(Closed) How much did you spend on your venue?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 76
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I want to live where you all live! We got a steal on our venue and it’s one of the cheapest that we looked at, actually it’s the cheapest venue we looked at but paid for some extras like the tent.

We paid 10,000 for our ceremony and reception site from 4pm-12. That includes tables, chairs, set up, breakdown and basic dinner (hors and drinks extra). Our tent with lighting is another 1,500 and got a great deal on linens for 100

Post # 77
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our reception venue and bar (no food, no chairs, but includes rentals and sound, staff) is a bit over 7k and I think it’s reasonable. (108 people, this Saturday!)

Post # 78
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Honestly, I have no idea where people are finding such cheap venues- certainly not in the Chicago area.  We are paying $80/pp plus a 20% service charge.  With taxes it will come to around 107 a person.  That is absolutely one of the more inexpensive venues around.  We are expecting around 150, which totals around $16051 for the reception alone- it is an all inclusive venue- includes open bar, family style dinner (seriously the most awesome wedding food ever), cocktail hour, champagne toast, wine service throughout dinner, a huge sweet table, tables/ chairs/ linens/ place settings.  For all that in my area we definitely got a great deal… so I think you are getting a steal.  

Post # 79
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

My venue is pretty expensive, but my mom is covering most of the cost. For an open bar, food, and all the space, for a guest list of 150, the total is around 10,000. That goodness for mothers 🙂 

Post # 80
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - camp in new hampshire

Yeah, I have no idea where you all live, I live in NYC and am looking at places all over New England/NY, and it’s hard to find anything under $100 pp at typical wedding venues/barns, and most of the time that doesn’t include the booze. Finally decided to do it at the summer camp I worked at when I was younger, and it’s only $45 pp (we’re having about 150 people, and we’ll probably pay for a BBQ  the night before and brunch the day after, but just the reception will be around $6750, which is literally the best deal I found, and it’s not a typical wedding venue) because I worked there, no booze included, but still a great deal for New England.

Post # 81
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Worker bee

I’m deciding between two. One is$7000 for the venue (including tables, chairs and staff for 8 hours), and approx $120/person for food if I do a dinner reception. The other is $3000 for just the venue and about $200/person for food and alcohol.

Post # 82
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

mgbser:  I second all of your comments for the DC area. We are actually doing the exact same thing – all inclusive – they price it per person, includes family style meal, all alcohol, etc. Which is great, but with 180 people at $85 pp plus service charge and tax it’s probably closer to $18-20k. (OUCH!)

Just curious mgbser – you aren’t doing yours at a place called Pinstripes, are you?

 

 

Post # 83
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Monk6552:  nope- our venue is a maggianos restaurant.  This particular location has huge gorgoeus ballrooms upstairs that they do weddings.  It is completely separate from the restaurant (private bathrooms, kitchen, bar, etc) with the same great food (Fiancé and I are all about food).  Totally agree that it isn’t at all cheap (our reception will end up costing the same as yours), but compared to others in the area and all that is included it is a great value for your money. The only venues that were less were random run down old banquet halls- and even those only would save you max 10-15 dollars a head (certainly no 40 bucks a head).  That is just how it is when you are close to a big city I guess, but that is where I grew up and I didn’t consider anywhere else

Post # 84
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

akkaer1:  it was a year ago now but …. around 700 (they kept my deposit, there were…problem but of course not our fault) i wouldnt recommend that place to anyone now that ive had my reception there. but kitchen, garbage, chairs, tables were all included. bartender was my sisters friend and went off tips. we reminded everyone and she made a lot of money. plus it was an open bar and i didnt care if she drank or danced with us. lol. i had two kegs, so around a couple hundred for booze. my sister helped with that though. my food was heavy apps. and it was a crazy amount for that kind of food. 1200 bucks!!! i really really didnt want to spend that much. i would have made it all myself if we didnt have a semi destination wedding. my original venue was just to die for but…. they closed down a month before my wedding!! it was going to be the whole package for a great deal and on a sandy beach, log cabin style, even had a fireplace but it was too good to be true. they were pretty cheap (1400 for the place and large buffet of food!!) for oweing a ton of taxes and closing. ;-( but the yacht club i rented was okay. they wornt clear on the rules and when we needed to be out. my leftover food and left over cake got thrown in the garbage. apparently there was a wedding there the next day at 6am! could have mentioned that to me..  i was pissed. but it all worked out. 

Post # 85
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

akkaer1:  Well, every budget, bride, and location is different.  That said…

  • Decor rentals – $452.66 (altar decor, votives, 1/2 centerpieces, set-up/take-down)
  • Venue rate (w/ military discount for 8 hours) – $5,272.50
  • Damage Deposit (refundable) – $500.00
  • Upgraded tent lighting (chandeliers, couldn’t help myself) – $80.00
  • 2 hours of additional venue time (for extra photos) – $500.00
  • 6 hours of DJ service (we got a discount with him by booking through the venue so that’s why it’s included) – $1,150.00

For a grand total of…. $7,955.16.  Ouch.  

This was actually very comparable for the venues we looked at in our area.  The venue fee includes a DOC and she has been AMAZING.  She has her own business but contracts with our venue for a discounted rate – so anyone in the Western WA area, I have a great recommendation for you!  😉  The ceremony space is gorgeous and (as long as the sky is clear) has Mt. Rainier behind us which Mr. S really wanted.  And the giant white tent I’ve always dreamed of was included as well.

The venue also includes ALL of our tables, chairs for the ceremony and chairs for the reception so they don’t have to be moved.  We are still renting linens and the caterer is separate but we picked a buffett that’s $30pp plus alcohol (beer and wine only) so that’s not too bad.  The caterer also included all the china, glassware and flatware.  And no cake cutting fee.

Post # 86
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I paid $675 for my venue for 24 hours. That was just the cost of the space though we had to bring in everything ourselves. 

Post # 87
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

 

Our venue is $1100, but we are having our ceremony outside on the deck/gazebo and having the reception inside.  The venue is a lodge on a state park site.  The venue has a no hard liquor policy though, which sucks.  We can only have beer, champagne or wine.  I suppose that’s less $ for us to spend since hard liquor is more expensive and we’d have to provide it ourselves.

We get the venue from 8:00am the night before until 11:00pm the day of. I only wanted to reserve it from 5:00pm the night before until 11:00pm the day of but Fiance was in charge of reserving and for whatever reason thought I told him we needed the entire Friday to set up and reherse. Never let a man do a women’s job lol.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  NurseMandie.
Post # 88
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m in the DC metro area and the first venue we went with was $3700 for 8 hrs and it included ceremony garden, use of the historic house, and a white big tent (chairs and table were also included). We had since then decided to scale back on the wedding and the new venue is a small club house and it’s only $400 for the entire day with chairs and tables!

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