Being a company that sells wedding sparklers and other fun novelty items, we are in a unique position to understand the importance finding ways to save on certain aspects of a wedding such as the venue. Since many people don’t buy items unless they are important or they have extra room in their budget, things like sparklers are often an afterthought and take a backseat to items of more importance. However, by budgeting correctly and knowing a few tricks so save money on your wedding venue, you can have enough room in your budget to splurge on small items and favors that really make the day more fun for everyone involved. After all, that is the key to having the fairy-tale wedding of your dreams!
Choosing Your Venue
Your wedding venue is likely to be one of the most expensive parts of your wedding. Large halls can be incredibly expensive, especially if you book it out during a busy time of year or in a wedding “hotpot”. However, if you plan carefully and have a bit of flexibility, there are a few ways to save money when booking your wedding venue.
First off, try to plan your wedding outside of peak season. The more people who are interest in booking your venue on a particular day, the more expensive it is going to be. By choosing a time that fewer brides will be interested in your venue of choice, you can usually get a better price. The other perk with this is that there is likely to be fewer weddings going on at that time of year, which means you can expect higher attendance from your friends and family because they won’t have any scheduling conflicts.
Another thing you may want to consider is having your ceremony at a public facility. Most towns and cities have community centers, public parks, or public beaches that can be rented out for much less than commercial wedding venues. You obviously don’t want compromise and have to settle for a sub-par venue, but there’s no need to impress your guests, either. Many public facilities are perfectly suited for weddings and are available at a fraction of the cost.
Separate the Ceremony from the Reception
Becoming more common, many couples are choosing to have fewer guest at their ceremony compared to their reception and separating the two events. By having a smaller and more intimate ceremony, you can rent out a much smaller venue and pay a lot less for the lease. Then, for the reception, you can find a larger room that will accommodate all of the guests you want to join in the celebration. This can save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars because there are typically more options for reception venues if you don’t need a ceremony location onsite. Pretty much anywhere with enough space to accommodate your guest list can work for a reception hall, but a wedding ceremony usually requires more specific features that often cost extra.