Venue and Food

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had our venue and caterer together (never thought to do it separetly because never saw a venue that allowed it) it was so convient and it was actually a better price than bringing in a caterer plus the venue fee was next to nothing ($200 for saturday night) because of the catering contract. Our dinner was $20 a person plus $14 for open bar and we had 300 guests. Those prices seem pretty steep for such a small wedding. $4,500 rental and $11,000 food minimum, that is insane. I looked at a place exactly like that one at a winery in my area with pavillion plus seating inside if we wanted, venue rental was $750, food was $25 a person. It’s probably just a more expensive area you’re looking at, but I can’t fathom that. 

Post # 3
716 posts
Busy bee

Yea, I agree that your life will be so much easier if you choose a full service venue where no rental or outside catering is required.  You will also come out cheaper. In addition, you can’t convince me that food brought in vs. cooked onsite will ever taste better.

One thing that I did before I booked the venue was call photographers that have worked there and ask their opinion on the venue, food, etc.  They were happy to talk to me to establish a relationship and I got some insight from folks who really have a lot of perspective.  Just a thought.


Post # 4
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think those prices are pretty normal. My best friend used a venue that had a dedicated caterer and their food & bar package wound up being $150/person for 120 guests. Most minimums I’ve seen in my area range from $10,000 to $15,000 on a saturday night.

Post # 5
732 posts
Busy bee

I did a separate caterer as my venue doesnt have one. It was much cheaper in the long run. My meal was only $13pp, and my rental fee was $400 for the day. Other venues I looked into were about $800 for the venue and around $20 pp. I had over 325 guests so that makes a big difference in cost.

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