Tips For Choosing a Wedding Venue on a Budget | Guest Post by Simply Bridal

January 21, 2014  •  1 Comment

I'm excited to share today's guest post from Kristine of Simply Bridal.  Kristine has shared some guidelines that engaged couples can use when choosing a wedding venue.  There are lots of great ideas to consider so all of you newly engaged couples -- take some notes!

Tips For Choosing a Wedding Venue On a Budget

Choosing a venue is one of the most important steps when planning a wedding, and it also incurs a huge cost. On average, couple’s spend up to 47% of their entire wedding budget on their wedding venue (this usually includes their cake, meals and bar tab as well). So, before you go and fall in love with a space, make sure that you follow these guidelines to help you consider your budget when finding a wedding venue.

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                                    Photo credit:  Papered Heart Photography

Ask To See the Contract

While you won’t be able to see your name on the dotted line, you will be able to see a mock-up of what that contract will look like while you’re viewing the space. In contracts, all of the prices are laid in black and white – that way, there will be no surprises. If there are any hidden fees, this is where you will find them.

 

Don’t Give In To Saturday Night Fever

If you’re on a tight budget, you can book your venue on a Friday or a Sunday night to cut costs. It will save you a ton of money, because there is a huge mark-up for Saturday events since they are in such high demand. Not only will you get a deal for one of those other nights, but also you might be able to pull off the wedding of your dreams for half the cost. Also, think about having your wedding during the “off-season” (November to March) to save a couple extra bucks and have a little bit more flexibility with your venue (as well as with your other vendors).

 

Use the Room

Some rush to book the cheapest hall that they can find, only to discover that now they’re stuck with an ugly venue. They have to spend loads of money covering up the venue so that it can fit in with their vision. How about using your venue as inspiration, instead? Consider spending a bit of extra money getting a hall that is already gorgeous in it’s own right. That way, you won’t have to spend as much on wedding decorations. Bonus if you choose a venue that comes with tables, chairs and all of the linens included.

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Ask What Kind Of Services They Offer

It sounds odd to haggle, but it can be done: with the amount of money that you could pay at the venue, what can they do for you? If it’s at a hotel, ask them if you can include the honeymoon suite for you in your total price. Maybe they have a shuttle service that you could utilize at a discount. It never hurts to ask!

 

Go In With a Vision

Some venues knock down (or forgo completely!) the hall rental if you bring in a certain amount of guests. If you are planning on having a bigger wedding, this is certainly something to ask about when you are visiting venues.

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Above all, when it comes to finding the perfect venue on a budget, be prepared when you walk into that room. This is, above all else, a business deal, and you need to make sure that you make an informed decision that you are happy and comfortable with. Go with your gut, and make sure to read the small print before you sign.

 

About SimplyBridal

SimplyBridal.com is a US-based online retailer of high quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wedding accessories, invitations and gifts. SimplyBridal ships to twenty-five countries in Europe, North America, and parts of Asia. Our products have been featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, and Rock n Roll Bride.

 


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