(Closed) Chicago Brides – How much are you spending on your venue?

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$7500 at Salvage One for the ceremony and reception (but their price has already increased). It comes with chairs, tables, and the decorations in the place. I would say the average for the city, just for venue and not food included, would be around 5k and up, easily. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our venue (Sofitel Water Tower) is not charging a rental fee, just a food and beverage minimum, which was based off of the original budget I went in with. They’ve been extremely accommodating and awesome with our small wedding!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a suburbs bride, but we’re paying $2,500 for the venue, which doesn’t include catering, linens, plates…anything, really. It’s just a barn with tables and chairs. I wish it was cheaper!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not cheap, per say , but our current circumstances dictate a very tight wedding budget– $6500 for absolutely everything. However, I was adamant that if I was going to get married in Chicago and not back on the east coast where I am originally from, that I was going to get married downtown! We made it happen by being flexible (daytime wedding instead of night, heavy apps instead of a plated meal, etc) and being firm with our budget to vendors.

I have to say, I have been pleasantly surprised by most vendors reactions and willingness to work with what is surely a fraction of their normal wedding revenue. If money is a big deal to your fiancé, just make a plan going in (and stick to it), and set what you will and won’t compromise on. For me, having a great photographer wasn’t something I was willing to negotiate. We were willing to move from a night wedding to daytime to save several thousand dollars, though. I formaly believe every bride deserves a beautiful wedding at whatever budget, and you can have it as long as you are willing to do a little legwork. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’m on the (much) higher end of this spectrum.  Our venue is Brookfield Zoo (not actually in the city, but I’ve heard it’s comparable to city venue prices) and with the cheapest entree option, we are at a little over $100/head.  However that does include all the catering, the reception venue, and a cocktail hour with horsdeourves.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

~ 4,000, including the rental fee through CPD for the ceremony.

Word to the wise…if you want next summer, book now now now.  Venues tend to book at least a year in advance in the city. 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$4000 for rental (including everything chairs tables plates etc)

$10-15k for catering depending on which quote and company we go with

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our venue is $10,000.

My first choice was to get married at the field museum but their venue fee (just venue, NOTHING included) is $17,000 so I quickly removed that one from my list.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ohmybears48:  Hey–I’m getting married at Salvage One the day after you and my fee was $6500 including ceremony space. Are you sure there isn’t a mistake with what they charged you? According to the packet I picked up for my parents’ records last week, a saturday with reception and ceremony should be $7000. The packet lists these prices through 2014…it does not indicate a a price hike.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mstellah:  Which venue did you guys decide on? River East Art Center?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@sundaystyles:  No, River East was brought up in convo but I wasn’t interested in seeing it. I have been there in the past for events and,while it’s def a beautiful space, it’s not what I had in mind. We also looked at the History museum and the natural history museum but ultimately decided on the ivy room.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Rental fees(with nothing but space) in the city lean towards $7000.  If you are looking at an all inclusive venue than the pricing leans towards $150 a head, tax and tip not included!  Very rare to get below $100 without choosing a weekday/daytime/no dinner wedding.

And surprisingly the suburbs are not much cheaper!!  Both our moms said get married in the suburbs its cheaper until we saw that Morton Arboretum is $7000 to rent and Meson Sabika would be around $160 a head.  Paying those numbers means we might as well be downtown.

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