(Closed) Help!

posted 9 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

first, congratulations! and good luck planning your wedding

second, i found http://www.herecomestheguide.com to be a great help when helping my best friend plan her wedding. have you checked there yet? they have a pretty good list of available venues and it’s a great place to start checking!

Post # 4
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Congrats! You will have fun planning… just dont let it stress you out too much.  You may also want to consider the fact that some places will upcharch for having a holiday event.  For instance, our venue charges us a 50% upcharge on days before, on, and after a holiday.  They do this because they are having to miss time on their holiday weekend for our evet.  Now we are not having our wedding on the weekend of a holiday, but I just wanted you to be aweare of this so you dont get hit with the charge unknowingly.

Post # 5
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi garmanino! Welcome to the Bee!

I just went to a bridal show in SF last week and met Stacie who writes The Flirty Bride. Its a vendor directory and blog in the Bay Area… http://www.theflirtybride.com 

Also, you may want to do a little research before you land on the Friday of July 4th weekend. Because it IS a holiday weekend it actually may cost a little more $ to rent venues. 

Post # 6
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We have a similar budget and are getting married in Tahoe.  If Bay Area vendors are too costly, you might want to check with the Sacramento vendors to see if you can get a better deal (photography etc)

Post # 7
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

Welcome to Weddingbee!

I was in a similar situation when I first started planning our wedding, we wanted to spend under $15k for the site + food. Your post didn’t say how many people and what type of venue you’re looking for, outdoor, ballroom, etc? We can probably help you better if you let us know, but I’ll share with you what we decided on, we actually found the place on herecomestheguide.com, which was already recommended to you.

Our venue is The Mountain Terrace, in Woodside (www.themountainterrace.com). Here is the sample budget we were given, for 100 guests:

Event Start Time: 5pm
Set up: 3-5pm
Clean up: 10-11pm

Facility Rental – $4100
(including ceremony fee)

Hors d’oeuvres for 100 – $700
(4 pieces per person/1 hour)
Dinner for 100 – $3250
Service Charge of 20% – $790
Total Food – $4740

5 servers for 6 hours – $750
3 kitchen staff for 6 hours – $450
Total Staff – $1200

Traditional package – $2150
(unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks, liquor for 4.5 hours)
service charge of 20% – $430
Beverage Total – $2580

Equipment Rental
Linens – $400
Delivery & set up – $100
Total equipment – $500

Subtotal for 100 people – $13,120.00
Sales Tax – $1082.40
Grand total for 100 people – $14,202.40

This place also offers big discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings.

Another location we looked at was Bella Montagna in San Jose (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/bella-montagna/)

They had a rental fee of $5,500 for up to 125 guests, but it was BYOB, so would probably equal the same as the Mountain Terrace. They gave an estimate of catering costs from $65-$125, for food, beverages, staffing, linen, china, glassware and flatware, service charge and tax.

Those were the two venues we narrowed it down to, but then we were only looking for outdoor venues, with a view of some sort, on the peninsula or south bay. I remembered Byington Winery in Los Gatos also had a decent price, but their ceremony site is up 100 steps that my father wouldn’t be able to navigate, so we crossed it off the list before looking further.

Hope that is some help! There are good prices out there, it just takes some time to find them!


Post # 8
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My friends got married a few years ago at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park. It was lovely, can accommodate a fair amount of people, and is very inexpensive.

Brazilian Room: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br/br

Brazilian Room rental fees: http://www.ebparks.org/files/brazilian_room_fees_2009-2010_revised_1-23-09.pdf

Other East Bay Regional Parks options: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br 

Post # 10
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008 - Zen Garden in the East Bay w/ reception in a floor-to-ceiling window Atrium with views of the Zen Garden

Hi Garmanino,

Have you looked into Caffe Verbena as an option? It’s in the East Bay in downtown Oakland, that’s where I got married. I got married there last year, I haven’t checked prices since but there are no "rental fees" although you have to rent everything to accomodate your party which would be considered your "rental fee" but the upside, you get to pick every last item down to the silverware you want to use. The menu is very affordable, full of variety, and you get to pick each item and make up your own menu, vs the limited options set in banquet options.

Another consideration in the East Bay would be the Palm Events Center, a very gorgeous venue.

Good luck and happy planning!

Best, Mrs. CB

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