(Closed) Looking for venue 10-14K range in ATL (venue, food, beverage, staff only)

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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octoberskyy:  How many people are you planning to invite (this makes a big difference 🙂 ) and does the venue have to provide staff/catering or are you ok hiring an outside caterer? You can sometimes save a lot of money using a venue that allows an outside caterer as some of the caterers will supply a licensed bartender to serve alcohol that you have bought for a small hourly fee (in my experience, this saves a TON on alcohol).

A few that would fall into your budget (depending on how many people you are having) that are near/around downtown ATL are:

– the Marianna at Wrecking Bar (onsite catering and staff),

– the Trolley Barn in Inman Park (you would have to hire an outside caterer, but we got quotes from several that would still be under your budget with the cost of renting the space assuming you aren’t having a huge wedding)

– Wahoo Grill (onsite catering – again, dependant on the size of your wedding)

– The Margaret Mitchell House (outside catering)

– Paris on Ponce, Le Maison Rouge (outside catering – this is where we are getting married, the venue is VERY eclectic and may not be for the faint of heart, haha, but I thought I’d add it just in case)

I did a lot of looking on a smaller budget than yours at all types of venues. I live near downtown and have several friends that have gotten married in the area, so I’ve researched a TON of venues – again, let me know how many people you are planning for and I might have a couple of other ideas 😉

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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octoberskyy:  I think all of those are doable with 80-120 (our number is very similar). My other recommendations were places that allowed smaller numbers (around 60) so I’ll skip those.

For the outside cost it drastically depends on what you want in the catering. A lot of the places have a preferred catering list that includes all levels of food/cost. We are going with a local famous barbecue joint because we are doing a kind of “Atlanta” sub-theme (we are using major Atlanta vendors for the food, desserts and favors and will put up little signs explaining the background of each). The barbecue place quoted us less than $2800 for 120 people including food (full buffet dinner), servers, and a bartender for the night. Our calculations on alcohol are looking like we may spend like $1000 or so for an open bar that includes beer, wine, and a few select cocktail options. That added to the venue cost was well below 10-14K. 

I requested quotes from several places and got everything from the $2800 to 3-5 times that cost, it really depended on the vendor – but it was really easy to get quotes, I just had a stock email that I sent to a bunch of places with our wedding date, number of guests, and a brief description of what I was looking for – vendors usually responded within a day with a price list and then it was easy to quickly rule out or rule in difference places for consideration.

Doing outside vendors takes a little more legwork, but I definitely think you can save a lot of money if you’re willing to put in a little time (or at least, this was our experience) :). I was able to get a rough estimate of the cost of a lot of options within a few days.

I think Saturday vs another day depends on what your deal breakers are. We are doing some things DIY to make up for other costs of a Saturday night wedding. Our venue is (again) very eclectic and doesn’t need any decorations or flowers aside from my bouquet, we’ll make any signs, etc ourselves. Included in our rental was parking with an attendant (we are not doing valet) and a day of coordinator as well as sound system usage. They also have all the tables we will need and a bar, so we don’t need to rent any equipment or tables/chairs. Ultimately, we prioritized our guest’s enjoyment (we think) and dropped some of the extras for us in favor of just having a fun evening. The food will be amazing, this barbecue place is really really good, but there won’t be tons of options (2 meats, 3 sides) – but people will get as much as they want and will be full and happy (we hope). We are also doing cupcakes instead of a regular wedding cake which ended up being a lot cheaper when I compared cake and cupcake quotes. 

I think it would be hard to do a super traditional wedding in Atlanta on Saturday night in that budget, but if you are willing to get a little creative then it’s certainly possible!

Good luck!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m looking for basically the same thing, only I’m trying to max out at 10K for venue/food/bev. All in one catering and especially beverage service can REALLY add up, so I’m actually specifically looking for venues that are BYOB (many of our guests don’t drink, but with all-inclusive, you often have to pay per person regardless) and flexible catering. Are you looking for strictly a reception venue or a venue that could do both? I know this is a crazy list, but here goes:

5 Seasons Brewing–you just have to hit food and beverage minimums, which range from $2K-$6500 on Saturdays, depending on area you use. 

