(Closed) Venue Costs – One Stop Shop Reception Site or more DIY Location

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would defintely do your cost comparisons for each venue.  I put a list of things we absolutely wanted in a venue and then a pros and con column for each.  I did all the leg work to find out how much it would cost to rent everything (don’t forget delivery charges!) and for each venue we were interested in, put the overall cost it would be.  It really helped us narrow down our choices!  In the end, we found a beautiful venue that includes all the tables and chairs and had lodging for 40 people on a gorgeous ranch for only $5,000.  While that seemed like a lot when we were first looking around, we realized it was a killer deal for this area in the end because we were able to bring in all our own alcohol and food at no additional costs.  Good luck!!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Bumping for you. I’ve been wondering about this myself

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Spreadsheets will be your best friend.  I researched online for the overall “look” I was going for…and then started breaking down the cost of everything for each location I saw.  Ultimately, I chose a venue that’s middle of the line in terms of DIY.  They have in-house catering and provide tables, chairs, linens, staff, security…however, they are open for decorations, music, etc.  The spreadsheets helped me realize what was important to me and FI, what we absolutely would not compromise on and what we were flexible with. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve heard it’s more expensive to use a venue where you have to bring everything in, if you want the same quality as a nice all-inclusive venue. So basically you get more bang for your buck at an all-inclusive venue, but if you’re willing to go with some cheaper options (ie having an Italian restaurant cater or buying all your own beer), you could potentially save money at a venue where you choose all the vendors individually. I considered having my wedding at my parents house, but vetoed the idea for this reason (and it’s a ton of work!!). I think almost all venues allow you to bring in whatever music or centerpieces/decorations you want.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I thought for sure that aDIY location would be the best way to go in the high priced area we wanted to get married in, however after doing all the cost analysis it ended up being almost the same as having a place that was all inclusive! As pp’s said, compare your prices. Find a rental company on your area, or really anywhere since rentals seem to be similar everywhere and that posts their prices online and add it up. But don’t forget you will need everything down to the last spoon, napkin and water glass.  There were a lot more items I would have had to rent than I ever thought of when I first started. Although I would have liked to be ale to bring my own alcohol, that would have been much cheaper than we are paying but is a winery so what can you do.

Also in the past two weeks I have been to one wedding who’s venue supplied everything except staff, And vendors, and one at a family home on a lake where every single thing had to be rented and the one on the lake was one of the most well put together beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to. The brides had similar budgets but the main diff was that one put a ton of work into hers and the other was too Pre occupied with other things. (oh, the “other” was a total disaster aside from the fact that two people in love got married) so it really all depends on you IMO!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My sister did a gorgeous a la carte wedding that turned out gorgeous.  BUT after looking into it for ourselves we went with a hotel.  A very unique and gorgeous hotel but a hotel none the less.  What I found out was the cost of the tent alone was $10,000, to rent the space was another $7,000, and than we would need to bring in toilets as well.  Not the regular port-o-potties would do but the trailer with lights, running water, etc that would end up nearing $5000.  So for all that it is $22,000 without any food, plates, music, dance floor, serveware, etc.  

It can be done.  BUT just know it will be a lot more work to source vendors that are within the budget.  GL!

Post # 9
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2193 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My sister did a gorgeous a la carte wedding that turned out gorgeous.  BUT after looking into it for ourselves we went with a hotel.  A very unique and gorgeous hotel but a hotel none the less.  What I found out was the cost of the tent alone was $10,000, to rent the space was another $7,000, and than we would need to bring in toilets as well.  Not the regular port-o-potties would do but the trailer with lights, running water, etc that would end up nearing $5000.  So for all that it is $22,000 without any food, plates, music, dance floor, serveware, etc.  

It can be done.  BUT just know it will be a lot more work to source vendors that are within the budget.  GL!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We definitely wanted one stop shop venue. I’m pretty sure we paid a premium for the convenience of it all, but it was worth every penny. We had 4 very well structured meetings and BAM our entire wedding was done. When we walked out of the last meeting my DH and I both turned and looked at each other and said “wow that was easy”. Our venue was over our initial budget, but we are both so glad that we splurged on it. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re doing it all.  I would have loved for an all inclusive wedding venue but they were out of budget.  So we’re finding and bringing in our own vendors and it is actually cheaper for us. The hall we have rented provides tables and chairs, a kitchen, bathrooms.  But we are bringing in our own decor, food, alcohol, etc.

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