(Closed) What laughable expense have you had?

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The original venue we fell in love with [that we decided not to go with], was a bed & breakfast. Their prices were amazing! $2200 to rent out the whole place for 2 nights, and another $500 to cover the costs of chairs & tables. Great!

What they didn’t mention at first was that THEY prefer to do the catering.. which was fine. When looking at their menu, they only offered cheapie stuff like hotdogs, hamburgers, bratwurst.. mac & cheese.. fruit platters.. and it was $30 a person!

I tried to get them to let me bring in outside catering, but they refused, so I thanked them for their time and went along my merry way.

I’m not paying $30 per person for hotdogs or hamburgers.

Post # 5
2894 posts
Sugar bee

”We have a wide selection of wine bottles, starting as low as 30$ each. In addition to taxes and gratuities, it adds up to 45$ a bottle” said on a very serious tone, as if it was the deal of the century. 

And I should add, 30$ for the same bottle of wine that is sold 15$ in liquor stores (tax-free). 

Are you. f****. kidding me.

Post # 6
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We originally wanted to have our wedding in either DC or Baltimore (around my hometown).  Our dream venue in Baltimore was the George Peabody Library.  It was breathtaking in pictures!  However, it was $7000 just to rent out for the reception, and catering started from $100pp.  The most ridiculous thing is that their rental fee for a non-profit organization event was $1500!  For basically the same thing as a wedding reception!  I toyed with the idea of telling them we are a charity. 

Post # 7
13015 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got a $5,000 florist quote — for simple, low arrangements (16), bouquets, and bouts.  Five. Thousand. Dollars.

Post # 8
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dad has an acquaintance who used to work with a really well known and well recommended caterer in our area. This guy had been out of work for a year for a back injury but my dad knew that he was doing some independent catering on the side.

We wanted to do a Farewell Breakfast the day after the wedding and I had looked into the prices for this pro caterer that he used to work for. They had some great options and it looked really nice but it was pretty pricey. Understandable, because they’re very good, but pricey.

So my dad suggested we see if his acquaintence would be interested. So he came out and we went over what we wanted to do. My dad is a great sale shopper, so he was going to buy everything and the guy would prep and cook the food. 

When we got the proposal back from him he was going to charge us almost as much as the pro caterer he used to work for! And he would need us to rent all the catering equipment for him to use. So it would have actually been more expensive to go with him than the fancy caterer! We politely said we had decided to cater it ourselves. But I was kind of floored.

Post # 9
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jenilynevette:  We found a nice venue that was about $2,000 to rent for ceremony and reception. Nice, right? Well they make it mandatory to use their own caterer as well…price for about 30 was $7,000!!!! My Mom was like, “Holy fuck are they sprinkling gold flakes on the steaks or what???”. Anyway we told them thanks but no thanks.

Post # 11
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh I also got a florist quote for $2,500 and I told her it was more than I wanted to spend but asked if she could do any better than that. She emails me back with a new price of $2,200 and said it was the absolute best she could possibly do. BUT….the new quote included none of the flowers I originally asked for!!! I never even got back to her at all after that. Just deleted her messages.

Post # 14
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

When I was looking for a venue in downtown Boston, one place quoted me at *$120/person* for a MINI CUPCAKE BAR, that allowed for *2 mini cupcakes per person*.  WHAT. NO.  

Post # 15
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The first wedding coordinator for our venue was a joke in general. We eventually (thankfully) were switched to someone else. The first woman suggested we do a mimosa toast for our brunch wedding. Sounded like an amazing idea and we’re having open bar so it’s all included. WRONG. When going over details with our new person, she says, “Oh no, that’s 4.50 a person.” What? No! F that extra expense!

Post # 16
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I looked at a venue that was almost $9000 to rent A ROOM, pay for garbage disposal, and 2 security guards (which the venue requires).  That included NOTHING, no tables, no chairs, there’s an extra fee for kitchen access PLUS there’s a landmark fee we have to pay via the caterer (a percentage of the food and alcohol).  Needless to say, we went elsewhere.

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