Do you have your heart set on the location of your dreams, but the price is a little more like a nightmare? Not to worry! There are plenty of ways to save on your wedding location.
1) Being flexible with your date. Think of it as location, location, location! There are certain times of the year that you can get your venue for almost half price! The best times for this are in January and February (except Valentines and New Years). These are the slowest times of the year for weddings. You can actually save BIG $$$ on all of your vendors this time of the year most of the time.
2) Off the beaten (date) path. So many people get married on Sat evenings. If you’re willing to change the date to any other day of the week, or to the morning, you usually save around 1/3 of the price. I’m shooting a wedding on Thursday and they are paying almost HALF for the Knot’s #1 voted venue here in GA.
3) Forgo the alcohol. For some this is not a problem and for some it’s inconceivable. However, you can save some money on the over all budget as well as the venue with this. Many venues will charge you for the bartender (sometimes 2), the alcohol, mixers and (sometimes) cops. These costs can add up quickly. If you really want to incorporate some alcohol you can still go for a champagne toast. Many venues will offer this in the cost or for a small fee (much less than a bar though).
4) Don’t sit down! Instead of a sit down meal serve heavy hor’derves or go for a buffet style. This gives your guests more chances to mingle and enjoy a variety of foods. Plus, if your venue is in charge of the food (as many are) then you could save up to $5-$10 a person. That may not sound like much, but if you have 100 people there’s $500-$1000 saved! Plus everyone will still be feed and happy.
5) A little off the top. Maybe it’s time to look at that guest list and see who is not essential. Even shaving off 10 people can make a big difference! If you’re talking about $20-$30 a person it can add up.
Some things to think about also. Does your venue offer any of their decorations? If so, then maybe you should re-look at your entire budget. Do these savings from what you have planned for decor balance out with the price of the venue? Do they offer an all inclusive package that fits your total budget (hair, flowers, cake ect.)? Sometimes going with the whole shabang will cost you the same and you still get what you want!