Post # 1
I understand that figuring out the estimated cost of a venue is a cross between divination and a game of Yatzee, but would it kill more venues to post at least the general costs (site fees, ranges of meals, etc.)? That way I wouldn’t waste my time writing you emails to find out your costs, and you wouldn’t waste your time responding to my emails only to find out that you’re way beyond my budget. And no a $$ sign doesn’t really help. What one place defines as $$ is $ another place and $$$ another. Please would it kill you?
Post # 3
@renwoman: They do this because they hope you will come out and view the venue and fall in love with it and book it whatever the cost.
Bridal shops soetimes do the exact same thing – bring you dresses over your budget in the hope you will love it so much that you will ignore your price limit.
These people run businesses so you can’t really blame them for trying any marketing tool they have at their disposal.
Post # 4
@j_jaye: Yeah, my logical mind knows that, but I have to admit that I’m immediately attrcted to a venue that gives info about their costs on their website. I find that I spend longer looking at the site and if it is a bit of a stretch I’m more likely to look at my budget and see if it might work (crunch the numbers). If a site doesn’t list it anywhere and it just looks beyond the budget I may not even send an email to ask. I guess I’m just frustrated because I am on a strict budget and I’d just like to know beforehand rather than getting my hopes up only to be disappointed (which has already happened several times).
Post # 5
j jaye is so right. I loved the first venue I looked at and THANKFULLY I had self control to not choose it impulsively but I can definitely see how they get people that way.
The venue I chose DOES post prices online and I felt really comfortable. They didn’t pressure me at all. I agree it does help. I felt the same way when I picked a photographer!