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Are you hesitating over using a venue that specializes in weddings vs. using a non-traditional venue in Tahiti that needs lots of work to make it appropriate for your wedding? Have you even considered using a venue other than a traditional one?
I’ve started this wedding pro insights’ series to help you get an honest picture of the pros and cons of each, bringing in real wedding pros’ past experience.
Pros of Using a Traditional Wedding Venue in a Tahiti Resort:
– They’ll usually save you money on the base services because they offer packages including the venue itself, all tables and chairs, china / glass and silverware, tablecloths, food and beverage packages, and the catering staff.
– You’re dealing with staff that works at the resort, so things are more likely to go smoothly.
[In a wedding venue] it’s often just a case of ticking from a list of options and everything is pulled together for you on the day… Clients choose menu 1, exclusive restaurant, band on the beach, 2 hours open bar and the lounge sofa sets on the terrace. On the day you can pretty much turn up and just check everything is correct to the check list. Sally Sephora from WeddingBox Italy
– It’s designed for wedding guests, which means they’ll be more comfortable, there will be no surprise.
Cons of the Traditional Venue in a Tahiti Resort:
– Lack of personalization. Your wedding guests may feel like they’re attending “just another wedding.”
The cons of using this type of venue is that it can feel “typical” and “done before” which no couple really wants to think about their wedding. Jessica McDaniel from Pocketful of Sunshine Event Design
– It doesn’t give you as much of a unique, personal experience.
– You’ll have to work harder to create that unique decor.
– Every service needed outside of the base package (think of hair stylist, make-up artist, photography, videography, flowers, music etc.) will be marked-up up to twice as much as it would normally cost if you were hiring the vendors yourselves, which adds up quickly to the bill.
– You may not be able to bring in that vendor you love, but rather have to choose among those vendors contracted by the resort.
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Pros of Using a Non-Traditional Wedding Venue in Tahiti:
– Gives you a more unique wedding theme and style.
[Atypical venues] are great for non-traditional couples that don’t want the same venue everyone else has. Jessica McDaniel from Pocketful of Sunshine Event Design
– You can mix and match vendors and decor to completely match your desires.
– You can hire your own caterer, which is great if you want gourmet or specialized food.
– It has the potential to save money, but usually doesn’t end up that way. (See cons below.)
Cons of the Non-Traditional Wedding Venue in Tahiti:
– It often ends up being as expensive as in a resort when you have to plan the wedding with à la carte services.
– It’s often not designed with guests in mind, so you may have more issues with guest comfort and convenience. Example: heels on the lawn, not enough bathrooms, etc.
– You won’t have experienced staff, so make sure you hire a planner.
It’s quite a lot more effort and coordinating but the things you need to be very careful of are the unknowns. Not knowing that if you hire 110 chairs with chair covers, 11 tables and lounge sets with cushions from a hire company that they will simply deliver them in a pile and walk away… ouch! You need a lot more hands on the day because the setting up isn’t done for you. Sally Sephora from WeddingBox Italy
– More details and more time intensive for you to plan.
So, bottom line is, you’ll have a much more unique destination wedding experience using a non-traditional venue vs using a wedding venue at a resort, which will sometimes feel no much different than if you were having a home wedding.
The key to making this kind of venue decision is to make sure you’re making an apples to apples comparison. Don’t just glance at the price and decide that way. Look at everything you’re getting for that fee and what else you’ll need to bring in to make it a comfortable, usable space. Jessica McDaniel from Pocketful of Sunshine Event Design
Either way, if you don’t want to settle with a cookie-cutter wedding package but rather want to personalize the experience so that it feels unique both for you and for your guests, you will want to hire a professional Tahiti wedding planner.
I will either help you to design a resort wedding that is true to you or to find those “hidden gem” non-traditional wedding venues in Tahiti, those which will work perfectly for YOUR wedding.
I specialize in small and intimate destination weddings in Tahiti, and help international couples plan a tropical wedding in Tahiti that combines a personal experience with striking landscapes and untouched beauty.
My mission? Connecting my couples to great vendors & creating unique heartfelt weddings. With style.
This post was co-written with Stephanie Padovani, a wedding insider, blogger, writer, and wedding business coach.
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