Some ideas for budget wedding venues include bed-and-breakfasts, art galleries, and public places such as city beaches and state parks. Booking a well-known venue on an off day can save you money. So can looking around for places that don’t usually book weddings.
Finding budget wedding venues requires creative thinking on your part. For instance, if you’re getting married in a church, ask the pastor if you can book a full-service wedding – flowers, cake, decorations, music reception and all. Church employees and volunteers can get better prices than many wedding planners, so your money goes farther. All of the work happens on one site that becomes more familiar as you prepare for the wedding.
Look to the familiar for other ideas. If you met at work, ask the boss about holding the wedding somewhere in your office space. Sports-minded couples can ask at the bowling alley, the fitness club or high school. Colleges and universities with campus chapels also offer very competitive rates. Alternatively, public facilities like libraries and state parks have meeting rooms, picnic pavilions and other amenities that you can rent for several hours for very small or no fees. Other low-cost venues can be vacant show houses or condos or vacant office space.