Everybody wants a beautiful setting for their special day but you don’t have to break the bank to have that fairy-tale wedding venue. Creative solutions include outdoor weddings, such as at a city park, or a state park. Many such rentals average around $100/day, though will likely require each car to pay the standard fees for entry into the park. Also keep in mind that while a venue may be complimentary, such as in a hotel, they require a minimum purchase of food and beverage which will raise your bill to above $100/person. Instead, search for venues that allow for more flexible options. Art galleries and other unique venues can be a creative solution.
If you have a little flexibility in your scheduling (unlike people who had to get married on 11/11/11) then you can save a significant amount of money on your venue and catering. Popular wedding venues often charge 50% less when booking on Friday or Sunday. The reason for this is because Americans typically want to get married on a Saturday so the venues surge pricing on those days while hustling to fill the other days. Plus, if you’re a #VEBOcouple then you’re not one to fall into the crowd, so book that Friday wedding and enjoy a stress-free, post-wedding weekend.
We challenge you to think of a wedding meal that truly was memorable (in a good way). It just doesn’t happen! No one walks away from a wedding saying “wow, that was a delicious meal; it was definitely worth the $130 per person they spent.” There are a few assumed rules here that you must overcome. First, you don’t have to include food. You just don’t, it’s a party and if you tell people in the invitations that food will not be served then they will adjust accordingly. Second, if you include food, it doesn’t have to be a plated meal. Consider hiring food trucks or setting up various stations. A food bar sponsored by Chipotle would be epic and you can bet your guests will be very happy, especially if you fork up the cash for $1.95 guacamole. Just remind yourself that this special day isn't special because of the food offerings; your friends and family already know that.
With the month of May upon us wedding season is creeping up quickly but it’s not too late to save a few bucks on your wedding; and maybe put that towards a European honeymoon…