(Closed) Venue costs–how much are you paying?

posted 8 years ago in Venue
Post # 32
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine is all inclusive and we don’t have a site fee of any kind. We just have an $11,000 minimum to meet in food/beverages which is easily done. It includes the cake, reception decor, food, drinks, tables, linens, silverware, glassware,etc ~$120/person. 

Post # 33
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The church we booked for the ceremony came out to $900 (they upped the price to $1500 a couple weeks after we booked, thank God for contracts!) It includes the sanctuary, the pastor, the organist, a coordinator, and premarital classes (that we’ve already taken and loved!)

Our reception facility is a banquet hall inside of a restaurant. It’s gorgeous and holds 150 comfortably! The room rental was $1500, but the restaurant has to cater. They have awesome packages so we’re paying roughly $47i-sh per person for apps, a salad, duel entree meal, and beer/wine/margarita bar, including the service fee.

ETA: FWIW, that’s a killer deal, even down here. I did a lot of digging and researching on my other vendors and this location to get the most for our limited budget. 🙂

Post # 34
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My reception venue will be less than $500 for 150 people.  And it wasn’t the cheapest either LOL.  I have it for 4 hours of party time plus I get to decorate 5 or so hours before (I need to go in earlier though so we’ll have to talk about that). Not sure about clean-up (yet another detail to hash out). The venue comes with 5 bathrooms, a room upstairs for me to change, keep my purse, etc, tables and chairs.  Oh and disco lights 🙂

It’s an extra $70 for an extra hour and they also rent a moonbonce for kids too.  

Post # 35
5 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

My venue was $2165 (normally $2600) and we are in the Charlotte, NC area. This for a Friday evening wedding. We will have the venue from 1p-10p. It comes with tables (cocktail, round, rectangle) , mahogany folding chairs, and chiavari chairs. We have to provide all of of our decor and we get to bring in an outside caterer.

Post # 36
1682 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

ours was aabout 550$ to rent the entire building for bsaically the weekend. It included tables, chairs, white linens & chair covers for both the ceremony & reception.
We had to use their caterer though; that cost us about 4200$ (including gratituty & taxes) – four course sit down dinner for 70ish people and open bar for us & the bridal party.

Post # 37
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our church was 300$ (which includes rehersal set up time and coordinater but not musicians)

Our reception hall gave us a 2,700$ minimum that could be split anyway. So we picked a more expensive dinner options and special linens. They do all the set up and take down.


Post # 38
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ceremony site is a city park on the water in Southern California – $300

Reception venue is waterfront hall on military base. The cost of reserving the space is built into the menu. We just have to pay for a minimum of 100 dinners.

Post # 39
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The caterer that we are using has 2 dfferent rooms on location to choose from. The rooms are included in the price of catering, also includes: wait staff, bartender, simple centerpieces, table linens,silverware ,ceremony space, dance floor, table set up and clean up. They also box up any food left over for us to take home.

Right now we are reserved at 23.00/per person and that will be all of the above and the food :Grilled Turkey, Sliced Sirloin w/aujus, Pork Tenderloin w/BBQ sauce, Mashed potatoes w/gravy, Green Bean Almondine, Corn, Rolls /butter, Relish tray w/dip, Fresh fruit, Tossed salad with dressings, Coffee, punch fountain, nuts and mints.

We are looking at 100 people @ 23.00/person for everything.:)

Post # 40
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our venue is a ballroom in Atlanta and it works out to about $11,000 for 6.5 hours. That includes chairs, tables, entryway drape, and alcohol (we have a $4500 minimum). It’s almost 50% of our budget and there was definitely sticker shock. 

Post # 41
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s just a per person charge for my venue ($125) and that includes food and open bar.  But to have the ceremony at the same place, it’s an extra $1000. Which seems pretty crazy because I don’t think our ceremony will be longer than 30 minutes.

Post # 42
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

OUr venue cost is going to be $40/pp and that includes unlimitted time, food, drinks, and we have no cake cutting fee or corkage fee. I was SO happy to find this place i practically cried!

Post # 43
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Our wedding was in South Dakota over two years ago. We didn’t pay anything for the ceremony site (it was a church), and the room rental for the reception was $300ish for the entire day (plus the previous day for set-up).

Post # 44
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ceremony site: $140/3 hours

Reception: $6400 – includes tables, chairs, linens, dinner/drinkware, staff, bar set up, all food, DJ, coordinator, taxes, tips, etc. 

Post # 45
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s interesting to see the cost difference.  In SW Pennsylvania there are definitely a wide range of venues with varying prices.  We’re hoping to be around 25k for 225 guests.

Ceremony Venue: $500

Officiant: $325

Chair Rentals: $250ish

Reception: no rental fee

Food/Drink: 50ish/person

Post # 46
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are having the ceremony and reception in the same historical building in downtown St. Paul, MN. We will pay $4,200 for the space which includes tables and chairs. No food/drink/anything else included.

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