Post # 1
I know weddings can get really pricey. And I thought I was staying in my lane when researching venues until yesterday. I was floored when I was quoted $440 pp (tax and gratuity included) for a venue that I thought was absolutely gorgeous.
So, for shits & giggles – what the most expensive quote you received for reception while venue hunting ?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
I live in San Francisco, everything here is insane
Post # 11
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
- 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
$17,000 minimum for a Tuesday in the middle of winter. No.
Post # 14
My Future Mother-In-Law had a great idea about a castle in long island – venue fee was $25k alone!
Post # 15
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.