Inexpensive rental halls are commonly available at local clubs, such as firefighter's associations, recreation centers and veteran's organizations. Many churches and other religious buildings also have banquet halls available that are relatively cheap.
Many religious and club halls have kitchens or kitchenettes, which make them especially suitable for a reception with food. Despite being affordable, these types of locations may come with some restrictions. For example, alcohol may not be permitted, or secular music may not be allowed in a religious establishment. The Yellow Pages, friends and family are helpful sources for trying to find these types of locations.
Non-traditional venues also tend to be cheaper than hotel ballrooms or other venues. Depending on the size of the event, an art gallery or bed and breakfast may be a suitable location. The local parks association may also have venues that can be rented cheaply.
Other ways to save money on a hall include leaving the city for a small town or trying a neighboring town with less-wealthy residents. The time of day and day of the week can also influence the price of a venue. An early morning event or an event held on a Friday or Monday are often cheaper than ones held on a Saturday in the late afternoon or early evening.