7 Savvy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Venue
You don't have to test your credit limit to have a reception at your dream wedding venue (and you definitely shuldn't go into debt for it either). That's why we've rounded up some savvy saving tips so you can make the most of a sensational space, no matter what your budget is.
1. Marry on an Alternative Day of the Week
Obviously, we all know most weddings occur on Saturdays. But if you choose a less popular day like Thursday, Friday or Sunday—basically, any other day of the week—you'll likely be able to score your ideal venue for a steal.
2. Pick an Off-Peak Wedding Season
Unless you're particularly partial toward warm weather, picking an off-peak wedding season and month (think January, February or March) is beneficial because, generally speaking, you'll have better luck negotiating with vendors since they won't be as flooded with other bookings.
3. Get Married in the Morning or Afternoon Instead of the Evening
Not only will a midday brunch reception be tons of fun for your guests (mimosas and lobster eggs benedict, anyone?), but you'll also save major cash on your space. Since your venue can book another couple during the coveted evening slot, they'll likely slash the cost a lot for you.
4. Trim Your Guest List
This isn't always the easiest task to accomplish, but once you notice the savings start to accrue exponentially, it'll all be worth it. Not only will you save big on catering by feeding fewer people and on invitations and postage, but having a smaller space also means less décor and fewer rentals.
5. Choose an All-Inclusive Venue
If you're a big Father of the Bride fan, you may have your heart set on a wedding at home. But a backyard wedding at the house you grew up in can actually be really expensive. Between rentals on everything from tents to portable toilets, creating an event where they usually aren't hosted (whether it's a home or a bare-bones space) costs a lot more than a traditional venue.
6. Get Married and Party in One Place
If you're saying "I do" in a house of worship, your hands are kind of tied, unless there's a reception space across the street. But if you can exchange vows anywhere, opt for a site that can pull double duty for your ceremony and reception. Not only will you save on venue fees, you'll also cut costs on transportation and possibly flowers. (For instance, you can have your coordinator transfer your ceremony floral arrangements to your gift and cake tables while your guests enjoy the cocktail hour.)
7. Limit Your Bar
Offer your guests beer, wine and a fun signature cocktail. Since your venue (or caterer) won't have to uncork tons of different bottles (usually with an "if it's opened, you bought it" mentality), you'll save money without having thirsty guests.