Wedding Budget Tip #32: Venues That Accommodate Ceremony and Reception

This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. Today we're talking about how a dual-purpose venue can save you money on your wedding.

Wedding Budget Tip #32: Choose a Location where you can hold both the ceremony and reception.

Wedding Budget Tip #32:

Choose a dual-purpose venue: aka a location where you can hold both the ceremony and reception!

When it comes to choosing your wedding venue, consider finding a location where you can hold both the ceremony and the reception. This concept is often referred to as a dual-purpose venue. By choosing one place that serves to accommodate both aspects of your day, you'll save yourself from having to pay two different venue fees.

Examples of dual-purpose wedding venues

You could get married at your church and have the reception in their dining hall or gym. Find an event center that has an outdoor area for your ceremony and indoor space for your reception. Book a historic inn with a garden area for your ceremony as well as various rooms indoors for the reception. Or book a hotel with a ballroom space that can be transformed for the ceremony and reception during cocktail hour. Rent an empty warehouse space that is large enough to accommodate both the ceremony and reception under one roof! There are many different varieties of venues that serve dual-purposes.

A dual-purpose venue can save you money

Booking separate venues for your wedding ceremony and reception could end up costing you more money in the long run. Two venues will likely lead to increased costs in the form of multiple venue fees, decorations or rentals for two separate sites, as well as transportation between the two locations. By choosing a venue that pulls double duty, you'll avoid the extra expense of an added venue fee, not to mention rentals for both locations.

How to find a dual-purpose wedding venue

You could check out the standard wedding venue resources such as Wedding Wire or The Knot, but you may find that their listings tend to skew on the pricier side. If you want to find an affordable dual-purpose venue, check out some alternative resources like Peerspace or Splacer. You could also consider booking a vacation rental via VRBO or Airbnb.

So tell us: are you booking a venue that can pull double-duty for your big day?

Leave a comment below and let us know!


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