Venting, unexpected expenses, and a dilemma

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Unfortunately, I don’t think this is totally uncommon where there is a venue rental fee.  For our wedding, we were not charged a venue rental fee — we just had to meet the food/beverage minimum and pay certain setup costs.  A 20% service charge plus sales tax was applied to the food/beverage only.  There was no service charge or sales tax charged on the set-up fee.  (Some venues will even charge sales tax on the service charge, although ours did not.)  If a venue is applying a service charge to the rental fee, presumably they are providing some service as well (like setting up chairs/tables, etc.), but not always.  I think it’s best to ask very specific questions about service charge and sales tax upfront so there are no surprises.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Have you tried to negotiate at all?  Or have they made it clear that it is non-negotiable? Like you said, it was already a stretch for the budget BEFORE the added costs…

I would back out and go with my 2nd choice just because they sprang it on me TBH, but thats just me.  It depends how really, really, really in love with it you are.  For $4000 you could do some fantastic things with venue number 2 (or even options 3&4!)

You could just tell everyone you found a fab venue (your 2nd choice) at the last minute and *had* to change!

Post # 5
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jdhall89:  We had a similar experience–they were upfront about some of the fees, but FI was insistent we price out all the details too. They had a security fee, a liquor minimum (on super-overpriced alcohol in the first place), a tables & chairs set up fee…we knew the place was expensive going in but we really loved it, so we were okay with it. But as we started to price out all the little things we’d have to add, as well as the costs of their preferred vendors (they had requirements for EVERYTHING, not just catering)–it really added up. We could afford it, but that money could also go towards a down payment.

We were also scared that there were even more fees that we didn’t know about, and that there would several thousand more adding on to the bill as time went on. We decided not to do it and kept looking! (We also now have a super-detailed spreadsheet for detailing the cost of a venue)

Post # 6
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jdhall89:  Why are they charging a 20% service fee? What services are they providing? That’s odd. 

The only part of our wedding that has a mandatory service fee or tip is the caterers and the hairdresser. The venue isn’t asking for a mandatory tip. And ouch, that place is expensive.

Post # 8
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@jdhall89:  OMG that’s fab news! When a door closes, a window opens huh? Hope the new one works out… pics if you can!

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