Jun 27, 2021

Venue Pricing Guide

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ou've found a venue and now you have to review their cost proposal. This may well lead to depression as venue's have notoriously complicated pricing, which also leads one to wonder what is being left out.

Our simple model

No one wants to despair when planning their joyous event. So we changed the venue pricing model. When comparing our venue cost to that of another venue, our part is easy. At our venues, we charge only one number.

We call it a venue rental fee, and it includes everything we offer. We're frequently asked - Does that include cleanup? A manager? Taxes? Audio, Video, Lighting? Credit card fees? Insurance? The answer is yes.

Unlike other venues, we don't have a shopping cart on our website since there's nothing to add. Our proposal has only one number on it. Hard to believe we know.

Other venue proposals

This is where things get messy. When you look at a venue proposal, you're likely aware of the two usual suspects, the intentionally complicated pricing and hidden costs.

To a venue's rental fee, you'ill almost always need to add these items to accurately compare their cost to ours: food and bar minimums audio, video, and lighting lighting; audio/ video techs; stage(s); security; parking/ valet; insurance; cleanup; venue manager; taxes and credit card fees; and yes, even ice.

The result can be a complicated mathematics exercise, but the result is almost always that the venue's cost just got a lot higher, usually by two or three times!

Adding the cost of a managed bar (not BYO), audio, video, lighting, parking, insurance, venue manager and security often doubles or triples a venue's published rental fee.

Yes, but aren't "All-Inclusive" venues are different?

All-inclusive is a term used by the hotels, county clubs, and other venues that include food, bar and often tables. It sounds great! Who wouldn't want all-inclusive? It implies simplicity and value.

But all-inclusive venues rarely provide simplicity or value. "All-inclusives" typically provide food, beverage and seating at high cost and limited if any selection.

All-Inclusive venues are also not really all-inclusive. Hosts still need to provide their our own band/DJ, florist, photographer, coordinator, transportation, parking, etc. Hosts will also likely need to supply expensive, complicated to design, and time-consuming to set-up/ take-down audio, video, and lighting.

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