(Closed) Venue price advice

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Does this seem like a good deal?
    Yes : (9 votes)
    64 %
    No : (5 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
    6530 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @sbruin99:  I think what you should do is make a list of what your budget will be for all the extras you will need.



    Flowers (but if i understand correctly, this is included in your venue price?)

    Wedding Dress



    Save the Date (you don’t have to send a save the date, if you do there are inexpensive ways to do this)




    Favors (this is not required but its nice if you have it in your budget)

    Rehearsal dinner (if you are having one)

    Gifts for Parents and Bridal Party

    Post # 5
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    @sbruin99:  Cut flowers from the ceremony and just do the wear & carry.  Suit and gifts can be way less than that.  My husband’s tux rental was actually free since the groomsman rented their tuxes from the same shop.  And we spent less than $300 on wedding party gifts.  Rings can also be a lot more or less than that depending on what you want.

    For comparison, our venue was $3000 and food/drink/cake was $7,300 for 48 guests.

    Post # 7
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @sbruin99:  sign up for groupon and keep on the look out for some vistaprint invitations. I think you can get between 50-100 for $17 or something like that, just keep on the lookout for it: http://www.groupon.com/deals/vista-print-42-worcester

    I got my flowers from Sams club online. It only cost $294.xx for the entire WP’s flowers plus my 2 bouquets (one to toss) and flower petals for the Flower Girl. I just had to clip them! The price depends on which wedding collection you choose on how much it costs: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product/templates/samsShop_productTypeIndex.jsp?altQuery=&searchTerm=&rootDimension=2640101+4294937812&brand=&searchCategoryId=1640101′ defer=’defer

    Also for the Bridal Party gifts (or anything else like bridal accessories!), check ebay or etsy. You will be surprised a the amazing deals! I got my 3 BMs custom hangers from etsy for $4 ($4 each for shipping but thats STILL a good deal!) I got my veil and jewelry from ebay (jewelry–necklace and earrings–$10, veil $89 when it would have cost me $160 from DB)

    Post # 8
    725 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @sbruin99:  You could contact the venue, and ask if they could reduce the venue fee or the F&B minimums if you do a Sunday wedding (or another day of the week), if that’s an option. Or ask about off-season pricing, if you are flexible on your dates. Lots of bees report that they’ve had success calling vendors, telling them what their budget is (i.e., “We have 5000 for venue & food”) and often vendors will work with you on pricing.

    In your budget, I think you could easily cut the cost of rings in half (from 2000 to 1000) or less, especially if you’re willing to get something simple (white gold, or tungsten for him) – check out ebay, pawn shops, or etsy.

    You’d likely be able to find a cheaper dress (maybe 500 instead of 1000), if you’re willing to consider second-hand, or China replicas, or even David’s Bridal. You may be able to cut your accessories budget in half, especially if you can use jewelry you already have (or borrow from others!), shop for sales on shoes, shop on etsy or used for veil, etc. You could cut your gifts budget substantially, too (skip favors, and do something heart-felt / home-made for bridal party and parents). You can do your own makeup or get it done just for the cost of a few items of makeup from the jewelry counter at the mall (my sister used Mac and had a great experience). Just some thoughts – good luck!

    Post # 10
    644 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sbruin99:  I’m also from canada… I’m wondering if you can find a venue in the Rockies that’s NOT Banff. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing things are going to be much more expensive in Banff since it’s such a touristy town? Again, I imagine you’ve looked into this, but that would be my suggestion.


    Post # 12
    644 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sbruin99:  how much of a drive? People are usually willing to travel for a wedding. 

    Post # 13
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I voted no in your poll (mainly) because of one reason: your venue charges $1000 (10% of your budget!) just to BE there. THEN you have to spend more money on food and drink. To me, that seems like too much of a waste.


    You and I have a VERY similar budget and no way would I let 10% of the budget go toward “nothing.” My suggestion would be to consider out-of-the-box venues (eye-roll, I know). I know everybody and their sisters, mothers, and friends tell you this, but see if you can try to unearth something other than what everyone else knows about.


    For my wedding, we’re going about 40 minutes away from my home-town (not too bad of a drive) to a local ski area and doing the whole shebang there. Since we’re farther away from the big-hub city, our venue is much more off-beat (anybody ever riden a chair-lift in a wedding dress!?), and a MUCH better deal. Double win!

    Post # 15
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sbruin99  I totally get how you feel. I’m guessing that for you, this will be the hardest part, because not only do you have to find a place to get married that you love, but you also have to decide how much budget to devote there! I wouldn’t give up yet, though. You still have time and being an off-season wedding makes your competition a little less fierce. 

    Just for comparison, my venue does not charge a “usage” fee for reception. We are also using them for our ceremony, which costs us an exta $125 (but we’re using one of their staff as an officiant – and he charges only $25!!!). I’m going to attach my budget, just so you can get an idea of what my $10k wedding will be like. (Wedding will be 150 people in the greater Madison, WI area – on a SUNDAY)


    $0 – Dress, veil, alterations (Gift from my mom – Dress was $800 sample IN MY SIZE)

    $400 – decorations

    $120 – marriage license

    $500 – limo (WP & bride/groom from venue back to hotel)

    $4200 – Ceremony & Reception (includes officiant, appetizers, plated meal, cake cutting, gratuity, staff set up of my decor, hosted beverages for Wedding Party, and more)

    $500 – DIY flower centerpieces, bouquets pre-made online, bouts/corsages from grocery store

    $300 – STD’s, invites, programs, Thank you cards, guestbook & postage (VISTAPRINT!)

    $425 – Cake (2-tier decorated display cake, 2 sheet-cakes in the kitchen)

    $600 – Favors, Wedding Party gifts (4 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 4 Groomsmen, 2 ushers)

    $500 – DJ (includes unlimited hours of cocktail & reception music)

    $250 – Hair/Make-up/Nails

    $250 – Fancy Bride/Groom hotel suite for the night of the wedding

    $581 – Wedding bands (mine is a plain 3mm rose gold band, his is a gorgeous 6mm white & yellow gold band from Etsy)

    $8526 = TOTAL (and clearly, I still have playing room for any issues that can/might/will come up!)


    Things you probably don’t notice a photographer – my parents are paying for our photographer ($3k) for us for our wedding gift. Also, worth noting – although we’re having a Sunday wedding, we didn’t really get any $$ savings from that. It made it a lot easier to book venors, though!)



    Post # 16
    6530 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @sbruin99:  is your Fiance planning on buying or renting? if he is renting you can rent for wayyyy less than $500. 

    Cut the flowers from ceremony, it is not necessary

    You can def save money by DIY projects! 

    I think you can find wedding bands for both of you for less than $2K, price around. 

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