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Venue ideas

Megan/Justin, on May 31, 2019 at 2:34 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 11
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My fiancé and I are trying to keep our wedding as low cost as we can. Does anyone have ideas on how to find a venue for cheap or even free venue ideas?


  • Nikita
    VIP April 2019
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    Free venue ideas: friends/families with backyards

    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.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
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    I have been seeing people use airbnbs because some have nice yards. however, that's only really for a small wedding.

    if you have a larger wedding then maybe consider community centers [or something by the city that can be tax deductible]. i was fortunate enough to be a part of a church that had a very very low fee.

    also, ask around to see if your family and friends have any connections or hookups to anywhere!

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  • Lauren
    Super September 2019
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    Parks are usually low cost, you may need a permit. Not always clean (bathrooms) and your ceremony/reception won't be private. (You'll have looky-loos in your photos)

    But like Nikita said with the addition of rentals (chairs, tables, linens, etc) the price can jump dramatically. Think $5/chair, $20/table, $10-65/tablecloth.

    Check with your local community centers, they may have a rental fee but it might include tables and chairs.

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  • Laura
    Rockstar October 2019
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    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

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  • Courtney
    Rockstar December 2019
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    Look into state or local parks. Not sure what it's like where you are, but here in MD many will give discounts to residents if they're in the same town/county, etc.

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
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    If you attend church, they might let you use the facilities for a very low cost!

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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    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.
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  • D
    Super July 2020
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    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.
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  • Cayla
    Dedicated August 2020
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    Local parks!
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  • Jeanelle
    Super September 2018
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    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.
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  • Ruby
    Dedicated October 2019
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    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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