Special to OneWed by Gabi Gesch from BravoBride.com
If you are planning a wedding
, then you know how stressful it can be to pick a location for your ceremony and reception. There are many factors that go into deciding where to celebrate your joyous occasion, and one of the biggest factors for couples today is price. Everyone wants to have their wedding day be magical, but you don’t have to break the bank on a venue
to achieve that wish. Here are five affordable locations that you should consider when planning your wedding.
1. Backyard Venue
Whether your family owns a farm or you have a friend with a beautiful and spacious back yard, utilizing property you own or can rent for a low cost is always a great idea. Back yard weddings can take on any atmosphere you want since you have the ultimate control of how to decorate and what to serve. Research nearby caterers, rental companies and any other wedding vendors
you may need by asking family and friends who live in the area. They may have great connections and suggestions for you use.
2. Picturesque Parks
If you don’t have your own property to utilize, look into community or national parks. Contact park administrative offices to find out more details about each park you look into. Some local parks allow weddings for little to no rental fees but do require permits if off site supplies, such as toilets, chairs and tables, need to be brought onto the property. National park fees range higher and may have more restrictions depending on where you go.
3. Community Center
Local community centers will range in price from city to city, but they are still far less expensive than going to a formal event center and ensure a roof over your head. Look into community centers where you live to find out details about price, packages and restrictions, such as alcohol use.
4. Church or Temple
Planning a wedding myself, I contacted my church to look into the details of getting married there. I found that because I was a member of the congregation that there would be no rental fee to use the chapel or, if I wanted, to use the social hall and kitchen. Of course we would have to provide our own food, décor and staff, but the overall costs would be much lower than that of many other locations. We would also make a charitable donation out of respect and to offer gratitude. Look into what your church or temple offers or research what they charge to someone who is not a member of the congregation.
Just like a park, beaches are for the community to utilize and come together. Contact your city or county administrative offices to find out the details of having your wedding at a city or country beach. Whether it’s along the coast or on a lake, beach weddings
are romantic, fun and usually inexpensive.
Planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive if you let it be. Remember to take advantage of what your community, friends and family have to offer you during this time of planning. No matter where your wedding is or how much you spend on the venue, it is a day of celebration with those closest to you recognizing your marriage to the one you love the most. Happy planning!