(Closed) Venue, is it a waste of money?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
3631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

For just an empty room? Unless it is in an incredible location and absolutely beautiful, no way. I am cheap but there is no way I would spend that on just the room. 

Post # 3
6331 posts
Bee Keeper

How does the venue cost compare to others in your area? Unless it’s a super fancy place in a beautiful location, it seems pretty steep to me, especially since you still have to pay for the chairs, etc. You might be able to find another venue that you love that costs less. 

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Keep looking for a better deal. When we were planning we found lots of beautiful venues for the whole day with tables chairs linen and dishes for 1/2 of what you were quoted. 

Post # 5
1705 posts
Bumble bee

It depends on where you are. In New York City, this would be a great deal. Pretty much anywhere else, I think you could probably do better. Why not keep looking?

Post # 6
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

PPs – Seriously? I don’t live in NYC, I live in Austin, Texas and $4K is on the low end of what I’ve been finding (although they almost all come with tables, chairs and some linens). 

I felt like this was normal..where are y’all located that $4K is high?

Post # 7
3664 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Worth is a relative term. What may be worth it to someone else may not be worth it to you. I’d say start the search over. Decide what your budget is first and nail that down. Once you do that, you’ll be able to keep your search within a range you feel comfortable with. 

Post # 8
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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b1128:  what kind of venue is it? Does anything come with it?

Post # 9
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

My wedding is in San Diego and our venue rental is $5500 just for the space. Bigger cities are going to have much higher rental rates, especially if it is in a great location. Part of the reason ours was so expensive? It’s downtown, 15th floor, and overlooks Petco Park, the Coronado bridge, and the water. 

We found some cheaper venues, but we ultimately decided that since it was a destination wedding, we wanted the amazing view. It’s up to what it is worth to you and Fiance. Also, public or city places tend to have cheaper rental costs….parks, museums, libraries, it depends. 

Post # 10
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Depends if its in your budget or not, which it doesn’t sound like it is so keep looking. Our venue space was $1300 (12pm-1am rental), and didn’t include anything. Our total rentals cost was around $1000 but it was a bit of a headache to bring everything in ourselves.

Post # 13
6257 posts
Bee Keeper

Your cousin, who is putting these ideas in your head, sounds a little selfish, if you ask me.  Or maybe self-absorbed is a better word.  Yes it’s one day and it should be a great day.  But things can be beautiful without costing two house payments or four months rent.  Maybe if you were getting tables and chairs, but to have all that stuff be added in on top of the venue?  Speakers as well? Catering?

To have someone tell me ‘who cares’ because it’s someone’s else’s money says to me that they don’t really understand money at all.  Naive about life.  If your parents are longing to spend that money on you, swell, but my personal opinion is that you should keep looking for something either cheaper or more inclusive, and you should stop listening to your cousin before she helps you go over the top with everything.

Post # 14
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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b1128:  Honestly, I don’t think you can make this decision without knowing your budget. After that, catering + venue rental cost should be about 40-50% of your total budget. It might not be a bad idea to start thinking of what type of catering you would like and get some price quotes from local ones as well, to know how much that would cost in addition to the venue. That way, if catering + $4k rental + table and chair rentals (also get some quotes for this) is more than 50% of your budget, then you know this is too expensive. 

To determine your budget, you should figure out how much you and your FH can save between now and then (also be prepared to pay a lot upfront in deposits), and if anyone else will be contributing, and what those contributions will be. 

Post # 15
1103 posts
Bumble bee

A few things:

1. You can’t look at venues without knowing your budget, or target guest list for that matter. You could be looking at a 4k venue, but if it doesn’t fit your budget or holds too few/too many people, you won’t be able to use it anyway. Sit down with your bf and discuss these things, you don’t need a ring on your finger to do that (unless he doesn’t want to until after the proposal, then you will just have to be patient). 

2. You almost always get better value going with an all-inclusive venue, one that provides the location, linens, tables, chairs, food, booze, etc. Think about it this way: an all-inclusive venue has those items in their inventory, and passes off part of the cost to their couples, but the majority of their profits is the food and booze. Rental companies make their profits ONLY on tables, chairs, etc. so the price is comparitively higher. Plus, pulling everything together is much more stressful. Just keep this in mind as you begin to plan. I originally wanted to go with the blank venue route and arrange everything myself, but it was just going to be way too expensive. 

3. As far as spending money on your dream day, this is going again to depend on budget and your financial situation, AND your priorities as a couple. Some people spend a lot of money on their big day, because have a huge or expensive wedding is really important to them, to the point where they even might forgo a honeymoon for a while for it. Some people just want to have a great party with people they love, and don’t mind doing the awesome BBQ buffet at $20pp. No one can tell you if its worth it or not, but just make sure you aren’t spending money you don’t have. 

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