Post # 1
I’ve been searching and searching for the perfect wedding venue that FH and I can afford on our own, and today I thought I finally found it. It’s a beautiful rustic barn on a farm near our hometown and we could have the ceremony and reception there for 120 guests (tables, chairs, set-up included) for $1500. Is this a reasonable price? I thought it was great! We can hire our friend as a caterer who will give us a better deal than a venue who makes you use their inhouse catering. I was so excited about this place when I called today and they have our date available, but my family’s first reaction was “woah.. the price..”
Is this too much money? Should I try to haggle or ask the owner to include something else? Sure, it’s a lot of money for one day but I didn’t think it was too bad.. plus we are paying for this wedding by ourselves.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
In my area a $1500 venue rental fee is a steal. Thats our venue cost but only bc its on a Sunday. I would be happy and not even concern myself with others opinions. You love it and you’re paying for it yourselves. 😉 Congrats
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s unreasonable, but that could be because of where I live. My venue wouldn’t rent for less than $2,000 even during the winter months. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Post # 4
Your family may think it’s a lot, but in Wedding Land, that’s a fricken steal. I’m in SC so things aren’t crazy expensive at all, but I’m still paying $1400 just for chairs for 100 people. You get tables and a venue for even more people! Go for it before it books up!
Post # 5
Decent venues here run $3000+ so I would say you are in a great range! The venue we are strongly considering is $3500 and we haven’t been able to find anything cheaper.
Post # 6
This would be the bargain of a lifetime in my area!!!!
Your $ = your decision!
Post # 7
It would be considered high in my area. Have you gotten quotes from other places? If you love it you should probably book it.
Post # 8
It really depends on your area! If the barn is in good condition, it sounds pretty good to me. It’s definitely good that they include tables and chairs.
Some other things to consider: How long can you be there? Will you need a dance floor? Does your caterer need a kitchen? Is there ample lighting, or will you have to bring in your own (string lights/lanterns/etc)? Bathrooms? MC hookups for music/speeches? Some of these things may need to be rented and therefore make it more expensive in the long run.
It may depend on where you live, but for a comparison, we got our venue for $1500, which included a wedding-specific chapel and reception hall (equipped with MC hookups and catering kitchen, tables and chairs, optional projector/projection screens) which was all indoors so there was ambient lighting and bathrooms of course…and 8 hours of use, total. Looking around at venues in my area, it was actually one of the cheapest options for our amount of guests (150), and I don’t live in a super big city or anything.
If you’ve been hunting around for venues for awhile, I’m sure you know the average price of things pretty well. If you think you could get better for $1500 in your area, might be worth hunting a bit longer if the barn doesn’t cater to all your needs.
Post # 9
I don’t think the rental is too high but you need to see what else you would have to rent. As an example, I’ve heard that people have had to rent porta potties for barn weddings and what not.
It depends on the barn.
Post # 10
if you are your Fiance love it then I say go for it. It does depend on your location, but as long as it is reasonable for your area then i think you should book. Is it possible your family doesn’t know the cost of venues?
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
That is a STEAL. I booked a public park and indoor pavilion that only has picnic benches, no chairs or regular tables, and that was $900, and that’s the literal cheapest venue in my town lol (my dream luxury venue is $6000 for a saturday 😨😨😨
If you love it and it’s within budget, then go for it!
Post # 12
Thank you, everyone! Lots of good questions to ask the owner. It does have restrooms and a kitchen area because the barn was built specifically for weddings. I’ll have to ask about lighting and audio hookups though!
Post # 13
1) If it’s within your budget, its not too much.
2) If you’re paying for your own wedding, others don’t need to tell you how to spend your money.
Post # 14
It seems like a reasonable price for what you’re getting since it was built specifically for weddings.
Post # 15
In my area that would be unheard of. Our venue was almost $5k and its one of the cheapest in the area. Take the deal you lucky girl!!!