What’s the most expensive reception quote you received?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
664 posts
Busy bee

So most venues have me a flat site rental fee plus a cost per person for food/drinks/rentals. I had one site quote me $10k plus $250pp (which meant $350pp for 100 people). I was shocked, especially since the photos overly flattered the site. I don’t remember the specifics of another place but was quoted $270 per person, which was disappointing because their brochure led me to believe it would be closer to $200 per.  

To save myself from further disappointment, I tried to only inquire about places that posted their prices online or who responded easily to quotes. I ended up with a place that was $5500 for the site and with our menu choices, $76pp. 

Post # 3
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

missrouse :  I looked at one venue with a $40k FOOD minimum for Saturday nights. We would have had to provide the booze ourselves since it was a dry town and they weren’t allowed to sell it. I just looked at the girl and said “that will never happen and I could have saved us both a lot of time if you had given me pricing over the phone” since they don’t tell you cost until you take a tour.

It was for the best though. They mailed us cookies as a thank you for visiting. That had walnuts in them. And no allergy warning. And my husband is allergic and ate one. Luckily his reactions are minor but caterers should know better!

Post # 4
191 posts
Blushing bee

We looked at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO for a destination wedding weekend.  The site rental fees/food minimums for a space for a welcome dinner, ceremony and reception, and a farewell brunch were $45,000 plus tax.   We had 48 guests.  Nope!  

Post # 5
4044 posts
Honey bee

missrouse :  I have always been kinda careful not to set sights on an expensive all inclusive venue. This one Place Quoted me $21,000 for 80 People. I don‘t even think that includes an open bar. I was like shocked and never contacted them again.

Post # 6
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

WOW! We had one place quote us $220pp…they wanted $140pp including tax and gratuity and we were like mayyybeee we can stretch the budget. Then they dropped the bomb that there’s also a $6,000 room rental fee as well. No thanks!

Post # 7
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

There was one really gorgeous venue that on top of the rental fee (that was in the neighborhood of $10K) had an *alcohol* minimum of $8k. Why is that necessary for a wedding??

Post # 8
2404 posts
Buzzing bee

We looked at a venue that was $35,000 just for the space.   It didn’t include anything (ie,  tables/chairs, any staff/set up/break down, catering).  

I was so irritated they wouldn’t disclose the price until you did an in person visit; complete waste of a Saturday morning. 

Post # 9
3459 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

One had a $15,000 minimum for a Sunday morning. Weddings are expensive in our area but that was extra outrageous. We didn’t bother with vendors who wouldn’t disclose pricing or package options online or via email. Like a pp said it would have been a waste of time.

Post # 10
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I live in San Francisco, everything here is insane 

Post # 11
9606 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

There is one gorgeous venue in Seattle that is beautiful but for a Saturday event the venue is $7500 plus $10k minimum spend on food and drinks. Not bad if you’re having a 300 person wedding (their capacity is just over 300) but clearly was way out of my price range for my up-to-60 wedding (ultimately 40 guests made it, but of course had to plan assuming more would)

Post # 12
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

Ha! When we were looking for venues I emailed a bunch since almost none put their prices on their website. For shits and giggle I sent en email to One World Observatory in NYC (in the tower that replaces the WTC). Quote was for $125,000 plus sale tax and 22% service charge!! It was for up to 150 people and included ceremony, cocktail, dinner and cake.

In a more realistic option I was also looking at lofts in manhattan. One place looked nice with inside area and a small outdoor settings as well. They quoted us $5000 for either inside or outside and $7000 for both, which we felt was waaaaaay too much for the space alone (we’d had to bring chairs, tables, waiters, food,etc…). We still visited it and ended up not liking the place at all (the outdoor was tiny which made me wonder how they could justify pricing it the same as inside, which was huge).

Post # 13
1493 posts
Bumble bee

$17,000 minimum for a Tuesday in the middle of winter. No. 

Post # 14
763 posts
Busy bee

My Future Mother-In-Law had a great idea about a castle in long island – venue fee was $25k alone! 

Post # 15
4670 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

lantana :  125k?!?! You win. Wow.

I had £20k for the venue. No food. No staff. The one we went for was the same price but included everything. 

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