How much were you willing to spend on your venue?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: How much would you / did you spend on your venue fee?
    $500-$1000 : (12 votes)
    14 %
    $1000-$2000 : (16 votes)
    18 %
    $2000-$3000 : (12 votes)
    14 %
    $3,000-$4,000 : (10 votes)
    11 %
    $4,000-$5,000 : (4 votes)
    5 %
    $5,000-$6,000 : (5 votes)
    6 %
    $6,000-$7,000 : (5 votes)
    6 %
    $7,000-$8,000 : (4 votes)
    5 %
    $8,000-$9,000 : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We’re spending over 10K. Coordinator and linens not included. Venues in major cities are expensive though. This was top of our budget already so that’s where I draw the line.

    Post # 4
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    6506 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Whoops I voted before I actually read it! We didn’t pay anything to rent the space. We just had to meet a minimum. If we hadn’t met the minimum, the amount left over would have still been paid to them and considered a fee. So one of the $10000+ votes should be for $0!

    Post # 5
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Our venue is $200 for the venue, chairs, tables, linens, set up, coordinator. It is a beutiful, very popular wedding venue w/ the #1 caterer in the area. Def my dream venue. I researched many venues and none had a fee of over $1k for the rental.

    Post # 6
    Member
    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We are spending $31,000 on our venue, that includes chairs, tables, wedding coordinator, linens (which we didnt end up using) a 4 course meal and open bar for 6 hours for 200 people. Plus obviously the venue.

     

    Everything else was additional.

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    10999 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @atlbride2013:  Over $10K just to rent the space — and nothing else? Wowzer!!!

    Post # 8
    Member
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Most venues in my area run about 3K and up for just the tables, chairs, etc. I was VERY fortunate to get my beautiful venue priced at 4K for FREE!!! It is my dream venue I couldnt have been happier.

    Post # 9
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    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MrsBob2Be:  It is hard to answer – ours is around 10k. But that is for everything. Cocktail reception, tables chairs linens, servers, 5 course meal, dance floor….etc. 

    Post # 10
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    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @MrsN14:  What type of place are you getting married that only cost $200? That is spectacular!

     

    @MrsBob2Be:  We are leaning towards a very casual wedding, which we would have LOVED to have a real venue, but we don’t have thousands of dollars laying around to spend on a single day of fun. So, we will most likely we renting a gazeebo at a park on a lake for $35.

    Post # 11
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    1625 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    The place we most likely will get married at has a $2500 fee, which includes tables, chairs, and a DoC. We have to get linens on our own. We also have to pay $395 if we don’t use a caterer off of their “preferred” list. 

    Post # 12
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    1175 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsBob2Be:  I paid $3700 for our venue.  No coordinator, everything we will need for the reception (for us it will be a high end dinner for all guests, 10 total) is going to mostly be DIY.  But we chose to rent a lodge (very esquisite large luxury home) for the ceremony and reception.  So total cost for the lodge for 3 nights was $3700, all guests will be spending the weekend.  Which was far cheaper than trying to pay for seperate ceremony and dinner locations, and lodging for our guests.  All of the linens and stuff I will be doing myself since it is such a small DW.  Of course this does not include the cost of a personal chef to prepare the meal which is an additional $1500.  

    Post # 13
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    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Venue prices vary significantly by location and what they include.  Venues in my area are expensive, and most non-hotel/restaurant venues that I found don’t include food/beverage, coordinator, or linens/flatware/dishware/glassware, and some don’t even include tables or chairs.  My goal was to keep the venue rental fee (not including food, rentals, or coordinator) under 5 figures.  My venue ended up being on the pricey side, but that’s because it includes overnight accomodations that we have rented for 4 nights and 32 non-continuous hours in the main building.  It also includes tables and chairs (though we will need to rent more).  I could have paid the same amount or more at other locations and gotten just 8 hours and the building (no funiture or anything else).

    Post # 14
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    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Brielle:  The fee does include chairs and round tables, we have to rent our estate table separately. We’re also getting 3K worth of booze because it’s a saturday and they have a beverage minimum. So technically it costs like 8K just for the space for 6 hours, with 3 hours of vendor loading. It’s a beautiful ballroom though. There are places that we called in LA that had a 30K minimum just to book.

    Post # 15
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    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Ours is $11,000 for the venue, which includes the coordinator, tables, linens and the space – another $17,000 for the food/open bar. Our venue is gorgeous, though and I wouldn’t change a thing!!

    Post # 16
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    13 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    The fee for my venue is $2,000 but that includes absolutely nothing else. We have to rent a tent, chairs, tables, linens, etc.

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