2 Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue That Won't Kill Your Budget


Your wedding day will be one of the most cherished days in your life as well as being one of the most expensive. Many couples struggle to save the money to pay for the wedding venues, food, beverages, dresses, and the honeymoon. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money on the venue and still have a beautiful wedding that will make your friends happy and jealous at the same time. If you are getting married and don't have much money, here are two tips on choosing the right venue for your budget.

Rent Local Halls

Many local volunteer fire companies, churches, and other community-based organizations rent out their banquet rooms at a fraction of the cost of renting one at a hotel or professional banquet hall. A local community-based banquet room can cost as low as $75.00 per hour or less. If you are planning on using the room for five hours, the total cost to rent it would be $375.00. A study done in Atlanta showed that renting a hotel or professional banquet hall can cost anywhere from $2,083 to $73,014. Even a low-cost banquet hall can cost up to 7-8 times more than a local community-based venue.

In addition, if you have a family member or a close friend who belongs to the community-based organization, you might be able to get the banquet room for free or at a significant discount.

Ask Guests to Participate in "Bring Your Own Food & Beverages"

The average cost to cater a wedding reception for 150 people is now $12,790 or roughly $85.00 per person. If you want to save money on this cost, you will need to pick a venue where you can bring your own food and beverages (BYOFB). You also want to pick a venue that allows you to have access to a commercially equipped kitchen where you can cook, warm up, and serve the food.

One way to lower the cost of the wedding reception is to have guests bring a couple of trays of their favorite dish that can be passed around, but you'll need a venue to keep the food safe and warm (if it needs heating) until you are ready to serve dinner.

You should also bring your own beverages and ask a friend or sibling to serve them. The average cost for an open bar at a wedding reception is $16.50 per person. If you are going to have 150 people, the total cost will be $2,475 (not including gratuities). You can lower this cost drastically by buying domestic beer, local wines, and soda pop for the kids.

If you are having trouble affording your wedding, you should make sure you take the time to choose the right venue for your reception that will allow you to lower your costs while still having a good time. For more tips, contact venue options like Rainbow Gardens.


23 November 2016

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