- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Okay so, I just moved my horse to a new place, this big awesome ranch right across the street from what I THOUGHT was going to be our venue (a polo club field on the beach). When I mentioned that I was planning on getting married there, the ranch manager told me that they had just built a wedding venue right there at the ranch that we might want to consider. He drives me up there to see it.
Sitting at the foot of the gorgeous hill leading up into the mountains, is this magical, beautiful plantation-looking building:
That house in the front is really a relatively small (maybe 800 sq foot or so?) area for entertaining/lounging, but not an area for dining. But it is gorgeous, has a big fancy fireplace, decorated beautifully, etc. Also in the building is a very large restaurant-like kitchen. The buildings on the side are actually rooms to stay, like for a bed and breakfast.
In the back of the building is this lovely aisle of palm trees:
with some flat space for tents, etc. So aside from the beautiful set up, the venue is essentially an indoor lounge space, and a beautiful outdoor space.
The manager tells me that they have yet to have a wedding here, but that the owner is going to be charging 5k for 12 hours of use of the space, plus one of the rooms to get ready in, but not stay overnight as they don’t yet have a permit for that. This fee includes nothing else, no tables, chairs, nothing. Nuh-thing.
I let him know that this was the highest price I had ever heard of for an outdoor venue including no other amenities, and wanted to throw in a “Good luck getting someone to pay that!” but, I’m fairly certain that once they start marketing it, they’ll find out that not enough people are going to be willing to. At least I’m banking on it, because this same manager is taking over my polo field in the fall (a story for another post, perhaps), so if I will be booking either of these venues, (or both — the polo beach, then the plantation for reception which he said would be an option), it’ll now go through him. I don’t know what he would charge for just the polo beach and polo field (excluding this beautiful plantation house area), which as I mentioned was going to be our venue.
Have you ever heard of a non-inclusive outdoor venue around this price point? The polo field, for reference, was going to cost $2,500, including a small tent, tables, (horribly cheap and ugly) chairs, sound system, small stage, and bar. What do we think about all this?
ETA: Also keep in mind that we are probably having like 80 guests, max. More likely 50ish, I’m guessing.