USA brides……venue clueless

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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6347 posts
Bee Keeper

The wedding industry knows they can charge higher for weddings since they are so highly sought after. And if you base your cost of weddings on wedding websites or on traditional wedding venues, they tend to skew higher too. If you are willing to compromise on some things or just keep things simple, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that expensive. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Honestly it depends where you are going to be having your wedding. If you have your wedding in New york city of course it is going to be more expensive than a wedding in a small town. I am not having a 100 person wedding. I am having a small wedding of about less than 60 person wedding to save on cost and because my fiance and I don’t want a big wedding. For our venue we are having a ceremony and reception at the same location. For the ceremony we only pay for chairs per person and decorations. For the reception we pay for the open bar, dinner, and cake cutting fee. There isn’t a room rental food so that is saving us a lot of money like they have on other venues.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s going to vary regionally. I live in the South in a fairly small city. My venue alone (no food, linens, etc) is $1200 for 4 hours. 

ETA: we are expecting around 120 people

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  FutureMrsBex.
Post # 5
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

$4,900 for 10 hours in the Hill Country around Austin, TX for a venue that can fit up to 250.  Includes indoor and outdoor use of the facility (we’re having the ceremony outside and reception inside) and use of all the tables and chairs as well as insurance, audio equipment, and all the little things. Had to bring in all the other vendors. 

From research, venues vary widely and quotes aren’t even truly comparable because each venue will price different things into their quotes. I think it’s one of the most variable wedding costs; there are places like community centers that will rent out for $600 (in Seattle, some of the facilities at parks are actually gorgeous, and cheap!), and I’m sure for the Plaza Hotel in NYC it’s 5 digits. The numbers you quoted don’t seem too unreasonable, but 4 hours is a pretty hasty time-chunk, considering all the set-up and tear down you’ll have to do. 

Post # 6
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Oh, season and day will also affect price. You can get deals for a Friday or Sunday and off-season (i.e., February wedding in the Northwest) can cut the price by 50%. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

Liss13:  places that are “wedding places” will cost more (stupid wedding industry) and region, date, time, and day of the week will also play a role. If you can have an open mind about location, you can save a fair amount. Community centers are often great for weddings and are usually the cheapest around.

For our 90 ish person wedding, we went with a conference center in the coastal mountains. They do weddings, but it’s not their primary thing. About $4000, once food is factored in. Tables, sound equip, linens, and a coordinator are all provided. Reception and ceremony space. And it’s GORGEOUS. We did compromise. As a non profit Christian organization, they do not allow alcohol. After being sad about that for a day or so, I moved the budget around and got extra money for other things. No-one will drive home drunk, no horrible drunken speeches, and no vomiting. I’m no longer sad about that. 

Anyway, my point is have an open mind, and compromise is key. Decide what’s important and compromise on the rest of it. Look at what comes with it. $2000 for the place, a coordinator, and all the necessary furniture? Cool! Same price for the right to use an empty room for a few hours? Not cool.

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