This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #31:
Choose a non-traditional venue to save money! Think parks, libraries, zoos, etc!
When it comes to choosing your wedding venue, consider some out-of-the-box options. A non-traditional venue could be anything that doesn't have staff, rentals, fees, or plans for events. Think of places that maybe wouldn't normally be considered for weddings as a possibility. Some good options are public parks, libraries, zoos, union halls, or the steps of a beautiful public building.
Deciding to hold your wedding at a non-traditional location definitely has its pros and cons. The pros include being able to create something unique, typically with a little more freedom and often less cost than an official event space. Cons would possibly include no dedicated staff to help you with things and having to start with a blank slate, meaning you'd have to bring in all your own rentals, staff, etc.
Other benefits of choosing a non-traditional wedding venue are getting to choose your own vendors without being limited to a preferred vendor list. You could choose to work with caterers and pick food offerings that really suit your tastes as a couple for a more unique and personalized experience. Some other possible struggles would be needing to apply for permits or permissions to use certain areas and obtaining an event insurance policy.
If you're working with a blank slate venue, I would most definitely recommend adding at least a day-of coordinator to your list of must-haves. Being able to pass along some of your major workload onto someone else will allow you to still have a great event without having to stress over things yourself. Overall you should consider all your expenses involved with either option, as well as the level of work and commitment it might take to pull off an event at a location that isn't typically used for weddings.
So tell us:
are you considering non-traditional venues for your big day?
Leave a comment below and let us know!
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