- 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
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!