Found the catch…

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Member
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureFong:  Ours had 80 min but we negotiated it down to 70. they might be willing to drop their min but it will prob depend on how popular the venue is. They might want to hold out for a couple that will have 120+ guests.

Post # 4
Member
6000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well that sucks. Normally if you don’t meet the minimum you have to pay a fee. You have to remember that even if you invite 100 people, it’s not likely all 100 would come. I’d definitely talk to them and see if y’all can work something out.

Post # 5
Member
11712 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You could try to negotiate with them.  Are there other people you’d want to invite? I wouldn’t give up a gorgeous venue I loved over that!

Post # 6
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@FutureFong:  I would talk to them and see what you can negotiate. You might be already meeting their food and drink monetary minimums which is really what they are concerned with overall.

See what the absolute minimum number of guests is that they can accept. Keep in mind though that even with a 100 person minimum if you invite 100 guests you will probably end up with several less.

Post # 7
Member
5007 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FutureFong:  Ours had a minimum of 150 on a Saturday and we are having only 100. They didn’t give us any trouble for it, just told us we needed to have 100. If you love it, act really, really interested and hopefully they will be able to give it to you for the lower amount of guests! 

Post # 8
Member
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Definitely ask about a food/ drink minimum.  They might be willing to ignore the people minimum if you are spending enough there.  Maybe you are already meeting it or are close and can make an upgrade.  

Post # 9
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@FutureFong:  try and negotiate, see if you can get extras added so you meet their minimum spend amount – upgrade the bar, add a late night etc.  I know people who’ve done that at venues.

Post # 11
Member
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’d just be up front and say you love the venue but aren’t sure you can hit 120 guests. They may negotiate! My venue had a price minumum of $8,000 and we negotiated down to $5,000 because we picked an odd slow weekend.

Post # 12
Member
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FutureFong:  As you’re thinking about your count, don’t forget you might/must (depending on your contracts) feed your vendors.  Depending on how many you have, that could be a few more plates, and get your total slightly closer to the 120 they are asking for.

 

Post # 12
Member
91 posts
Worker bee

if you aren’t getting married during “wedding season” venues are more likely to lower their minimums 🙂

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