I'm only 2 months into the planning process for my summer 2021 wedding and I was hoping for some wedding wisdom!
I've looked at ~200 wedding venues at this point all across the upstate NY area and I noticed a fair about of venues (particularly those trendy barns and decked-out tents) have outrageous site fees- from $5k to over $10k!! I eliminated those locations right off the bat as I'm trying to keep my budget in check, and I can't blow 25-50% of my budget just to be on the property!! Right?!
For those with my reasonable site fees (mostly just for the ceremony), I then uncovered the 20% administrative fee, which defiantly takes a bit bite out of my small budget. Not to mention 8% taxes. I was considering trying to shave my guest list down, but the real kicker, is most of these places have a 100 minimum! And I was looking to have 80 people MAX!
Where do I go from here? Is anyone experiencing the same thing?? Please send help!!