(Closed) Venue: were you sticker shocked or pleasantly surprised?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Honey bee

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Harrisonlake:  We went with a non-traditional venue that has only had 4 weddings. It was perfect for our 100 person wedding and we only paid $600 for rental fees. We did have to pay for a dancing floor, chairs, tables and lighting (night time outdoor event), but all of that came to $1,200. So in total, much less than if we had gone with a traditional venue in our city.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I was very pleasantly surprised by mine. It is my deam venue. When I asked for a quote I wasn’t expecting to be able to afford it as other venues that I had looked into nearby were so much more expensive and far over my budget.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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Harrisonlake:  I was generally sticker-shocked by venue prices in my area, which isn’t even a huge city or an expensive state! We weren’t going to get a space for a 60-80 person wedding for less than $1200, and that never included anything more than tables and chairs (and floor and walls haha), and had really tight time restrictions, like 4 hours maximum with no opportunity to decorate beforehand. We also didn’t find dinner food for less than $30 a person before fees and taxes, and even then it was basically salad + chicken breast.

However, after switching wedding plans, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very upscale restaurant that would do a three-course brunch for $30 a person, and the only other cost was $200 for the private room! Which was also very nice. 

(We ended up scrapping that plan too and are planning an overseas weddingmoon.)

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I was pleasantly surprised but i think that’s because we booked our wedding off peak. We saved £5k in venue hire just for booking in winter. 

Even then, the price per head is less than expected. I think there is always so much talk of how much weddings cost that my expectation was a lot higher!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Harrisonlake:  we were surprised that the price we paid per person at the venue we chose was so low compared to all the other venues we saw. The vdnue we chose offered the most and on top of that only did one event at a time. We got married on a golf course, and they had a gorgeous reception and cocktail space. 

Im in brooklyn, Ny and everything is pricey in NY. We went to several venues where the price was $150 or more BEFORE gratuity and taxes. Our venue charged $125 pp, after taxes it was $160pp which is fine bc that was our budget.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’ve learned that all things wedding are ridiculously expensive, but I was quite surprised that in comparison to other venues we’ve seen our money takes us a long way at our venue (which we liked the best out of all the venues anyway). Driving a few miles farther away from the city definitely paid off for us…

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Bee Keeper

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Harrisonlake:  Most venues were about what I expected, but ours was cheaper than I expected; I’d thought it would be over budget, but it was actually fairly reasonable, especially considering that the quality of the food was far better than other, more expensive, venues, and likewise, they were far more flexible and accommodating than other (more expensive) venues. So yes, we were pleasantly surprised.

That said, it still wasn’t cheap; our per-head food and drink costs (excluding the bar in the evening) were £120 (approx. $180), and venue hire fees (reception only; the ceremony was at a different venue) were an additional £900 (approx. $1350). However, other venues were quoting around £150 pp, and, while this included some ‘extras’ (like hire fees, red carpet entrance etc) we felt it steep for what you got.

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Bumble bee

Pleasantly surprised. We had budgeted for way more than what we paid. We paid a week before the wedding for the estimated cost, then they did the actual calculations after the wedding and actually owed us money.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Sticker shock. I had no idea how many places charged a rental fee even when they provide the catering. Aside from there being a fee at all, the idea that they regularly charged 5-10k for the rental was insane to me.  I happily paid the 2,500 fee when I ultimately found my venue bc I considered it so “cheap” by that point, which is ridiculous bc that is not cheap by my normal standards at all.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

A little of both I guess. We had a small wedding with about 25 people and reception at a restaurant. It cost NOTHING to rent the outdoor patio and reserve and inside room in case of rain. Prices for the food and open bar were just off-the-menu prices so with everyone’s dinner choices we knew what we’d pay plus the bar tab. But then there were extra charges to have table cloths and napkins. Which I thought was odd since if I just showed up to eat at the place I would have a table cloth and napkin included. But it wasn’t expensive anyway, just thought it was bizarre.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The venue for us wasn’t that bad, but it didn’t include the food/drink costs, we’ll need to get a caterer for that. Now those quotes were a little bit of a shock …

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

With my dream venue, there was some serious sticker shock. They quoted $22k just to get us in the door. No food, no booze, no nothing but a space for our 150 guests. Yikes.

So our next favorite spot seemed like such a deal when we could get the space, top tier catering options, and top tier bar package plus an after-party space for about the same. Needless to say, we went with that one.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Harrisonlake:  I definitely had sticker shock. For what we paid, we only got the venue, completely bare, and no staff and we paid $2500 for it. That’s standard in my area, though, but I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the price.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Dallas Comic Con/ Fan Expo

I have got a story for you ladies. When we got engaged we were throwing around ideas for our wedding, which originally was supposed to be at least a 2 year engagement. Silly, crazy, out there ideas were tossed around. Planes, las vegas, Disney, Harry potter World, etc. Well I was curious how ridiculously expensive something like that was.

So out of a morbid curiousity and a near full joke whim I Emailed our local Comic Con (Geek fest for nerds of all kinds) 

Turns out I hit the Wedding Lottery, and now we are getting married next June at a free venue with free pictures and video and free Storm Troopers.

I will admit I spent an hour rereading this response trying to see if my brain broke.

Here is the lesson though: ALWAYS ASK!

I never thought that a joke would turn into this, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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