(Closed) What percentage of your budget did you spend on your venue plus catering?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: What percentage of your budget did you spend on venue hire and catering combined? (roughly)










  • Post # 3
    281 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    watch out for service, tax and gratuity! 🙂 often times not included 🙁

    Post # 4
    6533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Ours will probably be a little over half. But I’m not counting dress, rings, honeymoon, or most of the decorating in my budget, as odd as that might sound. If all of that was included its probably more like 40%.

    Post # 5
    5622 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We’ll spend around 22,000 total, with catering & venues costing around $4000 combined, a little higher if you also include the tasting hour.


    Post # 6
    848 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    including tax and tip ours is just under 80%!!! We just fell in love with it and they cover everything for food, alcohol, linens etc. I have been really saving everywhere else to stay in budget.

    Post # 7
    8375 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted 50-60 percent.  (However, I did not include in our wedding budget our rings or our honeymoon.)


    Post # 8
    2886 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I voted 50-60 percent. We included everything plus the honeymoon in our budget.

    Post # 9
    1213 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    venue was 1200 Caterer with tables and chairs and linens is looking at 2500 so 3700 out of a total of no more then 9k

    Post # 10
    8066 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine will be about 40% for venue, food, and alcohol (includes chairs, tables, linens, setup, cleanup, barware, bartenders, food).  That is a little under $8000 of my budget which is $20,000.  That includes everything except the honeymoon (including most of my trip to Vegas)

    I have a handy graph.  It is fairly accurate with the exception of some rounding errors (some of the smaller things are .5% off-more or less).  Reception should be a bit higher now (about 39%) so I will have to remake this.

    Post # 11
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    A little over 60%. Final budget ended up being about $33,000 and the venue+catering (bar and cake included) was about $20,150.

    Post # 12
    12339 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Post # 13
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m guessing about 25%.  Sorry I don’t have a pretty chart, nor are our numbers finalized.  Initially, my in-laws to be were supposed to cover the venue and catering (they were going to host), but the costs ended up being unreasonable… so now they’re just paying for part (about 65% [$3,700 or so]) of the catering bill.  If we were paying for it all ourselves, it would be a pretty clean 50% of the bill.

    Our venue and caterer are billed separately.  We are paying for about $2900 of the $6600 we’re spending on venue & catering, and the whole bill is looking to be about $13000.   I guess we’re just lucky to have the help at all.  *shrug*

    Post # 16
    2469 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If I ONLY include the banquet hall itself and the catering for out wine & cheese hour and dinner, then it’s about 20%. We got a screaming good deal on our reception hall and catering, though.

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