Post # 1
Hey bees – I need some advice.
As it stands, I’ve set my wedding budget aroound $12,000 (with a sliver of wiggle room, but nothing insane). As far as venues are concerned, there are 3 contenders I’m considering. They’re all beautiful, but are different styles and of course offer different things.
In your experience, how much of your budget did/would you feel comfortable spending on your venue?
Post # 2
SocialMediaDiva: I don’t think you should spend any more than $1,500 (maybe $2K max)
Our budget is $15K. Our venue is $2K. The largest chunk of your budget will go to catering.
Post # 3
Im not sure if you’re including catering in this but I’ve seen that venue, food, alcohol, and service fees etc should be about half of the budget all together. If it’s just a venue rental fee I would say you shouldn’t spend more than $2000. Catering will be your biggest expense. There are definitely ways to shift things around, for example if your priority is food and venue, you can cut back on other things and spend more of your budget on the reception.
Post # 4
Our venue is a sliver of our wedding budget. We’ll probably spend about $18,000CAD on our wedding and the venue is $1260 after the discount I negotiated… It pays to get married in smaller cities that’s for sure.
Post # 5
The ceremony space, reception space and food are going to be 50% of my total budget. So if that cost does not include food I would say that the venue alone shouldn’t be more than 20% because food (at least for my wedding) is the most expensive part.
Post # 6
SocialMediaDiva: Pay whatever it costs to have chairs for everyone and indoor plumbing!
Post # 7
- Wedding: Romanos catering
My wedding budget is 12,000 our venue is $72 per person and it includes catering,top shelf open bar for 5 hours, lighting ,cake,hot and cold cocktail hour, signature drink,and dessert. All we really need is the photographer, Dj,limo and clothes
Post # 8
Thank you all for the helpful insight!
Post # 9
Like PP’s have said, your ceremony space, reception space, food and beverage should be about 40-50% of the budget. But, don’t forget to calculate taxes and gratuities in your total budget to decide if you can afford a venue! It adds up quickly.
Post # 10
I’d imagine it depends on what’ll be included in your venue price. Is the price just for the space or for catering, etc also? Our “venue” was about half of our total budget because it included the ceremony and reception space, catering, tables/chairs (so no rental for those), linen, and they worked with a local baker so our cake (grooms cake also) was included in the venue price.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House
I agree with Nine6Fifteen. Does your venue include catering? Tables/chairs? Linens? Any other miscellanous decor items? A guaranteed time the day before for a rehearsal?
Our total budget was originally 15,000 for a 200 person indoor/outdoor wedding in Georgia (I believe our final total ended up closer to 16,500). Our venue was 3,900 and it included a rehearsal time plus time the day before to set up our decor, all of our tables and linens, miscellaneous vases for our florist to use, etc.
Post # 12
You guys are awesome – thanks for all the advice!