It isn’t uncommon for couples to have their wedding ceremony in one location and their reception in another. The venue or venues of your wedding can really contribute to the debt you might acquire before you even start your family!
Here are a few tips to consider when choosing your wedding location:
1. Have your wedding and reception in the same location.
This is one of the easiest ways to save money on your venue. You will eliminate not only the second rental fee, but the transportation cost to get you, your wedding party, and your guests to the second location, as well.
2. Rule out a wedding in a big city!
Venues in popular cities can be very detrimental to your overall budget. In 2013, the average amount spent on a wedding was $86,916 in New York City (Manhattan) and $57,343 in Long Island. Meanwhile, in Idaho the average cost was $16,159. Along with the huge cost of a big city wedding, these locations also include expensive food, beverages, and lodging.
3. Eliminate rental fees by having a backyard wedding!
Whether you have a nice backyard yourself or know someone who wouldn’t mind letting you invite your friends and family members take over their house, backyard weddings can save you thousands. Also, backyard weddings wipe out problematic over-booking and restrictions reception halls tend to have. Although the intimate occasion can be cheaper and planned relatively quickly, planning on space, weather and the possibility of disturbing the neighbors must be considered.
4. Backyard weddings are not the only venues you can save money on.
Instead of deciding on a wedding reception hall or country club, city-run spaces like zoos, civic gardens, and restaurants are less expensive facilities. Even university campuses have ballrooms and outdoor scenic locations to rent for large events. Alternative places can hold sentimental value to you and your partner rather than overpriced wedding halls and popular country clubs.
5. Weekday weddings are cheaper.
Wedding venues tend to charge more for Saturday weddings, therefore choose another day, such as Friday or Sunday, to avoid unnecessary, extra costs.
6. Have your wedding during the off-season.
Because the most popular time to throw a wedding is Memorial Day to Labor Day, venues may offer discounts to brides and grooms who consider to get married during the off-season.
7. Have an all-inclusive destination wedding.
Although these locations will most likely cost your wedding guests slightly more, your wedding costs will decrease. All-inclusive resorts might possibly throw in extras based on number of guests and include dinner and drinks.