Post # 1
I have sticker shock.
I called a venue last year and could’ve sworn she said $850. It’s a huge barn on 17 acres of property .. Not gorgeous (it’s used for college barn dances) but it fits what we need perfectly and is close to hotels.
I just called again today and she said $1,800. Our total budget is $5K and even that number is freaking me out! (I am so frugal and practical it’s kind of sad…) This is for the property rental only, maybe some tables and chairs added in but nothing else.
There’s another place I love but the setting isn’t “country” and we have to be out by 11 pm, but it’s $350!!
I am just having a tough time imagining devoting almost 40% of the budget to the venue… What do you think? Is that normal?
Post # 3
I think this is tough because each venue includes different things. We paid about 15-17% for our reception venue but that included chairs, tables, linens, beer, wine, soda, bartenders, and a limited DOC.
Post # 4
Our venue was about 50% of our budget, but it also included food, alcohol, chairs, linens, etc–we didn’t have to bring anything in except decorations and entertainment.
Post # 5
Wow! How easy that all of that stuff is included 🙂 Takes the “things to worry about” list down a notch. I was trying to save $ by doing a lot of it myself, but not so sure that’s the case now.
Post # 6
We got a GREAT deal on on our venues (ceremony & reception). Together they come to ~7% of the budget.
Catering on the other hand (including tent, linens, silverware, etc) is close to 50%.
Post # 7
I put 50% but only b/c they what they quoted included a caterer that they recomended, but you could pick any caterer that you wanted. It also included open bar, linens and center pieces if you want to use them.
Post # 8
Our venue was about 14% of our budget, but it didn’t include ANYTHING. I thought it was fair considering we have the venue to ourselves all day long.
Post # 9
My venue is FREE! I’m lucky to have parents with a huge piece of land in the Napa Valley that backs up to the vineyards. I can’t wait to see it all set up 🙂
Post # 10
OH MY!! You LUCKY girl!!!
Good point about having it all day, because this rental is definitely an all-day thing which is nice.
Gah, these answers are almost making me feel worse about it, lol!
Post # 11
Not including the catering from our venue, it is about 1% of the budget, but when you add in food, drink, and linens and tables and chairs, etc., it is about 50% of our budget.
Post # 12
Thanks! BUT, I do have to spend more on catering staff and rentals because it’s not a venue that comes with all of that. So it’s a catch 22 either way, girlfriend!
Post # 13
Our venue is about 50% of our budget… but it includes some lodging as well as rentals, and we have the place to ourselves for a few days.
Post # 14
Apparently if I moved out of the middle of the cornfield in Illinois, my options would expand 😉 Not too much to choose from around here!
Post # 15
Our venue is right around 50% but it includes all food (sit down dinner and hor d’ourves), alcohol (limited open bar), all tables, chairs, linens (tablecloths, napkins and chair covers), place settings, in house coordinator, and our ceremony (location and chairs).
Post # 16
If I had a limited budget I would not spend so much on the venue, unless it included a lot (i.e., food). My total budget was about $11-12K, and my venue fee was $700. This included two rooms (for ceremony and reception) and all of the linens, plates, chairs, servers, setup and cleanup, etc, as well as the on-site event coordinator (who was not a DOC). It did not include any food, lodging, or a DOC.
If I included what I paid for lodging and food from my venue (it was a B&B), it would be over half of my budget.