(Closed) unrealistic expectations?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think costs largely depend on the location of the city. Atlanta is pretty big, so I think you should be able to find something intermediate. If you’re still leaning toward a smaller venue, have you looked at restaurants? Many of them have private party rooms where you can still have a very nice dinner after a ceremony. Other options would be maybe to rent out an old historical house? That way you can have your backyard theme and still cater in the things that your parents might be looking for.

I’d also suggest that you make sure they’re aware of the cost of what they want.

Keep looking and good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Atlanta too & those prices sound about right, unfortunately.  Are you only looking in the city?  Have you looked in places like Norcross or Marietta?  We visited a few places outside of the city that were a lot more reasonable & still beautiful.  What venues have you looked into?

We’re having a destination wedding, but we are having a formal reception here in Atlanta at the Venetian Room.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think what you’re finding is the norm and may even be on the lower end for a major East Coast city like Atlanta.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

One of my best friends had her ceremony & reception at Old Towne Athletic Club (www.otac.net) and it was really nice.  She had a pretty good experience.

One place we looked at that was pretty easy on the pockets was Pinetree Country Club.  When we visited them last summer, their rental fee was only $600, which was MUCH lower than anything else we’d encountered. Our venue actually had a special for a waived facility/rental fee back in October– we missed it though!

Another venue I really wanted to visit was Villa Christina, but we’d pretty much decided on the Venetian Room by that point.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsFoxxy:  I just came across the venetian room and sent a request for pricing. what were the fees if you dont mind me asking? 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it’s the venue and the city. I went through every restaurant and hotel i could think of and started a spreadsheet for all of the folks I had talked to (they started to run together) and eventually found a great deal by signing up for someone’s email newsletter (like 50% off!) but if you’re doing food and booze, it adds up quickly :/  then yea, they tack on service and gratuity and tax…sigh. If you could find a place that is more off the beaten path, you might have better luck. I did a lot of research on wedding channel and just asked everyone that seemed decent for a quote.

good luck! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@RaysBride89:  The venue fee was $2500 & the food we chose was about $32 per person I believe.  I can’t remember exactly, but I believe the pricing for a full bar was around $30 per person.  We had a group of people that we knew many wouldn’t drink at all and some would definitely drink, so we got them to do a based on consumption pricing— they averaged the drinks at $5 per drink, so we paid up front for 4 drinks or $20 per person and if our actual bar tab went over that, they would bill us after the event.  One thing I didn’t like about their fees that they weren’t clear about– the parking is $5 per person, so they were charging our guests for parking!  Had we known, we would have prepaid for approx how many vehicles we thought would show up.

My event turned out spectacular– especially the food.  But they had some major communication issues when I was dealing with them.  The coordinator got on my LAST nerve… it took over a month to get them to send over a correct contract & estimate.  It almost felt like they didn’t really want my business.  Like I said, it all turned out beautiful in the end, but if I had another event to plan, I would try elsewhere & save myself the trouble.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsFoxxy:  Thanks so much! that seems to be pretty much the norm for atlanta. Im considering Piedmont Room because its 800 for the reception and 500 for the ceremony  making everything 1300. the open bar is about 25 pp and i rather that then to have a bill at the end. Im really stressed out by trying to find a better price for things.. my Mother-In-Law mentioned a backyard and i cried like a baby..Lol 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@RaysBride89:  LoL @ the backyard… I know what you mean, though.  It’s fine for many brides, but I would rather just go to the courthouse than to do the backyard thing.  I don’t know.. just never appealed to me.  Those prices for the Piedmont room sound pretty good, though!  It can be hard to find a good price in Atlanta.. especially inside the city.  They all tend to be around the same price or just outrageous!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsFoxxy:  I know!! i think its a steal… i hope the food is good since we cant used an outside vendor!

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