(Closed) What % of your budget is going to the venue?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What percentage of your budget is going to your venue?
    0-10 : (28 votes)
    26 %
    10-30 : (27 votes)
    25 %
    30-50 : (23 votes)
    21 %
    50-75 : (24 votes)
    22 %
    75+ : (5 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think this is tough because each venue includes different things.  We paid about 15-17% for our reception venue but that included chairs, tables, linens, beer, wine, soda, bartenders, and a limited DOC.

    Post # 4
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our venue was about 50% of our budget, but it also included food, alcohol, chairs, linens, etc–we didn’t have to bring anything in except decorations and entertainment.

    Post # 6
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We got a GREAT deal on on our venues (ceremony & reception). Together they come to ~7% of the budget.

    Catering on the other hand (including tent, linens, silverware, etc) is close to 50%.

    Post # 7
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    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I put 50% but only b/c they what they quoted included a caterer that they recomended, but you could pick any caterer that you wanted. It also included open bar, linens and center pieces if you want to use them.

    Post # 8
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    1667 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our venue was about 14% of our budget, but it didn’t include ANYTHING. I thought it was fair considering we have the venue to ourselves all day long.

    Post # 9
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My venue is FREE! I’m lucky to have parents with a huge piece of land in the Napa Valley that backs up to the vineyards. I can’t wait to see it all set up 🙂

    Post # 11
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    591 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Not including the catering from our venue, it is about 1% of the budget, but when you add in food, drink, and linens and tables and chairs, etc., it is about 50% of our budget.

    Post # 12
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @gocubbies: Thanks! BUT, I do have to spend more on catering staff and rentals because it’s not a venue that comes with all of that. So it’s a catch 22 either way, girlfriend!

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Our venue is about 50% of our budget… but it includes some lodging as well as rentals, and we have the place to ourselves for a few days.

    Post # 15
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our venue is right around 50% but it includes all food (sit down dinner and hor d’ourves), alcohol (limited open bar), all tables, chairs, linens (tablecloths, napkins and chair covers), place settings, in house coordinator, and our ceremony (location and chairs).

    Post # 16
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    If I had a limited budget I would not spend so much on the venue, unless it included a lot (i.e., food). My total budget was about $11-12K, and my venue fee was $700. This included two rooms (for ceremony and reception) and all of the linens, plates, chairs, servers, setup and cleanup, etc, as well as the on-site event coordinator (who was not a DOC). It did not include any food, lodging, or a DOC.

    If I included what I paid for lodging and food from my venue (it was a B&B), it would be over half of my budget.

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