Don’t break the bank! Follow our guide to all things financially savvy.
Set Your Sites
1. Create a comparison chart to track what’s included in the price for each venue you’re considering. One company may not include linens and the cake, for example, while another company does.
2. Many public spaces, like parks or the local village green, may be available to rent at a low fee. However, if the space is not equipped to handle events, you’ll have to rent everything from napkins to tables and chairs. Make sure you come out ahead!
3. Choose an unusual venue, such as an aquarium, a zoo, a gallery or an historical site. Site fees are not high and you’ll save on decor because the venue already supplies ambience. But the same caveat goes as for public spaces: Figure in what you’ll have to spend on rentals.
4. Hold your ceremony and your reception in the same place. You’ll save yourselves multiple site fees as well as transportation from one location to the other.
5. If you belong to a community organization or to the military, you may have access, at low cost, to a venue belonging to them.
6. Don’t forget your alma mater—these usually rent for a few hundred bucks.
7. Depending on your venue, you may not need to decorate extensively. If you marry outdoors at a winery, for example, there’s not much you’ll need to add to the gorgeous vineyard backdrop.
8. Rent a vacation home. Even if the owners charge you a week’s worth of rent for the day, it may still be equal to or less than renting a traditional reception venue.
9. If a family member has a scenic property, find out if you can hold your wedding there. One couple held their wedding on the family ranch where the groom had grown up. Unique and cost-conscious!
10. If you’re a city-dweller, leave town for your wedding. that can really save a whole lots of bucks where it can be channelled else where.