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Money Saving Venue Secrets

January 30, 2024


Filed In | Wedding Tip

Several factors can contribute to making a wedding venue more affordable. Certainly, saving money on a wedding venue is a common goal for many couples. Whether your wedding budget is $10,000 or $100,000, if you save money on your venue you’ll have more to spend on other vendors. Here are some tips to consider:


Choose an off-peak or off-season date for your wedding. Venues often offer lower prices during weekdays, winter, or months with less demand.

weekday wedding

Weekday weddings are generally more affordable than those held on weekends because demand is lower.

day & time

Opt for a daytime wedding or a brunch instead of an evening event. Breakfast and lunch menus tend to be less expensive than dinner options.

non-traditional venue

Consider non-traditional venues, such as parks, community centers, city halls/banquet rooms, women’s clubs, community clubhouse, or even private residences. These may have lower rental fees compared to dedicated wedding venues. They usually don’t market on wedding sites so you will have to search online per city.


Look for venues that offer all-inclusive packages. These often bundle various services like catering, decorations, and rentals, providing cost savings compared to booking each service separately.

diy decor

Choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own decorations. DIY decor can be cost-effective and adds a personal touch to your wedding.

limit guest count

The number of guests directly affects the overall cost. Consider having a more intimate gathering to keep costs down. Even luxurious wedding venues have smaller spaces that becomes more affordable when you have a smaller guest count.

b y o b

Some venues allow you to bring your own alcohol, which can significantly cut costs compared to purchasing a package from the venue.


Don’t hesitate to negotiate with the venue. Ask if they can offer any discounts or if there are ways to customize packages to better suit your budget.

flexible timing

Some venues may have different rates depending on the time of day. Being flexible with your timing can help you find a more affordable option.

public spaces

Public spaces like beaches, parks, promenades, or gardens may have lower rental fees than private venues. However, be aware of any permit requirements.

hire your own caterer

Venues with in-house catering can often be more expensive than ones that allow you to hire your own caterer. If you are set on having food catered from a restaurant you love, you have the option of hiring staff to set up, serve, and clean.

minimal decor

Choose a venue with natural beauty or architectural charm to minimize the need for elaborate decorations.

Remember to carefully read contracts and ask about any potential hidden fees before finalizing your decision. Consider working with a wedding planner since they usually have a database with pricing of venues that don’t normally advertise. Overall, it’s essential to balance your budget with your vision for the wedding day.

Photo | Alee Gleiberman Photography (image of Miami Beach Wedding)

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