Post # 1
I’m looking at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland (the ZOO mansion house!) that has a rental fee of $2,750 for a Friday for four hours, and additional hours are between $400-850 an hour. It only includes the tables/chairs. You don’t have to pay xtra for catering from their 11 choices, but if you choose someone outside of their list, it’s an xtra $400.
Even with the extra hour, extra catering fee, and my estimation of food & bar, it’s still quite a bit cheaper than alot of places I’ve seen that provide an all-in-one type style.
Is this unreasonable?? What did other Maryland brides pay for their venue?
It’s a very unique, fun venue. I have some other options in the MD/PA/even NY area, but I really want this venue. I just don’t want to be getting jipped!
Thanks for your input! 🙂
Post # 3
Im in PA and that rental fee you mentioned is pretty standard I think. The only place I ever wanted to get married locally was a museum with a 3k fee but the exclusive caterer was wonlfgang puck so I didnt even want to know the cost there. If your saying its cheaper than other places I dont see the dilemma. You want this venue, nab it!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
That actually sounds like a very reasonable price; and what a fun venue!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
My venue fee was $2700 and included the entire place for 24 hours, 5 suites, tables, leather loius chairs, linens, china, and crystal. We got married on the Eastern Shore. So to me, that large of a venue fee for that small amount is ridiculous. However, if you really want that to be your venue, and nothing else will do, then there’s your answer. “Reasonable” is really in the eye of the beholder.
Post # 7
I am paying 2750 for a Friday wedding which includes the garden ceremony site (and chairs) and reception hall including tables and chairs. I also have to pick from a list of preferred caterers, but I don’t mind doing that. I think yours sounds reasonable for a fun and unique venue — I’d go for it!
Post # 8
I don’t think it sounds bada at all, but one thing you need to factor in is setup time. When would you be allowed in? Can your drop off decorations the day before? If you have to pay extra for the setup hours, it might seem a bit less reasonable. Talk about it with your SO. If he loves it just as much as you do, I’m sure you two will make it happen 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sounds about right-for venues in the city, we found prices from around $1500 (Creative alliance) to $6000 (AVAM). Downtown museums are around $3,000-4,000.
Get the extra hour, especially if you’re having your ceremony there. What do the chairs looks like- are they white wooded, or are they the metal folding ones? Linens can add up-not every caterer includes them.
The right venue is worth the $$-it sets the tone for the entire event. We were married at the Museum of Industry, and it was perfect for us. We used Rogue for our caterer- 5 stars. Also did a tasting at Atlantic, which was great- PM me if you want more info on either- the Zoo’s approved list is probably pretty similar.
Post # 10
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
We;re getting married there! I’m super excited. It’s $3400 for a Saturday though. :-/ Anyway, we looked at a bunch of other places and the Zoo is pretty reasonable. They also were running a special where you could get an extra hour free–that may have ended because they were renovating, but I definitely think it’s worth it. The reason they have a list of caterers is because they don’t have a catering kitchen so the caterer has to be able to bring in kitchen trucks and do all the cooking that way. We’re using Hunt Valley catering (check out their “Gucci” menu) which we’re really excited for. Santoni’s is also affordable, and Atlantic is a little pricier but throws in a lot of extra decorations so you can save $$ with your florist. If you’re looking for somewhere cheaper, check out Chase Court. They don’t have tables, chairs, etc, so you’d have to rent those but the venue is gorgeous and pretty low-cost. We seriously considered them but it’s hard to have as many people as we’d want without using the outside, and we’re getting married in February so that’s not really a good option. Feel free to PM me and I can send you all my research if you’d like–we’re doing ~160 people for under $20k so I’ve done a ton of research into good but affordable vendors. And congrats!!! 🙂
Post # 11
@pink0815: It sounds very reasonable. I’m having my wedding at Wang Theater (Boston), rental alone is ~$14,000. And catering is totally separate…and currently I’m getting quote at ~$13,000 for 80 guests. And I still haven’t found photographer, videographer, DJ/band…etc.