Money is tight for many brides so we are dedicating todays post to finding a wedding reception center for an affordable price. In the past we have discussed free wedding reception options such as having the reception at a church or a park; in this post we want to do everything we can to help you afford a nice reception center. We can’t fit everything into one post but here are 10 ideas that will help you save money on your venue.
Avoid weekend Wedding Receptions
You might not know this but most wedding reception centers charge a higher price for weekend weddings. Friday and Saturday are the most expensive and lately, Thursday nights are becoming more popular so expect to see higher prices on each of those nights. Having your wedding on a Tuesday or Wednesday can save you a lot of money.
Decide what’s most important
If you are on a tight budget, accept the fact that you can’t have everything. Decide what is most important to you and budget for those things. If an extravagant venue is most important than cut back on flowers and catering. If catering is most important than find a smaller venue.
Find a New Reception Center
You can find great prices at brand new wedding locations. Look for reception centers that have opened within the past year and look at their prices. Established wedding locations are in high demand which allows them to charge a higher price.
Pay for the venue up front
Many wedding venues will give you a discount if you pay for the facility up front. If you choose this option, make sure you sign a contract that allows you to get your money back if something goes wrong. Keep in mind, there is almost always a non-refundable deposit whether you pay in advance or not.
Try looking for reception locations away from the city. You can save a lot of money by going out of your way. Don’t feel bad asking your wedding guests to drive an additional 20 minutes if it will save you thousands of dollars.
Decide how much you are willing to spend on a venue and find a vendor who will accommodate you. Even if the venues regular prices are out of your price range, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Remember that if a vendor is going out of their way to help you, you need to return the favor. Be considerate and flexible.
Avoid Wedding Season
Most wedding reception centers have seasonal pricing. If you want a summer wedding, you’ll have to pay for it. Plan your wedding from late fall to early spring, you will save a fortune.
Look into All-Inclusive packages
Many venues offer all-inclusive packages. This means that you can get a venue, caterer, flowers, photography, and etc. all for one discounted price. If you are already planning on spending money in those areas, this might be the most affordable option.
Don’t pay for excess space
Find out how many guests will be at your wedding and find the right sized venue. In most cases, the bigger the venue, the higher the price. Having a guest count will save you money.
Shave an hour
Some wedding reception venues charge by the hour. If this is the case, making your reception 3 hours instead of 4 can make a huge difference. It is common for wedding guests to leave early or come late. A shorter reception will make it feel like more guests are at the party.