(Closed) Justifying the Cost of the Venue

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 3
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you love the venue, and it’s really beautiful, keep in mind that you can probably get away with fewer decorations and floral arrangements since the space looks so great on its own!  That’s how we justified splurging a little on our venue!  🙂

Anyway, $7000 definitely isn’t cheap, but if you love it and your grandmother was ok paying for it, then I think you should just enjoy it!  Our biggest expenses were food and alcohol, and this is because we were tied to using our venue’s catering staff.  Like you said, a lot is included in the rental of your venue, and you can probably make up some of the difference by supplying your own alcohol and choosing a less expensive caterer. Good luck!!

Post # 4
63 posts
Worker bee

Our venue was by far our biggest expense, but it also included food because we weren’t allowed to cater from outside. Nonetheless, weddings are just like any other part of life and it’s all about giving and taking. Just pick out the top few things that you really want in your wedding (venue, dress, what have you) and skimp/DIY the other things to make it work with your budget. Goodluck!

Post # 5
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That actually doesn’t seem that bad when you add it up and like the previous person said, you can make up some of the cost by selecting a cheaper caterer or beverages versus the other places.  I know there were some costly decisons we made that made me a little upset, but I think it’ll be fine in the end.

Post # 6
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

don’t feel guilty. At.All. my venue is almost as much, but i rationalized it by a few logistics. 1. we have it for 24 hours. 2. we can party all night long. 3. we can bring in our own alcohol (this can get expensive for a 10 hour reception w/o this option) 4. it’s unique 5. we love it!! i’m not getting nearly what you are. so, don’t feel guilty about it. your grandmother made the right decision to snap it up. when you know, you know. now, stop feeling guilty and enjoy the rest of your planning and be very thankful for such a wonderful grandmother!

Post # 7
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well, it would be different if you haven’t put down the depost (more time to think about, etc.) but since you already put down the desposit, and you really love the venue, then just enjoy it!   I completely agree with what the pp said.  Since you’ve splurged on the venue rental and feel a little guilty about the high rental fee, try saving money on other areas such as caterer (it’s great that you can bring in your own caterer, that will save you a bunch!), alcohol, decorations. A basic tent rental on average is around $2000 so consider that part of your venue rental as renting the tent. 

 Don’t change it now since you obviously love the place.  Accept your grandmother’s generous gift and enjoy it as it was intended for you! 🙂

Post # 8
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I agree with the above posters. I think that you made the right choice. We had the same type of thing with our photographer. He was on the higher side price wise, but when you saw everything he included, he was worth it. Add up all of that other stuff with a cheaper venue and I bet it would exceed that price. I say that since your grandmother graciously offered to pay for it and she’s really happy and excited for you, then you should be happy and excited too! Do you love the place? If so, don’t feel bad…just enjoy yourself!

Post # 10
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think that, with what’s included, it was a pretty fair price. Especially if you live in an expensive locale (ex. New York).

Post # 11
8 posts

We spent a lot on our venue too. We thought we would save $$ on the catering and other incidentals, but it seemed as though whenever we said our venue location the prices went up. My only recommendation is to get prices from caterers, photographers, djs, etc. before you tell them where you booked (if that’s possible). You could probably get better deals than we got then …

Post # 12
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We spent a lot on our venue, but it was worth every penny.  The place was unique and stunning, our guests were incredibly impressed, and the owners of the ranch have become good friends through the process.  If you LOVE it, then it’s worth it!

Post # 13
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

hear ya – i spent a lot on my venue bc i really love the place. it doesn’t have *anything* so we have to bring *everything* in, but is a beautiful space and every time i stress about money (allthetime!), i just remember why i picked the place, how much i love it and how much it is going to transform the event to something really special.

we’re also trying to cut back in other areas – for example, i bought the least expensive dress i found that i liked and saved a bundle to try to offset some of the cost of the venue with saving in other areas. give that a shot, it’ll help you rationalize it to yourself!

Post # 14
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think the venue is a great price for everything included!! Do you have friends/family that cook really well??  Perhaps you could have them make a few things for your wedding, you could definitely go with a less expensive caterer or even have a local restaurant cater the food.  You could also have an out of town farewell brunch the next day for your guests that have come in from out of town.  I love the idea of having the wedding at a B and B!!  Good luck and I think you’ve made a wonderful decision!!

Post # 15
1741 posts
Bumble bee

I looked at a B&B which would have cost $5500 for the weekend, not including a tent or heaters but with 15 rooms and breakfast. We went somewhere else but maybe that puts it into a bit of perspective.

Have you looked at the costs of what they included. We are renting a tent for about $1100 and if you paid $30 per person for a brunch, that would cost about $900 for 30 people. I don’t know how much it cost to rent heaters or what kind you will be having but I would guess about $200. If the room nights are $100 each there’s another $400 so you could easily take $2,500 off the $7,000 fee and you are looking at $4500 for rental of facilities (including extra toilets), land, and parking with exclusive use for 24 hours. I don’t know your location but that seems pretty reasonable when you look at it like that.

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