Post # 1
We found a place that we love. However I am unsure if it is on the “expensive” end of venues given what is offered.
The venue is in Baltimore, MD, is $5,000. There is a 3 hour set up, cocktail hour, three hour event and an hour and a half to clean up. Tables and chairs are provided but linens are not.
For the Baltimore / Washington, DC area, is this a good deal?
Do venues usually provide only “three hours for dinner and dancing”?
Post # 3
@Emerald2011: i looked at 10 million places in the DC/MD/Baltimore area. for DC that’s a fine price but in baltimore things tend to be a bit less. is this by any chance gramercy mansion? that was the only place we considered with a 5K rental fee. there’s other factors, primarily whether you have in house catering or not. our venue rental fee works out to be around $3500 but has in-house catering. we were willing to go up to 5K at gramery because you can use whatever caterer you want. also, 3 hours for dinner & dancing is by no means unheard of, but we found most places gave us 4. at our venue we get an hour for the ceremony (waymore than we need), an hour for the cocktail hour and then 4 hours for dinner and dancing.
feel free to ask any more questions, i only recently finished my MD venue hunt and have tons of info.
Post # 4
@pb and j:
It’s the Peabody Library. Since they have restrictions we are only permitted to use one of the two approved caterers. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and we have a date on hold. As I am contemplating the contract I just wanted to be sure that the hours given were actually worth the space. But I think I am probably second guessing myself. I LOVE the venue.
We would not have our ceremony at the venue…it actually costs $600 more to do so. I already placed inquiries with the caterers so the price range seems to be right. But am not sure how much dancing could actually be done with a plated meal.
Post # 5
like 2 minutes after i posted that i realized that the peabody library was also that much. it was on our list originally. my Maid/Matron of Honor and a Bridesmaid or Best Man had both been to weddings there and absolutely loved it. it didn’t work out for us for a few reasons, the most important being that we need to have our ceremony in the same place as the reception and i didn’t love the flow for doing that there (but that’s not an issue for you so that’s a big plus). i didn’t love that they only gave you a choice of two caterers (chef’s and classic, right?). i think it’s classic (but i could be mixing the two up) that is known for running very high on their prices (like really pushing little upgrades here and there until your bill becomes a bit of a shocker) so make sure you watch out for that. food-wise, they are both rated well. it’s really gorgeous and you would definitely have a great wedding there. is there an option for adding an extra hour to the reception? that was another reason we nixed it, as we really wanted the longer reception, 3 hours can go by really quickly.
how big is your wedding? we are expecting ~150 and they indicated that would be fine with a plated dinner and dancing (but another place originally told us that and then it turned out that the room had a max capacity of 120).
Post # 6
@pb and j: I thought about the wedding and reception piece of Peabody and agree that it would be dificult and I did not like the way everything was supposed to “flow.” We are only premitted to use either Calssic Catering and Chef’s Expressions. Both places have good reviews in terms of quality of the food. However, price per person can get a bit high when certain things are added so we are being very cognizant of that.
I was just speaking with my fiancee about this last night and he didn’t realize the number of hours that were alotted. Luckily we have a courtesy hold on two days so that we can completely process the contract and begin negotiating prior to submitting our actual deposit. I am not to sure how many people have actually had success negotiating with Peabody but I hope they will at least consider an additional hour.
We are planning to invite 150 people which falls in line with the capacity of Peabody. Gramercy was on my original list but we have not seen it. Once I saw Peabody I fell in love with it and I hope that all of the “negotiations” are effective.