By shifting your perspective just a little, you'll find that there is a plethora of amazing and affordable wedding venue alternatives. The most affordable wedding venues have likely been right under your nose the whole time. As a Professional Wedding Minister and Celebrant, I have officiated hundreds of weddings in just about every type of venue setting you could imagine. Here are a few of my best budget friendly favorites.
Affordable Wedding Venue Ideas
Your home, or the home of a friend or relative, a park or a community center. Getting creative and looking beyond expensive banquet halls, hotel ballrooms and commercial venues is the key to not only big savings, but also the way to some of the most lovely and personal wedding expressions ever.
Forget $5,000 wedding venues, couples are looking for the $500 and under venue.
The backyard wedding reception is by far the most budget-friendly wedding reception location because the venue is free. It doesn't get any more affordable than that! Dig up those twinkling white Christmas lights, that everyone has on hand, to place in the trees, add some festive table cloths for the and mason jars of flowers, light the grill, roll in the keg and bingo...you have an amazing country theme wedding. The backyard wedding reception is perfect choice for couples who are close and comfortable with their friends and family and want to celebrate with them in a home that everyone has fond memories of.
Having a wedding reception in a local park typically only costs whatever permit fees are required, which are normally very minimal. Decorating picnic pavilions won't take much more than a bit of creativity. Simply add some tulle to frame the posts like curtains with pipe cleaners, add a couple of topiaries with tulle bows in the corners and budget-minded couples will have a created a lovely look. With the many park options in South Central Kansas, you are sure to find one that fits your fancy perfectly. After the ceremony have a small cookout, or with the all the money you have just saved, go ahead and order ribs to be delivered and all the trimmings. A park wedding reception is perfect for laid back couples who have small children and who also have a lot of friends with children who can use the playground equipment. Some parks provide cabins and gathering halls near ponds and lakes for a small fee.
Holding a reception in a barn is a fun idea for couples on a budget. Most small local farmers are struggling to make it in this economy and would be willing to rent their barn out for a couple hundred dollars. Autumn themed weddings are perfect for Barn Wedding Venues, simply throw plywood up on sawhorses, use bales of hay for seating and cover the venue with leaves, gourds and pumpkins. This reception style is perfect for a hog roast or barbecue and lots of down-home food. The barn reception is a perfect match for couples who live a rural lifestyle and feel comfortable down on the farm.