Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Weddings  > Wedding Reception Venue

Wedding Reception Venue Cost


How Much Does a Wedding Reception Venue Cost?

 
low costLow: $50-$250average costAverage: $1,244high costHigh: $500-$10,000+
post Post   Comments (8)  
  Typical costs:
  • A reception in a private room in a casual or ethnic restaurant, such as barbecue or Chinese, or a bar might cost as little as $50 to $250 for a room rental fee, plus a per-person cost for food and beverage that can be as little as $15 to $20. Other similarly priced venues include rooms at city, county or state parks.
  • Some catering halls charge $500 to $2,500 or more for space rental, including linens, tables, chairs, flatware and stemware -- along with a per-person catering fee, usually with a minimum total food-and-drink expenditure. Other venues that charge in the same range for space rental -- but sometimes do not include equipment rentals -- include historical homes, museums, greenhouses, libraries, country clubs and reception rooms at botanical gardens.
  • Fancy hotels charge about $2,500 to $10,000 and up for rental of a ballroom or other large space -- and many require the use of an on-site caterer who might charge between $125 and $350 or more per person. Other venues with similar costs -- but which may allow you to bring in a caterer -- include high-end urban loft spaces and scenic resorts.
  • The cost varies greatly by location, with costs being higher in large cities and on the east and west coasts. Certain areas, such as Long Island, New York and Catalina Island, California, are known for particularly high costs.
  • The average cost of a reception venue rental is $1,244, according to The Bridal Association of America[1] .
Related articles: Wedding Ceremony Venue, Wedding Chapel or Site, Officiant

What should be included:
  • Most venues have parking available for reception guests at no charge.
  • Some venues provide one or more staff members to oversee the event, and some include the services of an in-house wedding planner.
  • The venue typically will allow access to the venue ahead of time for planning and decorating purposes.
Additional costs:
  • Many reception venues require liability insurance. First, check to see whether your homeowner's insurance contains a rider that covers you for an offsite event. If not, companies such as WedSafe[2] offer one-time liability coverage for about $200.
  • Some venues require you to pay for one or more security guards, which can add $100 or more to your bill.
  • Tip: If you think having your wedding at home or at a parent's home will save you money, do not forget to add in the significant cost of rentals. BridalGuide.com[3] offers a rundown of extra costs association with an at-home wedding.
  • Some churches and synagogues require a refundable deposit of $200 or more.
Discounts:
  • Tip: Couples can save $200 to $2,000 or more by finding a location for both the ceremony and the reception. But, if chairs must be moved from the wedding area to reception area, you might be charged up to $3 per chair for the service.
  • Some facilities require that a licensed bartender serve any alcoholic drinks.
Shopping for a wedding reception venue:
  • When searching for a location, it is important to consider practical factors such as guest capacity, seating, lighting, parking, and whether there is a kitchen for the caterer's use.
  • The Knot.com[4] offers a guide on choosing a reception location, as well as a checklist[5] to help you determine which features you want in a site.
  • Tip: Before signing a contract, ask whether the venue permits you to use an outside caterer, and what their policy is on bringing in and serving alcoholic beverages. Many venues have strict food and drink policies that can have a major impact on your budget and plans.
  • WeddingChannel.com[6] offers guidelines on what to include in a reception venue contract.
  • TheKnot.com[7] offers a list of local reception venues.
post Post   Comments (8)  
CostHelper News


10 Reasons to Shop Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28
After the retail insanity of Black Friday, consider checking out locally-owned companies on Saturday, Nov. 28. || Posted October 25 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
17th birthday party
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: February 9th, 2019 10:02AM
Type: Birthday partyNumber of Guests: 50
Location: 1230 menlo ave
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Wedding reception
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: RHONDOLYN Gillespie in Akron, OH.Posted: November 14th, 2018 01:11PM
Type: Number of Guests: 150-200
Location: Akron ohio
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Party 22 year
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Derric Smith in Brooklyn Center, MN.Posted: August 20th, 2018 08:08PM
Look for a place to rent or throw party for probably 50 people maybe 100
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Looking for a reception center Chicago suburbs for a wedding and reception for about 250 people's u pay by the hour can bring your own food and drinks
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Antoinette Bell in Chicago, GA.Posted: August 27th, 2017 09:08PM
Location: Chicago,il suburbs
Please help me find a recreation center Chicago suburbs hourly rate can bring your own food and drinks, beautiful inside and outside , wedding date 08/11/2018
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Nature center Fri night - sun morning
Amount: $1,425.00
Posted by: Dpulv in Black Earth, WI.Posted: September 21st, 2016 02:09PM
Location: Wisconsin
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Ceremony & Reception Cost
Amount: $7,500.00
Posted by: A Pruitt in Decatur, GA.Posted: May 21st, 2016 09:05PM
Type: Wedding & ReceptionNumber of Guests: 100
Location: Jolie An Event Center
Included: Catering, Photography, Videography, Planner, Cake/Baker, Decorations, Wine/Beer/Alcohol, Payment plan
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Wedding Ceremony & Reception
Amount: $3,955.00
Posted by: HappyMom in Raleigh, NC.Posted: May 29th, 2015 08:05PM
Type: RestaurantNumber of Guests: 65
Location: Caffe Luna
Caffe Luna - price includes tax, gratuity w/ premium wine and beer. Amazing value and service.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
632 on Hudson
Amount: $14,000.00
Posted by: Place de Vosges in NYC, NY.Posted: March 6th, 2013 05:03AM
Location: NYC
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Wedding Reception Venue
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Number of Guests: 
Location:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/Wedding_Statistics/
  2.  /www.wedsafe.com/Pages/product-liability-insurance.aspx
  3.  www.bridalguide.com/
  4.  wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-reception-planning/articles/finding-a...
  5.  wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-reception-planning.aspx
  6.  weddings.weddingchannel.com/wedding-planning-ideas/wedding-reception-ideas/qa/what...
  7.  wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors.aspx
More Weddings Topics
Check Out All Costs for Weddings How Much Does a Wedding Dress Cost? How Much Do Wedding Invitations Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Reception Venue Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Toilet Flange Replacement/ Toilet Reset
Paid: 5294.00
(Break down of pricing was not initially provided and I had to call to speak with a manager to get exact pricing)... [more]
-Gray
Replacing a Toilet Cost
ER visit for ear achech
Paid: 2250.00
I was there in hospital only for 15 minutes. due to Covid Urgent care was closed near my house. Doctor came and prescribe me anti biotic ear drops and pills. Got a rude shock when they charge me with huge bill... [more]
-Deepa
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Overspent?
Paid: 312.00
$312 per pet.Exam39.25Waste disposal 2.99Heart worm 48.30Fecal 25.29DA2P 101.99Lepto 21.50Sentinel 69.34I always feels overcharged when I go here... [more]
-Rebekah
Dog Vaccination Cost
Root tips
Paid: 845.00
Speechless, total ripoff, I have been going to Dr. L. Tabor for many years, I assisted him a few years... [more]
-Terri P
Tooth Extraction Cost
Ignition coils, spark plugs & valve cover gasket
Paid: 107.00
Check engine light came on, code was P0303, third cylinder. Googled causes of code found ignition coil and spark plugs most likely. Ordered parts from Amazon and my husband and I changed them after watching some YouTube videos... [more]
-JLC
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
A/C repair
Paid: 670.00
Decided to to replace the 35 year old aging AC system. New compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, refrigerant hoses, condenser. Flushed the evaporator. Charged with ozone friendly 12a refrigerant... [more]
-citydragon
Car Air Conditioning Cost