Clever ways to keep your wedding venue costs down

Let’s be honest; your wedding venue is the most important aspect of your big day. It’s the venue that you will always hold dear, it’s the venue that will always mean something to you and your new husband or wife, and it’s the venue that will show off every other aspect of your wedding planning – from your decorations, to your flowers, to your dress, to your music choice. It’s kind of a big deal. Nowadays, the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Do you fancy tying the knot in a teepee? You go for it. Always wanted to get married in a luxurious country estate? Get your wellies out. Want to keep it traditional and get married in a hotel? Get ready to check in! If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, check out these clever ways to keep your wedding venue costs down.

Choose the right time

If you’ve chosen the perfect wedding venue for you and your fiancé, you’ve next gotta check out their availability, and intermingle your own requirements with their event diary. However, if you want to save money on a wedding venue, there are certain times of the year that will give you the cheapest deal. Booking your wedding outside of peak wedding season (i.e. the autumn and winter months) and during the week will give you the cheapest deal, as many venues offer discounted rates during these periods. This is because most people choose to get married in the summer and at the weekend. To fill their venue, these places will reduce prices for those who are more flexible. This is one of the best ways to keep those wedding venue costs down.

Don’t be exclusive

Of course, you need to be exclusive in your relationship – but when it comes to booking your budget wedding venue, exclusivity is something you need to get rid of. If you are choosing to get married in a hotel or a large venue that can house two or more weddings at a time, you do have the chance to pay a little more to have the whole venue exclusively for you and your guests. Yet, if you ditch the exclusivity and allow the other wedding to go on at the same time, you’ll be able to hire your venue for a reduced price. Don’t worry, though; you won’t be intermingling with each other. The hotel will ensure that your two events are kept separate at all times. Phew.

Stay in one place

Sometimes, one venue just isn’t enough, and you fall in love with two separate venues – one to house your wedding ceremony and your wows, and the other to house your reception and your late-night shenanigans. However, this will double your costs from the get-go, which will further increase when you think about getting from one location to the next, as well as potentially transporting your guests from one venue to the other. By finding a venue that will serve as your ceremony and reception venue, you will be able to stay in one place and pay a one-off price.

Get creative with your food

We all know that food is one of the greatest additions to any wedding day, and it can often be easy to get sucked into a package with your venue that includes both food and drink. However, it’s best to investigate these prices before signing on the dotted line. If you want to save money, you can get creative with your food. Instead of paying out for a 3-course wedding breakfast with the venue themselves, fill your guests’ bellies with an independent company who can offer a large buffet or even fancy BBQ food. Want another hack for saving money on wedding food? Use your cake as your dessert course!

Wedding venues will automatically be the most expensive item on your wedding planning list – but that doesn’t mean you have to pay the earth for it! Instead, take advantage of these clever ways to keep your wedding venue costs down.

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