What Does My Wedding Venue Budget Cover Exactly?

What Does My Wedding Venue Budget Cover Exactly?

The average couple spends about half of their budget on the wedding venue -- and for good reason! The style and logistics of your big day are largely tied to the venue you choose. Many wedding venues offer much more than just a space to say your “I do’s.” But how do you know if you’re getting a fair price? What factors go into pricing a venue? While offerings can vary per venue, there are some things you can expect to see bundled into most venue pricing:

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Wedding Date
Venue prices can vary dramatically depending on the time of year you decide to tie the knot. Picking a prime weekend wedding date during high season is fantastic for the beautiful weather (in most regions), but it also comes with more demand for space and a higher price tag.

Catering
Many all-inclusive venues offer their own on-site catering services and beverage packages, which can be one of the largest expenses you’ll encounter when planning your big day. Having food and drink provided by the venue itself will dramatically increase the overall price of your venue, but hiring an outside vendor may not necessarily be cheaper and it saves you the extra work of finding a caterer!

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Gratuity
Venues that bundle catering services into their wedding packages may include a 15 to 20% gratuity in your venue pricing to ensure that the servers and other staff are taken care of after the big day is over.

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Table Things
Many venues provide their own beautiful tables, chairs, linens, and glassware for you and your guests to enjoy on the big day. Not only does this save you the stress of outsourcing this from another vendor, but it also ensures that these items will likely match the overall ambiance of the venue itself. No mixing and matching here!

Wedding Coordination Services
Many venues that regularly host events like hotels, banquet halls, and event centers have experienced wedding or event coordinators on their staff. These services can be lifesaving during the planning process, but they usually add some extra dollars to your quote if they are bundled in with the venue.

Security Staff
While the idea of having security may seem funny to some, having a discreet security service can be a great addition to any venue’s wedding package. With all of the free booze and expensive gifts laying around, you never know who might try to crash the party!

Ready to start searching for wedding venues within your budget? Spot estimates can help you wrap your head around venue pricing before your site visit and allow you to compare.

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