Post # 1
so, I just got engaged on Friday…yippee!! We’ve been looking at the Biltmore Estate for a venue. I have the packages for the reception and their costs, but wondering if anyone has a round about total cost for a wedding there (ie flowers, decorations, carriages, entertainment, etc)? And number of guests.
Also, we live in Chicago, so this would be a destination wedding for us, so would you recommend a wedding planner and how much do they typically charge in the NC area??
thanks for all your help!!!
Post # 3
I don’t know anything about the cost but Biltmore is truly stunning! Congratulations 🙂
Post # 4
I have been doing research for this location as well. I want the full out Princess – castle wedding. I can send you a home email with the prices I have on pdf , it is pricey just forwarning.
I want to hear from real brides is their experience and if it is worth the money.
Post # 5
The Biltmore Estate from what I have heard is going to be very expensive. Depending on what part of the estate you will be getting married on. But I would want to say that you may have a coordinator in your package if you use the estate and may not have to hire from outside.
Post # 6
@Sunnysunshine: I was at Biltmore just a few weeks ago and our carriage driver said the least expensive wedding was $15,000. Not sure if that helps, but it’s what I have! Good luck!
Post # 7
TO @Sunnysunshine: first off I see you are pretty NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
There was another Bee a month or so ago looking at the Biltmore… and she was very disappointed on what it cost to get married there once she got all the data from them (SUPER Expensive)
I am a LOVER of all things from the Gilded Age, so I can tell you that the Biltmore is one of the last properties from that era that is still in the hands of the original family (Biltmore altho open to the public for viewings… is very much still a Vanderbilt Family residence… and as such, they seem to want to command ASTRONOMICAL amounts for the use of “their home” for events… can hardly blame ’em)
Your WBee profile doesn’t say where you are located… but there are certainly other grand estates throughout the USA & Canada that can still evoke the feel you are after if you find the pricing the Biltmore (the largest private home ever) too prohibitive.
Hope this helps,
PS… Now I’ll go see if I can’t dig up the other post for you
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I catered weddings at The Biltmores estate for three years, the price for the most basic wedding is indeed 15,000. I know that because the price is so astronomical lots of brides just get a ticket and do photos in the gardens and by the house and then choose a different location for the festivities. One of my bridesmaids is actually the executive pastry chef for the estate! Feel free to PM me any specific questions, if I don’t know them I’m sure I can get the answers for you.
Post # 10
@always_the_bridesmaid: If the high price is not a concern I assure you Biltmores will truly create the wedding of your dreams! Even after three years of working some of their most lavished events I was still alwase blown away with their attention to detail. They have the Benifit of having a world class floral team, phenomanal culinary staff, and breathtaking grounds. Even their most casual wedding location, Deerpark, is nothing less than stunning, especially for evening weddings. I say this all as one of their former employees ( who are often over worked and under paid) So it pains me to sing thier praises, but as a bride and not an employee, I must say you would be hard pressed to find a better location and staff to create something special!
Post # 11
we live in Chicago so we are familiar with expensive lol. So, if we have a $50k budget, we could have a great wedding? Max 120 people, not including dress or rings costs. This will need to include the wedding planner fee.
Post # 12
@Sunnysunshine: My guess based on Googling is that I think you could do a beautiful wedding there for 50K, especially with your guest list not being too extensive; but I am not sure. I’d ball park your various must haves: marriage license, venue, food, staff, photog, video, flowers/decor, attire, planner, favors, transportation, etc. (and omit any of these you don’t want, add anything else you may want) and just guess before you start. We are doing an estate wedding in Ohio and it is STUNNING how fast everything adds up even when you feel like you have a decent sized budget and don’t pick the most expensive vendors! CONGRATS on your engagement – post pics of wherever you end up selecting!! <3
Post # 13
@Sunnysunshine: This quoted $215 per person for a royal wedding esque menu – (this wasn’t for a real wedding but was real pricing) That would be about $25K before anything else. So with 50k if those prices are about right you could make it work. http://www.hinessightblog.com/2011/04/biltmore-estate-provides-regal.html