(Closed) Budget brides: how much was your venue?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

rosecut:  Mine is $250 andincludes cake servers and champagne flutes, and I can choose two of the following: chair covers, centerpieces, or cake.  It’s a restaurant so I also don’t have to pay for chairs or tables or serving staff.

Post # 3
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My venue was $500 for the ceremony and $0 for the reception, however I did have to pay for food/bar.  It included a pergola with curtains, columns (for altar arrangements), rehearsal time, all rentals (chairs, tables, linens, silverware, dinnerware, centerpiece mirrors, votives), servers, bartenders, set-up, clean-up and a DOC.

Post # 4
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I got INCREDIBLY lucky and spent $1/head. It included tables and chairs, which was huge.

I don’t know how common this type of venue/charge is (in fact, I’m sure it’s fairly UNcommon), but we stumbled upon it when my in-laws moved… it’s a community center that only HOA members can reserve. 

Post # 5
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m in Ontario, Canada.

I’m getting married in my family church, the cost will be a donation to the church, not sure how much yet. We’re having the reception in a hall down the street. That is $350, mostly because oil is expensive and we’re getting married in January, brrr. The hall has tables, chairs, and everything you’d need to put on a table. We’ll be catering food and supplying alcohol as well.

Post # 6
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I live in an area that is popular for summer vacations and destination weddings.  To put it in perspective, a backyard wedding for 60-70 people would have involved $3000-4000 worth of tent/chairs/tables/dancefloor.  The least expensive venue I found was $2000 and required a restroom trailer and a tent for the caterers.  

Our venue was $3500 and it seemed like a bargain as it includes ceremony set-up, ceremony chairs, reception tables/chairs, use of their kitchen for the caterers, clean restrooms, grounds full of flowers, use of an antique auto museum for cocktail hour with a staff member to answer guest questions, parking, and transportation for guests who can’t/don’t want to walk the 1/10 of a mile or so from parking lot to ceremony.  

Post # 7
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015


I pay $7600 for 100 guest 

$76 per head it come with 1 hour cocktail hour seat down dinner open bar and our wedding cake is included. 

500 for our ceremony place. 

Post # 8
860 posts
Busy bee

 We’re using my church for the ceremony and they’re giving us the wonderful gift of its use (including minister) without charge. Our reception venue is $500 for six hours that day and set up taking place the day before and tear down taking place the day after. It also includes parking, tables, chairs, restrooms, and lanterns to light the way from the venue to the parking lot after it gets dark. We do still have to pay food/booze/decor though.

Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee

The venue we’re leaning towards now is $1500 for 6 hours, 1 staff member, tables and chairs, and they do they set up and tear down. We can bring in our own caterers and alcohol without any restrictions. 

Post # 10
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

Ceremony spot -$50 & its in a national park

Reception – free! My parents have a beautiful backyard so that’s where we will be. We were able to borrow tables & chairs too.

My total budget is 1500 not including honeymoon

Post # 11
1369 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Free! Ceremony and reception was at my family church. I think we gave a $50 donation to the church.

Rehearsal dinner space was free as well (aunt and uncle’s hunting plantation) and dh’s mom catered the rehearsal dinner

Post # 12
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

rosecut:  I’m in Canada as well…..Ceremony Room $350.. As per Reception we are getting married at a hotel/casino….we had to put a $500 deposit that goes toward food/alcohol. We get all the tables set up, chair covers, silverware/plates/glass ware, valet parking for guests if they choose or they can park on their own, votive candles, discounts on our hotel rooms for guests and ourselves, food/midnight snack/alcohol, cake cutting fee included, food tasting for 6 people, menu printed for all tables, table numbers and I’m not sure if I am missing anything or not on this list. Was the venue that had the most perks in our area that didn’t require our guests to pay for parking

Post # 13
1378 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

We chose an American Legion for $250.00.  My fiance is a member so the price is discounted.   Includes tables, chairs, a stocked bar, and bar tender.  We have a choice of how to pay for alcohol.  Prepay a set amount, pre-purchase alcohol, or open bar.  We will be having beer and wine.  Hopefully a signature cocktail or two as well.  We are also able to bring in our own caterer and allowed to decorate the night before.   

Post # 14
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

rosecut: 10k but it includes rehersal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch, heat lamps, tables, chairs and accommodations for 2 nights for 24 people. To put it into context, a room is $200+ per night in the area, so totally worth it. every other venue was $20k

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