The 5 Most effective ways to cut your Wedding Venue Cost
The average cost for a wedding venue is $14,000!
Now I wish I was joking when I say that but unfortunately I’m not. We’ll go over 5 of the most effective ways to cut your wedding venue cost, that could potentially save you thousands of dollars!
1. Pick an off-peak date
There are certain times of the year that are far more popular than others for a wedding date. Find out the most popular ones by looking up WeddingWire’s wedding date calendar. If there’s more demand for a specific date, you’ll usually pay a more for a venue. You could save a big chunk of money by choosing a less popular month, such as January or February.
2. Skip the Saturday wedding
Saturday is the most popular day for weddings, but it’s also generally the most expensive day to get married, for that reason. You can likely save some money by reserving your venue for a Sunday or even a weekday.
3. Negotiate unexpected costs
Lots of unexpected expenses can pop up during planning, including cake-cutting and corkage fees or power for your DJ and a photo booth. You don’t have to accept them unquestioningly. If a cost seems unreasonable, respectfully request to have it removed.
4. Use the venue's resources
Ask each venue what’s included in the rental fee. Some will include items such as tables, chairs or linens, which can translate into hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in savings. Beware of upcharges for higher-quality items. If you opt for a DIY venue or a backyard wedding, you’ll likely have to buy or rent everything from flatware to serving dishes to lighting.
5. Try a nontraditional venue
A restaurant. A brewery. A vacation house.A winery. These are all possible wedding venues. Picking a spot that doesn’t usually cater to weddings can help you save money — and give your wedding a unique feeling.
Restaurants, for example, typically don’t charge a venue fee. Instead, you pay for the food (and maybe the booze). Pick one with stellar decor and you can shave that cost off your budget, as well.
Make sure the venue is equipped to handle a large event, and don’t forget to factor in rental fees for things such as tents, lighting or bathrooms, if necessary.