Callanwolde–I think $6k for rental (unclear online) for Saturday, but you can BYOB and have total freedom for catering. Minimal decor needed here, too.

Cator Woolford Gardens at Fraser Center–$2K-$4800 depending on the time of year, must use preferred caterer, but BYOB.

Historic Dekalb Courthouse–$3400, preferred caterer, BYOB.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History–$2K+ if you don’t use the Great Hall, not sure on catering/alcohol. I emailed them yesterday; no response yet.

Freight Room–Not clear online, but used to just be meeting a catering minimum w/Distinctive Events. The numbers I saw online were $29+/person for food, $19+ for alcohol.

John Michael Oliver House–$2,900-3,900 depending on time of year, any caterer, BYOB. ~1 hr out of town, though.

Lake House at Avondale–$1800, any caterer, BYOB.

Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park–$3,700, w/$2700 alcohol minimum. This was too pricey for us, but prob doable for $15k.

The Marianna–$2,000 food/bev minimum, must serve Wrecking Bar beer, no space for ceremony. Very cool venue, though.

Miller-Ward Alumni House (Emory)–$3K, must use preferred caterer, alcohol through them. 

Monday Night Brewing–$3K, any caterer but I think no kitchen? Lots of food trucks in the pics I saw online. I think must use their beer but otherwise BYOB?

Oglethorpe University–$625-$2750 depending on what spaces you pick. Not sure on catering/alcohol.

Rhodes Hall–$3500, preferred caterers, BYOB.

The Rock Barn in Canton–$1200 rental fee, not sure on catering/BYOB.

Roswell Founders Hall–Must tour to find out pricing, but online searching indicates in your range. Must use Talk of the Town and go through Founders Hall for alcohol. Offer all-inclusive packages, though.

Roswell Historic Cottage–I emailed about pricing yesterday but haven’t heard back. Any caterer, BYOB.

Roswell River Landing–$1100, any caterer, BYOB.

Sandy Springs Heritage–emailed about pricing, haven’t heard back, any catering, BYOB.

The Solarium in Oakhurst–$2,700, any caterer, BYOB.

Terminus 330–$3700, preferred caterer, go through them for alcohol.

The Warren City Club in VA Highlands–unclear, possibly just hitting food/bev minimums. Menus online, you can do some math using your anticipated guest list.

The Wimbish House–$4350 (includes, among other things, Chiavari chairs), any caterer, BYOB.

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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penguinwapi:  Not to derail the thread, but do you mind if I ask what BBQ place you went with? How has your experience with Paris on Ponce been so far? My friend’s sister-in-law got married there and loved it, but I understood that they made a lot of changes (including to the pricing) right after that.

And OP, I forgot to second the Trolley Barn! My Fiance and several of our friends are in Inman Park, so it’s a real consideration for us. We also had friends get married there, and it was beautiful. The neighborhood group just bought it from the city, however, and I’m afraid they’re going to make changes to the pricing and the laissez faire food/drink policies.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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bourdon:  We are using Fox Bros for catering and our experience with Paris on Ponce has been really great thusfar. We booked Le Maison Rouge way in advance so the prices may have changed since then (I heard they might go up for this year – we booked over a year before our wedding date in June). I’m not sure what other changes may have happened since your friend’s sister-in-laws wedding since we have only seen the contract for our wedding, but I’m glad to hear they loved it! Hopefully our experience will be the same 🙂

For Callanwolde – we were quoted $7500 for rental for a Saturday night, so the prices may have gone up from the website!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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penguinwapi:  Good to know–that one’s off the list! I cannot STAND the lack of transparency in venue pricing, seriously. Fox Brothers is some serious yum (and they’re actually a preferred vendor for a couple of places), but we’re also partial to Sweet Auburn, and some friends had Community Q cater their engagement party at the Sam Goldman Retreat at Callanwolde, which was awesome. Do you mind me asking what you’re paying for Maison Rouge? 

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