Post # 1
I was talking today with one of our top choices for venue, and they kind of surprised me with cost! It is a heritage building that now runs as a restaurant, so their philosophy for weddings is basically “we’d like an average day’s take!” For the brunch reception and midmorning ceremony we were thinking about, that means about $5000 plus tax and gratuities, so around 6500 ish. For that price we get an outdoor heritage garden for a venue, a patio for our guests to enjoy hors d’ouvres and cocktails, a lawn to play a few games, a building that needs very little decoration to be beautiful, a three course meal and open bar for our guests, a sound system throughout all the rooms of the building, an indoor backup space separate from where we will be eating, and all our food and beverages.
Can anyone think of a potential catch with this? I’d let him know we are expecting somewhere around 40-70 people, but I’m kind of expecting that if our food bill and drink bill goes above the $5000 as a menu price, they would charge us (which is fair).
The other catch is all our guests would definitely be out of towners, and even in September, the average room /cabin price close by is about $300.00. On the other hand, there is camping close by at under $25 a night, and I’ve had rooms cost $80-120 per night in a town about 45 minutes away. Should I offer to help subsidize guests? Or hire a bus to take people to and from the town 45 minutes away?
Another option with this place is to just use one room, where we would just have to pay regular menu prices on a set meal (with some flexibility.) then we would have to pay full drink prices/ $25 corkage for wine, but would probably work out about $1000 cheaper with 50-60 people. However, then we can’t really use their sound system because then everyone in the restaurant has to listen to our wedding stuff, and there’s random tourists around in the other rooms. Is it worth it for the thousand bucks, though? We still get the garden, the patio and one room.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm
I think that sounds like a pretty good price, and I think having the place to yourself would be really nice. I’d go for the full package
Post # 4
I’m paying $10k for all that, so… yes.
Post # 5
so you pay the same price whether you have 40 or 70 people? That’s a significant difference. the venue sounds amazing.
Post # 6
That sounds amazing! Some venues charge that much just for the privledge of using their venue!
Post # 7
Kinda depends what area you’re in? Also is that price for 40 or 70?
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
That’s pretty good – we’re paying just under $7500 for all that minus ceremony space for 75 guests. I’d say hire a bus rather than subsidise hotel rooms.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
With our wedding package, it was similar, food, open bar, linens, cake, centrepieces, late night buffet, honeymoon suite, beautiful view, etc. and it was a similar price (well, closer to 11k for 95 people but that also includes ceremony, dj services and lounge rental for an hour–but you get the idea)! I called them on it because it does sound too good to be true and they told me that they are part of a bigger company and do weddings regularly. They even said they know they are well below competitor prices, but that being said, when we went to book, they had every Friday and Saturday booked nearly a year in advance, so we had to settle for a Sunday (which is cheaper anyways). They said over time, they are increasing their prices to make it similar to competitors but we lucked out. Maybe you’ve just found that gem afterall?? All I can say is read the fine print carefully before signing just in case, and ask around for reviews (maybe their food sucks?) just to see what is said!
I also spoke to a videographer in my area and he was super cheap but had lots of experience. I asked why he was so low compared to similar packages elsewhere and he said that he felt that just because it has the word “wedding” doesn’t mean it should cost an arm and a leg to pay for! Maybe theres some companies out there who feel the same??
Post # 10
yes, it’s the same… Although if we just have 40 I would go with just the one room, I think that we could make that happen for $25 per person plus booze and still give a great meal. It’s basically to make sure they don’t lose money, that’s about what they get over their lunchtime service if they were to be fully open. The venue is in Lake Louise, which is super touristy.
edit to add, I think we could go over that 70 person mark For sure. I would have to ask about where the line is for starting to cost more though, and tbh my partner is quite introverted so I don’t know if he would want us to raise numbers. But it seems crazy to think we could get an all in price like that!
Post # 11
That sounds like an incredible deal!
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
I think it sounds great. And I would do the extra 1000 to have it private and just your wedding not random tourists. Sounds like a great venue!
Post # 14
The venue looks gorgeous as-is, so that would cut down on decorating costs. I think the price difference between this and our other top choice (in Waterton national park) is basically going to come down to number of people (which we won’t entirely know for a while) and decorating – it would cost a fair bit more in the other venue to get it looking beautiful (on the other hand, we could basically do what we wanted for decor as we would have a nice, hefty budget.)