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April 14, 2010

Right now, our number one choice is Carnivale in Chicago. One problem, the venue is getting really close to the top of the budget. We would have to be really creative with attire, entertainment, photography, etc…

If we can wiggle our 130+ guest list to about 75, this is perfectly feasible. We have to sit down now and decide which is most important for us to splurge on:

  • Guests
  • Food
  • Venue
  • Photography
  • Attire

I know there are a million other aspects, but these seem to be the big ones. They want an extra $800 to set up and tear down the ceremony and a $1,000 fee for moving everyone into another room for cocktails. I love the colors, look, vibe, and location of the venue, though.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2010 12:27 am

    what’s a normal amount for a venue? I’m trying to figure out if it’s cheaper to have it at a restaurant or bring in the catering? Do you have any idea?

  2. June 2, 2010 12:55 am

    @Mara: We have been doing really well keeping under $10k so I suppose that’s about average for some decent venues. I have found it’s less expensive to have it at a restaurant vs. having a caterer because:

    with a restaurant you only have a minimum, but no rental fee.
    with a caterer, you usually find a blank slate (no decorations existing) and there’s a rental fee plus the caterer’s fee.

    let me know what you find beyond that!

  3. Samantha V permalink
    December 3, 2010 8:32 am

    Hello there, I came across your website and was wondering did you end up having your wedding at Carnivale? I’m looking into to having mine there, but I’m curious how much they charge. Any info on pricing would greatly help. Thanks!!!


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