(Closed) How much is too much for a venue?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think my friend’s venue was .. gosh, 2k? and then another $3200 for the food(in house catering). She had a 10k budget though.

It really really depends on your budget, and I think that you guys should try and set that in stone as much as possible to start estimating costs.

Post # 4
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmmm….. $4200 is a large chunk of your budget, and it sounds like it only gets you the open space.  You still have to pay for places for people to sit, plates and silverware for them to eat off of, etc., so you’ll be spending at least another $1000 (just going off of what rental prices are in my area) before your guests have had anything to eat or drink.  ~$5200 is about 1/3 of your current budget, and it’s all rental fees.  To make up the cost, you’ll have to do some serious cutting back in other areas, like decor, entertainment, your dress, flowers, etc.  If this place is really what you have your heart set on, go for it, but just realize you’ll have to compromise somewhere else.

Post # 5
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

With renting the farm and the tent and then adding in all the rentals, you will probably be close to $6000 just for that alone. Add in another $3-4 k for food and you are at around $10,000 just for the ceremony and reception site and food. Which is fine, if you are okay with everything else – dress, transportation, grooms attire, decor, officiant fees, photography, hair/makeup, music, alcohol, gifts, hotel rooms, rings- comprising only $5000-$8000 of the rest of your budget. I know photography will eat up a lot of that, so I would say this site is doable if you are pretty budget conscious about the rest of your wedding, or if you’re willing to spend a little more than what you’ve got budgeted so far. 

Post # 6
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My venue was 6k (JUST the venue alone) – when I look back on it now, I really wish I hadn’t spent that much on it.

Post # 8
12261 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My venue has a 1500 garden cermony fee (since we’re not religious and didnt care to do it in a church) and a 700 room rental fee – which I think is rediculous consiering they already have a 8k minimum spending requirement and they STILL want to squeeze another 700 out fo me.  So that’s 2200 in what I consider a rental fee.  I’ve also seen other places, museum, mansion etc… that’s rental rate ALONE was 8k. So… 4200 sounds a little high, but if you love it.. theres certainly a way to make it work in a 18k budget depending on the number of guest you have and how crafty you are.  How many people do you think you will be having?

Post # 9
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


Trust me, you are not the first girl on here to be pre-planning before an engagement, so don’t feel bad or weird about that!

The thing is, you have to assume there’s going to be a LOT of hidden fees on top of just the rental fee for the space and tables and chairs and all that. There’s going to be some kind of tax and service charge probably, some sort of mandatory liability insurance. And there’s all sorts of things like a dance floor and lighting that you’ll need for a tent reception that won’t come with the $1200 tent fee (most likely).

I don’t think it will be impossible, but I do think it will eat up a HUGE chunk of your budget. Check out Mrs. Trail Mix’s posts; she had her wedding at a place similar to this with a tent reception and she did a detailed budget breakdown and was kind of amazed at how expensive it ended up being after all. 

Post # 10
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I was looking at wedding budget breakdown, most places suggest that ~45 – 50% of your budget go to the reception.  If you are already spending 4200 on just the facility rental, then you might need to think about upping your budget (if you can).

If you are in love with this place, and you have the money, then you should probably go with it…..but if you are stuck to a tight budget, then you might need to reconsider….

On a side note – while bringing your own booze might be cheaper than an open bar – keep in mind you will have to hire a bartender, and you might need to pay a per-person fee for “bar stuff” (i.e. the mixers, stirrers, fruit, etc.).  I priced it out, and our open bar bill will be comparable to the price if we do the alcohol ourselves. 

Post # 11
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My suggestion is to do a bit of research and get an idea of what catering, liquor, tables/chairs/linens/china/etc, and all of the other big ticket items like photography, videography etc are going to run you in your area.  It CAN be a big savings that they let you bring in your own caterer and liquor, but you might find that the venue cost itself blows your possible budget much more then an all inclusive type of place or another lesser expensive one.  

Post # 12
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it depends on your budget and what you’re comfortable paying. It also depends on whether or not the venue is worth that money – Look at reviews and see what people say as far as value for cost. The research will never hurt 🙂

Post # 13
760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would suggest you keep looking and if in a few months you cant stop thinking about it.. then do it!

Post # 14
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Honestly, if it’s what you love and it means a lot to you, get what you want. But understand that you’re going to have to sacrifice on some other things (not everything). Our venue was a good chunk of our budget but that was super important to me that we have it in a certain type of place. My dress & photographer was super important too because they’re what I care about. Now what has to sacrifice? Flowers. Not a big flower person as it is so I’m turning to fake ones (thank you 1/2 sale at Hobby lobby!)

So pick what’s important and put your money there.

Post # 15
2570 posts
Sugar bee

Long story short, you can do it. Especially if you can work with a local liquor store like I did.

We paid the bartenders per hour and paid the retail price per bottle that we used and didnt pay for anything we didnt open. for 160 people, two open bars for about 7 hours it was only 2000.

Of course, the caterer makes a difference.  If you wach your other expenses such as flowers, linen rentals etc you can do it!!!! I bought linens cheaper than renting and I am not selling them for some money back. Same as my dress.

 EDIT: we did it for a little bit more that you did with a TON of food, but had a free DJ, some tables included, cheap minister. But you can do it.

Choose where you want to spend money and do research for the price you decide.

Post # 16
3138 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

This is kind of how your budget should break down based on your budget range. This is just a suggestion of what the break down should be, and you should adjust it according to which items are most important to you.

Total Budget 100%  $15,000 – $18,000


Reception 45%  $6,750 – $8,100

Transporation 5%  $750 –  $900

Entertainment 10%  $1,500 – $1,800

Flowers 10%  $1,500 – $1,800

Attire 10%  $1,500 – $1,800

Photography 10%  $1,500 – $1,800

Stationery 4%  $600 – $720

Other 6%  $900 – $1,080


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