Post # 1
I was hoping you could give me some advice with my Venue? I haven’t booked anything yet but what did you all get in the cost of your Venue? Was it just the building or did you get anything thrown in?
I have been told the price I have been quoted is just for the building, if I want them to set up tables for the wedding breakfast I have to pay extra for this and they will not allow me any time in the morning or the day before my wedding if I wish to do it myself or with friends (which I certainly wont want to do on my wedding day) so they give me no option.
I am having a separate catering company for the food which the venue works with and I was under the impression they would clear away the tables after the wedding breakfast to get ready for the dance floor but I have been told by the venue that I am also paying the fee to them to do this also.
Does it seem a bit odd to you guys? If I pay the venue fee I expect them to clean and get it all set up for that price, I don’t want to pay extra for setting up the tables and I certainly don’t want to pay extra for clearing them all away when I know the caterers are doing this which I have already paid and not the venue staff who are asking for the money, what do you all think?
Post # 3
@amybee444: The venue that we selected based their prices on the food/drink selections. We chose a plated dinner, appetizers, and drinks for $75 pp (I think the minimum was $13K). Services included: the consultant which assisted us in the planning process, the banquet room overlooking the golf course and lake, audio-visual equipment, set up and take down of tables and decorations, and votive candles/linens, china/glassware were complimentary as well.
Post # 4
We are paying around $5000 total and that includes 2 ballrooms (one for the buffet another for reception), the lobby and veranda for the cocktail hour and cake/guest/book/gifts/bar setup), passed apps for cocktail hour, beer and wine bar, tables, chairs, linens, some decor, “in case of rain” ceremony setup, catering, coordinator, speaker system, cake cutting, service staff, setup, and breakdown/clean up. All we really have to pay for are our centerpieces (which I am diy-ing), DJ, and photographer.
Post # 5
It really depends on the venue and their pricing structure. A lot of the places build in the setup/teardown fees, this one is just being honest and telling you that you can either do it yourself and not pay, or they can do it and you can pay. 🙂 Are they restricting you to setup like, 3 hours prior or something like that? I used to work as a catering manager, and the reason that they do that is so they can book another function in the morning/early afternoon and then they can turn the room over for your function later in the day. I know that it doesn’t make it any less painful to hear, but that’s the reasoning behind it. 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks for your comments Bees really interesting to hear!
Yes they are restricting set up, to after 12 in the afternoon if we want to do it ourself which is what I don’t understand as we are paying for exclusive use of the venue for the day and I will be staying in the bridal suite there the night before so will be happy to have mum around to clean and make sure everything is to our standards but obviously not an hour before I am supposed to be getting married.
I am happy for them to set up but they are telling me I have to pay them extra as it is not included which is fine but then the catering company are also charging me as part of the package and I am not paying two different people for the job! I really wanted to find out if most peoples venues set up for them or if it was left for the catering company?
Thanks for your advice Marie!
Post # 7
Our venue includes the ceremony room, cocktail hour location, reception room and 2 rooms for us to get ready. They have their own catering that we have to use, an event coordinator for the day, tables, chairs, chair covers, linens, diningware, a dj table, cake table, and gift table..already set up. The minimum for food and beverage was $2300 and the reception room fee is $846 which is waived when you meet your food and beverage minimum. The ceremony room with insurance was about $300 so altogether, we’ll probably spend about 4 or 5 thousand on the venue alone. Which I think is great compared to so many other prices I’ve seen brides spending on the venue alone..
Post # 8
I visited several venues and each one was totally different. The one I ended up picking all the set up and tear down is included. The ones that came back iwth pricing just for the building and then extra for set up and tear down I told to fly a kite because one of them wanted 13,000 just for the building, yeah right I laughed. I guess it depends on the cost if they are getting an arm and leg for the place and then want extra I’d rethink it. If it’s the place you absolutely want to get married then you might have to pay for it.
Post # 9
We’re paying 7K for our venue. That does not come with food (outside caterer). It does come with a ceremony space and seating, a reception venue with tables and chairs, 4 bar set ups, games, antique props (it’s an antique store), use of the kitchen and prep rooms, and some sound equipment. We have to keep the rooms “broom clean,” but our caterer will mainly be in charge of picking up. I am looking in to hiring a day of coordinator who can figure out the tear down of the room.