Post # 1
We haven’t seriously started looking at venues yet, but we’ve been shopping online. We will be getting married in VT or NH- my dream location would be the Mount Washington Hotel. We love the look of the Mountain View Grand as well. These are big old resort hotels with all-inclusive catering etc.
How much do you thing we should have “liquid” to be able to pay as a deposit to hold the date? Could the bees who got married at these places chime in about the deposits?
Post # 3
I’m sorry I cannot help you with this particular venue, but all the places that I have looked at have their deposit information on their website. Have you checked the website of the venue to see if it is on there?
Good luck with everything!
Post # 4
I had to pay 50% of the base rate as deposit for my date at my venue. Some of that was refundable. I did have at least 24 hours to come up with it (though I just put it on my Amex). You could poke around websites of some of the places you’re looking at and see if they list deposit requirements. I’d have at least 10% of your total budget available as a deposit for the venue, maybe up to 20% depending on their contracts.
Post # 5
I would ask them during your tour of the place. Usually they have a 7-14 day courtesy hold for you to get your money to them. My venue required 1/3 of the total payment to guarantee the date for us.
Post # 6
Neither of these places have deposit info available. I was actually surprised that Bretton Woods even had pricing on the website- it seems like the norm for these places is to not have any prices on their websites.
Post # 7
@vermonster: Call them if it isn’t on their website. Since they are all-inclusive, it’ll likely be a hefty sum, since you can’t just book the venue now, and put a deposit for catering, rentals etc down later as you book them.
Post # 8
The general rule of thumb is 50% of the total. Especially if they are all-inclusive the deposit will be signifcant, but I’d call them and ask. Most venues don’t put their prices on the website for the purpose of having the ability to talk to the person.
Remember that these places are businesses, and try to negotiate if possible. Obviously don’t cut the price in half, but it doesn’t hurt to try and get things a little bit cheaper!
Post # 9
It really, really varies. I only had to put $500 as a deposit on our venue, but I had to put 1/3rd down as a deposit with our DJ/decor company. The only way to know is to ask each place.
I can tell you this. I spent about 25% of our overall budget during the reservation/deposit period – venue, decor, dj, photobooth, photographer, videographer, tux deposits, honeymoon deposit, cake. Hope that helps a little in figuring out how much you should have up front.
Post # 10
Based on the responses, I’d call and ask. Everywhere I looked (in SE Michigan), it was $500. The venue we went with had a $500 deposit, but had periodic installments. These varied depending on how far away your wedding was. For example, at 6 months out, we needed to have 50% put down.
Post # 11
it really depends on the venue. they all seem to have their own rules when it comes to deposits and payments. you may want to confirm with them while touring the venue. they may also have their terms online.
for my area, i think on average it was anywhere between $500-$2000 to reserve the date depending on the venue.
Post # 12
I got married in Andover and they only needed 1k deposit. I paid the rest (about 13k) one month or 2 weeks before.
Post # 14
My deposit was 1/3 of the cost, so $1,500.
Post # 15
I think half is pretty typical, with the other half due 30 days before the wedding.
Post # 16
Our deposit was only $2,000 to secure the date with another $3,000 deposit due 9 months before the wedding.
I’d definitely call though to check with the places, as it really varies.