(Closed) Incredibly high reception venue deposits?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

what about like at a park? A community center? VFW? I know these places aren’t as great as the upscale place, but you’ll save like 15 grand and you can spend more to decorate, bring your own favorite food in, and serve your own beer. Think outside the box, I guess. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had to pay 50% of our total venue costs plus the bar minimum when I booked the venue.  I think 50% is pretty standard… it just seems like a lot of money to you because your budget is pretty high.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My jaw dropped. I cannot imagine spending that much money for anything!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Wow.. I mean I knew mine was really cheap ($100.. no I didn’t forget a zero) 50% is a LOT.

Be sure about the place before putting that deposit down!!

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My venue needed 50% of our guaranteed minumum headcount. We don’t have a site fee though.  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

The venue we first had our heart set on was $2500 four 4 hours, with an additional $500 an hour.  We would have needed at least 6 hours, so it would have been $3500 – not bad.  But then they told us that in addition to a $1000 holding deposit, they would need a $3500 security deposit to be paid two weeks before the wedding!  All that money upfront for a venue that did not even include tables and chairs was just absurd, so we looked elsewhere.  If I were in your shoes, I’d prob do so as well.  Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our venue is a total of 7500 with 3500 down. We were able to talk ourselves out of the security deposit since we could pay upfront at the signing of our contract. Our catering deposit (separate) is 30% of the total (near 12,000 estimated) bill, so another 3800. So, all in all, we have paid about $7,300 upfront. I thought that this was pricey… yours is insane!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had to pay 30% up front, and the rest due 2 weeks before the wedding. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

The last event I helped host (a charity dinner, but at a facility focused on weddings) only has a $300 deposit upfront. Starting about a month out, more money comes due. I wouldn’t be shocked if their wedding requirements were higher, but probably not substantially. Most of their wedding packages are $90-$130/pp, so it’s not like we’re talking a super casual community center.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@airmail:  that’s a huge amount to spend on a small wedding of 55.  personally, i would be looking around for some other creative, less expensive venues.

i did notice quite the range in venue fees and deposits when we were looking.  we had a small wedding too and i couldn’t even fathom paying a huge amount for the venue rental unless there was a lot included; staffing, bartender, tables, chairs, linens, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@airmail:  how is your wedding so expensive for only 55 people?!!? my god!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Dell79:  Gold encrusted filet mignon? Hahaha! I hope so!

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