When in comes to wedding planning, location is right at the top of the list (besides making sure the bride and groom are there). The location of your wedding and reception will be one of those things that you will remember. It will be in your pictures, video, and mind forever. Because it is such a memorable part of your wedding, many think that you need to spend a fortune. That is not necessarily the case!
Don’t Always Fall for the “All-Inclusive” Sites
A site that includes everything can be a great deal. For example, you may find a beautiful hotel that also takes care of the food, flowers, cake, etc. However, the only way to find out if you are getting a deal is to shop around yourself. You may be getting ripped off! Just a few hours of shopping around can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Look for “Out of the Ordinary” Locations
You do not always have to go for the “standard” location. That would include nurseries, hotels, and banquet halls. Be on the look out for beautiful locations in your area that many would not think of. That may include historic buildings, old libraries, bed and breakfasts, farms, museums, parks, and beaches. These sites may be rented for a fraction of the price. Most of these places also allow you to select your own caterer, etc. That could also save you a tremendous amount of money.
Outdoor weddings (with the right location) are some of the most beautiful sites. They are also cheap (most)! I know you are taking a risk with an outdoor wedding (weather), but most of them turn out great. Some things may be expensive to rent (tent, chairs, etc.) but you can still shop around for those things. If you were planning on having your wedding in one of the five-star hotels, the outdoor option can save you money even with all of the other purchases involved.
Ask Your Friends/Family
Some of your friends or family may have the perfect home for your wedding. Have an uncle that has a home on the shore that woud be perfect? Ask him if you could have the wedding there! I think he would be flattered. Just make sure you tell him that you will take care of EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING. Clean-up included!
Anyone have some stories on finding their dream location? How much money did you save?