(Closed) Am I being unrealistic about venue cost?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That place is beautiful!  It totally depends, but my venue fee is $3000 for an entire building for about 200-250 guests regardless of amount of time we use it.  We have access all day, so we’d pay $3k for all day or for just 4 hours.  Now, here is the thing – if that place is an inn, they sometimes charge a bit extra because they could be losing business by hosting an event – your people might be using the rooms and not the spa where a typical guest might use the spa, same goes with dinner.  A lot of places require an in house baker or caterer (our catering is in house, but the cake is not) Ask the woman at your venue if you can bring in teh cupcakes as a "gift" from the friend in addition to the cake.  Might be the only way to get both.  Id have someone else call back and pretend to be interested in renting as well.  See if she is condescending to them as well.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not entirely sure about the price, because I had to book my venue for the weekend.  But in terms of the alcohol and cake, that sounds about right for some venues.  My venue is also one where they have to make my cake, but maybe your friend could make the groom’s cake?  And, it’s pretty standard for you not to be able to bring in your own alcohol — technically, you’ve got to have an alcohol license to serve alcohol and most venue’s take that on because they’re also taking on the liability.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My venue is $1500 and that’s with a $1000 discount b/c my dad is a city employee and it’s a city property! So I would definitely pay $200 less 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

I don’t think it is completely unrealistic of a price…is it on a Saturday?  I’d be interested to know what the total price will be when you add in alcohol and food…my site doesn’t have a venue fee, they just charge a big minimum on food purchase, and if you want to have the ceremony on the beach there is a setup fee added on.  I’d almost be interested to ask them if you could lower the price by not having a cake made…I like the idea of having cupcakes being brought as a “gift…” haha!

Or, ask them if they can make cupcakes instead of the big cake…that might actually be easier on them anyway, you never know…asking for what you want sometimes gets you a long way.  I also love the idea of a dessert bar, so many choices!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah we paid $3700 for 10 hours, and that was with a $1000 discount on the rental price!  It sounds like you have other problems with the place though (bad customer service, limitations on food and alcohol) so I would weigh those things in with the price to decide if it’s the venue for you.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are having our wedding and reception at a smaller, county country club. Our venue cost is only $300 and it easily fits about 150 people. We are on such a tight budget, that we have opted to go the appetizer route, because food is sooo expensive! Our wedding is at night, but that still puts the food at about $1600. The nice thing is we have this place all day. We can start decorating at 9am, the wedding is at 8pm and last call is at 2am. I think its insaine that you have to use their baker, and I would be leary if they are not friendly to you, how will they treat your guests on your special day?? If you have time I would shop around a little before you commit.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Ugh…that really stinks that she would give you such unhelpful responses.  On second thought, have you found any other venues that you like instead?  Is this the woman you’d be dealing with to coordinate everything?  Because, if planning everything is going to be a struggle, that might not be worth it.  I’d give her one more chance to redeem herself…but I’d keep an idea for another venue on the back burner just in case.  You don’t want to cause yourself more headaches with planning.  These people should be sooo helpful with answering questions.  Understandably, if they have certain rules about what they can/cannot do, then that is how it is…but they should be over the moon trying to help get your questions answered and get you booked…don’t they want your business? 😉 Sheesh.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

That location is really beautiful, and I’d for sure pay that amount for it (although I’m jaded, living in Silicon Valley, our venue rental is $4100, and that was a steal compared to many in the area). However, if the staff there aren’t friendly and accommodating, it may be another story. I think you should at least feel out the other staff, maybe set up a walk through with the site manager, who you’ll more likely be working with, and see how he/she treats you.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just had an idea and wanted to share it with you since I think the idea of having a friend bake something for you is really fun!  Is there anything she can do (including but not limited to cupcakes) that you could use as edible favors?

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Wow that is gorgeous…I think it depends on where you live. My venue was very inexpensive compared to my friends who lives in NY.

I like the log cabin idea, you will get more bang for your buck and rustic weddings can be so gorgeous! Best of Luck 🙂

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