One of the first and most important parts of planning a wedding is selecting the venue. You might have your ceremony and reception in the same venue, or hold the ceremony in a place of worship and the reception in a separate location — but either way, you’ll want to lock down your location as soon as possible since many popular venues book up months or even years in advance.
5 Beautiful, Affordable Wedding Venues
I have selected five amazingly affordable wedding venues from all across the country. From California to Colorado, from New York down to Virginia and Louisiana, all the venues below are beautiful, memorable — and even better, cost half or less than what the average American couple spent on their wedding venue.
1: The Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge, La
The wedding venue, The Old Governor’s Mansion in the capital city of Louisiana. The Governor’s Mansion was the first venue I saw, and I immediately wanted to book it.
I also liked how I wouldn’t have to do anything in terms of decorating it. The gorgeous chandeliers, beautiful wall colors, and historic furnishings were all the decorations I needed. And since we got married on Jan. 2, there was a large Christmas tree right when you walked in and several other holiday decorations that fit in perfectly with our wedding colors of red and white. Plus, as you can see, the venue is remarkably affordable.
Price: $3,500 for 250-300 people
2: Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn, NY
New York City is one of the most expensive places to get married in the country — the average Manhattan wedding cost more than $75,000 last year. With prices for hotels and banquet halls sky-high, a bride on a budget needs to look for hidden jewels.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is one of those jewels. Get married surrounded by books or in the equally enchanting and classic Great Hall. There are many different places to get married and have the reception within the Brooklyn Historical Society, so contact them to find a location that would best suit your wedding needs.
Also, ask about becoming a member, which may help you get a better rate. Because membership fees are tax deductible, this venue might cost less than you’d imagine. For photos of weddings in the Brooklyn Historical Society, check out their Pinterest Page.
Price: $5,000 for first-floor event space package, various options for seating.
3: Piedmont Community Hall in Piedmont, CL
This attractive city-owned property in Northern California makes a remarkably affordable wedding venue given its Bay Area location. And hefty discounts are available if you’re willing to wed on a Friday or Sunday or in the off-season (Nov.-April). Local Piedmont residents also get a price break.
You can also rent their outdoor plaza or Tea House, either in conjunction with the main hall or separately, at rates ranging from $400-$700.
Price: $3,800 for Saturdays (8 hours)
4: Sunshine Mountain Lodge in Allenspark, Colo
If you’re interested in a complete do-it-yourself wedding to save money, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge in Colorado might be the perfect place for you. Not only can you have a lovely ceremony and reception here, but you can have access to all their facilities — so your guests can stay the night and you can cook some meals, too.
One bride, in particular, describes her amazingly well-thought-out and sweet wedding where she had a blast with all her friends and family and only spent $2,000.
Price: $990 for you and 30+ guests to celebrate and stay the night.
5: The Mariners’ Museum Courtyard in Newport News, Va
The Mariners’ Museum is an award-winning museum set on a 550-acre park. It’s in a beautiful part of the country near many other historic locations like Norfolk, Va., and Colonial Williamsburg, so out-of-town guests can easily be convinced to make the trek.
There are a number of different parts of the museum that you can rent out, but the least expensive on a typical Saturday evening is the courtyard. The best part is that you’ll be supporting a museum that preserves some pretty significant history while having a unique venue for your special day.
Price: $1,800 for Saturday.
Planning a wedding can be extremely hectic, but also fun. As long as you stay organized and take a break when you feel stressed, you will be able to enjoy the process.