(Closed) Kind of upset about my venue.

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 4
47 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

What are you looking for input on?  Maybe we can help if the question’s clear 🙂

Looking at your first picture – the venue I chose does do ceremonies in the same space as the reception, but they remove tables and just organize the chairs in aisles.  After the ceremony they set up the tables for you (while guests are having a drink). Maybe your venue could do that too?

Post # 6
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

In my area, ceremony fees start at $2,000…it’s kinda unavoidable.

If you’re not happy with paying that ceremony fee, they might do a turnover (what the previous bride suggested). However, it sounds like they might charge you a fee for cocktail hour venue too. Also, be aware that means they have only ONE HOUR MAX to reset–and that includes your centerpieces and decor. Turnovers can get tricky. 

Post # 7
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been to weddings where the ceremony and reception took place in the same room with the tables and chairs set for the reception.  The bridal party and the bride walks through all the tables to the front of the reception area.  This is not ideal but I don’t blame the bride for it.  I think it’s also problematic to turn a room around in an hour during cocktail hour, especially since the guests do not have a place to go during this.  An hour goes by really quickly.  I think it took my venue over 6 hours to set up my reception room and I had the venue employees, the tablecloth rental company, several florists, uplighting, piping, DJ, photographer…all there to set up. 

I didn’t want to have a ceremony at a different location, several hours before the reception.  I don’t like having to wait 4-6 hours between ceremony and reception so I paid an additional ceremony fee to the venue.  I believe it was about $2,500 and included a different set of chairs and the chuppah.  Even if I were to have a ceremony elsewhere, I would still be paying something.

Post # 8
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I dont understand why your venue charges money for you to hold your ceremony elsewhere? This is the first time I have ever heard of a venue doing this.

I would see if they would be able to turnover the room your reception is, if not the porch is a good idea as well. I would not pay $995 to have some chairs set up, but I would also have a few chairs set up for any elderly guests who arent able to stand very long.

Post # 9
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d pay the 1k to have the ceremony on the front steps.

Post # 10
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

Id go to the park and make it pretty. Just make sure theres no license that says you cant do that

Post # 11
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would pay the extra money and use the porch – it’s not ideal to pay more money, but your picturse will be gorgeous.

Also, sometimes for parks you still need to rent the shelter or what not, which could range from $25 – $200.. and your pictures there wouldn’t be all that fabulous.

Post # 13
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@allyfally:  Would they be setting up any sound equipment? Would their employees be doing anything at all?

We had to pay $750.00 to have the ceremony in one location on the property and a seperate fee for the reception. As you said it is pretty common however they did set up chairs, decor and a sound system.

IF they are truly doing absolutely nothing I would discuss that fact with them. Tell them you are basically being asked to pay to stand in a designated location without them lifting a finger and see how they respond.

Post # 15
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@allyfally:  Yes the DJ did take care of that but they had to do something with regards to it so it was mentioned in the package. Probably make sure the plugs worked, big deal!

Post # 16
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Negotiate the front porch.  Tell them that you want half the chairs set up for half the price.  Like it or not, you are using their space and they want money for it.  Or if you want the free option (in the same room), ask them exactly where everything would be set up because it doesn’t look like there’s room for 2 people (and 1 with a big white dress) to walk down at the same time or do the vows.

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