Post # 1
I’m doing a destination wedding at a beautiful resort in DR, and the venue is costing us $4200 for 35 people. The deposit we have to make to hold the date and ceremony location is 30% of that, which is about $1200. I am the type of person that HATES planning things really far in advance, but we’re like 87% sure we want to have our Destination Wedding at this location on this day (about a year from now), so we are going to make the deposit. I am slightly nervious (as I’m sure many brides are) that if anything changes and we decide not to do it there for whatever reason, we’ll lose that money. BUT I also have to say…that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money to be stressing over. I feel like other brides make much larger deposits than that. I need a sanity check, Bees.
What was/is the [non-refundable] deposit you had to put down for your venue?
Feel free to add how many people it was for and whether is was local or destination (i.e. at a resort).
ETA: Added options up to $10,000 since most people were picking over $5,000.
I should also mention that we’ll probably have more than 35 people, that’s just the number of people included in the package. It’ll be $50 per head for each additional person.
Post # 3
We had a local wedding for 120 guests. The venue deposit was 50% of the estimated total venue cost (catering, rentals, etc.).
Post # 4
All of the venues we visited had non refundable deposits between $1000-$2000. The venue we choose was $1500. Guest count didn’t change the amount we have about 65guest.
Post # 5
We’re having a local wedding at a hotel, which I’m finding makes everything more expensive! Our deposit for 250 people was $3000.
Post # 7
$500. It is a (semi) local wedding at a rustic barn. We are planning 100-125 people (the barn only holds 150), but that count didn’t factor into the deposit amount. I have to look at my contract, but I think in December or January we will have to pay half of our estimated costs, which certainly wouldn’t be refundable, I am sure.
ETA: A few other venue we looked at had deposits ranging from $750-$1500.
Post # 8
$750 for our beautiful Inn. 🙂
Post # 9
$500, which was less than 8% of what we ended up spending there. It was a kind of crazy old-school venue though… no rigorous contracts (which is good and bad – bad when I was going crazy with them), no tastings before you pick out your menu, you just work directly with the owner and he’s good for his word. It all came together very well in the end (and their food was VERY good), but I was sweating it for quite awhile. So while the deposit was low, I wouldn’t say they were a shining example of professionalism that you should look for in a venue.
Post # 10
Ours was 2500, and we just put it down today!
Post # 11
Well.. our ceremony rental was $75, and a $50 deposit that we get back…
Our reception venue is $125 for 5 hours, we’re taking it for 10 hours and the day before.
Post # 13
Ours was $2000. We only had like two weeks, I think, to cancel for a full refund.
Post # 15
@Reign14: Ours was $6,500! I had no idea that was high until now.
Post # 16
Ours was 30% too, which put us just over $2k.