Niagara on the Lake Winery venue question/budget

posted 1 year ago in Venue
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would also look at Prince Edward County as it may likely be cheaper with the same effect. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

Have you asked some of these venues what the cost is? Would you have to bring in your own catering? How much does a tent cost to rent? You can start looking for these answers online to get a better idea if your budget works or not

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

You’ll be fine. 10k will go a long way especially if you are ok with minimal flowers (although everyone’s idea of minimal is different) but fewer flowers will save a lot. Since you have a lot of time you can shop around and look for deals for decor, etc.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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ritaxoxo :  I think you will need to add to your budget or cut back a lot on everything else. Your venue/food and beverage should account for 40% of your budget so if those things are close to $25,000, there is not a lot of wiggle room there.  That leaves $10,000 for all clothing items, photographer, stationary, cake, all decor and rentals, bridal party gifts, officiant fees, etc. That’s *really* tight. Even just simple draping in a rent will cost at least $1,000 – $2,000. Our wedding was around the same amount as your budget but we spent way less on the venue itself including food and beverage. Not saying it can’t be done, but unless you plan on doing zero decoration at all, I think your budget will need a boost

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I agree with PP, venue/food and drink usually costs about  50% of your total budget, so if that comes to 25k I think you will need to increase your budget to get the wedding you are thinking of. 

And adding to the list of other things PP mentioned above, don’t forget the cost of wedding rings, transportation, accommodation, hair and makeup, music/DJ, favours, etc. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

I didn’t get married in NOTL, but I just attended an early September wedding at Chateau des Charmes.  Just an FYI that for all the money you’re spending on the beautiful scenery, as a guest at this wedding, I didn’t enjoy it at all because it was dark out!  An afternoon wedding would be lovely, especially if you get married on the grounds, but I’d advise against a church wedding followed by an evening reception at a vineyard that can’t actually be enjoyed or appreciated.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - City, State

We did NOTL but after a bit of research I picked one of the Vintage Hotels (Prince of Wales was my final pick) they have packages that make everything SO MUCH EASIER. It’s a price per person and that’s it (Ok not exactly… I upgraded items but I did their Winter Wedding package because I got married in April and they didn’t even have a venue fee). Pillar and Post and Queens Landing have similar packages! I think only Pillar and Post offered an outdoor option … but in April that wasn’t really my jam. I think I did ~60 guests for about ~$11K in venue (alcohol, food). They also did the setup and most of the tear down (they placed our decor on one table for us to pick up in the morning)

I can post some picture of the Prince of Wales if you are interested!

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Helper bee

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laurzaa :  

The Prince of Wales is such a beautiful hotel! I bet your wedding was lovely. 

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ritaxoxo :  

If you’re worried about your budget, maybe moving your wedding to the off season might be helpful. 

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Blushing bee

So I’m actually from niagara and we looked at a few wineries (kurtz orchard and ravine) they are both stunning and I’ve heard such great things about them. But when I was sent the packages and saw how expensive they were I almost barfed! Lol 

With taxes and gratuities it came out to be around $230-$250 per person. So for our 180 person wedding it was just not going to happen lol. So with your smaller guest list you may be able to make it work. Just really read all the extra fees they charge because on top of the $230pp price tag those wineries both have a site fee on top of it which guarantees the property for the day (ravine’s site fee was $5000 and if I’m not mistaken I think kurtz was about $8000!) 

Sorry for the long post I am just very passionate about this topic because I swear I looked at every winery in the area and they were all so overpriced. 

If you have any other questions I’m super happy to answer!

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