(Closed) I can't believe I think this is a good deal…

posted 5 years ago in Boston
  • poll: What do you think of this price/deal?
    Whatta deal! : (28 votes)
    26 %
    Value is just okay : (22 votes)
    21 %
    That's freaking expensive! : (56 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    3256 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re having 80 guests, and everything we want, for under $10K, in downtown Vancouver.

    Post # 4
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    30,000 is a ton of money! A lot! But if you can afford it, go for it!

    Post # 5
    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    *ties string to your foot and gently pulls you down, out of the air*  🙂 


    It might be a deal or it might not, it all depends on your vision/budget.

    Post # 7
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    Whats included in that price?

    Post # 8
    46670 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    There just isn’t any way to compare wedding costs and locations. Downtown Vancouver could mean the Hotel Vancouver or the Coal Harbour Community Centre.

    We also all have different resources and finances available to us.

    I wouldn’t spend $30k on a wedding, but again that is my choice. It’s one day, one party.

    It is interesting how we start rationalizing wedding expenses after a while.




    Post # 9
    4311 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    • Five-hour wedding reception for 125 guests, which includes:
      – A dedicated team of wedding professionals including a personal wedding consultant
      – Parking for all guests during the reception
      – Suite for the newlyweds at Seaport Hotel on the night of the wedding
      – Private pre-wedding room for the wedding party with sparkling wine, stationary display and five passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktail service
      – Five-hour open bar service featuring select brand liquors (see “Liquors & Wines” tab) and a signature cocktail designed for the bride and groom
      – One-hour cocktail hour with stationary display and five passed hors d’oeuvres
      – Prosecco for the bridal toast
      – Dinner wine service tableside with appetizer and dinner entree
      – Three-course dinner with choice of beef or fish entree
      – Custom wedding cake by Icing on the Cake, Konditor Meister or Montilio’s Bakery, or cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake
      – After-dinner coffee table
      – Late night snack during dancing
      – Chiavari chairs in a selection of colors
      – Pinlighting to highlight centerpieces or custom votive candles, plus perimeter ballroom up lighting in choice of color
      – Floor-length white damask linens and dinner napkins
      – Four hours of DJ entertainment
      – Pre-wedding dance lesson (for first dance) with resident dance instructor
      – Deep-tissue massage for the bride to be redeemed pre-wedding
      – “Bridal bootcamp” personal-training session at Wave Health & Fitness
    • All taxes and fees, including 15% service charge, 9% taxable administrative fee and 7% Massachusetts tax
    • Available for select dates in August, September, October and November (select desired date at right)

    Post # 11
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it seems like a good deal, except for the cocktail hour.  5 hors d’oeuvres?  Should be way more.

    Post # 12
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think it depends on what your overall budget was and how nice the place is.  That price seems reasonable for a big city during fairly prime wedding season for 125 guests.  If your budget was $30k, then go for it!

    My one caution is to think about taxes, tips, etc.  The note here implies that those are included in this price, but I doubt that they are.  I did an all-inclusive package for my intimate wedding and was shocked by how much taxes, tips, etc added – we ended up spending almost 40% more than what we were quoted.  The little extras can really sneak up on you so learn from my mistake and read all of the fine print and ask your coordinator to tally up add’l estimated costs for taxes, etc before you sign anything.

    I still LOVED our wedding and felt like we got a great deal – it is such a relief to have everything handled for you by an experienced team.  I think packages are a great way to go if you aren’t a DIY type of bride and want a low stress wedding day, just make sure that you love the venue, love the team and understand what the real costs will be.

    Post # 13
    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @LucyLaLa ; Considering taxes and fees are included,  that’s an AMAZING deal for a Boston wedding!!!! Taxes and fees would likely run you around $5k for a $20k wedding in MA!!!  And an open bar for that many people would likely cost $7500+.

    Post # 14
    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    That’s more than the yearly salary of a looooooooooooooot of people… with full time jobs…. and college degrees……

    Post # 15
    2375 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If the quality of the food & drinks are up to standard, then it’s a really good deal for the area.  All you’d have to pay for would be flowers/centerpieces.  The fact that it covers the DJ, lighting, tax & tips and a 5 hour open bar is fantastic.  If it’s the look you’re going for and it’s within budget, I’d say go for it!  It’ll save you a lot of stress.


    Post # 16
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think thats very reasonable for everything thats included. Our venue/catering alone is well over $30K. Considering this also includes decor and the DJ in addition to dance lessons and personal training sessions, I think actually a great deal. 

    Have you already started looking at venues in Boston? I think most would venues in the area probably run $125-200 pp for catering/bar alone. 

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