There are statistics that states that the average cost of wedding in the United states is about 20,000 USD, but not everyone can afford that and you should not let these numbers deter you. There are some innovative techniques that could be implemented on a tight budget wedding.
Below are a few wedding venue tips and ideas for a ceremony and reception
Getting married on Saturdays have become a tradition, because it is the most convenient day of the week and what almost everyone is used to. This makes Saturdays heavily booked and with high demands, booking your preferred venue on Saturday will cost you more than any other day of the week. You could get up to 50% discount booking a venue for your wedding on Fridays or any other odd day of the week.
It is best to choose just one venue for both ceremony and reception and with many locations having the ability to do both, this should be a breeze. Many churches have halls that could be used for such events, or you can get married at the front porch and host the ceremony in the barn or backyard. On the plus side guests would prefer not to drive from ceremony to reception, less stress looking for another venue, or hitching rides with other guests.
Location, location, location
Courthouses: In some states, hosting a wedding ceremony at the courthouse is free and when it is not, it is usually less than a 100 USD.
At Home: This is a potential venue that can and could host your ceremony and reception for a low cost or even for free. It may be your parents’ home or that of a close friend or neighbor. The backyard, front porch, barn, ranch, or open grass plains could either be used. This ambience gives a rustic feel to the wedding scenery. Though you might still have to rent tables and chairs.
Parks and beaches: another potentially free to very low cost wedding venue. First you must get a permit to use such spaces so as not to run into legal trouble during your event. Theses spaces include city, state, and national parks, beaches, gardens, and so on.
Try and explore different venues and use the information from the offers you get to your advantage. Try not mentioning the event you wish to host is a wedding before seeing the price quotation, because prices normally get jacked up for weddings. Ask if you can get a discount if you make full payment for the booked venue. Try and get a contract for reimbursement in case something goes wrong.
A wedding in February is going to be a lot cheaper than one in June or July. Summer is always the season for weddings as it is a very convenient time of the year for many people, added with nice weather conditions increases the demand and cost for venues, but during the off-season prices event spaces tend to become cheaper or discounted.