(Closed) How much is reasonable for a venue?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

I think you’re working in the wrong direction … start with your budget and work backwards. Can you spend $20k? If so, hooray! You’re set. If not, sit down with your Fiance and figure out what you can spend. Then only look at venues that fit that desciptor. NoVa is a notoriously high COL area, so be prepared to make compromises (fewer guests, shorter wedding, no premium packages, whatever) to make it work. What’s reasonable for one person is crazypants for another; it all depends on what you have available to you NOW financially.

Post # 3
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

This is highly dependent on location and what you want. The “traditional” venues in my area start at 10k. If you’re in your area and this is the type of venue you want then the only thing you can do is look up the prices of comparable venues in your area. Non-traditional venues will be cheaper, but with 150 people that does limit your options. 

Post # 4
224 posts
Helper bee

That seems reasonable for my area with the alcohol included. We are paying a bit more than that for 150, food (3 passed apps, 2 stationary displays, salad and 3 entree choices), linens, tables/chairs (mostly wooden farm tables with chivari chairs, white wooden chairs for ceremony), DOC, staffing and exclusive use of the property all weekend.

There were cheaper venues around but I loved the feel of mine, their food and that we had the entire property to ourselves all weekend (historic Inn with 35 guest rooms and 5 cottages on the Ocean). 

Post # 5
3187 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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watermelon2426 :  2 hours outside of NYC we paid 36k for the venue + food + bar for 100 people in 2017. It’s all very regional. 

Post # 6
307 posts
Helper bee

I agree with PP. Start with your budget. What can you afford? Break it down into categories and THEN compare what venues offer. If you can have a wedding for $23,000 at one venue and it’s all inclusive, but a venue with nothing is $5,000 and then you can add the rest for $15,000, that makes the cheaper venue more affordable. But if it’s an additional $20,000 for the rest, then the all-inclusive is a better financial choice. Figure out what your budget is for everything you need (catering, alcohol, rentals, staff, etc) and THEN see whether the $23,000 is more than you can afford or if it saves you money. 

It also varies regionally, by a LOT. In my area, I can get all that for all-inclusive for $12,000. But I’m looking in southwest Michigan. Out here, it’s more reasonable to get everything separately. Check out all options before making a decision.

Post # 7
2309 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Yeah, I live in the midwest and we have 350-400ppl and we are looking at $20k to $35k for food, venue, bar, linens, etc. We’re going to stay less than $50/pp but a lot of venues around here are in the $75-100/pp range. We just have so many we’re looking at some more alternative options 

Post # 8
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

That’s not unreasonable.  It works out to $115 pp which is pretty standard for DC Metro.  We are paying close to that in New Jersey (philly metro – not nyc).

Post # 9
326 posts
Helper bee

I agree with PPs- work backwards from your budget. that said, coming from a major city, these prices seem normal to me

Post # 10
12 posts

Also in Northern Virginia and just booked a venue that was 2200$ with ceremony and reception.Try looking slightly further west, weve seen great deals and ended up finding somewhere beautiful out in the mountains in the Shenandoahs. We also looked into places like Winchester, Front Royal, Luray, etc and found them to be totally reasonable. 

The general DC/NOVA area was way over our budget, despite being pretty.

Post # 11
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

TBH that is not a bad price point for Northern Virginia, if it’s basically everything other than photog, music, license and attire.

Post # 12
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m not familiar with Virginia, but I am also from a high COL area (Southern California). Ours was $21K for food, bar and all those same reception / banquet items for only 85 people. So for me, I’d say that quote is reasonable. Although I have no idea what difference is between high COL Cali and high COL Virginia. But I agree with the other bees, start with what you can afford and work backwards with the venue and guest list. 

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