Post # 1
I have been looking at places online, and nothing caught my eye except for a hotel by my house. It is PERFECT for what I am looking for. I met with a lady from there and we did a tour, come to find out that $12,000 is needed to be met in order to have it there. I don’t think I’ll be able to save that much money in two years. I dont know what to do, I love that place so much and wouldn’t want to get married anywhere else. I was wondering if this is a high price or average for most places. We are trying to have a very very low budget wedding, and I’m thinking this is just not where we will be able to get married and it upsets me.
I really don’t know what to do, because there is nothing else that has even caught my eye a little bit around my area. UGH this is killing me!
Post # 3
@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
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
Ours had a 7500k minimum since it was Sunday but that was pretty easy to meet with 150 guests.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ours is a minimum revenue of $8000.
Post # 14
Ours is $12K for close the whole venue down for our wedding. But with $125 per person, it was easy to meet.
Post # 15
Our venue has a 200 person requirement, and it’s a certain amount $/pp depending on the package you take.
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
12k for food and beverage + 3k flat rate for the space