Many couples will assume that the key to finding cheap wedding venues is to pick somewhere out of the way, perhaps a little dated, that offers little in the way of comfort and style. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone can save cash on their wedding reception venue and this article outlines the tips and tricks to help you save money and track down some cheap wedding venues.
We all know how expensive weddings can be, and the reception venue normally accounts for a large proportion of the costs. With this in mind, if there's anywhere you want to try and save money, it's here. So without further ado, allow us let you in on a few trade secrets that could help you do identify some cheap wedding venues.
Book A Midweek Wedding
Firstly consider having your wedding on a weekday. Sometimes even weddings on Fridays induce savings that would have not been available on a Saturday wedding.
As well as benefitting from potential lower costs from the venue, you are likely to find booking your exact requirements with other suppliers (florists, transport, entertainment, etc) much easier, and potentially cheaper, to achieve as well.
Whilst a medweek wedding can cut costs, you should bear in mind that there are also a few potential pitfalls. Keep in mind that many of your guests may need to take a day off work in order to attend, and for some professions (such as teachers) this may be very difficult.
Hold the Wedding in the 'Off Season'
If you are keen on the benefits a weekday wedding brings but just can’t be swayed away from a Saturday then ask your chosen venue about discounts for weddings out of season.
Some venues will be quite happy to negotiate on costs for weddings which take place from November to February (sometimes extended to include October and March). If you think about it from the venues point of view, it is always better to be holding some function rather than none at all!
Have a Late Ceremony
If you are dreaming of a Saturday wedding in mid-August you can still make some savings - but you will have to compromise a little.
Rather than having an 11am service followed by a Reception that flows from midday till midnight, go for a mid-afternoon service followed by a late afternoon reception. The later you sart your reception, the more chance there is of just having one meal rather than the traditional wedding breakfast followed by evening buffet.
Keep the Numbers Down
For maximum savings hold an afternoon event as described above but keep it small and intimate for immediate family and close friends only.
After a long luxurious and relaxing meal, you can spend time chatting over drinks with your loved ones and really relish in the significance of the day.
Don’t think however that this would be at the expense of celebrating with your wider group friends and family. Take a leaf out of the books of those who marry abroad and celebrate ‘big-style’ on return from honeymoon. If you do this in a function room of a club, pub or less exclusive hotel, you could make great savings on holding everything on one day in one exclusive venue.
If any reader has any other tips they think others would benefit from knowing about, then why not drop us an e-mail and let us know.
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