Veeerrrry frustrated bride here--trying to pick a venue for about 100 people with sights set on a vineyard. Both Saltwater Farm Vineyard and Jonathan Edwards are right up my alley, but I've having trouble wrapping my mind around the fees + unknown costs of catering/rentals and which option (if any) is more feasible. Hoping someone here can set me straight.
SWF: Quoted me a $12,000 site fee for a peak Saturday [kill me], excluding ceremony. It includes chairs and tables, a bridal suite for the day, a stage area for band/dj, a couple attendants. There's some off-peak site fee rates and Friday/Sunday discounts, as well. (8,500 for a peak Friday, to give you an idea)
J.E: $8,000 site fee, including use of their tent + ceremony. Everything else needs to be rented through one of their caterers, including a dance floor.
I've reached out to both venue's preferred caterers (Coastal Gourmet, A Thyme To Cook, Gourmet Galley, Russell Morin) and they've given value pp estimates (150-165/pp?), but without hard final numbers in front of me, what I can really expect in terms of non-site fee costs (catering, tables/chairs/glassware/china/linens)? Is paying a higher site fee worth the cost, when tables/chairs are included?