(Closed) Your Venue Budget?

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 3
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We didn’t have a budget quite set when we were looking at venues, but the place we loved and have booked was $4,000. Compared to a lot of other venues I was looking at in my area – Atlanta, GA – it was a lot less expensive. The $4,000 is a donation to The Frazer Center, which provides services for disabled adults and children – they rent out the Gardens in order to help fund their program. It also included several tables, 200 chairs, 2 workers and 1 coordinator-type person. Oh, and 2 golf carts to take everyone from the parking lot to the gardens 🙂

Post # 4
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021

Our venue budget is $2,000 including:

In-House Wedding Coordinator
Use of the Entire Club
Opening of 6th Street Entrance
Tuxedoed Doormen to Greet Your Guests
Coatroom Attendant
Restroom Attendants
Freight Elevator Operator
Security Guard in Lobby
China, Silverware, and Stemware (including chargers)
Down Town Club Floor Length Linen (Ivory Damask or White Damask)
20’ X 20’ Dance Floor

If only that included chiavari chairs.. my only issue with our venue

Post # 5
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We didn’t have a set budget in mind when we started looking. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, the ability to bring in our own catering, and we wanted the ability to serve alcohol. So we just started looking at places. We found 3 great places for outdoor weddings. The first place was my favorite but it was $1200 and we would have had to do all the set up, clean up, provide ALL products include toilet paper. The next two places were great as well. One place was $100 and the other we could have got for practically nothing because of a family connection. But neither of those places would allow us to serve alcohol. And that was a priority of my dad (who was paying) and my fiance.

So we tried a couple of halls. One was just too big and our guests would have had to climb stairs and we’ve got a fair amount of elderly relatives. Plus the costs of liquor and bartending was really high. So the last one we looked at and ultimatly booked is $400 plus the cost of bartending/liquor (we’ve got several options to choose from so we’ll be able to find something that works in our budget). It’s got a great little place outside where we can have the ceremony. The inside isn’t much to write home about but I’ve got some decorating ideas to help spruce it up.

I should also say that we live in a rural area in NE Ohio. So costs are significantly lower than they would be in a bigger city. And our family members are catering so we are really lucking out.

Post # 6
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Our reception and ceremony sites are both around $500/ea and I live in a small city in southwest Washington. That is basically just the rental of the buildings and janitorial service after we’ve cleaned up all of our decorations.

Post # 7
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our ceremony cost was $200, which included use of the church for the ceremony and rehearsal, use of the sound system, and an officiant (with two pre-wedding meetings).

The venue cost was $3700 which just included a 10-hr rental for property use, use of tables and chairs, and a bunch of headaches from the stupid manager.  🙂  This was with a $500 discount, and the discount for having the wedding on a Sunday in "off-season." 

The church accommodated up to 350, and our reception held up to 120 people inside, or 400 outside.  We are in Tahoe, CA side. 

Post # 8
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Like some other couples, we didnt really set a budget.  Our wedding and reception are in the same building in Joplin Missouri and some of the costs are as follows:

Room for ceremony/reception:$500/room(1000 total for us)

Use of organ*:$50

hourly fee:$12.50(just to have someone there that will lock, unlock, DOC, and so forth)

set up fee for 120ppl reception:$200

extra chairs in ceremony room:$75

liquor permits:$150


There are other various random little fees that we may pay for and the organ may turn into sound equip use instead and its like 15 cheaper do do that…. 

Total, after we added up all the stuff that we must pay no matter what and then adding some things that we may end up getting becuase we can, it ends up about $1600.. I think that it is rediculously reasonable considering it is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen


Post # 9
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Not including all the taxes (those are a killer!)…

Our ceremony site is $600. This includes set-up & tear-down for up to 100ppl, 1 hour of decorating time, service co-ordination, and a rehersal walk-through.

Our reception room at the same venue is $800 and for us in October requires a minimum of 80 guests (max. is aprox. 140). The fee includes use of the room until 1am, a side room if required for prep/gifts/etc., 1 hour of decorating, white table linens & place settings, candle holders, switching the room from dinner to dance, 2 meetings with our on site co-ordinator (as well as her help the day of). The staff also take care of tucking away our gifts in the main office until the next morning.

Our venue is in the Kawarthas, Ontario (cottage country), aprox. 1.5 hours from Toronto.

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