How to find a sponsor for membership-only venue?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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6156 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

No idea, perhaps take an ad out on Craigslist, etc and offer to pay someone who is a member a fee to sponsor you, $1000 or there abouts. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I would think the venue would have some ideas for how to do this. Is it possible for you to join the club yourselves?

Post # 4
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176 posts
Blushing bee

Are you a member of a club near you?  At the club we belong to we have reciprosity with other clubs in the surrounding areas to be able to access their facilities and such.  I don’t know the rules in regards to hosting an event at a different club but it’s worth a shot. 

 

ETA – if the club you are looking at requires a member to sponsor your event then they likely require a member to sponsor you joining the club as well.  Doubtful you’ll be able to just join it in order to hold your wedding there. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I am having my rehearsal dinner at the local Knights of Columbus Hall though neither of us are members.  My Uncle is so he is our “host”, so we don’t actually have the problem you do.  However, when filling out the paperwork, I did see that there was a “member” price and then a higher “non-member” price.  I would look and see if this is an option that your venue has.  They may have it and it may still be in your budget.  I would definitely talk to the venue and see what your options are though.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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mkd90 :  typically, people who aren’t members don’t have their weddings there. It’s kinda a “perk” of membership, of you will. I very much doubt the club will help you find a sponsor, as it’s essentially asking someone who pays a shit ton of money a year to extend their benefits to some stranger. Not likely. I think that unless you already know someone, or unless you’re willing to get a membership yourselves, you’re SOL. People join clubs because they like the exclusivity – i doubt anyone is going to want to have some random wedding there (which is also a pain to club members generally, as it means closing part of the club during the wedding). 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

How did you find this place? If they are advertising to the public as a wedding venue, then they probably have a mechanism by which you can get sponsorship (for a fee). I am getting married at a members only arts club. They charge $6K to rent the venue, no sponsorship required. It’s a good source of revenue for them.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

how did you get a tour and find out pricing if you are not a member?  the non-membership fee, if there is one, might make it out of your price range.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Straight up, I would not sponsor anyone I didn’t know to have their wedding at the private club we belong to. We paid over $20,000 to join our club and pay about $500 and higher each month to belong there. I wouldn’t jeopardize our membership for someone else’s wedding.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Good luck.  I have to agree with PPs that I would not sponsor a stranger for a one time event.  What happens if your guests damage property or get injured?  It is your party and hopefully your liability insurance, but it looks poorly upon the person who sponsored you and essentially vouched for you.  Also, the reason it is “cheap” is it is a perk for people who are already spending tens of thousands of dollars in membership fees to enjoy the facilities and stuff like this is built into those fees.  So you are taking advantage of the people who legitimately joined.  I’m sure there may be some who do try to take advantage, but I’m sure the “sponsor” allowance was intended more for family members and close personal friends, not internet strangers.

Your biggest shot is try posting to Facebook groups (wedding or boating related) specific to that area and see if you have anyone willing to take a chance on you.  Either that or ask the club if you could become a member or pay higher fees and relax their sponsorship rule for you.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I agree with PP’s, OP. I think it would be more worth it to just find a manageable venue, one YOU can control for YOUR wedding. 

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