My dream venue just got back to me for a wedding and reception in Oct 2022.
For 100 guests, they are charging $22,000 for the ceremony and the dinner. This includes use of the indoor and outdoor space for ceremony and reception, setup and tear down, the 3 course plated dinner, h'orderves, and sparking wine toast. This number includes HST, 18% gratuity, and HST ON the gratuity.
It does not include a DJ, any alcohol, a photographer, dessert table, decorations, lodging rooms for the bride and groom or rooms for any guests, a late night snack or a rehersal dinner. Those are all extra.
It is a very nice venue but it seems like alot. Other places I'm looking into that are slightly less nice have at least the bride and groom lodgings included, late night snack, and a DJ for 3000-7000 dollars less.
Does this seem like alot of money for what we are getting? Is gratuity always that much? How much extra are photographers, DJ's, decorations etc. if we are keeping things relatively simple?
I've never planned a wedding before so want to know what's reasonable. Thanks!