(Closed) How to avoid hidden fees?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
34 posts

I don’t know anything about your venue obviously – are they doing the catering or are you hiring an outside caterer?

Basically, you want everything in writing in the contract  Ask upfront what every fee is, for A/V, Chef’s Attendant or Bartender fees (if they provide catering), possibly even trash or clean up or set up fees, etc.

Also, this may be a given, but make sure any taxes or service charges are calculated in as well.  If the venue charges those that could add an additional third of the cost.

One venue we looked at had a separate charge for staff which would’ve added about $2500 onto the bill.  When we booked our venue I asked about parking, bartender fees (I was able to get them to waive that and a bar minimum), staff fees, room rental vs food and beverage minimums, etc. 

Hope this helps and good luck!!!

Post # 4
34 posts

Whoops I already thought of one more thing.  Make sure there aren’t fees to bring outside vendors, etc depending on your needs.  And some places carry a cake cutting fee.

I thought I’d share this too in case you hadn’t seen it already.  The first few don’t really relate to the venue, but the bottom few do!



Post # 5
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not sure what you mean by hidden fees.  I’ve hosted my own wedding as well as events for work and the quotes I received from venues were comprehensive.  As the PP poster said though, watch out for things like cake cutting fees (ours was $3.00pp to cut/serve cake, but free if you just wanted it cut and plated and people could come get it).  And obviously read the rules very carefully.  I’ve been to venues that you were expected to clean after use that charged up to $5.00 for each cigarette butt that wasn’t in an ashtray out front.

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