Post # 1
ok – really curious – as someone else posted cost of wedding, I would like to know how much you’re spending on the venue?
we got an INCREDIBLE deal here in indy as my husband (we’re legal) is a caterer (another fab deal! lol) and has done many parties at the venue we’re getting married at. It’s the Mavris Center – and it’s ICNREDIBLY Gorgeous and is normally not cheap…
We got a deal at $7,000 for both reception and cermony.
my Maid/Matron of Honor tried there for her wedding and for 250 guests + food she got quoted $25,000. we’re using my husband’s catering, of course, and only have about 100 guests…
but I’m really wondering what all of you are paying for your venue?
Post # 3
I don’t know how much ours will end up costing. Our food and bev minimum is $20K and from what my parents tell me, we will be well over it for 150 people.
Post # 4
we don’t have to pay a flat fee for the venue or ceremony, it’s all pretty much ours as long as we spend a lot on food and alcohol. it’s $35 a person, plus tax and gratuity, for 95 people.
Post # 5
For the reception venue alone, 8 hours – $2200. For the church and their services – $650.
Post # 6
Our food and bev minimum is $42K after tax, service, etc. I have no idea how much it will end up costing. It depends on how many people come and what food we end up serving. We will most likely be just above the minimum, but it could easily be pushed upwards of $60K. That’s up to my parents! 🙂
Post # 7
Our venue fee is $2500 (ceremony and reception), the bar (including 2 bartenders, drinks, open bar) will be about $3000 (hopefully more like $2500), and food and service fees are another $9200ish.
For food – we’re having a long cocktail hour with passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres and then a plated 4 course dinner with wine service during dinner.
The service fees are high (ok, a little bit crazy!) because we’re getting married out on an island and all the prep stuff (everything including the kitchen sink) has to be brought over on a ferry.
This is for 75 guests.
Post # 8
If my SO and I decide to do a backyard reception, we won’t have to pay anything! We’d give a love offering at the church, but otherwise there’s no fee because I’m a member; for the backyard, we would only need to pay for landscaping supplies. A lot of rentals would be available for free at the church as well, which defrays the majority of those costs. Food and drink will be the major expenses, but that will probably be a relatively inexpensive pit beef/buffet deal. All things considered it’s definitely workable.
Post # 9
We paid 3K for the actual reception venue, then food/open bar/cake comes out to about 89 per person, or *gulp* $13,400, plus taxes. It looks scary to type, but I know we are doing fairly well for the tri state area/New England!! The church is charging us $1,000…eep!
Post # 10
I got a total score here and didn’t have to pay a site fee or have a minimum food/bev! Well, it came with a trade off of a smaller maximum guest list of 60 people. So we are only doing $5500 (thats with open bar), when it really should be $8500.
My ceremony location (+officiant and pianist) is $2k.
Post # 11
@gabrielleelise1981: getting married out on an island sounds just lovely 🙂
Post # 12
$375 for the chapel (on university campus, occupancy 65, 3 hours day-of and 1 hour rehearsal)
$230 for the reception space (open, sort of like a ballroom but more vintage than glam, overlooking the square downtown, we do our own setup and cleanup) EDIT: this is for the entire day
I think we got some amazing deals! Plus, since our reception venue does not have a kitchen or provide other services, we can shop around for the best deals on catering and all that… and bring in our own alcohol!
Post # 13
For the ceremony it is around $500 and then our reception site for 5 1/2 Hours the day off, one hour the day before for set up is at about $1300! We got a great deal because it is a city owned site and they cater to more of the senior population.
Post # 14
$1200! That includes ceremony if we wish 🙂
Post # 15
Wow – Our total for venue with catering and drinks for 150 people $7,300.
Included in that price:
$1000 lawn ceremony
$750 for the room
Cake cutting, bartenders, tax and 18% service charge…
Post # 16
Our food, cake, chairs, tables, linens, set-up, event coordinator, alcohol, servers were all included in our venue. We paid $55/plate for 150 people. With tax, gratuity, and two extra hours of drinking we paid right around $12,000 for our venue.
Our church was an additional $1000, not including officiant, musicians, or the cantor.