(Closed) What % of budget spent on venue?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well, our reception venue (a restaurant with a large private room) didn’t have a separate fee as long as we met their food and beverage minimum (which we met easily).  They provide food, liquor, linens (only white or ivory though) and cake (optional).  Then our ceremony space is a public park across the street, which was $300 to reserve, with $150 being refundable after the event provided we don’t trash the place (which we don’t intend to do! Wink) I’ve never really understood venues that charge you thousands of dollars just to walk in the door, but I guess that’s more common in some areas of the country or with places that expect you to use an outside caterer…

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours will end up being about 50% of the total amount we spend on the wedding. It was one of the most important parts to us and we looove our venue, so it’s well worth it! It seems like your venue includes a lot, and renting all that stuff adds up quicker than you might realize–just something to consider 🙂

 

ETA: that includes the food, liquor,  tables, linens, and ceremony–it’s not just the space.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Our venue was 32% of the budget, but we are getting married at a hotel and it is also serving as the ceremony location. The cost includes all food, alcohol, linens (although this will be replaced), ceremony location.

We also get a complimentary suite for us, 2 rooms for our parents, 5 parking vouchers for the bp and all the rewards points for the event. woohoo!

The average budget calculator will tell you 42% for the venue

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@hilsy85:  Good point- I’m never sure what people mean when they talk about their venue costs- are they including the final bill for the food/drink or just the charge to use the space separate from food and drink…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@greenleafmountain: No, I agree, it’s definitely helpful to know what the price includes. We originally looked at some spaces that were literally just that–space. We would have had to bring in eeeeverything. It seemed way too overwhelming to me!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

About 55%; this includes buffet & table decor, though.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our venue is 55% of the budget, it was really scary to use that much of our budget but we were so in love with the location we decided it was worth it. Actually if I throw in the ceremony fees its more like 60%.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We spent 2/3 of the budget on venue and food and ceremony. It did not include a cake, dj or an officiant. It also does not include table decor. We spent A LOT of our budget on venue.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours, based on my cost estimates (which wildly over-estimate alcohol consumption), will end up being about 55% of our total budget.

Our venue doesn’t have a rental fee, as it’s the country club to which my family belongs, so we get the space for “free” (not really free since we have to pay membership fees!). So the 55% includes food, alcohol, decor (not flowers though), DJ. photobooth and taxes/gratuities.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Our budget (not including honeymoon, wedding bands, or rehearsal dinner) is 13k. Our ceremony and reception venue + rentals + food + alcohol + tax + fees + tip (seriously consider all they extras… they add up!) will come out to between 7500-8000. So about 60% of our budget. Our photographer is another 15%. We spend money on the two things that were important to us. Everything else we’re skimping on. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are spending almost 60% of our budget on our venue. Our venue however does not include cake ($1,200) DJ($2,500) or ceremony ($1,000)

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

66% of our budget is going toward the venue–this includes food, alcohol, table rentals and a DJ!  There were a lot of components included in our contract though, which is probably why it was so high 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our venue will be about 60-65% of our total costs. This is for our ceremony location and reception venue since everything is on the same property. This will also include all costs of ceremony site set-up, drinks, food, cocktail hour, linens, silverware, glassware, chivari chairs, wait staff and a park ranger (our venue is part of the Cleveland Metroparks and a ranger must be hired at an event that serves alcohol).

Post # 16
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Newbee

Our venue is probably close to 70% of our budget.  Like yours it includes cake, food, alcohol, linens, ceremony, setup, waiters, etc.  After the venue our budget catagories were (in order of highest to lowest percentage spent): Welcome party the night before, Photographer, DJ, attire, flowers, paper. 

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