(Closed) How much are spending??

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
9682 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@kansas_nurse:  We are eloping so we probably don’t count. Everything, including a two night stay in a hot tub suite, is under $2,000.

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We spent $5000 and it was our ceremony and reception space, and included tables, chairs, audio system, and manpower to set up the tables/chairs. It was a museum of contemporary art in San Diego, though – we splurged a bit since we had a small guest list!

Post # 5
2213 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@kansas_nurse:  Wow, that’s pretty good.

For just the ceremony and reception venues, we’re looking at $425 or so for the church, including pastor, and our venue was $949, plus we still need to rent some items from the venue, which will probably be another $355 – 427, depending on factors related to number of guests.

So…somewhere between $1729 and $1801.  We don’t get a bartender for that, though.  You did well.

Post # 6
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kansas_nurse:  We are having our ceremony and reception at the same place. It’s called Alpine Grove in Hollis, New Husband

for 75 and what we picked for food it’s going to cost us $4115.00
but our guest like has 86 people on it, so that price could go up, but it won’t go down, due to the minimum is to pay for 75 people.


Then our dj is $850
and for photo’s which we got a really great package deal on. $1295

At Portrait Arts Photography in hudson New Husband

16 page 8×8 flush mount album with 50 images in it
1 11×14 wall portrait
5 hours of coverage
high res disk and rights to print
Engagement session

and there’s no set number on how many photo’s need to be taken, like some I’ve looked at will only take 300 and be done.

Post # 7
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

For venue only, about $13,000 is my estimate. Obviously that depends on number of guests abs bar tally at the end of the night. But the ceremony location is $2300 and $1000 for our reception location; the rest is food and alcohol. I’m assuming that’s for 150 guests. 

Post # 8
1032 posts
Bumble bee

I *thought* having our wedding at my aunt’s house would save us a ton of money… but the cost for the tent/chairs/tables/dinnerware/silverware rental came to $2500. Yeah. Not cool. :

ETA: I got a great deal on a photographer though. Her pricing started at over $2k, and she was willing to work with us for only $1300. 

Post # 9
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

Our venue cost is actually only $300 but they require you to rent 2 of the 4 cottages so that will add another $700 to the cost. Now, for the food, drink, DOC, linens, set up, clean up, cake………..everything for the ceremony and the reception the cost will be another $2000 for 40 guests. I think that is great considering we looked at venues that wanted $2000 just to rent a small space and that included nothing at all!

Post # 10
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Rose Hall Aqueduct- Ceremony- $1000 includes security and location

Rose Hall Great House- cocktail & reception- $2500 includes security and location 

pricey, but it’s beautiful. 


Post # 11
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

$1575 for our venue for ceremony and reception.  That was EXTREMELY cheap for the bay area; comparable options were all $5000+

ETA: Your price sounds awesome.  Ours was just for the outdoor ceremony area and lodge for the reception; we still had to rent tables and chairs and bring in all vendors.

Post # 12
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ours is slightly over $3,000, which was still significantly cheaper than most of the other venues we looked at (we’re getting married near the coast in CA).  That includes the fees for the ceremony space, cocktail hour and reception spaces (all tables and chairs, bar set up and bartenders, etc.) and a day-of coordinator.

Post # 13
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kansas_nurse:  Ceremony and reception is at the winery but we have to bring in a caterer, there is no food cooked on site.  The facility fee for the winery is $8 a person which includes the ceremony, reception, bar tenders, and set up/break down of rental items. So we’re paying about $1300 to rent the space, plus about $800 to rent tables, chairs, etc etc.   So total without food or anything else for the ceremony and the venue, we’re paying $2100. I honestly don’t think that’s too shabby for California.

Post # 14
1227 posts
Bumble bee


  • Venue (WW2 era naval ship) – free (we pay a $75/year membership to belong to the trust that maintains it, which is tax deductible, so technically we’re making money from it)


  • Justice of the Peace – $200 (ceremony and rehearsal. We invited him for lunch, but he declined as his wife is ill)



Reception Venue:

  •  Rental – $75 (includes access night before, all day of the reception, and morning after for our DJ, caterer and decorator to come in and get their shit done)

Not related to rental costs of venue, but not inclued in reception venue:

  • Booze – $600-800 for open wine and beer bar for 100 ppl


  • Food – $2000-2500 for heavy hors d’ouerves for 100 ppl from 7pm – 10 pm, with a tray of sandwiches for after the caterer leaves


  • Cleaning –$80? (venue gets scrubbed cleean on Sunday mornings, so we are hiring someone to come in the Saturday of the wedding to make sure it’s spotless. Don’t need to pay to clean afterwards because it’s already done by the venue)


  • Decor – $475 (venue isn’t very attractive, so hired a decorator to come in and drape the ceilings and wall,  set things up and tear it down the next day)

As a bonus for our reception venue (our yacht club), many of our guests own boats and are members, so they can just stagger down to their yachts when the party is over. No worrying about people driving drunk!

Post # 15
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kansas_nurse:  That’s about what we paid!

It was $500 for the Church, Pastor, ceremony coordinator, organist, and cleaner after!

Post # 16
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

For the ceremony and reception itself we are paying $1515, that said, $500 is a cleaning deposit so we’ll get that back…so $1015. That includes all tables, chairs, sound system, private gardens, gazebo, benches, outside chairs.

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