All Inclusive Wedding Packages
Are you considering an all inclusive wedding plan?
All inclusive wedding packages could save you many hours of work by letting your hotel or resort do all the planning for you.
More brides and grooms are choosing all inclusive
wedding packages. With today's busy lifestyles, and tough financiall times, buying a complete wedding
package starts to sound very attractive.
From the Photographer's perspective.....
The all inclusive package plan is an obvious
time saver for most of the things involved in planning a wedding, but
it's not always perfect.
I have personally encountered one drawback
to this system. Some of the hotels and planners that put together packages
such as this will be receiving a kick-back from each of the vendors that
they use for your wedding. This is not necessarily a bad thing and most
vendors will gladly pay it simply because of the large volume of work
they can recieve from being included in these packages, and the fact that
they get the work with no advertising efforts of their own. (I wish I
could get more work like this)
Here's the catch.... Let's say you purchase an all inclusive wedding package and it comes complete
with the photographer who will shoot for several hours and present you
with a selection of perhaps 100 small prints. (this is an example only)
So you look online and either the work is substandard, or awful, or not
shown at all. If you're serious about your wedding photos (which I'll
assume you are if you're looking at my site) then you may not want to
settle for anything less than the best photographer you can possibly afford.
Ok, so now you ask if you can cut out
the all inclusive package photographer and bring your own photographer.
The response you get will obviously
varry but I have experienced many times when the hotel putting the package
together flatly refused to allow the bride to substitute outside vendors
- at all. I've seen brides get so frustrated with this that they cancelled
their all inclusive package and moved their wedding elsewhere.
I've also seen hotels that told the
bride it would cost her an additional $500 to cut out their package photographer
and bring in someone else.
These problems are the result of the
fact that (sometimes - but not always)
the all inclusive package saves you money by transferring some of your
costs onto each of the vendors that are required to pay the hotel a percentage
of their profits in order to be included in the package. The hotel makes
out great, while the vendors get a cut in pay. If the hotel were not so
greedy, and simply gathered everyone together to make things easier on
you, then the system would indeed be perfect. But the hotel may be relying
on the income from the vendors to turn a profit on your wedding. This allows
them to lower the price they offer to you (which makes them more competitive
with the other hotels) and then they can make up the difference by charging the
vendors more to participate in the package. When you ask to cut out one of the bigger vendors, the hotel stands
to lose enough money that the whole thing may no longer be profitable
Make sure to check with the hotel or
coordinator who is putting your all inclusive plan together to see if
you can make substitutions to the plan if you want to. If they are truly
working in your best interest, they should have no problem with this request
and it should not cost you anything extra, in fact, if you are trading
out one of their services for something you've found on your own, they
should privide a price reduction if anything.
If your hotel is providing a wedding
package that seems too cheap to be true, then you can expect to lose some
flexibility in return.