(Closed) Thought I had a big budget, the venues dont think so :(

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
2684 posts
Sugar bee

$25k is a great budget in most areas.  Keep shopping around for venues.  I recommend looking for venues that aren’t solely wedding venues, like parks or community centers or restaurants.  The “wedding” term adds a premium to whatever you’re paying.  Cutting the guest list is the #1 way to save money, but after that, cutting the price on food and alcohol is the next best thing to do.  Venues with little to no catering restrictions are ideal for this.  Many venues I looked at had a list of preferred caterers that we had to use, all of which were way more expensive than other local caterers.


Keep your chin up, and keep shopping for alternatives 🙂

Post # 4
7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I think that’s a great sized budget. I also think you are looking at the wrong venues. Often, these packages are expensive. Have you tried just renting a space and getting vendors in? Try art galleries, museums etc etc

Post # 5
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It really depends on where you are located. In most parts of the US, $25K is a large budget, but in the northeast, its only average. My venue/catering alone cost almost $40K for 185 people and we aren’t having anything over the top. 

Post # 6
384 posts
Helper bee

I totally get you 25K gets u no where in the new england area… aaaggghhh

Post # 7
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would say you need to either

  • Look for a venue that does a package deal stated on their website for under your budget to save dissapointment.
  • Try and get the price down. You’re getting married in a VERY quiet month, they should be happy for your custom and therefore you are in the driving seat when it comes to prices.

Post # 8
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

That’s a huge budget.  I’m making $20k work in Baltimore, MD area.  Holy crapo.  My venue is only $10k of that, and that includes the rental, ceremony, linens, and all food & alcohol!

Post # 9
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

For $25K, I promise you can find a venue that will work for you.  It’s a good budget!

Post # 10
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ImperialRed:  We have a 30K budget and found a venue that was 26K which included food, drinks, venue, flowers, ceremony, dj, photographer and is still in “peak” season on a Saurday night. It is definatley doable. I went in with.. look we have 30 to spend but I want to keep it as close to 20 with EVERYTHING included. Tell me your best offer now so I know to look around or walk out. It suprisingly worked for me!

Post # 14
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I feel the same way. I am also looking at a 25k budget and for some venues, 25k is the minimum they require to be spent just on food and drinks! So, we are seriously changing where we are looking. I’m in New England and looking for late summer so it’s peak time too.

Post # 15
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m looking at under $20,000 for the Philadelphia area- man, that’s just not happening! Good luck though, I hope you can pull it off and teach me all of your secrets!

Post # 16
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ImperialRed:  yep! the first place i went was the walters art museum in baltimore. 




BUT the cost was $6,000 for the reception and ceremony and this didn’t include anything other than the venue. No food, no rentals, wait staff, nothing. Just the building. 

I had to come down from thinking that I could get a place like that on my budget. 

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