(Closed) how much is your venue?…

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 62
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re getting married at the TN Aquarium. We haven’t offically booked yet, as we still need to go and do a visit.  We’re hoping to just rent the Ocean Journey for $1300, but Fiance wants to have an outdoor ceremony and that would mean renting Ocean Journey and River Journey for $2400. Nither price is bad. Much cheaper then Disney World (where we were first planning our wedding)

Post # 63
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


is our reception site, no rental fee, just min spend of $16,500… we’re hovering around 170-190 guests so it ends up being $70-$85/per person for food/bev. it’s nice that we can curtail the menu for # of guests that we have coming and meet the $16500. (that’s after tax too! i got my DOC to cut it down $1,000)

it comes with all tables, chairs, and upgraded linens, champagne toast for all guests, and valet parking for all guests, 5-course meal, and 6 hour premium bar

the ceremony will be free as it is at my home church, with a “generous” offering on behalf of my parents.

Post # 64
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our venue, all inclusive (food, ceremony, reception, etc) was about 12K. Our total budget hit 18K. The rest of the cost included gifts, dresses, centerpieces, liquor, bartenders, all the florals and paper stuff. Basically everything else. Our venue was hella pricey and definitely a majority of our budget. But I wasn’t thrilled with any of the traditional reception halls in St Louis and really wnated an outdoor wedding.

Post # 65
10844 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re paying $550 for our venue where we’re holding both our ceremony and reception. We’re bringing in our own caterer, etc etc so that price is just for the site. I’m pretty happy about it! It’s an old historic mill that’s on the river where we live but 45 minutes upstream! We can canoe home if we really want to! LOL!

Post # 66
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our venue is about $4500 before catering. BUT, it really doesn’t need much at all to make it look amazing so my decorating budget is pretty much nill

Post # 67
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wow! That’s amazing to hear everyone’s venue costs, but some of those places (esp. w/ those that posted pics.!) look AMAZING!

Still in the very early stages of planning…but like Bakerella…if I stick to the venue I was thinking of…it’s going to be about $530-something, but it’s at a local banquet hall, The Elks for ceremony/reception (nothing like her cool historic mill site!)

There’s a lil’ gazebo outside the hall, which is where I was hoping to have the ceremony, then have the reception inside for a Sat. evening wedding.

I think if I use the caterer I want, to do heavy appetizers, there will prob. be an extra charge for that, $250 or so…, though no sure how much the tips will be an such for the bartender (which is part of being able to use the hall), so maybe $800 something total for everything that entails with the hall venue charging me?!

I’m on such a budget I want to cry. 🙁 Though I’m not even sure what my exact budget is. My Fiance and I are probably going to pay for most if not all of things, so that’s another reason why I’m freakin’ out. haha. We just bought a house in January of this year too…and hoping to plan for Spring of 2011 to get married b/c of that too. I have a bigger family than my Fiance and I’m trying to keep the realistic guest list under 80 people…

Ok..I have more to vent, but won’t do it here. Thanks for reading anyway…

Good luck with all your venue plans ladies! I’m jealous! 🙂


Post # 68
521 posts
Busy bee

The chapel for the wedding (and it’s adorable, log-cabin style with white pews for 60) rents for $60. We may have a reception at a restaurant, so there would be some fee beyond the cost of dinner for the 40 of us. Reception venue is $500 to rent all incl. kitchen.

Post # 69
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our reception venue is costing $700 with a $7000 catering minimum.  It’s normally $1500 with a $10000 min, but we are doing it on a Sunday.  That was mostly to cut costs, and also give us an extra day to prepare.

Post # 70
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re having an intimate (family only) weekday wedding.  We’re planning on renting out the 4th fl North Gallery of San Francisco City Hall for the civil ceremony.  Then we’re going to the private room of a nearby French restaurant, Absinthe, for the reception (3 course lunch, wine, and of course the wedding cake!). 

SF City hall does hourly rentals for weekday weddings – one hour at the 4th fl Gallery is $1,002!  And that doesn’t even include chair rentals (another $60) plus a table for the champagne toast.  But we pretty much have our heart set on the location since the building is soooo beautiful – lots of places inside and out to take great photos (which is open to the general public) besides our own little location on the 4th fl. 

Our food and drinks will probably come out to $1,500, not including the cake.  The private room pretty much is its own little restaurant with its own entrance, bar, and restroom. This is for around 20 people.

And that’s pretty much all we’re spending on the wedding – except for our attire and my bouquet.  Definitely saving on decorating costs because the locations are so pretty by itself already.


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Post # 71
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Our NYC venue is $5k to rent all day, and it has multiple rooms including bridal suite, suite for men to get ready, and different locations for dinner, cocktail hour, and ceremony.  This only includes the space plus tables, chiavari chairs, and audio-visual equipment.  Food will be about $8k for 70 people, bar we haven’t priced yet.


New York is expensive!  But it wouldn’t feel right if we were to get married somewhere else.

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