Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Forest and Ball Room
I am looking at a venue that is $500 to rent for 24hr $750 for the ceiling treatment, $100 for the bartender and about $500 for food and drinks. It is over double my budget…and I don’t really *need* the draping ceiling but I also want it to be something I want at the same time. <br /><br /><br />Our original budget for venue was $600 (was at a lodge, but they changed the policy to no alcohol and we changed after that) <br /><br />
And now our budget is $1850-$2000. OUCH. (Forgot to add they set up EVERYTHING if we give them a look that we want. for $25 an hour, which I find reasonable. They also provide tables and chairs.) <br /><br />Maybe knowing what others paid for their venue will help me out a little bit with forking out the cash. I don’t think their pricing are ridiculous, but this is also the same girl that has to leave when we check out at a store otherwise I panic.
Post # 2
I am spending $425 on the venue for the day plus $8 a table and $1.75 a chair.
Post # 3
akkaer1: I paid $76 per head seat down dinner and open bar and vienese table and the ceremony cake $30 for children over 4 $50 for teens we have a total of 75 guest and paid 5,981 I think it was a reasonable
Post # 4
I’m spending $850 for the venue which includes an arch, chairs, set up and tear down for 3.5 hours. Our reception venue is separate and is roughly $2900 – everything included (for three hours).
Post # 5
Ours is $3,200 after taxes. Needs minimal decoration. Includes all tables and chairs. Provides a very nice wood carved bar and two bartenders, plus a lady that will be in the bathroom all the time making sure they are clean. Also an administration person present at the building until the activity is over in case there is any issue with the venue. And a security guy. Those things have no extra cost. We can use the interior patio for cocktail and there is a big adyacent parking lot that can be used by all guests at no cost. There is no cleaning fee. All these ” extra” thibgs and the fact that they let us bring the food and drinks from any vendor we want was the deciding factor. It is food and drinks that normally break the bank big time when forced to buy from venue. :-/
Post # 6
We are paying 5,000$ for our venue. This includes ceremony site, reception and rehersal. It also includes tables and chairs. But we will be renting other chairs. They also include a coordinator and security for the day of. We are renting a museum so we don’t plan on to many decorations for the reception area so that will save some.
Post # 7
We are paying $8000 for our venue and that includes tables, chairs, and booze. We are getting married in our local brewery so not much decor needed either… buuuut This was the only place we even considered.
Every bride has their own thing. If this is your venue skimp somewhere else… Do smaller centerpieces, or skip food at the cocktail hour*I did!* No one will notice its missing!
Post # 8
Our venue is $200 for 5hrs including all tables, chairs, linens, DJ set up, catering set up, some centerpiece and other decor, all silverware, dinnerware and drinkware, beautiful wood beam ceiling with skylights and christmas lights on the beams, large stone dance floor, and floor to ceiling windows surrounding. Food and full open bar on the other hand is about $10K for 300 people, yikes!
Post # 9
This should make you feel better – the cheapest venues around here are $1600 and they are parks! Mine is over $5000 and it includes nothing but the venue 🙁
Post # 10
akkaer1: We’re spending more than 5 times that (5 hours, all inclusive) so to me that sounds like a bargain! haha (i’ve noticed from the bee that where I live, reception venues are SO much more expensive!!) its all relative though, for us we’re spending what we budgeted so we’re not worried but no matter what your budget, once you go over, its scary! as long as you love it though I think its worth it!
Post # 11
Mine is $2800 just to hire for ceremony and reception (With chairs, tables, linen etc) plus another $6000 for food and another $4000 for alcohol for 80 people.
<br />Edited to say that is considered average where I live, most venues are $5000 just for hire plus an extra $15 for food/drink
Post # 12
for only the venue, no food or drink, just the space and the tables/chairs, we’re paying a little over $2000 for 7 hours.
Post # 13
Our venue was by far the most expensive thing in our wedding budget (over 50%). However, that includes the ceremony fee, food and drink, linens, tables, chairs. When I add all the venue fees up and divide them by the number of our guests, it comes out to $122 a person.
I knew our venue was going to be more on the expensive side, but the venue really set the mood for our wedding. It was very different and unique and I had so many compliments after about it. I will say that because our venue was on the expensive side, I had to budget for other things in order to afford it. For example, I changed our flowers budget from $2,500 to $500, and because the venue was beautiful on it’s own, it didn’t even need a ton of flowers/decor.
Post # 14
I haven’t booked a venue yet. But the one I think we’re going to go with has a $3200.00 site fee for 6.5 hours.
Post # 15
akkaer1: We did an all inclusive venue. I actually emailed them and told them what I wanted to pay and they gave us that price. We are paying $54.00/pp for a package that usually ends up w/ tax and gratuity being $80/pp and that includes open bar, buffet dinner, cocktail hour, cake, linens, and an ice cream bar. It’s pricey, but for our area that is a really good price.