Creative ideas: planteriums, art galleries, libraries, smaller museums, breweries, etc.... several of these places may do 'event rentals' but aren't considered a 'wedding venue.' Usually that means no preferred or required caterer, more built-in decor and lower costs.
Just be careful, you have to do more legwork of your side instead so you have to watch your wallet more closely around rentals.
I would check local community centers. We're going with the one we actually met at back in 1985!! it's a sentimental choice yes, but also a VERY AFFORDABLE one! It's $275. We are able to bring our own food and drinks in, tables and chairs are provided. It's also connected to a park for some beautiful fall pictures. I would definitely check into that
Google was my friend and I found a free chapel. Also look into parks and elopement sites that usually have venue ideas.
Keep your guest list microsopic... Like 10 friends and family each.... Micro weddings are best on a tiny budget because cake, chairs, tables, space needed and food are what drive up the cost. Beyond 20-30 people it starts to cost more like $400 a person in my area.
Also consider renting someone else's house on hometogo or VRBO. You can find a space that has a table for 20 and has a beautiful backyard or fireplace and have the ceremony there. Just make sure you say you are having a wedding there.
State and county parks and rec. Lots of beautiful buildings which usually include tables and chairs and you can bring your own alcohol or apply for a permit to do so. They don't (or at least my area doesn't) charge a ceremony site fee and there are no taxes or service fees. Yes you'll have to do a lot more decorations and hire catering but there is freedom in that too. A lot of times it's cheaper to buy tablecloths rather than rent them. Like 5-12 dollars per table less or see what rentals can be provided through your caterer.
Not sure about your area but restaurants are a good place to marry, includes food, drink, staff, chairs and tables, drinkware and servingware, some decor. I'm biased cause we got married at a restaurant and even though our spot wasn't particularly cheap, it accounted for things that are a headache to deal with. We just showed up with florals, photographer, dj, and little decor. BBQs are very budget, also food trucks depending on your area.
I definitely recommend a state park! The one I selected had multiple options for every budget with the cheapest being less than $500. I chose the most expensive option which was still only $2100 - comes with tables, chairs, indoor & outdoor areas, & even a tent!!!
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