(Closed) Venue Costs and additions

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

@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
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 7
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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. 

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