Post # 152
@hazyleyedbeauty: Oh! Yes, ours too – we want those paper lanterns, the Chinese-style ones, which cost maybe $3 each. To use them, we would have to buy them from the venue, and I never got as far as asking how much they themselves were because there was also a fee per lantern as the venue had to hang them for us. So it would have been $10 PER LANTERN on top of whatever the lanter itself cost. So what would have been $30 of lanterns suddenly became $100 plus supplies. Not huge in the grand scheme, but still absurd.
Post # 153
We were quoted $7k for 4 hours of photography plus travel expenses. Their most basic package only allowed 50 wedding photos to be put on a cd and we had to pay for any others we wanted. That’s more than our entire wedding! We ended up going with a guy for $900 for 6 hours of time, the full copyright release, and all photos on CDs. We told the other photographer that we’d decided on someone else, but they kept calling me telling me they’d lower their price to $6k if we’d book with them. $6k is still more than our entire wedding budget so I has to tell then we’d gone with someone else and not to call back anymore.
Post # 154
We found a venue we were in love with, they wanted 3,000 for the space for the day, completely reasonable. They took over a month to get back with a quote for food and drinks, etc. for 125 people, they came back at almost 16,000 when I wanted BBQ!!! INSANE! We said thanks but no thanks, going elsewhere.
Post # 155
@Lbward6: I had a florist that I talked to tell me that she only does wedding with a $5000 minimum for flowers “because it’s what works best for her”. She has won awards on terms of designs and all that, but damn, I thought that was insane.
A lot of people will laugh at me for this, but I thought it was BS that we had to pay a $500 ceremony fee at our venue. We already rented the exact same space for $1700 (that’s JUST the room fee, and doesn’t include catering, dance floor, etc….)
I would understand this if the venue had to have a bunch of hired hands to and rented chairs. But here’s the thing: we got married in a room that was turned over to be part of the reception area. They have to remove about 30 chairs (we had more of a mingling reception and while there was plenty of seating, we didn’t have enough for all of our guests and it worked out wonderfully!). And they had to add 3 tables. That’s all! So WHY did we have to pay $500 just to get married in the damn room. If we were getting married at ONE venue and then moving somewhere else for the reception, I’d completely understand. But it irritated me that it was so little work my mom could have done it LOL– and it was $500.
Post # 156
$1300 for my day of coordinator. She’s my COUSIN and has very little knowledge of weddings but she decorates beautifully so my mom insists on using her. She considers herself a full service planner however I have contacted, met with and booked all of my vendors WITHOUT her so I call her a DOC. Where I live a typical DOC costs about $700 so needless to say we were pretty surprised.
Post # 157
$60 per mojito or margarita pitcher. Each pitcher serves 4 people! My family alone would need 100 pitchers!
Post # 158
@Lbward6: oh my goodness, I am in the EXACT position you are!! I sought out “budget friendly” florists and got a quote of $2500… ALL of my flowers were baby’s breath, like the cheapest flower in the world!!
As a result, I am DIYing my flowers and saving about $2000. Whoohoo!
Post # 159
The venue we picked had a wedding package and a banquet package. The wedding package was $30 more per person and the only difference was they provided a cake and centerpieces and alcohol. We decided to have a banquet package instead. Then we found out for a Sat wedding we had to have a $9000 minimum food and drink bill. Needless to say we are getting married on Friday and theres no minimum and no rental fee!
Post # 160
@baileyjosephine: @Mademoiselle-G: Wow, did the library prices go up even more?? We were able to book in late 2012 for a Sunday ceremony & reception for $5.6k. Not cheap, but better than others in the neighborhood (I think Walters was the most expensive) and it still included tables and chairs at that point. We never would have paid an extra $3k for them! What miffed me a bit was that the employee discount (I work for another division of Hopkins) was only valid for Saturday night and was not even as good as the Sunday rate. I will WK for the catering options to say that yes they were pricey (we ended up paying $130-135pp but knew what to expect before booking the library), but their contributions were worth their weight in gold! The price included all waitstaff/cleanup/linens/etc. and most importantly of all, a wonderfully efficient built-in DOC in function if not in name. Made a HUGE difference in our wedding since the library staff could never get their ish together :
I had a bad experience with a florist quote, wherein I gave her our budget and how many arrangements we needed and she said that was doable. Of course when I go for a visit, she immediately tells me that we couldn’t afford anything beyond bouquets with our budget and continues to steamroll my preferences throughout the meeting. I was THIS -><- CLOSE to just leaving 5 minutes in, but I had just driven >1hr to the meeting. Very irritating for blatantly wasting my time!
Post # 161
Also frustrating was a venue with a minimum guest list requirement that would not count anyone under 21, even if eating an adult meal. I broached the idea of prorating them as “partial guests” to account for the lack of alcohol revenue, but the manager wouldn’t have anything of it and couldn’t see the flaws in his logic. The only difference in adults who don’t drink and teenage guests was age!
Post # 162
Tip: Last year when our daughter got married she decided to go to Kroger’s Market florist. She got BEAUTIFUL bouquets, boutinerres, and flowers for 12 centerpieces for $500! We had to pick them up 2 days before the wedding but the savings were well worth it and they were awesome!
Post # 163
We are from NYC so our prices are going to be astronomical. Hence why we wanted to get married in the country or upstate NY area..which we are.
Our first venue quote at: 10k site fee + have to bring in our own food ,chairs linens tent etc. But we must use their own preferred vendors..
After we did the complete totals for all vendors with thier quotes etc: 54k
I dont think I ever RAN SO FAST, WE NEVER LOOKED BACK.
Country wedding at rustic bed and breakfast with vendors and meals and farewell breakfast, We arent spending more than 10K.
Kiss my butt expensive venue!
Post # 164
@nanilani04: oh wow!! Glad to see catering did such a great job! I wonder if the library will just keep going up in price. It seems like that’s been the trend for it over the years!
Post # 165
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
This thread is hilarious to me! I’m so budget conscious my jaw is on the floor reading through all this.
I think the most outrageous cost I had was the $250 keg of Coors. I didn’t have to provide it of course (not traditional to have free drinks at weddings in my area) but I wanted to add something else the guests could enjoy. I just couldn’t believe it was $250 when I could get the same keg for like $40 elsewhere… plus the bartender fees of $25/hr per bartender (2) for CASH bartenders added more salt to the wound… and the $300 champagne toast… Ugh why did the alcohol add up to so much? I coulda bought all that myself for 20% the price I paid. Oh well!
I also remember one dress shop’s cheapest veil was $300. It’s TULLE!!!!! got mine for $100 elsewhere which was still outrageous but not as bad.