How much is too much for a plate of food? a bit long

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
Member
7243 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Do you have any pictures of the other venue?

Post # 3
mscrabMember
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Atrium at the Curtis Center

The venue is absolutely stunning! If only that were the only consideration!

It would help to be able to compare apples to apples – how much would your original venue cost with food included? 

When you look at the differential you can ask yourself whether or not you like the more expensive venue $X more than the original? Is it worth it to you to pay that much more to get the restaurant venue?

Good luck!

Post # 4
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6335 posts
Bee Keeper

What style of weddding do you want? The second venue may be beautiful, but with the tourist focus, it might end up being a little cookie cutter. You could do something more authentic to the DR or custom to your needs and at a more reasonable price if you went with the first venue you mentioned. 

Post # 6
Member
7754 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Well if you can afford the restaurant I’m sure it will be a lot easier, you could DIY decor and keep everything else cheap. If you don’t have that budget, then I’d go with the cheaper one but of course you’ll have to coordinate and hire other vendors which is it’s own sort of pain. You should get a quote from some caterers, and would the venue need table chair linens rentals? Price that out too, set your budget and see what you can afford.

Post # 9
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I really do love the second option [the beach restaurant], but if it’s not in budget or you aren’t willing to pay $42 a plate, go with what you can/would rather pay.

I actually don’t think $42 a plate is all that expensive when you get the venue for free.

Post # 11
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1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

SilaC:  It sounds like you’re doubting the beach venue, so I would go with the first one.  It’s still beautiful and you can put your own stamp on it.  Price out some caterers and rentals (linens, tables, chairs, etc) and see what the price difference would be.

Post # 12
mscrabMember
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Atrium at the Curtis Center

In the case of say $15/per person for 80 people you’re looking at a differential of $1,765 for food and venue between the two locations. Do you have to pay for rentals of tables/chairs/linens/napkins/china/glassware/silverware at the first venue? If so – they should be considered in the comparison as well.

Post # 15
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

SilaC:  I think you’d be better off figuring out how much the first venue would cost when you factor in all the things you’d need to pay for + the cost of the venue and divide it by how many people to get your answer. Food, plates, tables, chairs, silverware and napkins can really add up depending on what kind you want.

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