Let’s start with the basics. According to Google, the word inclusive is defined as “including or covering all of the services, facilities, or items normally expected or required.” Now, we’re not sure about you, but we already see a problem with this definition. What is “normally expected” may change from venue to venue and person to person, as is often seen in the wedding industry.
How are you supposed to know if a venue really is inclusive? Make sure to keep an eye out for these five elements on venue websites, site tours, and within the contract!
- Set-up and tear down. The last thing you want to be doing the morning of your big day is setting up chairs and tables.
- Linens. Many couples assume it’s covered. Many venues charge.
- Day of Coordinator. They know the space best and are essential in keeping the day on schedule.
- What you see is what you get. Or is it? During a site tour, ask if the pretty chandelier you see is included. Or those chiavari chairs in the corner. You’d be surprised what fees turn up at the end.
- Guest parking. If it’s not included, your guests will need to know. If you choose to cover it, add it to the budget!
Originally we said five elements but we just couldn’t resist adding one more...
- Wedding couple accommodations. This is one to look out for because it is rarely included - even in the most inclusive of sites. If the venue you’re looking at takes care of the night, post reception, sign that contract - you’ve got something special (and really inclusive).
At The Wedding Studio of Radisson Plaza Hotel, we value transparency and recognize the average couple doesn’t have time to sort through the nonsense. Providing this tool for future married couples, is the least we can do for an industry we vow a lifetime of love for. Pun intended. And of course, as an inclusive venue - we do offer the SIX mentioned items above. Feel free to check them out athttp://weddingstudiokz.com/ceremony-reception/package-inclusions.