Cheaper but Better Places for Weddings!!!


Weddings can be expensive, but the location doesn’t have to be.

The average wedding costs about $27,800, according to a recent study by TheKnot.com. That includes everything: the dress, catering, photographer and — one of the largest expenses – the venue.

A poll found people paid anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 for their wedding spots, and that’s not even on the high end of possibilities. But you don’t need to spend nearly that much.

Let’s hash out a full list of beautiful, memorable and inexpensive wedding spots.

1. Local, state and national parks

If you want an outdoor wedding, check out your local parks. They might have a pretty gazebo or a beautiful pond perfect for wedding snapshots. If you find a spot you like, contact your local parks department about permits and rules; most have them.

Many state and national parks also allow weddings. For example, the National Park Service says the fee for a permit to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado costs $150. How cool would it be to get married with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop? You can find information on more than 400 national parks at the National Park Foundation website.

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2. Beaches – Destination Weddings

Public beaches are a cheap alternative to the private beaches owned by hotel chains. If possible destination weddings can cost much less then a US wedding.  For folks on the East Coast, the Carribean can provide unmatched locations, especially the beaches.

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3. University campuses

Universities have churches, ballrooms and reception centers they usually rent out for special events like weddings. They’re available to the public, and many can accommodate wedding parties of 100 or more. They’re often cheaper than other spots. For example, the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus charges $750 for a party room and $1,200 for a ballroom.

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4. Libraries

The book worm in me loves the idea of getting married in between the “Mystery Fiction” and “Science Fiction” aisles, but even if you don’t love the idea of books in your wedding photos, school and public libraries still have something to offer: reception halls. Many have banquet and meeting rooms and because they’re not always booked, as it were, you’ll get a deal.

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5. Backyards

Want to save 100 percent on the cost of your wedding venue? Why not walk down the aisle in your own backyard? Host your own wedding and you’ll have total control of everything. Just make sure your city doesn’t require permits for large outdoor weddings before the big day.

Don’t have the space? Ask a friend if you can borrow their yard for the evening.

6. Historic sites

With a choice of turn-of-the-century homes, art deco buildings, Southern plantations and more, you might find your ideal wedding venue at a historic site. Many of these locations let you rent out the entire space. Need some inspiration? Check out the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places database.

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7. Restaurants

If you’re planning a smaller wedding, you might find a great deal at a local restaurant. Many have banquet or private rooms you can book for the evening. Some spots may also let you host your wedding while the restaurant is closed, providing more privacy.

8. Bed and breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts can be a cheaper alternative for destination weddings. Out-of-town guests may be able to rent a room right there. Check out BnBFinder.com for a database of B&Bs.

9. Museums

Your local art museum probably boasts high ceilings, ornate woodwork, giant chandeliers and other decor that would look great in your wedding photos. Artcyclopedia has a database of art museums by state.

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10. Botanical gardens

Botanical gardens are typically owned by cities or nonprofit organizations, so they often have great rates. For example, the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia has both indoor and outdoor event venues. Outdoor venues cost $900 to $1,150. Indoor venues cost $1,000 to $4,500.

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Courtesy of Angela Colley.

 

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