@eirbear0915 Congrats! I had the same questions when I first started planning my wedding and was quickly overwhelmed with all the choices. I didn't want to hire a WC at first to cut cost, but ended up hiring one b/c I couldn't decide on a venue, and it was the best decision I made. She showed me that I could get married at a resort I thought was too expensive, and also helped with finding vendors for me and was able to lock down contracts in person, which was more effective since I was in another country. The day of, she organized the vendors and decorations of the restaurant and ceremony, which i thought was invaluable since the day ended up being windy and some adjustments had to be made. The fewer people you have, the less the WC should charge. We had 50 guests and kept our budget under 12k, only 2k more than what we budgeted for, and still had an open bar.
We leaned towards a resort and had he wedding there- we thought it would be simpler and wouldn't have to worry about transportation, and had the ease to get ready in our rooms and people were still able to have fun at the resort til the minute they had to get ready.
All inclusive has it's ups- i believe it ends up being cheaper for you, but we opted not to - I didnt like the look of the all inclusives, and wanted my own vendors without a fee, so we got married at Casa Dorada, where the dinner was cheap yet delicious. We also didn't want to get married on the beach, so there aren't any looky-loos.
Hope this helped, and happy planning!