How to save on a venue without sacrificing style
We know there is a ton of information online with ways to save. But it can be information overload so we create our own favorite list with creative ways to save on your wedding without sacrificing on style and elegance. We took 2 of the top expenses for an average wedding and provided actual cost cutting ideas for how you can save on your wedding. But keep in mind that you have to have an open mind if you’re prepared to cut costs. Also be conscious of where you’re getting married. If you’re absolutely set on a rustic farm style wedding but your location is in a city like Chicago you’ll have a harder time finding something. So the best way to keep costs down is to take advantage of the local surroundings. In metropolitan cities like Chicago or New York you’ll probably have an easier time finding art galleries and community centers that are vintage or have some historical flair to them. In places like the L.A., Austin, New Orleans, etc you’ll have a much easier time finding local farms, gardens and places off the beaten path where they may be more affordable than large hotels or event spaces.
#1 Venue/ Catering
This is one is the largest chunk of the wedding budget pie and saving here all depends on the rules of your chosen venue and the caterer. Some places come with an attached caterer and some allow you to bring your own so make sure to check before you sign a venue.
This Brooklyn Loft photographed above is elegant and chic. A perfect example of how choosing the right venue with it’s own charm and flair can save you on other decor costs.
2. Keep guest list to 150 or below- In order to keep costs down and have more freedom with venue selection the guest list should be kept at under 175. Anything more than that it will be difficult to find off the beaten path venues that can accomodate larger parties.
3. Check your local schools or Universities and bonus for you if you or a family member is an alumni you’ll receive better pricing.
4. Don’t do sit down this will give you more options for venues and will cut costs. Have tables and chairs set up casually and decoratively but not a formal sit down. You can get really creative with this one and incorporate all types of seating arrangements.
Just remember rules are meant to be broken. And when it comes to weddings and the price it costs to have one these days, it’s about time we started breaking the rules.
Here are some location ideas in areas across the U.S.
Ceremony in Central- http://www.centralpark.com/guide/weddings.html
(Prospect Park photographed above)
The ultimate romantic spot- Getting married on or at the Bottom of the Brooklyn Bridge as seen in this photo. Your guests can be by your side and then you can have
This link gives you a list with all the links nationwide by state
Brooklyn Winery - http://bkwinery.com/new-york-wedding-venues
Bridgeport Arts Center- http://bridgeportart.com/special-event-venue-weddings-chicago/
Ivy Room Chicago at Tree Studio- http://www.ivyroomchicago.com/
St. Michael’s in Old Town-
It’s so beautiful with the stained glass that all you need are some candles to set the mood.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Adding too many flowers here would actually take away from the captivating beauty of the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop
Rancho Del Cielo http://www.ranchodelcielomalibu.com/
Who needs expensive floral arrangements when your wedding takes place in this breath taking natural environment. Just a touch of floral and some lights and let nature do the rest.
Now that you’ve found a wonderful venue one of the next largest wedding expenses is the Photographer/Videographer. But don’t fret there are many creative ways to cut costs on photography and still capture your weddings most precious moments. Check back with us Thursday May 16th for a follow up to our series on being savvy and saving with your wedding planning.