All-inclusive, or DIY Reception Venue?

Whether you are planning a small intimate event with 50 of your closest friends and family members, or a massive 500 guest celebration, you have no doubt given some serious thought about what you want and need out of your venue.  Some venues are all-inclusive, so you can sign the contract and get your space, tables and chairs, linens, lighting, sound system, food, and drinks all in one shot.  And some  provide you with the space, a blank canvas of sorts...but then allow you to bring in your own caterer, bar service, lighting, chair rentals, etc. Two very different models, both with pros and cons.  And we are sure that depending on your personal likes and dislikes, your taste/style, and how "hands on" you want to be with your reception, one appeals to you much more than the other.

Whether you are in the process of planning your wedding now, or whether you have already gotten married...we want to know your thoughts!  What type of space do you want to use/did you use, what do you like or dislike about what you selected, what advice would you give other people who are in the process of planning?

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