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All Inclusive Packages?

I saw an email campaign from The Knot advertising "Brushy Creek Events" and an "all inclusive" package they offer.  I spoke with a salesperson and it seems great, but definitely sounds "too good to be true" sort of thing.  I could save THOUSANDS vs. doing things on my own with separate vendors.  And it's the same price for any headcount up to 100 people?  I don't see how it's possible.  I must be sacrificing something.  Also, I can't find any reviews for them online.  There's ONE on the The Knot, that's not enough for me.

Has anyone worked with them?  Anyone worked with an all inclusive package like this?

Re: All Inclusive Packages?

  • levioosalevioosa Southern California member
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    I agree with ernursej.  I would also check on your local board to see if anyone has used their services before.  


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  • thisismynickname2thisismynickname2 City By The Lake member
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    I can't speak to that vendor specifically. Definitely follow the references advice above.
    However, I definitely agree with the concept of an all inclusive. "Saving thousands" sounds like sales speak and is probably a way over-inflated number, but it is true that all-inclusive can save you money...but more importantly, stress. 
    For example, I could have selected bare-bones events spaces. On the surface, renting a space, finding an independent caterer, etc sounds cheap. But if I really were to crunch the numbers, factor in taxes and fees and things I would never think of myself (gotta pay that wedding planner...) plus decor and rentals and overtime labor or whatever... the list goes on. I can easily see multiple, inexpensive vendors adding up to more than you would spend on an all-inclusive. 

    I dealt with one coordinator at my venue and got food, booze, cake, menu cards, escort cards, linens, centerpieces; plus all the logistics- food, who to direct the DJ to, etc-- out of one wedding coordinator who was included in my package. The whole experience was so low-stress because all I had to do was hire a DJ, photographer, and officiant. I can't say enough good things about an AI arrangement. Even if I could have done it cheaper with individual vendors and didn't save money, whatever I paid was worth its weight in gold in terms of low stress levels. 

    Good luck! 
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  • It's possible, but do your research. My venue is all-inclusive: venue (reception and ceremony), hor devour's during cocktail, food, linen, alcohol, cake, floral centerpieces, DJ and photographer, cookie table, uplighting, ect. Before signing, I did research on the DJ, florist and photographer included in my package. I also looked up reviews on the venue and talked to some brides that got married there. 
  • cgss11cgss11 member
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    I used an all inclusive venue and could not of been happier. It really made it easier for me. They had very specific packages, so I knew exactly what my total price would cover. I had researched them before and was very confident in all the vendors I could pick from. They have 3 different photographers, and each had slightly different packages (digital copies, engagement sessions, etc), but the quality was all fine. I also got to pick the florist and cake baker from their list. 

    Overall, it was so easy for me to just deal with the venue, write one check, etc. Definetly do your research, seek out other reviews, try to talk to people. 
  • cgss11 said:
    I used an all inclusive venue and could not of been happier. It really made it easier for me. They had very specific packages, so I knew exactly what my total price would cover. I had researched them before and was very confident in all the vendors I could pick from. They have 3 different photographers, and each had slightly different packages (digital copies, engagement sessions, etc), but the quality was all fine. I also got to pick the florist and cake baker from their list. 

    Overall, it was so easy for me to just deal with the venue, write one check, etc. Definetly do your research, seek out other reviews, try to talk to people. 
    My venue is exactly the same, and I AM saving thousands! I know several other people who got married there, and they all said it was amazing, too.
    Basically, check the reviews and do your research, but it is quite possible that it is true!
    11-4-17
  • @Luxy11 it is considered rude to post on a thread that is this old.
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  • ernursej said:
    @Luxy11 it is considered rude to post on a thread that is this old.
    Sweet...there are plenty of other people lurking who could be interested in this topic.
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  • Luxy11 said:
    ernursej said:
    @Luxy11 it is considered rude to post on a thread that is this old.
    Sweet...there are plenty of other people lurking who could be interested in this topic.
    This isn't the only thread you've resurrected.  You aren't offering bad advice- start new threads if you see a need :) 
    ernursej
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