(Closed) Incredibly high reception venue deposits?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

OMG…. i am having 51 – 53 people in our wedding and ok, we chose the least expensive menu of the 3 available (so it will be around 71€/person)..i think it´s an ABSURD what they’re asking!!!!!! We paid 1200€ as a deposit right in the beginning and are paying 1200€ more this week – the rest is paid on the day itself (all but the flower and candle decoration included!). In the overall we’re paying around 3500€! A BIG difference, no???????

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

$500+ a head for catering? Yikes!!!

Our venue deposit was almost 50%, plus a $500 security deposit. Catering deposit was half because we booked so close to the date. If we’d been farther out, we could have done the payment in thirds.

Since you’re doing such high deposits, I’d recommend getting wedding insurance. We have to anyway, since our venue (a museum) requires it- $200-$300 is worth the piece of mind, just in case.

Post # 23
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1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@love108: 

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@airmail:  

lol, seriously for that price i’d expect the toilet paper to be gold as well!

Post # 24
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1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow…that’s a sh**load for a deposit! I’m in the St. Louis metro area and our reception site (one of the nicer places around) was a $400 deposit. Come to think of it, the highest deposit I had to make was $985 for the videographer.

Post # 26
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

WOW and I nearly crapped my pants when I saw one of the sites I was considering wanted $15k down (we are only having 20 guest at our destination wedding). I could not imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars on food for one night, especially for my small party. I’m havying a restaurant reception instead. Food will only cost us around $2k now (not including our cake and drinks) so my pants are happy again. Plus, I could not have picked a better looking restaurant. Seriously it’s surrounded by waterfalls, koi, and swans. The entire place is basically glass so it’s like you are right there! So romantic! It’s not what I original envisioned but it’s wayyyyy better! 

Post # 29
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7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@airmail:  Holy shit, girl, that is a lot of money. Our venue total includes all of that minus the bar and it’s only $6500 (it was about $10k with the open bar).

But I agree that that’s a huge deposit. Our deposit was 25%, but that was only $1600.

Post # 30
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a pic posting virgin so bare with me… The photos don’t do it justice. It’s absolutely breathtaking, especially at night. I can’t wait to see it with our tables all done up and flowers everywhere. I hope the swans and flamingos are in attendance that night! 

 

 


 

 


Post # 31
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1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@airmail:  Our total budget is about 30K for 150 people. If we can do it, I will thank all the Gods possible. But our venue is super trendy at the moment and the price has increased to 10K for venue rental. We caught it right before it blew up and booked way in advance. Our catering is through a local restaurant, but it doesn’t include alcohol. So that 12K is not including our stocking the bar (but does include service and mixers).

Ugh. This city is SO EXPENSIVE.

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