(Closed) How much did you spend on your reception venue and what did it include?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So far…. it is at $13,094 and this includes:

  • Hrdvs hour and food for 150 people
  • Cake (but paid an additional 250 for upgrade)
  • Champagne toast
  • Host Bar for 2 hours
  • Glass of wine at dinner
  • Chair covers
  • unlimited soda

Plus, it’s going to cost us an extra $150 for the ceremony, $420 for ceiling swag, will have to find a vendor because the table linens are not floor length (!!!) and I’m hoping that will be it for venue!



Post # 4
42 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ok our venue is $100.00 per person it includes

The ceramony site and decor, the cocktail hour with h’ordrves (sp) served by waiters, a formal 7 course dinner, full service bar from after the completion of the ceramony to the end of the night, the reception room with decor ( yes this does include the table arrangements and EVERYTHING, table clothes napkins chair covers candles etc), taxes, tip, use of a full size limo for 10 people, set up clean up, midnight buffet with coffee and tea. 

Honestly I coudn’t find anything local that could even compare to what we are getting, I think it is a great deal.

Post # 5
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ours will be less than 2,600… It includes ceremony, 4 hour reception, brunch buffet, tables/chairs… All in a BEAUTIFUL old inn! We have access to the pool area, the grassy area, enclosed porch, bar, and library… In addition to the buffet room and main reception room 😀

So excited 😀

Post # 6
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

we’re spending about $5,000 for 175 guests and it includes

-their meals

-open bar

-cake cutting

-servers & gratuities

-champagne toast


-chair covers & linens in satin although i’m using a different company for that because they didn’t have my colors 

-it could have included bowl centerpieces with water & floating candles as well

Post # 7
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

Our  reception venue will be about $12,000.

This includes:
food for 175 people
Premium 4 hour Open Bar
Chair covers & sashes
3 diff appitizers for the cocktail hour
Champaign served to everyone as the enter

And we’re bringing in  Sweets Table from a bakery and our venue will display, plate, and serve the sweets for no charge 🙂

Post # 8
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our venue is $13pp…

The venue is located on 5 acres and surrounded by 15,000 acres of forestland with beautiful views of hills and mountains. The acreage has two trout ponds with water features, gardens and manicured lawns throughout. It has several areas for ceremonies, outdoor games and recreation.

10 hrs on the day of the wedding

1hr rehearsal the week before

Onsite parking and parking attendants

a 34×34 building with full kitchen and fireplace

a bar area

a40x80 patio covered by a 40×60 tent

tables, chairs,

Bride’s room

Outdoor lighting

Propane heaters outdoors

outdoor games: like horseshoes


Post # 9
32 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

$6500 includes:

  • sit down dinner on Saturday
  • total of 5 hours.
  • Ceremony site
  • food for 100 people
  • centerpieces
  • cake/ cake cutting/ delivery
  • dj
  • chair cover, bows, linens
  • open bar for 4 hours
  • set up/ clean up
  • tax/ gratuity

Post # 10
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well… lol



Tables, Chairs, Whole building to ourselves, On-site coordinator, set up, clean up, 17 hours, outdoor space for ceremony, and warm-up kitchen. Doesn’t seem like much compared to you ladies.

Post # 11
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

$1700 total for 8 hours the day of ( friday night), includes, tables, chairs, on site guy that is required and a security officer, and a rehearsal time. It is byob and has a long list of preffered caterers to save some $$$. Here are some pics of our place!

Post # 12
722 posts
Busy bee

My venue cost is $4000. That includes just the venue and security.

I am also required to have them provide the beverages which is about $25 per person.

I am using an outside caterer and they are arranging for chairs, tables and other rentals.


Post # 13
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

1600 for the rental of the venue for 8 hours. Bringing in absolutely everything else!

Believe it or not, I thought that was a steal at the time. I had looked everywhere and really wanted to avoid the traditional venues.


Post # 14
690 posts
Busy bee

Here is what we’re thinking its going to cost:

Room Rental: $700
Exclusive use of adjoining deck: $200
Food: Approximately $45/person ($3825 – $4500 depending on our guests)
Drinks: $5.50-7.50 for beer, wine or non-premium high balls (So, if we do drink tickets, say $1700-2000)
Plus tax + tips etc

This includes a 3 course meal, no cake, all linens, dishes, servers, bar tender, cake cutting.  They also will rent AV equipment to you for a few hundred dollars.

Post # 15
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010


3 days = 1 prior, the wedding day, and up until noon the day after the wedding to clean up.

100 chairs

9 round tables (holds up to 10 people)

The barn for the reception

Ceremony and Reception all at the same place.

We are bringing in our own food and drinks too.

Its truly lovely.


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Post # 16
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

ours is $2950 and thats for a castle venue with ceremony and reception area which includes all chairs and set up of chairs for ceremony and reception, table linens, centerpeices, stereo equipment and mics, bridal suite for getting ready, tables and a plan b option in case it rains (we are in seattle area after all lol). Theres no decorating needed at this venue since the garden has a bunch of flowers already! does not include food but they allow you to use whatever caterer you want or bring your own food. love my venue!

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