Check out ideas on how to get cheaper wedding venues
1. Focus On Your Priorities
Start off simple… What do you want from your venue?
A 5* dining experience? A stunningly old building? Breathtaking views, or maybe somewhere local?
Figure out what is the most important thing you want from your venue and focus on that when you’re looking.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Go Out Of Season
Summer is usually considered wedding season, mostly due to the odds of better weather and lighter evenings. However, don’t let that put you off going out of season, not only are venues cheaper, but you have a better chance of getting the dates you want, as well as haggling a better price. Instead of focusing on summer, consider a date with sentimental value; perhaps the anniversary of your first date or first kiss? A wedding of any season has its own beauty.
3. Keep The Wedding Small
If you keep the wedding guest list short; choosing only 30 to 50 people can reduce the cost by a considerable amount. Opt to only inviting close friends and family,
4. Chose An Unconventional Venue
The venue is usually one of the biggest expenses on your wedding day and can easily eat into your budget. Hotels are the obvious choice for the reception, but you can expect to pay a pretty hefty sum for that kind of venue. Don’t disregard church or village halls, or even a large garden or park. They can look incredible with a little TLC and some DIY decorations.
5. Get Haggling
Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts and negotiate. Take a look at our top tips on haggling for a cheaper a venue.
6. Hire an Appropriate Sized Venue
Try not to over-rent your venue, chose a space that is appropriate to the number of guests you have. If you are only planning for 50 to 100 guests, you’ll pay considerably more for a venue that can accommodate 300.
7. Find a New Business
It’s worth looking around for a newly-opened venue. New businesses often advertise lower prices as they are attempting to build up a good reputation and gain some new business.
8. Check for Discounts
Check if any of your family or friends work at local venues, like a historic home or large local park? Ask your connections if they have anywhere suitable for a wedding and if there is a possibility of a discount.
9. Saturdays Are A No Go
While it seems like the most convenient day for everyone most venues can be considerably cheaper on another day. The bottom line is that the people that matter will turn up any day of the week to celebrate with you on your special day.
10. Last minute?
If your wedding is going to be last minute, and you don’t have a particular venue in mind, it’s worth checking out www.cancelledweddings.co.uk. They offer pretty sizable discounts on venues, as well as photographers and vendors. They sell cancelled weddings to couples looking to throw amazing wedding parties and honeymoons for a bargain. They connect buyers and sellers and help couples get the wedding of their dreams from the framework of a wedding already put together by another couple.