(Closed) Venue vent…

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I ran into a similar thing.  Our wedding will have 50-75 people, and we had to cross out a whole slew of places because of catering minimums that we could never have met.

If there is a venue you really like, I would ask them about their person minimum.  It might just be that they have a minimum fee that parties usually can’t reach without 200 people.  If you’re willing to fork over the extra cash per person, a venue might not care about how many people there are.  If the person you talk to isn’t sure about that (those who answer the phones usually aren’t) just explain that you’re really interested in the venue, and would love to talk to their manager about the idea.

Good luck!

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ugh… I’m so sorry you’re having such a rough time!! The venue search was TERRIBLE for me. I hated it. I stressed about it. I cried about it. I’m so glad that I never ever have to do that again. 

My issue was more budget than size. I would email/call and tell them EXACTLY what I needed “I will have 110 people. I want a buffet dinner, with full length linens, including all rentals, limited bar with beer/wine, all taxes, service charges, and gratuities HAS to be under $6,000. Can you work with me under this budget?” Over and over again i was told yes. 

Then I’d go in. And fall in love. And get an estimate. $10,000. $11,000. $8,000. Are you f*&&(* kidding me? Its like they’ll say anything and hope you lose your head. 

In the end I gave up and found a place who could do it for 7500. It was either that or postpone the wedding until better weather so we could do it outside. 

Moral of the story….. venues suck. Eventually you’ll find one and then you won’t have to look anymore. 

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We ran into that same issue – we are having around 100 people and a lot of venues required 150 – 200 for a Saturday night.  Some of these places were more open to lower numbers if we agreed to book a Friday night.  Once place agreed to allow us to have less people if we paid for the full cost of the minimum number of people (food, alcohol, etc).  They would upgrade things instead of making food for twice as many people though (if that makes sense).  A lot of these companies know that they will be able to book the room with at least the minimum number of people, so that’s why they agree to “hold out” for a larger party instead of booking your party.


Good luck!  You’ll fine the right place – unfortunately the process can be frustrating though!

Post # 6
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i hear you about people getting back to you–i got so annoyed with it! one place i was really interested in didnt respond to me for weeks. I emailed like, 6 times and called 2-3 times and left messages. nobody ever called me back.

after i booked a venue, i was still annoyed about it because it’s bad business. so i did something really bratty and sent them another email, and cc’ed the owner and said thanks for not getting back to me or returning my phone calls, i have chosen a venue that actually responds to my inquiries. that sure got an answer from them! the coordinators pretended they hadn’t gotten any emails or voicemails about it (i actually had email read receipts on 2 of the emails too haha) and repeatedly apologized. i never responded and maybe that was catty, but it felt good to let them know they lost a huge sum of money due to unresponsiveness.

Post # 7
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Everywhere I looked there was a 15k food and beverage minimum for Saturday nights. I know a 150 minimum headcount is also very common. My favorite is always the 24% service charge that gets tacked on.

Post # 9
990 posts
Busy bee

I enjoyed going to look at them and envisioning my wedding there, but I could say with all honesty, the business end was TERRIBLE! Calls and voicemails always go unanswered and trying to get someone to answer a quick question is always tiresome. Plus it was hard because I had a small amount of people, less than 100, and that left me with very little choices. But I found my dream venue and they have been awesome…so keep your head up girl! You’ll find them!


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