10 Affordable Wedding Venue Ideas
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Choosing a venue is one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process. Statistics Say that it’s also the most expensive part of the wedding. But don’t worry; it’s absolutely possible to have a memorable day without breaking the bank. By choosing a nontraditional wedding and reception venue, you’ll be able to say “I do” for a lot less.
Learn which wedding and reception locations could help you save money on your big day.
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1. Zoo or aquarium
If you’re a couple of animal lovers, why not go where the wild things are? The zoo or aquarium will provide an exotic and fun backdrop to your special day. There are likely to be fees associated with your event, but a portion may go toward the care of the animals and conservation efforts. Check with the venue to learn the specifics.
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2. Courthouse or city hall
Having a civil ceremony at your local city hall is always a great way to save money. Most cities provide your nuptials for under $100, or if you’re lucky enough to live in Washington D.C., it’s free! Historic cities and towns have breathtaking buildings, so you won’t have to miss out on a beautiful ceremony.
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3. Local parks and beaches
Using nature as your décor is a great way to save money on your big day. You’ll likely need to secure a permit to use the space, and reserve a time. If you’re going with this option, be sure to read the fine print, as some spaces have restrictions on the number of people you can have, or what you can bring into the space. Cities and towns will have varying rules regarding alcohol, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Many couples may not consider a restaurant as a wedding venue, but it could save you some money — and time. A full-service restaurant will have food, beverages, serving staff, seating, plus everything else you’d probably need to get from outside vendors. Depending on the size of your guest list, and the night of your event, a restaurant could be a one-and-done venue option.
Pro tip: For a Friday or Saturday wedding, search for restaurants with a separate event space so you won’t pay a premium for closing a business on their busiest night.
5. Airbnb or VRBO
Nontraditional hotels are becoming increasingly popular as alternative wedding venues. If you don’t have access to a wedding-worthy space for free, an Airbnb is the next best thing. You may be able to snag a picturesque location for a fraction of the typical price.
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6. Libraries and museums
If you’re an art or book-loving couple, a library or museum may be the budget-friendly venue you’re looking for. Consider some of the smaller, less sought-after spaces to keep the cost low. If you do some research, you’re bound to find a hidden gem in your area.
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7. Colleges or universities
Did you meet your fiancé on campus? If so, you may want to consider tying the knot there as well. Most campuses are equipped with event spaces to accommodate your guests. Additionally, your alma mater may have some beautiful locations that will make your day extra special.
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8. Night clubs
If you’re looking to have a night club vibe at your reception, why not just go all in and have the reception at a night club? You may be surprised; once it’s cleaned up and the mechanical bull is put away, you can create a contemporary event space that feels perfect for your event.
9. Community function rooms
Similar to public property rentals, community organizations may allow their spaces to be rented for weddings for a reasonable fee. What’s great about these types of venues is that your rental fee goes toward supporting a community organization, which is a win for everyone.
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10. Yachts and boats
Many couples shy away from an all-inclusive yacht experience with thinking that it’s too expensive. Depending on the number of guests you’re expecting, a chartered boat ride may be on the lower end of the budget spectrum.
What to remember
If these venue options aren’t really your speed, you can also consider having your wedding on a nontraditional day. Your location may be cheaper on a Friday or Sunday, as Saturday is the most popular — and expensive — day to get married. Additionally, an off-season date may help you save money. The second Saturday in July may be your dream, but if you’re open to considering a spring, fall, or even winter wedding, you could save big bucks.
Your wedding is an event you’ll cherish for years to come. Our colleagues are committed to helping you find the best way to save for your big day. Depending on your unique situation, can help fund your wedding. Find a Mainline Mens custom near you.