OK. In my resort (MP) packages only include ceremony prices, you have to pay for every single thing during the reception, so for me choosing the complementary was a no-brainer. If I bring my chair sashes and table runners which would be no more than 10 per table, plus I add a center piece for lets say $100, this is $110 compared to the $300 my resort charges per table.
For my ceremony I went with a catholic and pay the catholic priest fee $350 and I get my bouquet, groom's boutonniere, decoration for the chapel, etc. as part of the complementary package. I would also get some flowers for the church and use the horse carriage, and might or might not hire the solo harpist, all this would be no more than $1000, so that sure is best than the catholic package for $1675.
If I add the priest fee 350 + $1000 for horse, harpist and decoration = 1350. I am saving $325 - If I have 5-6 tables at $300 each that is $1,800 based on 6 tables, compare to $660 if I do my own,
My total savings so far are $1475.