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

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 31
1617 posts
Bumble bee

Ok to preface, we are living in a different province than fh’s home base. So we have to do things a little differently. 

I am ecstatic at what we chose!

Outdoor ceremony on one of the most beautiful golf courses on Atlantic coast. ALL decor included. 

Fully decorated ballroom. One hour cocktail reception  with gourmet appies, followed by fantastic plated dinner, coffee tea, desert, champage punch, and two drink tickets per person. 

For 60 guests!

Use of golf carts to shuttle to take pics. 

Total? $3000


I’ve already paid the photographer, we’ve used her before. $900 and all digital and rights. 

$350 to the officiant who is also an attorney and is doing a billingual service at no extra charge. 

Fh nephew is a well known recording  artist and performing for free

So all we have is my dress $1000, sample. I’m lucky enough to be a perfect sample size8 and ebay for  small ecoutrement. 

License $150

Fh is going to buy a suit, vest only since it will be june. 

And I’m making my bouquet. 


We did cut the fat. Neither of us wanted dancing or a late night affair, no showers, bridal parties, favours, etc. I am so excited we have an amazing g classy location with everything we want for 60 people. 





Post # 32
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Ours is essentially an all-inclusive package as long as we meet the food/bev minimum, which is $15k.  It includes the reception hall, tables/chairs/linens/flatware/dinnerware, cocktail room with tables, bar and bartenders, waitstaff, a comp’d room for me and FH, a coordinator to help everything to go smoothly, and obviously the food and beverage.  We’re getting married at a separate venue though (church).  This is in the suburbs of Chicago.

Post # 33
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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thetulle :  I am located in Canada. My venue contains a private garden for my outdoor ceremony and ballroom for a traditional reception. The rental fee is 3k but only if your guest count is under 160 people for a Saturday. The only other fee is the per person fee, which includes the garden and ballroom space, appetizers and open bar for cocktail hour, 4 course meal, full open bar, cut and serve wedding cake and late night station all included! AND they do not include any form of grautity in the price!

You also get all the basics like white linens, tableware, tables, chairs, 2 bartenders and 6 wait staff to serve the meals and a banquet coordinator that you work with in the months leading up to the wedding who helps you finalize the menu and other needed details.

Post # 34
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

$4000 includes chairs, tables, lights, day-of coordinator, and nice indoor back-up plan.

Kind of pricey but they allow us to bring in our own caterer and alcohol, which should help cut down on costs. The venue is an Arboretum, so we also won’t need much (if any) decorations.


Post # 35
1617 posts
Bumble bee

Oh and pics of our venue. In New Brunswick  Canada

Post # 36
3051 posts
Sugar bee

Ours is about $5,000 (for exclusive use of the property from 8 am to 11 pm).  The venue is a historic/listed building with beautiful gardens.  So we have the indoor space which is pretty similar to a hotel ballroom but with a small stage, a big weddi garden, a huge patio surrounded by gardens, and a big wooden deck.  

It includes outdoor chairs for the garden ceremony, outdoor cocktail tables with umbrellas, the indoor tables and indoor dining chairs, full kitchen use for the caterers, and a couple of hours of set up labor.  We cannot rent different chairs for inside as the building has the original floors and the current chairs will not damage the floor.  Fortunately we like the current chairs! 

Post # 37
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion

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thetulle :  No problem! Honestly the design process is not a problem. I’m a very DIY/crafty person, so I look at inspiration on google images and can just kinda put things together. We’re not going crazy with decor, since Fiance think that it’s silly to invest money on it (focusing more on DJ and Food). We’re going to get some discounted Christmas lights and hang them from the ceiling. For centerpieces I’m getting picnic baskets and throwing fake flowers in them. Calling it a day. 

Post # 38
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

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thetulle :  it’s been fine, I hired a wedding planner and her event company has worked with the venue before. I did forget that chairs are included, just chairs.. lol. 

