Post # 1
I have been looking at venues for about 125 guests for spring 2017, and most places are charging anywhere from $2000-$6000 for just venue rental – not to mention cost per person for food and drink. Going into this I knew weddings were not cheap, and expected to be paying approx. $100-$120 per person between venue and food and drink WITH tax and gratuity. I’m feeling very disheartened as most places are running close to that before gratuity and tax. So far I have quotes fro the following.
Benachi House – $6,500 for two nights (rehearsal and wedding ceremony with accommodations for up to 7 people). This is the rental fee. Does NOT include food or drink. Outside caterers allowed.
Ormond Plantation – $ 850 rental fee + $58 per person (this is the option we are leaning towards)
Destrehan Plantation – Ceremony + Reception Fee $5200, + $46pp (food and drink) (love the venue and Paula the event coordinator is so nice, but might be just out of the budget)
I felt setting our budget at $18-20K was fair, but I’m starting to feel like it’s not enough.
Does anyone have suggestions to other venues in the New Orleans area with recent price quotes that may be around the $10K mark for ceremony + reception? We’re even looing at Friday evenings instead of Saturdays to help keep the cost down ever so slightly.
This topic was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by A11eycat.
Post # 2
Hmm, I find most places don’t have much of a difference between Friday and Saturday evening, but we were able to save significantly on a Saturday daytime event at Audubon tea room. If you end up doing a cocktail style, it’s really reasonable PP. We are doing buffet and it is 58.50 for food and 27 for the premium bar. But you can do a basic bar for 3 h for 17 a person. The cheapest cocktail style option is $36 Pp but you could do a la carte as well. They KILL you on service charge at 22% and tax 9.75%. Rental fee for Saturday daytime is 2500. So that puts you at 11,370 total with tax and service for a 3 hr reception during the day (must be done by 4) there for the bare minimum. The zoo and the Audubon clubhouse are going to be cheaper, I imagine.
Post # 3
Weddings in NOLA are depressingly expensive.
Post # 4
I have considered daytime Saturday, but SO refuses. He’s insisting on an evening wedding. I’ve found that it very much depends on the location, but some will be about $2-5 less pp. and maybe a few hundred less on rental fees while others are the same no matter if it is friday or saturday.
The near 30% added really is a KILLER. I couldn’t agree more. When you sum it up and it’s around $10K that’s $3,000 in extra fees. Just wish those fees were included. We are looking into the Columns to see what their availability is like for the dates we are looking at. Luckily we’re pretty flexible and we have a lot of OOT guests so hopefully we can get a deal by blocking off all the rooms and guaranteeing that they will be filled.
Post # 5
Love the Columns! My only issue with it is that they won’t let you rent out the front porch which was kind of a bummer. Just be weary of the construction on St. Charles and make sure it will be completed by the time your wedding comes around. That construction is putting such a damper on Uptown!
I actually preferred the daytime just because we are doing a Catholic ceremony and most of the churches wouldn’t let us have mass until 7… I like to be in bed by 10 sooo that wouldn’t work! Hah! I have had 2 friends do Sunday evening on a holiday weekend and saved a ton! So far we’ve saved about 5k by doing daytime but I can definitely understand why your FI wouldn’t want to. Good luck!