(Closed) Expensive Venues

posted 6 years ago in Venue
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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KellyKapowski:  It depends on where you live.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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KellyKapowski:  where are you located? $8-$12K is expensive for just the venue, chairs and tables! 

I would look for a venue thats all inclusive and no site fee. (All inclusive meaning catering, chairs, tables, choice of linen, open bar option, etc)

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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KellyKapowski:  It depends on what you’re looking for and what area you live in. I live in wine country and yes, there were plenty of venues that had similar fees, although it is possible to find places that are less. I got married in Sacramento and my venue included linens, chiavari chairs, tables, etc… We did ceremony and reception there, and for all of that PLUS all of the food and non-alcoholic beverages, we came in under $10k. Most of that cost was the food; the venue and rentals were around $3k, but we had a food cost minimum, so we were locked into that price. At least we got more bang for our buck than with some other venues that had site fees of $10k-$20k.

So it’s possible to find less expensive venues, but you may have to look outside of metropolitan areas, or look at event centers/ wedding-specific venues as opposed to museums, wineries, private clubs, historical sites, etc… Those tend to be more expensive since it’s more difficult for them to set up for a wedding, as it’s not what they normally do. Finding a venue was one of the hardest things for us. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

That does seem a little high for Jacksonville or Orlando (or anywhere in between).  What types of venues were they — reception halls, or historic sites, or hotels, etc.?  

As a comparison, in NC (fairly similar cost of living), I’m paying $5,500 to have my ceremony and reception at a vineyard.  It includes tables, chairs and all dishes.  Then there are relatively cheap add-ons if we want:  $200 for a venue DOC, $100 for uplighting, $200 for an officiant (the owner of the vineyard, although we won’t be using her).   When I was looking around, I found venues that ranged from $3,000 to $10,000.  The high end venues were obviously much nicer than the lower price range venues, but there were lots of good options in the middle.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Just a thought, what about someplace in Mt. Dora?  I don’t have any particular venue in mind, but it’s not too far out of that area, and the town has so much personality, I think it would be a great setting!

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m in the mountains, near Boone now.  I lived in Charlotte before I moved here, and I think the pricing is probably about the same as what you’ll find in Florida (I’m from Orlando, and my family is still there, so I’m very familiar with it too).  But if you like wine, there are a lot of nice vineyards up here that host weddings…

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I just did a quick google search on weddings in Mt. Dora, and this site came up — it has a lot of options.  I think I would probably go this route if I were still at “home” — it’s just different enough from the “normal” hotel or beach wedding, yet still very nice, with a lot of personality.  http://www.whattodoinmtdora.com/weddings/   and http://www.whattodoinmtdora.com/content/wedding-content.shtml 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

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KellyKapowski:  I commute between Seattle and BC, and it’s VERY normal for venues in Seattle to cost between $5-15k for a Saturday. to be fair, the lower end of that doesn’t usually include chairs/tables/etc., and the upper end came, in a few cases, with a contract with a caterer that kept the food prices pretty low ($25-30 a head). This range is for venues that could comfortably hold more than 100, by the way.

by getting married on Vncouver Island, we’re getting a Saturday venue for roughly $4k US, with tables, chairs, a DOC, alcohol included, and all day access to our venue.

I would explore other towns in your area – if there’s a halfway location, or you’re willing to try a big city one state over, you might well find a wider range of affordable locations. dig deep, too – I had to search for like two solid months before I started finding lower priced options.

good luck!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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MelissainNC:  Woohoo, I’m a Boone bride, too! The internet makes the world so small!

My Fiance and I visited about every last darn barn venue in the Nashville area (where we currently live), and every venue we loved cost $4-6K with some to no furtniture. Still way cheaper than what you’re looking into, but twice as much as we wanted to pay, so we started looking into venues in my hometown (good old Boone, NC!). Location really does make all the difference, price-wise: the venues, caterers, florists, and more all cost about half the price… It seems like the further from a major airport you get, the cheaper everything else gets, too! We opted for a weekend-long destination wedding about 2.5 hours from the nearest major airport, because it was really the only way we could have our (wedding) cake and eat it too. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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katebirdy:  It’s definitely a small world!  I’m actually in Wilkesboro, but since no one knows where that is, and also since I’m in grad school at App, I always just say Boone.  It’s easier that way.  lol

There are some awesome venues in Boone and Blowing Rock though!  If my Fiance and I didn’t like wine and the vineyards so much, I’m sure we’d have our wedding there.  But yea, it’s not convenient to any airport.  Our wedding is going to be in Elikin, and I’m going to list both PTI (Greensboro) and Charlotte on our website as possible airports, but they are both almost 2 hours to vineyard and hotel.  People can fly into whichever is cheaper, and then they’ll have to rent a car.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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KellyKapowski:  I live in Orlando But will be getting married in CA.  There’s not much personally that I would consider in Mt. Dora…we live there and It’s pretty sleepy IMO. There’s the lakeside inn and lake receptions (purely reception venue) but that’s pretty much it.

Have you checked out Leu gardens in winter park? Thats where we got engaged. It’s a beautiful botanical garden! Or Casa Feliz in winter park (historic home). There’s also the Shores Resort in Daytona which is a nice hotel. St Augustine is beautiful as well. Unfortunately don’t know prices of these places but they may be worth looking into!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

That’s DEFINITELY the norm here in NYC/NJ and some venues go up as high as 20k, sadly. I’ve visited 15 places now and I’d say the average is around 10k (for venue only.)

But knowing that’s just how this game works has made me feel better…..slightly.

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