Post # 1
So my fiance and I have looked all over the place and keep comming back to this one venue. The thing is there is a mandatory hall fee of a thousand dollars no matter what, however Friday the minimum is 125 and Saturday it’s 150 people. I find this annoying because if we have to pay a fee for the hall no matter what I don’t think it should matter. We’re at around 130 to 140ish. At first I was okay with a Friday wedding, but I just feel like the day might be too rushed and I’m worried about pictures as well as people who want to come to the ceremony not being able to attend due to work.
So my question is (shady and horrible as it is) say we tell them we have 150 and we really don’t…what happens? Has anyone does this? Do you still have to pay for the 150 count or what?
Post # 3
They will charge you for the minimum number of required guests regardless of whether or not those people show up. We ended up, with declines, and people that ditched last minute, paying for 25 plates that no one was there to eat.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
We booked somewhere that had a minimum of 150 guests, but we only ended up with 125. We still had to pay the per person price for 25 people, but we were able to use that money towards upgrades: top shelf open bar, extra food during cocktail hour, etc. Maybe you can talk to the venue about doing something similar?
Post # 5
if they want you to have a 150 minumum, you will have to pay for 150 people regardless if only 149, 148, 147,…100, 99, etc people come.
Post # 6
How do they charge per person? Do you use their catering or bar service? If so they will charge you the price for 150 people. So normally it wouldn’t matter as long as you are paying what you would for 150 people. Is that 130-140 just for invited guests only? Typically you should plan on 20% not coming, have you taken that into consideration?
I don’t think you should lie to the venue, just talk to them about it.
Otherwise I understand, I definitely wanted a Saturday wedding over a Friday (unless it was a DW)
Post # 7
We had our ceremony and recep at the same venue. Due to that, they waved the $1000 hall rental fee but we have a guest minimum of 150. We invited 190 and I’m pretty sure I will have a little less than 150 atten. Which stinks because its $75 per person just for food/drinks. If you don’t want to pay for ppl who don’t show, I would say go with the Friday date. You can always pay more if you have more than 125 show up rather than pay for ppl who don’t come. And remember, about 20% of the amount of ppl who invite, will decline.
Post # 8
The prior posters are correct. It doesn’t matter to the venue how many guests you have (as long as the number does not exceed the capacity of the space for the type of event you are having.) You simply are guaranteeing that you will pay for the per-person cost of at least 150 guests if you book your event on a Saturday night.
Post # 9
why not try to negotiate the contract to 125 on a saturday? i’ve heard lots of success with that.
Post # 10
@kristen182: I wish! I doubt they would let us though, we mentioned if we could have it at 125 for Saturday since there’s a hall fee anyway and I believe they said no.