What is/was your venue fee and what did it include?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

$2,000. Our reception and ceremony are at the same place. Century old renovated, beautiful barn on a working cattle farm.

We get the place Fri for decorating and rehearsal, sat all day for ceremony and reception, Sunday morning for clean up. 

It also has a century old log cabin that’s been renovated that we get to use for bride and bridesmaids to get ready. 

It comes with lots of decor we can use (but honestly it’s so pretty it doesn’t need much), chairs, tables, table cloths, kitchen, groom/groomsmen dressing room. 

Post # 17
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

$1200 from Friday til Sunday at noon. Located just out of town so it is peace and quiet. Getting married outside in the beautiful garden, inside holds 300 sitting (we only have 100). They provide dishes & cutlery. We are able to bring in our own caterers. They also have an industrial kitchen that we can use. 

Post # 18
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Our venue is $6500. It includes tables, chairs, flatwear, china and linens. If we had wanted the ceromony there, it would have been another $2500 but we’re having a mass (church fee is $450). It was a little pricey for the area, but it’s a really cool old chair factory with 3 floors and beautiful grounds on a cute little creek. I love it so much. 

Post # 19
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Phoenix, AZ


$100 pp included:

Venue, tables, linens, chairs, cutlery, set up, take down, open bar, happy hour with appetizers, plated dinner, cake, late night snack. 

Basically everything except florals, photographer, and officiant.

Post # 20
2778 posts
Sugar bee

4250 for ceremony, reception & getting ready areas. The reception venue was 3500 and the getting ready & ceremony areas were additional smaller fees on the same property. This was in an expensive metro area in California, but a venue operated by the park service so the cost was low compared to most venues in the area.

These fees included 8 hours of venue time (every extra hour was billed at $200/hr), tables & chairs (the white wooden folding kind so not hideous but also not fancy), full use of a professional kitchen, and venue staff to set up & break down the tables and chairs and do general cleanup like mopping & trash after the reception.

It did not include a coordinator. It also didn’t include lighting (beyond basic dimmable lights), linens, silverware, dishes & glasses, or any decor. Those things we had to rent from outside vendors. For example, we paid an extra 1100 for reception lighting, and an extra 1500 for our rentals (linens/dishes/glasses/silverware etc). That said, we also saved compared so some venues because our venue allowed us to provide our own alcohol (as long as it was served by a licensed bartender) and pick any licensed caterer. 

All that said, I think going with a place with a flat fee per person is probably often cheaper and definitely less hassle than going with the type of venue we chose, since rentals and extras can really add up. On the upside our venue was beautiful and allowed us to customize every element to our liking. 

Post # 22
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

$11k for ceremony setup, cocktail hour setup, buffet dinner, chairs/tables/linen, 1 night stay in their hotel, 4 hour beer/wine/soda, tax, and gratuity for 75 people on a Friday (it would be 10% more it was on Saturday). Located in Eastern PA
Ceremony spot:

Reception room (obviously it will be setup differently)

Post # 23
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Mine was $5000 which was definitely in the top range for similar venues in Indianapolis, IN. It included the venue, tables, and chairs. 

The venue had 6 preferred caterers and also an option to bring in a different one for a fee. Allowing us to shop around for caterers helped us to get the price down to lower than what the less expensive venues ended up being, once we factored in the costs of their more expensive sole caterer. So, I guess I’m saying that there’s more to consider than just the rental fee alone. 

Post # 24
8769 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK


This is where we get married in 31 days! As it is on a Friday in “Winter”, this is what we got for £3,999


Venue to ourselves, including 6 bedrooms and continental breakfast for guests the next day

Welcome drinks (Bucks fizz)

3-course wedding breakfast with half a bottle of wine per person for 50 guests


Ceremony room

Day of coordination (i.e flipping the rooms, moving flowers and setting up tables etc) 




Post # 25
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

$2000 for use of the venue for 7 hours. Didn’t come with anything. It’s a historical venue so it all goes to the upkeep and restoration so that’s nice. However it’s a giant pain to work with them and I kind of regret not going with a venue that supplies at the very least tables and chairs.

Post # 26
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

We’re having a small ceremony at a little chapel downtown. It’s $300 to rent the chapel for 45 minutes, and includes an officiant.

Our reception will be in the private event space of a rooftop bar downtown. There’s a $2500 food & beverage minimum for 50 people, and we have the room for 5 hours. We’ll be serving woodfire pizzas, salads, hor d’oeuvres and and open bar.  It also includes the honeymoon suite for the bride & groom for the night (the bar is on top of a hotel). It’s already furnished and won’t need much decoration, if any at all.

Post # 29
1076 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Our venue was in Estes Park. CO. For a Friday in January it was $5000, for a Saturday in June its $15K+.

It included: A day of coordinator (she also worked with our vendors to communicate details and plan with us about 2 months out), bridal suite for getting ready, a theatre for the guys to get ready in, exclusive use of the venue day of, a 7 hour event time, chairs, tables and linens, bartenders, a honeymoon suite for 2 nights (average $400/night usually), a discount on 4 other suites for our family, breakfast in bed for both days, they handled the flip of our space from ceremony to reception, parking service for guests and vehicles to transport guests up to the door if needed, and so many other things I can’t think of….


Did not include place settings (3.50 per guest) or catering (had a list of preferred caterers).

Post # 30
8769 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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thetulle :  Thank you! Yes, all included. I had to do a lot of hunting around for a great deal. Most venues in my area charge £5k just for the venue and nothing else. 

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