Must outrageous pricing you have come across when wedding planning?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@lstyle25:  Oh man – one venue required $1000 fee if you wanted to remove the furniture in the banquet room (hideous red arm chairs and tables for 4 people each) and they also required a $900 fee if you DIDN’T use their lighting company.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

One of the venues I was looking at has their own catering. They do not allow you to bring in your own caterer. I didn’t mind as long as the food was good. Then I looked at the prices. They wanted a minimum of $150 per person! That was on the cheap side. Some menus were $200+!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$750 for a ceiling drape in the ballroom (involving tulle and lights).  Very pretty, but for that much??  No thanks!

 

It was part of a floral quote that was almost $4,000.  Absurd.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was quoted almost 1K JUST for the dance floor! This vendor came recommended by the venue. Guess what? I took my business elsewhere and got my dance floor for HALF the cost the other vendor was trying to charge! I think the difference was really because of a platform but I really didn’t give a (bleep) about a platform for it to cost that much!

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

“Budget friendly” venues wanting $10-15k food and beverage minimums for ~100 people… plus everything else! 

On what planet is $100-$150pp for ONLY food and drinks “budget friendly”?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

$400 for a bridal sash. I was so appaled I almost walked out. So I made my own for $16!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

One of our venues boasted “Bring your own alcohol!  Save money!  No corkage!”  By the way, you’re required to hire our $500/3 hours bartender!  And pay 20% service and 9.5% tax on them!  No, that doesn’t include tip!  Yes, that’s well over $200/hr for a bartender.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I find the price of cakes rather outrageous.  Went to one bakery looking for a simple 2 tier cake (we won’t be serving it at the reception, it’s just for cutting) and was told “Our cakes start at $800”. WTF?

Just last week I found a chick who makes cakes and is doing our 2-tier cake for $150. We ordered two slab cakes from Costco to serve guests for $20 each.

I don’t even like cake. I’m not paying $800+ for one!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lstyle25:  My venue was so expensive.

They wanted $1125 to use their projector that was already installed.

They wanted $20 per cocktail. Not per person. Per cocktail.

The decorator wanted $25 per chair sash to hire. $25!

I ended up buying my own sashes for 50c each!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

one of the venues we checked out had a $9000 RENTAL FEE – that included NO furniture, NO food, nothing but a room and a security guard and access to a garbage bin

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Our venue charged us an extra $350 to use a non-preferred caterer, I don’t know if that’s comparative but I thought it was a little pricey. Our caterer wanted to charge $8/pp for shrimp cocktail. Once again, I’m not familiar with what’s reasonable and what’s not, but we weren’t going to buy $800+ worth of shrimp knowing that not everyone was going to eat it. FIL was sneaky and decided to do a BYOS. He bought a few bags for like $15 each from Sam’s Club and set them up on the cold display table in a pretty bowl. No one knew the difference and the caterer never mentioned it. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@lealorali:  lmao +10324982735 on the $400 sash!

I almost died when the bridal consultant told me their sashes run around $400. I was thinking “are you shitting me?”

Still figuring out if i’ll make one, or get one on etsy.

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

One venue I visited had ridicoulous requirements. You had to guarantee 250 guests for 135 per person. And that didn’t even include alcohol, which you had to bring in yourselves since the venue didn’t have it’s own liquor license. Weird. And on top of that, they wanted an 8k deposit. NOT worth it haha.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

A found a videographer that suffered from delusions of grandeur when I was quoted $8,100 for a FIVE MINUTE “cinematic style” montage of my wedding.  And then another $900 for the full raw, unedited footage.  Bahahahaha!  Flip Cams, here we come!

My gown alterations were like a punch in the face at $420.

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