I read a great article the other day on researching reception sites. It seems many facilities break down their costs differently. Sometimes what seems to be less expensive, may wind up more costly once all of the figures are totaled. The experts say you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for an itemized list of fees.
When you’re trying to figure the costs to host your wedding reception, here are some questions to ask your reception site:
What is the facility rental fee?
What is the cost—for food? (sites typically offer more than one menu package; determine which menu package you will most likely utilize for your wedding reception—and use that amount in determining your estimate.)
What is the cost—for beverages? (save time by having an idea of what beverage package you would like to serve, whether a full bar, limited bar or non-alcoholic bar)
If you can hold your ceremony on site, what is the ceremony fee?
What is the set-up/break-down fee? (some sites charge per chair, others charge a lump sum)
What is the staffing fee? (including bartenders, waiters etc.)
What is the overtime fee?
Is there a fee for security personnel?
Is there a fee for parking or valets?