell them exactly what we want--table cloth colors, etc.--and select the cakes, flowers, etc. The whole meeting should only take about two hours. How easy is that?! I know, I told you to be jealous. But here's the best part: the entire package only costs $4250 (for 50 people...we are paying about $2000 more to include meals and factoring in about 150 people). Yeah...I've managed to plan my entire wedding for under $10,000.
What do you think? Did we do good? What are your thoughts on "all-inclusive" weddings?