Post # 1
We are having a destination wedding in northern Michigan – the venue does not charge a room rental fee, but a food and bev. minimum of around $14,000. Is this fair? I know nothing about weddings so I don’t know what’s “normal” pricing of a wedding reception. This would include all food, booze, tables, chairs, etc. for the reception. It’s a beautiful resort.
We are about to sign the contract so I want to be sure this is a good (fair) price!
Post # 3
Seems pretty steep to me. I am having my reception at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. Use of their chapel, as well as the reception hall is $1750, then catering, table set up linens is going to be around $2000. That’s just under $4000, and I would imagine the addition of beverages still would not equate to anywhere near $14000. Does that include your cake, cake cutting fee, decor and flowers? What about music?
Post # 4
We had a minimum of 3,000 for food and drink to get the venue for free, $500 for the venue if we didn’t meet the minimum which we will. If you’re having a very large wedding ihas hours fine, it’s it’s small I think that’s too much
Post # 5
It sounds* sorry
that includes tables, chairs, set up, linens, dinnerware, etc
Post # 6
It’s in the realm of normal but a little high. I ruled out a few places that had f&b minimums around there. I think it depends on your budget– if you can afford to have that be your f&b minimum and you love the place, go for it! If it’s going to be a stretch, I would pass on them and keep looking.
Post # 7
How many guests will you be having? Food and beverage adds up fast, so you may find that you would spend close to that, anyway. We are having around 100 guests, and so far my F&B is working out to be close to 9000. This is with a little bit of alcohol for people. If you’re going to give your guests plenty of booze, then you may have no trouble at all hitting the 14K mark.
Also does that mean they won’t charge you for ANYTHING else? With my food & beverage around 9000, my venue rental is about 2400, then add to that service charge + bartender, before tax I am at 12.5K.
There are plenty of places where you could rent the space and then find a caterer yourself. I chose to go with an all-in-one to make things easier on us, and we’re paying the price for it. I have also seen venues that are FAR more expensive, too.
So no, if I were looking at 14K ALL IN for my 100 guests, I wouldn’t consider that a terrible price.
Post # 8
@BigKTibs41: That is high to me but things down here are less expensive.