In days of old, reception halls and hotel ballrooms were the most popular locations for wedding receptions. For today’s budget-conscious bride there are so many more options, many which may surprise your guests (in a good way). Any area with a large enough space–from those advertised as wedding-friendly to eclectic “non-wedding” locations–is a contender.
Not all choices will end up costing less; the secret is being able to recognize the bargains. Those non-wedding locations will tend to be cheaper or free to rent, but also know many times they will require additional costs others do not. When looking at these, factor in the cost to make them event ready such as Porta Potties, tables and chairs, tents, electric generators, insurance, permits, security, extra vendor fees (for additional equipment and set up), and any other rentals you may not need at a full service location. This way you can more easily compare the total cost between your different options. Also, if possible, do an informal walk through of preparing the event, focusing on the services you need for each stage (electrical outlets, sink with water, refrigeration, etc.) and noting if the venue is already equipped.
Now that you prepared to compare, what are your different options? Here, as listed in the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook, are 76 ideas:
Places With Significant Meaning to You
Your wedding is one of the most personal events in your lives as a couple. Infuse it with even more meaning by choosing a location with special meaning to you.
1. Movie theater
3. Where you met
Your own home or that of family or a friend may be the perfect solution for your wedding. There is no cost to rent! Here are some options.
|4. Back yard
|8. Vacation or second home|
|Also, consider renting a privately owned location. Sometimes the owner may do already do this. Others may need to
be approached with the idea. In addition to the above, consider these.
10. Mansion or Estate
|11. Rooftop of large building||12. Yacht|
Hobby Related Places
What better way to highlight your hobby than having the reception at a related location?
|13. Airplane hanger
14. Art studio
15. Baseball stadium
16. Bowling alley
|19. Golf course
22. Horse stables
23. Hunting cabin
24. Motorcycle dealership
|25. Photography studio
26. Pool hall
27. Race track
28. Ski lodge
29. Tennis court
Some of the most interesting place to have a wedding were crafted by nature. Here are some considerations.
|30. Canyon or valley
|32. Lake or river shore
|34. Natural landmark
35. Woods or forest
Business Owned Locations
Certain businesses can provide an interesting back drop for a wedding and will welcome the extra business of a private event.
|36. Amusement park
38. Company office
39. Concert hall
43. Retreat center
Government Owned Facilities
City, county, or federal facilities are often able to rent out space for private events. Explore these possibilities.
|48. City hall
49. Community center
50. Current federal or city building
|51. Forest preserve
53. National, state, city, or county park
|54. Public gardens
55. Restored federal or city building
Membership DOES have its privileges, so if you belong to a club, went to college, or work in a specialized profession, consider these.
57. Club house
58. Fraternal organization meeting place
|59. Fire station
60. Police station
61. Sorority or fraternity house
|62. Union hall
64. Veteran’s hall
By choosing a venue with a lot of innate visual appeal you not only save money on decorations, but add more interesting photo opportunities as well
66. Art gallery
68. Botanical Garden
72. Historical site (National Registry of Historic Places is here)
|73. Manmade landmark
74. Museum–art, history, science
75. Old cathedral