Post # 1
Hi bees — I’ve been researching the cost of reception halls and I’m beginning to wonder if we are paying entirely too much for ours…
The rental of the room itself is $1700 – this doesn’t include tables or chairs. The reason we selected the room was because it was beautiful, eclectic, mostly decorated already, and we can choose our own caterer/bartender. We can also pay an additional $400 to have access to the gardens attached to the room (which are stunning).
Because I live in a small town, we were able to find an amazing caterer that will put the meals at around $15 a plate (+tax) — which makes the meal portion around $3,500 for 225 guests (at max we’ll have 250). I was stunned at this!
Then our bartender will have a flat fee of $150 per bartender so we were thinking we’d need two = $300
We can supply our own alcohol and the place we’re purchasing it from will buy back whatever we don’t use and give us a 15% discount on everything — we’re still not sure how much to buy so that is yet to be determined.
The tables/chairs I’ve been able to research are at a minimum going to be $1,000 because the wooden garden chairs are at least $2.75 a piece. I’m having major sticker shock right now! Tables and chairs are going to cost at least an additional $1,100!
Did any of you rent a reception hall/room that was similar to this? And if so… what did you pay for it? Basically, the hall itself (once chairs and tables are factored in) is going to be around $2,800… not including if we have access to the gardens. That seems high to me.
Would you mind sharing what you paid?
Post # 3
It was $1200 for the cost of my venue. They had chairs and enough tables, so I didn’t have to pay for that.
Post # 4
We are having our reception at Cleveland Park Event Center in Spartanburg SC. It’s costing us $1325 for the room for 12 hours, chairs, tables, dance floor and security for the event. The venue can hold around 250 people
Post # 5
I think this varies greatly by location. The venue we booked with didn’t charge for the reception rental as long as we met the minimum guest count (125). They provide the food and alcohol (about $50 per plate and $6-7 per drink). They charged us a rental fee of $500 to have our ceremony there, since there will be extra work involved in moving tables and chairs around.
Another place we looked into in the Rocky Mountains didn’t charge for the room rental, but had a minimum food/beverage charge of $20 000, and charged $5000 to have the ceremony in that room…eek!
Post # 6
I’m paying $1800 for the reception hall including talbes, chairs, and regular place settings/linens (upgrades are available), $800 to add on a half hour for the ceremony including chairs, 88$ per plate including open bar (thats the basic package, again i can upgrade if i want) plus tax and gratuity.. thats for a sunday wedding, i believe all the prices go up on Saturdays.
Post # 7
we have to pay a 500 deposit. 200 of that will be a rental fee and 300 is a damage deposit that we will get back after the wedding. For the 200 rental fee everything is covered, and we just need to pay a decorator and $21.00 a plate for a yummy buffet. The location is a golf club on a beautiful golf course, and has big windows and lots of space for 175 guests. we’re very excited because other places we looked at seemed very dark..not as nice, and more expensive.
Post # 8
I live in the Quad Cities and have been searching venues all over Moline and Davenport and Rock Island and even the outlying towns, and have found the lowest was $250 which was a park pavillion type thing which was completely DIY, all the facility did was unlock the doors for you and you did it all, to $3000 for a nice music hall. The local art museum has a space for around $1200. I’ve run into a few that will give you the space for free if you go with their catering. On average I am finding the venue rentals to be around $700-900.00 here, without factoring in catering and extra for decor. When looking at reception venues, I’ve learned to always ask if it includes table and chairs, any linens, plates/silverware, any free decor items. I seem to be finding out that the least expensive places actually end up costing more in the long run because you have to bring in all the extras.
Post # 9
We are using a public park for venue, our venue will cost $200 and that includes chairs and tables. Family is doing the food and we are having a dry wedding with no liquor. Simple finger foods are the menu.
Post # 10
This is not bad considering the overall cost of the venue and food. Post a picture of what the venue looks like if you can. Things tend to work out cheaper when you can bring in an outside caterer, this gives you room to negotiate and get prices within your budget. Sounds like your doing well so far.
Post # 11
Our reception venue cost $280 and included chairs and tables. I only needed to decorate and tell them how to set up the tables. 🙂
Post # 12
Reception and wedding (upstairs and down) $1500, but we can bring in our own food and liquor. It included all the tables, chairs, and linens.
Post # 13
I live in Chicago and we are paying just over $10,000 for about 170 people:
room, chairs, tables, open bar all night, huge dance floor, beautiful decor and centerpieces, appetizers, salad, pasta, choice of 4 meals, white and red wine with dinner, unlimited champagne at head table, dessert, sweet table, cake, upgraded linens, the works.
Post # 14
$500, for the day of and day before to decorate. Included tables and chairs.
The only part I was not happy with was we could not choose our caterer…
Post # 15
1200.00 plus 400.00 security deposit, and includes tables and chairs.
Post # 16
I’m rocking $4500 to have the room and the ceremony fee. Booze and catering is on top of that. We have all kinds of options in my area ranging from no room rental (just minimums) to $15,000+ minimums for Saturdays. I could absolutely get a less expensive venue, but well, I don’t want to. I’m positively in love with this space: