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

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 17
45 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our venue is hosting our ceremony (including chairs), the reception (including the ‘room’ rental, 3 course meal, wine served with dinner, open bar, tips, tables, chairs, silverware, plates etc, linens, table side service and speakers for music) is $5,900. We have a 10,000 budget. This takes care of a good junk so I think if we budget the rest really well we can definately have this dream venue of ours.

Post # 18
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yep, you’re going to be straining at the edge of your budget and probably it’s not enough with that venue cost. Rentals are VERY expensive, so you should try to get an estimate for that, but you’re easily looking at $9,000-$10,000 just for the venue and tables etc., before you even get food on the table.

Post # 19
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

venues can be expensive…but if you love it, do it! 🙂 the club house inside of the gated community where we are having our reception(wedding by the lake included) is running us about $9,200 for 150 people..plated dinner and open bar. i think i got a deal…but its different everywhere you go.

Post # 20
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

my venue: park where we got married at and still hike at all the time, no more than about 125….  But i have to rent chairs, tables, misc decorations, so I am not expecting to go over $500.00

i am on a tight budget, really trying not to go over 5k for this Vow Renewal even though I could, I just do not want to.  We are expecting about 100-125 people.

I wish i had like 10k to spend on this event **sigh** but I am doing everything DIY and at this point I’m not even sure I am going to splurge for a caterer at 1300.00 LOL…

good luck, oh and when choosing a venue, make sure you see what it includes.

Post # 21
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are you going to have your ceremony there, and if so, do you need to rent chairs or another space? Because if your ceremony is going to be at the farm, then it’s one less cost to worry about.

If it helps, our rentals for venues are:

Church: $500
Hall for reception:  $1000

and our entire budget is $22,000.

At $30 a person for food, our wedding of 200 people will cost us $7000 to feed everyone.

Something to think about!

Post # 22
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You can always “rob Peter to pay Paul” if you need to–we’re getting married in FI’s home church, which is free, so that we can have the venue we want. It’s clocking in at about $12,800 (around $100/head), which is a bit over half of our overall budget. Sounds like a LOT, but it includes a reception coordinator, a gourmet three course sit-down meal with wine, all the tables/linens/chairs/dishes, a welcome drinks hour, a champagne toast, an evening drink, an evening buffet, a honeymoon suite for Fiance and I, and a few other free things like setup/teardown, cake cutting, coat check for the guests (November wedding), valet check for all guests’ cars, a special room for the kids to hang out in, a lounge area in the reception (complete with couches!), a dance floor… little things that can add up when you’re paying for them individually in a cheaper venue! 

Your new venue looks gorgeous, but at the end of the day, I’d say to crunch the numbers HONESTLY (I find myself making some ridiculously low-ball estimates sometimes because I’m afraid of the real numbers) and see if it is actually feasible. 

Post # 23
2140 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think 3K for a site rental plus a mandatory tent rental of 1200 is unreasonable. For us our budget was 20K with a invite list of slightly over 200 and we put our site rental fee limit at 3K.
However, if I really really loved a specific venue I would make sacrifices elsewhere in the budget to allow for that. I think the important part is to sit down and tally up the things you would want. Look up basic wedding budget breakdowns via the knot, etc. You can enter your total budget # and then they break down a “suggested” spending in each category.

THE biggest part of any budget is usually the venue and catering. I think the thing that would make or break this location for me is
a) Is there a required vendor list you have to choose from or are you free to choose your own caterer. If there is a required list I would take a look at those caterers and see what their average catering fee is based on the kind of meal you want to provide.
It is def a money saver to bring your own booze in BUT it usually means you have to provide your own liquor license. And the caterer might not agree to that either.

It is a beautiful venue and I def think it’s possible to have your wedding there and stay within your budget. DIY. Be scrupulous about your spending elsewhere and it will all work out.

Have you talked to your boyfriend yet about what his idea is on the budget?

I know you said 3K is the rental fee starting 2012 but what is it now? IF you were to get engaged before 2012 most places are willing to let you lock in this years rate for a future wedding date.

Have you tried negotiating for a lower rate? Often venues would be willing to lower their rate if you use their recommended vendor list.

Also, don’t be disheartened. I assume since you are not engaged yet you are not in full bore wedding planning mode and have not researched a ton of venues out there yet. It’s entirely possible there are more better venues out there. And the venue might not be what you think when you visit. Pro pics can be very deceiving. There were TONS of venues that I absolutely LOVED from my online research but when we went to see it in person we were so disappointed.


Post # 24
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you love it then get it. I have spent almost £5000 on our venue, a huge chunk of our £13,000 budget but so worth it.

You can see our venue here:

Our reception venue

I just love it and any time I doubt my decision I just have to look at the pictures and I know it is worth it.

I hunted around for good prices for cantering though and got a great price, people thought i was crazy paying that much for a venue but all in it has worked out the same for the fort (our venue) with the great value food we found as it would have for a cheaper venue that demanded we used their caterers at crazy prices.

Working out well for us so far Smile

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