(Closed) Does your venue require a certain amount of money to be met? If so, how much?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsPiggy:  Our venue has a price per person and a minimum number of people. They do let kids under 5 be free and kids under 12 be half price and they count towards the minimum. But it does mean that the minimum (assuming no kids) is 23k. I think its pretty standard to have either a price per person and a minimum number of people or a minimum amount required that you spend. It just guarentees that you won’t rent out the room for so little that its not worth it to them.

Post # 4
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

Our venue has a minimum of $22,000k in food/beverage costs before taxes and gratuity.  Pretty steep, but we really love our reception venue so it was worth it!

Post # 5
14441 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ours had a 7500k minimum since it was Sunday but that was pretty easy to meet with 150 guests.

Post # 6
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It’s not uncommon. But it’s not standard either, so you could keep looking to find a venue that doesn’t have a minimum.

Our venue had a $10k minimum for a Saturday night wedding and a $5k minimum for a Friday night wedding. So we were married on a Friday.

Post # 7
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s definitely common though I think $12k is pretty high. Then again, I guess it depends on where you’re located. Ours had a $7500/100 guests minimum for Saturdays and a $3500/50 guest minimum for Fridays and Sundays. We ended up falling right between those (approx $5k/75 guests) for our Friday evening wedding.

Post # 8
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our venue has a $5,000 food and beverage min for Friday night weddings. It’s more than double at $11,000 for Saturday nights. BUT, if you don’t hit the $5,000 min they charge you $750 room rental fee and you go on your merry way about having your reception there. Ask if your venue has something like that. 

Post # 9
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ours had a $7,500 minimum on a Saturday night. But that was just food and beverage (and not the $475 ceremony site fee or taxes and service charge), which meant that it was really closer to $10,000. We were surprised by that – but we were pretty close to meeting it with our choices already, so we just funnelled the extra into the bar.

Post # 10
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

One of the places we looked at we needed to guarantee $30,000 for a Sat. night wedding.. and the place we booked we have to guarantee an amount but that still works out to almost as much .. 

Post # 11
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mine had an $18k minimum, but it depends on location/season/day-of-the-week as to whether that is good or not. For us, based on number of guests and the per-person fee, $18k was easy to hit. A lot also depends on what counts to that (for us it included food/service/linens/chairs/any upgrades)

Post # 12
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It sounds like you might need to keep looking – I’m pretty sure you can find a lovely place in your budget, especially if you think out of the box.  Plus you have until October 2014 to work on it!  I vote, keep looking.  Something better and within your price range will pop up!  

Post # 13
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours is a minimum revenue of $8000.

Post # 14
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours is $12K for close the whole venue down for our wedding.  But with $125 per person, it was easy to meet.

Post # 15
1095 posts
Bumble bee

Our venue has a 200 person requirement, and it’s a certain amount $/pp depending on the package you take.

Post # 16
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

12k for food and beverage + 3k flat rate for the space

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