We have access on Friday for a rehearsal, then Saturday 9am-12am so plenty of time for set up for a 6pm wedding. Plenty. Our caterer is handling tables/linens/that stuff, the florist is handling centerpieces and some other decor, it will be gorgeous. 

The wedding is in a few months, and it’s fully planned. The only thing I’m worried about is Fiance and I haven’t started dance lessons together haha. I wanted to take swing dancing lessons together. 

Post # 39
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Our venue doesn’t have a fee as we met the 150 guest minimum. If we were under 150 guests, it would be $500. Inclusive to our venue are the tables, chairs, linens, very basic centerpieces, and a day of coordinator. They’ll arrange nice floral centerpieces for around $10 per centerpiece (obviously depends on how elaborate/big, but we were shown examples and it’s a great deal for what they offer). They also include some deco, like for the buffet table, the fireplace, and some lights and drapery on the ceiling and doorways.

Post # 40
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020 - City, State

Location: Austin TX, garden and ballroom

Includes: ceremony and reception venue for five hour wedding plus two hours prep, organic catering, bartending services, service staff, mixers, linens, tables, chairs, doc, and cake.

Base cost is $40 per guest, the family style catering I want is $128 per guest, and bartending with full open bar is $10 per adult. That’s for a Saturday. The bartending is not discountable, but the base fee and the catering are discounted 25% on Fridays and Sundays and 40% on Mondays-Thursdays. The minimums are also lower on non-peak days.

We’ll invite about 170 people, I expect about 140-150 to attend. I had a three day window (Th-Sat) where my immediately family could all show up. The Saturday was booked, which was over budget anyway. We went for the Friday, but when I asked to put down a deposit they said another couple had a hold on it, and within two days the other couple booked. So, we ended up going for the Thursday. We might get fewer people, but because of the increased discount we’ll be able to do the family style I really want rather than the Buffet, and we’ll be able to upgrade in other places as well.

Overall we’ll be paying the venue about $18,000, a little less. (That is actually the estimate for 160 people).

Not included: alcohol, decor, flowers, music & sound, officiant, stationery, apparel.

Post # 41
20 posts

Getting married in a historic mansion house in the countryside in the UK.

The cost works out to around $8500 and includes the entire venue aka the ceremony space, the reception space with the dance floor and sound system, the tables and chairs for 200 people, the cutlery and crockery as well as the rooms in the house to sleep 45 people for the wedding night as well as the breakfast for the group the next morning.

That’s the great deal you get for booking a sunday off season in winter! Still pinching myself.

Post # 42
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Location: suburb of Houston, TX

Ours was $7,000 at a local winery and we got:

– ceremony space and chairs

– reception space + all tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware and flatware

– buffet dinner service (bread, salad, 2 main courses, 3 sides + water and tea) for 60 people (we ended up adding about 15 people at $49/pp) plus all waiters/servers

– 3 tier, 3 flavor wedding cake

– day of coordinator

– bride/groom separate dressing rooms

We paid for beer and wine, DJ, flowers, decor/centerpieces, and photography separately. In all, I think we paid around $11k just for the event, not including attire/rings.

Post # 43
1617 posts
Bumble bee

Edit. Duplicate. 

Post # 44
35 posts
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Queens, NY

Ours is at a historic Spanish style mansion in NYC on a Saturday night in August. Our fees are per person at $100 per head plus ceremony charge of $900. Include the basic set up: chairs, linens, 3 course dinner, 3-tiered cake, open bar, and 1 hour cocktail hour. 

Post # 45
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Round Rock, TX

For our Friday-January wedding, our venue on its own would have been $3000. But we decided to go with one of their inclusive packages! It’s just over $7500 and it includes access to the venue for 13 hours, an on-site day-of coordinator, linens, bartenders, bar ware, dinner ware, DJ, lighting, water and tea beverage stations, 2 easels, candelabras, and a coffee service! I’ve decided to omit the coffee and candleabras, so they’ll take a small amount off of our final balance. We also get a $150 discount on our last payment if we make each payment by cash or check, and we have the potential to get our $500 damage deposit back. 


I absolutely adore our venue!!


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