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 access all the wedding budget tips on a single 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.
Pros and Cons of non-traditional wedding venues
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.
The benefits of booking a non-traditional venue for your wedding
There are many benefits to choosing a non-traditional venue for your wedding. One of the biggest advantages is being able to choose your own vendors without being limited to a preferred vendor list. You'll get to choose caterers or pick food offerings that really suit your tastes as a couple. Having the ability to choose elements that reflect your tastes allows for a more unique and personalized experience.
The challenges of non-traditional wedding venues
Choosing a non-traditional venue isn't always the easiest option for a wedding. Some possible struggles include 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, we recommend hiring a day-of coordinator. You'll be grateful to pass along some of your workload onto someone else. It will allow you to enjoy the experience of your wedding day without having to stress over setup or other details.
You should consider all expenses involved with either option. Planning a wedding at a location that isn't typically used for events is no small task. Make sure you're up for the level of work and commitment it might take to pull it off.
So tell us: are you considering non-traditional venues for your big day?
Leave a comment below and let us know!