How much would you spend on venue hire?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
13949 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our venue was around $6500.  That didn’t include flowers, catering, table linens, or anything else.  Space only. 

Post # 3
10451 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our ceremony site was $600 for an hour. And then the venue space was around $3000 for 5 hours.

Post # 4
657 posts
Busy bee

Our venue was $2000 and is bare bones includes nothing

Post # 5
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We wanted to stick below $1000 for venue space. We ended up finding our venue for $750 and it includes ceremony ballroom, reception ballroom, rotunda, a Commissioners Parlor, and all chairs and tables. 

Post # 6
3440 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Venue space only was $1500, everything included – tables, chairs, linens, decor, plated dinner, alcohol etc., was $5500 ish. This is a pretty expensive area so that was quite reasonable. Lot of variables with venue pricing.

Post # 7
4511 posts
Honey bee

Ours was $7k. It included chairs for the ceremony and the bar, glassware, ice, and bartenders (but not the liquor). Everything else, including lighting and sound, had to be brought in.

Post # 8
837 posts
Busy bee

We got married in a LCOL.  The reception venue cost $660. They provided kitchen facilities, sound system, tables chairs, linens, plates and cutlery (no glassware). They also got the proceeds from the bar.

Post # 9
7468 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It all depends on what the venue includes.

In my area a bare venue that includes tables/chairs is usually around $3,000 – and that’s just for the day rental for a wedding. Venues that also offer bridal suites, the entire grounds, overnight accommodations, or other items (linens, flatware, etc) usually go for more.

It’s less about how much other people would spend and more important how much your budget allows you based on the venue and what’s included.

Post # 10
1259 posts
Bumble bee

Ours is $7,500. It includes separate spaces for the ceremony and reception, tables and linens, and lighting. It’s…a lot of money.

Post # 11
573 posts
Busy bee

Mine is 6,500€, but that’s to have the space which includes a house for 14 people (so all my family will sleep there) from fri-Mon (with the wedding being on sat, and inviting the guests back again for paella on Sunday). 

Post # 12
717 posts
Busy bee

It depends how much budget I had to play with! We are only spending £7k on the entire thing so had to play smart with our money. My dream venue was £4K just for hire so wasn’t going to happen. In the end we found a place with no venue hire fee just a minimum spend, which we know we will get to! But I said with our budget we wouldn’t spend more than £1k and even then it had to be perfect and allow us to use our own caterers. But had we got £14k to play with I would have spent that £4K for my dream venue.

Post # 13
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Our venue, which included 8 hours and tables and chairs (no linens) was $3600 for 8 hours. It was actually a good price for how gorgeous it was. Most venues in my city were $7k

Post # 14
3051 posts
Sugar bee

Our venue is about $4000 for a 12 hour block.  Includes tables/chairs (and the chairs are actually really pretty,) a bridal “getting ready” suite, plus a few hours of labor to set up and break down the tables/chairs.  There’s separate spaces included for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

We have to provide linens, china, silverware, glassware, and any additional furniture (as well as catering/bar) but this is a terrific price for our area.  

Post # 15
2781 posts
Sugar bee

Our venue is $4250 for ceremony + reception site (3500 reception site for 8 hours, including set up/breakdown time, 425 ceremony site, 350 for an extra getting ready area). This is in an expensive metro area, and was (by far) the cheapest we found for the type of space we were interested in. It’s a city-owned park venue so it was less expensive than most others in the area. 

That includes tables and chairs but not linens/glassware/china/silverware, which will be an additional $1100 or so. Food + waitstaff + bartender + alcohol + cake will be another ~5k for about 50 guests, (or roughly 100/head for food/alcohol/service). Decor costs will be minimal since the venue is very pretty on its own, but we are paying for additional lighting (1100 since venue requires they be done professionally).  

While I think we got a very reasonable price, we did underestimate how much it would add up to get catering, rentals, and lighting on top of that. Definitely take into account whether you’re allowed to DIY stuff and whehter you need to use venue-approved vendors, as that can really impact your budget. Also, be really clear on what is provided by the venue — like it may be worth it to spend an additional thousand or more if silverware/china/servingware is provided. Ditto if professional quality speakers/mics are provided. In retrospect, we could have saved money by going with an all-inclusive venue, but the all-inclusive venues didn’t have the vibe we wanted, so c’est la vie. 

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