Are you considering a destination wedding at a resort? Have you checked out all-inclusive properties and those that offer a la carte options? Do you know the difference? Do you know what’s right for you and your guests? There’s no right or wrong answer here, each wedding and group is different, but the important thing is to go in armed with information so you can make the best decision for your special day (and honeymoon too!).
Typically an all-inclusive resort means that everyone on property has paid a set price and all food and beverage throughout the location is included in one upfront fee. This most often includes basic activities too (like paddle boarding), though scuba diving and other special services can be an additional cost. Some resorts give you the option of spending a la carte or in an all-inclusive package, it’s up to you.
All-inclusive doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper, many all-inclusive vacations can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but it can be a great option if you don’t want to think about money or how much you’re spending while on your honeymoon or throughout your destination wedding weekend.
One of the benefits of having a destination wedding at an all-inclusive property is that your wedding will be produced entirely in-house, meaning you don’t have to hunt for a florist, a local baker, and so on – it’s all given to you by the hotel. Now, if you want something completely unique with the freedom to work with your own vendors, this may not be a benefit to your event and it may not be a fit for you.
If you’re hosting a small wedding, often times you can hunt for incentives from all-inclusive resorts that gift you the actual wedding (up to a certain amount of guests) with the purchase of a certain amount of rooms by your guests and those in attendance. So essentially you get a free wedding for staying the week!
So if a low-stress, easy, and even an intimate wedding is what you want, then all-inclusive could be the way to go for you! If you are interested, my personal favorite are the Sandals and Beaches brands. Located throughout the Caribbean, some are adult-only resorts, others are more kid-friendly, they have wedding packages in a variety of styles and colors , great service (including butlers!) and it’s always a good time at these resorts with lots of added activities to partake in (like beach parties and spa services!).
Will you go all-inclusive on your big day or honeymoon?
All Photos from Sandals LaSource Grenada (a place I’ve been and highly recommend if you’re looking for an all-inclusive honeymoon).