Weddings are definitely not cheap. In fact, the average wedding in America costs $30,000. However, if you’re engaged and planning your big day, don’t let that huge number throw you off your game. And no, you don’t need to consider eloping if you don’t want to. In fact, you can absolutely find the perfect venue for your big day that won’t break the bank or your wedding budget. By using a little creativity, you can easily find a beautiful budget-friendly place where you can get married. Below, you’ll find our best inexpensive ideas on where to say “I do.”
1. A National Park
Dreaming of a stunning outdoor wedding? Then you might want to consider holding your celebration at a local national park. You can even make it a destination wedding, and choose a national park out-of-state, like the gorgeous Yosemite Park in California or the breathtaking Olympic National Park in Washington. Of course, every national park comes with its own set of rules and regulations that you’ll need to abide by, including permits and fees, if you’re to swap vows outdoors. But chances are they’ll be cheaper to obtain than, say, a huge hotel ballroom.
2. City Hall
Keep it small and chic by getting hitched at your local city hall. While most people confuse city hall weddings for elopements, that needn’t be the case. Many city halls include a large space where guests are able to watch the bride and groom exchange vows. And since so many city halls are housed in beautiful historic buildings or old courthouses, they also make the perfect backdrop for photos. Getting married at city hall usually includes a minor fee in addition to your marriage license.
3. A Bed and Breakfast
A bed and breakfast can not only be charming and enchanting, but they’re also typically way less expensive than an inn or hotel. You’ll also be able to select your own vendors and wedding planner, which most hotels won’t allow. It’s also a perfect idea if you have friends and family who are coming from out-of-town and need a place to stay. Another bonus? The bride and groom, along with their wedding party, can also book a suite where they can prepare for the wedding and then retire for the night post-wedding.
4. An Art Gallery
If you’re looking for a chic and contemporary feel to your big day, then you might want to consider hosting your wedding at an art gallery. Usually art galleries won’t charge you a huge fee to get hitched, and if they have the space, you could also host your reception there, which will help you save even more money.
5. Your Own Backyard
While hosting a backyard wedding won’t be free, it’s definitely one of the most budget-friendly options available. With the money that you’re saving, you can afford to splurge more on catering, decor, and even a tent if your space allows for it. It’s important to check with your local city, however, in regards to bylaws and any potential permits you might need to purchase. Insurance and portable potties are worth investigating and buying/renting, too. But, ultimately, you’ll save big with your own DIY wedding.
Forgoing an expensive and traditional venue doesn’t need to ruin your idea of the perfect wedding. By getting creative, you’ll be able to find the wedding venue of your dreams that will look amazing and, maybe more importantly, won’t break the bank.