(Closed) How much are you spending on your venue and caterer?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 2
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Garden

Well if we do decide to choose this hotel in California the reception venue will be $2000 and they said the catering will be provided. 🙂 the deposit to hold it not quite sure exactly. Haven’t gotten any details about it. I need to go and check it out in person. The maximum is 300 people but I will have less than that. No more than 120 people.

The ceremony site is also available which is $750. But I think I’ll just find another ceremonial site somewhere else like a church or something. Still need to rent but I don’t think it’ll be that much compared to the one at the hotel.

Post # 3
833 posts
Busy bee

That’s pretty much on par with what I was quoted for 100 people. I did pay more for catering (I think it was in the $3000 range) because we added on some nicer menu items and apps later but I think you got an excellent deal on both. I had to work my tail off to even find anything close to that price in my area! 

(from my party planning experiance at work recently I think average is $2-$4k for a venue and $35-$50 pp for catering)

Post # 4
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

That seems really inexpensive! Most of the venues I looked at in the suburbs of Chicago were $3,500+ just for the venue rental, catering and alcohol not included. We selected a historic club in my childhood neighborhood, which offered an all-inclusive package per guest. We got lucky because we negotiated with the coordinator to reduce the cost for the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend (no other venue had lower prices for holiday weekends and she was replaced shortly after, so I think this was a bad judgment call on her part that worked in our favor!). We are paying $125 per guest for venue, cocktail hour food and drinks, seated dinner, and open bar. We’re hoping to keep it at 120 guests, so hopefully $15,000 total.

Post # 5
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Holy CRAP!  That’s incredible.  My venue was $1500 and reception for 140 ended up being about 12k I think.


Post # 6
6302 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our venue rental was $2500, and catering was $14,000 for 200 people. That did not include alcohol, which we provided, so not counted in the catering costs.

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

That is an amazing price for 130 guests! I’ve looked around the Baltimore area and the cheapest place i’ve found was $6,000 and that only includes the venue. We decided on a hotel in the harbour for $19,000. That price includes the rehearsal space the day before, ceremony space, reception, 5 hour open bar, h’orderves during cocktail hour, dinner and the cake for 115 guests. 

Post # 8
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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fromsmithtodavis:  You’re lucky! Venue’s here are about $1,500 just to rent (not including ceremony space) with no decor. Catering was 7k for 75 people.

Post # 9
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Wow, great price!!

Venue: $3,200 for full building/grounds for 2 days, all tables, chairs, and audio.

Catering: $5,700.00 for 120ppl this is food and alcohol.

Post # 10
4590 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Our venue is 5k (inexpensive for the area) and our catering is around 15k for 130 guests (includes cocktail hour but not cake). We are supplying the alcohol, so that will be an additional cost.

Post # 11
798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

venue was 1k for ceremony & reception space, catering is 13k, does not include alcohol which we plan to provide ourselves and have a $1500 budget for it.  Hoping for 120 guests, our max is 150

Post # 12
1450 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I budgeted 20k for venue, food and alcohol.

Venue is a backyard, so with all the rentals we had to hire that cost us about $7,500 (not including a thank you gift to the homeowner). Catering is about $55/pp for 130 (including tax & service costs), so about another 7k. Alcohol we’re supplying ourselves and just getting licensed staff to serve, so that will probably be another 3k. So we’re at roughly $17.5k which leaves us slightly under budget! But I’m sure other expenses will pop up in the meantime so I wanted that buffer for the “oh shit” expenses that are bound to surprise us.

Post # 13
202 posts
Helper bee

That’s a great deal!


In NY, our venue cost $2500, and catering for 125 guests was 20k.

Post # 14
1096 posts
Bumble bee

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fromsmithtodavis:  My venue was $2k (because it’s a Friday), and food for 130 will be $9k (including house wine and beer but we’re upgrading) but it doesn’t include cocktail hour (we’re doing a charcuterrie so that will add quite a bit), dessert, dinnerware or tax and gratuity. 

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