- 1 month ago
- Wedding: November 2020
We are getting married in November, so I am shooting for a church and reception to follow at another location, or a place bg enough for 200 to have in the same location. I have met with a few venues and narrowed it down to 3. Two are realistic and the other one is a dream come true. The two realistic ones are pretty much the same inside and offer the same things except for catering. One has (manditory) catering and one does not. The dream come true venue is basically all inclusive. Myself, family, and wedding party would show up Friday night and not have to lift a finger until Sunday check out. There are 2 houses on the property, that are separated, sleeping a total of 20 people. The event space allows for the ceremony and the reception to be in the next room. The venue is customized to what the owners know will work for them such as the kitchen/buffet placement, bar, dancefloor. There is also an additional outside seating with a fireplace. When the prices were broken down the food for buffet was $27.50 pp, flowers, decorations, centerpeices and tablescape was $1200, and the venue itself including food for the whole weekend is $6800. Bartender included, DJ is not, we have to pay for however much alcohol is served. Basically with this venue we pay for a photographer, cake, hair/makeup, attire. The total cost after taxes and other fees is $20,407.07 I have put together a spreadsheet as if I were to use one of the other two more practical venues, and the total is around $14,000. I am overwhelmed by the amount of DIY we will have to do if we chose the practical places, but I just can’t wrap my head around $20,000. UGH any advice?!