(Closed) Is my venue too expensive?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It really depends on the venue. Rentals around here in upstate NY that are overlooking the lake are usually about 2100 for three days, but they’re a bit run down. Its hard to say if its worth it without seeing it, do you have any photos?

Post # 3
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My venue was similar in that we had to bring EVERYTHING in ourselves. It was a barn in VT that held 150 people. We had access to the full farm for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and it cost $3000.

In hindsight, it would have been a lot less stress to have the venue deal with some of the rentals. So I would just shop around and see how much places that are inclusive cost. The places with rentals included were around $5000, so we came in a little under that for our site.


Good luck! 😀

Post # 4
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

That sounds high. Have you recieved quotes from anyone else to compare?

Post # 5
8990 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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Soontobemiksza:  does it include furniture? I paid $3500 for just the space (rentals came through the caterer) for 7 hours total (including the caterers setup/break down time). $2100 doesn’t seem that bad to me!

Post # 7
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If it helps, I’m paying $5,000 to rent an entire summer camp from Friday morning to Sunday evening. The price includes lodging for about half of my guests, use of the facilities, tables, china, and linens. My guests will have to bring their own sheets or blankets for sleeping, and we will have to clean up afterwards ourselves. The camp is planning to cater our brunch wedding, but it will be an additional cost.

I was a little hesitant to pay so much, but the summer camp serves children with special needs, and the money goes toward scholarships, so that makes me feel better about it! 

Post # 9
8683 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think anyone can tell you that for various reasons:

1. Location affects prices and you’re here in NJ (I am too)

2. Every venue is different so location/parking/landscape/etc will affect pricing

3. “expensive” is relative to each person. What’s pricey to me may not be to your or someone else or vice versa. It’s like you saying you want a BMW and someone telling you they are too expensive.

Post # 10
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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You didn’t give enough details about the venue to say if it is priced reasonably or not.  Does it have toilets?  Power? Climate control?  Kitchen facilities?  Lighting?  Tables & chairs?  A danceoor?  Stage?  Secure space for personal belongings?  Free onsite parking?  AV equipment?

How could anyone possibly know if $2100 is too much or not without knowing anything about the venue?  It’s like asking how long is a piece of string.  

Post # 11
11512 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

That seems quite reasonable, given that your venue could have hosted three weddings during the timeframe you will be there.

Post # 12
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Soontobemiksza: or you can hire someone to break down. 

We’re paying 7k for venue (fri-sun) and they handle tables, chairs, heat, some decor, sleeping for 14 and flipping the chairs. 

We’re bringing in our own caterer, linens, dishware, coffee vendor, Dj, photogs and a DOC to coordinate it all.

caterer will handle catering breakdown. Coffee vendor will handle coffee breakdown. Guests will handle grabbing the centerpieces they want. DJ and photogs get their own equipment. 

We’re responsible for the decor & bar.  dOC will pack up everything and everyone we’re housing will help so many hands will make light work. 

Post # 13
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Our venue is allowing us to start at 10 am for set up, use the location for photos prior to ceremony, ceremony at 4, room flip (by the caterers) for reception at 5, reception dinner to start at 6 and then dinner/party until 12 midnight and we have to get out at 1 am.  Then the next day we are allowed access to clean up.

Chairs and tables are provided by the venue.  An extra $50 for them to hang some globe lights.

Catering is separate.  Caterers will provide all table linens, cutlery, glasses, plates, serving dishes, etc

Our rental fee for the venue is $1000 and we have (one) day-of coordinator included. 

Mind you, our wedding will be on a Thursday, so the rental was lower.  On a Saturday, typically they charge $2750.  Plus we received an additional %20 off because we booked during their off-peak season (March).

The venue is located in the heart of downtown, Toronto Canada.

Post # 14
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Usually the couple does just leave and designates family or bridal party to pick up the gifts, centerpieces,  and whatever else they own. Sometimes florists come back to take down decor. It depends on the vendor contract.

Post # 15
1904 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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lrogers0901:  this sounds like an awesome idea!! Had we not already booked our venue I totally would do a camping weekend! Never even though to rent a camp ground. Love it!

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Soontobemiksza: our venue is fairly new.  I am in a different state but we paid $2100 full building for 2 days- Friday/Saturday, includes: 8 banquet tables, 300 chairs, 8 cocktail tables, 30 6′ round tables, fireplace, projector & screen, new complete sound system, all table/chair setup & tear down.

We do have to clean- sweap, mop, etc.. All cleaning supplies are included. Or they will clean for a fee… I believe it is $200. 

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