As you’re planning your wedding, you may have been surprised to see the cost of the most popular wedding venues. With prices like these, you might be wondering if you’ll be able to have the wedding you wanted after all, while sticking to your budget.
However, if you take a more creative approach and explore some alternatives, you may find a cheap and cheerful wedding venue that suits you perfectly. Here are some venues you can explore.
Your favorite restaurant. If you and your partner have a favorite restaurant, that may be the ideal place to hold your wedding. Some restaurants have rooms set aside to rent, or are able to close off a section for you. For a smaller wedding, this could be a very comfortable and affordable venue.
The one drawback is that you would probably have to order your food from the restaurant as well. If you had planned to save costs by catering it yourself, that probably won’t be an option here. The good news is, you know for sure that you will love the food they serve.
Your local community hall likely has a room you could rent for your wedding at a reasonable price. If you are a member of your community association, you may even get a discount on rental. They will probably also have a small kitchen you can have access to for preparing and storing food, and some equipment for serving.
See if your local church will let you rent the basement or hall for your wedding reception. Most churches have small kitchens you could use as well. You may also be able to have your wedding ceremony in the sanctuary and keep the entire event in one place.
A City Park
Check out your local city or state parks and see if they can be rented for weddings. For an added bonus, look for one that also has a fountain, or a pretty walkway.
Some parks even have gazebos for just this purpose. With a few decorations, these can be set up to create a beautiful atmosphere.
If you have a large backyard, consider holding your wedding there. You can rent tents, tables and chairs to set up for your guests. Even if your yard isn’t appropriate, a friend or family member may own a property that would be the perfect setting for your wedding.
Your Favorite Place
Forget where everyone else is going for their weddings. Be different and hold your wedding in a place that is special to both of you. If you love horseback riding, hold your wedding out on the trail. Did you two meet at work? Maybe stage your special event at your workplace. For avid hikers, a mountain trail might be a meaningful and fun venue.
Don’t let high costs keep you from choosing a wedding venue you’ll be happy with. With some creativity, you can hold your wedding in a cheerful venue without spending a lot of money.