If you’re looking to have an affordable wedding, the venue is one place where you can definitely save a lot of money, as it comprises one of the biggest parts of your budget. For advice on how to do just that, read on.
Tips for Finding an Affordable Wedding Venue
Go off-season: The most popular month to have a wedding is in June, so try to go off-season. Choose a month where people are less likely to get married. For example, my wedding day was on Jan. 2. The big plus was that our venue was already decorated for the holidays and we didn’t have to spend any extra money on flowers or decorations. The downside was everyone was a little burned out from all the holidays, or still out of town. But by going off-season, we were able to save a significant amount of money.
Choose an unusual time of day: If you and your fiance love waking up early, you could have a wedding early and have a brunch. That way, the venue has time to clean up and have another — more expensive — wedding in the evening and can offer you a big discount. It’s a win/win for both of you.
Pay up front: Most venues will require an initial deposit to hold the date you want. However, you can ask to see if they will offer you a discount for paying everything up front. Cash is king, so use it and your negotiation powers to get a better rate.
Don’t go traditional: Most people think of banquet halls and hotels when it comes to wedding receptions, but you don’t always have to go traditional. Local parks, interesting museums, beaches, and even aquariums can be great places to hold a wedding celebration.
Check for work discounts: Do any of your friends or family work at a local historic home? Are they a ranger at a local park? Are they a curator at a museum? Do they work the front desk at a hotel? If so, ask your connections if they can get you a discount.
Check your college: If you graduated from a college or university, chances are there are many venues where you can get married on campus. If you’re an alumnus, you’ll typically receive a discount, so don’t hesitate to ask. I know my alma mater, William and Mary, allows alumni to get married in their Wren Chapel.