When envisioning our weddings, we don't want to think about such things as budget or limitations – all we want is that perfect wedding at the most beautiful location somewhere from the Disney movies. However, the reality is that most of us are limited to a tight budget for our weddings and have to know how to spend the money wisely. On average, 45% of the budget goes to the wedding venue (including food and drinks), so make sure to look into all the different options and pick the one that suits your style and budget the most. Here are some great tips on how to save some money on the wedding venue so that you could buy more sola wood flowers or hire a better photographer and videographer.
Explore Different Options
If you went to your best friend's wedding at a fancy hotel, it doesn't mean that you must also choose a hotel as your wedding venue. For example, farm wedding venues are extremely popular among newlyweds who are into the countryside and rustic style weddings. You can also explore other less known options as hosting your wedding at the museum, stadium, or even a sunny beach. Of course, every location has its pros and cons, but you should be able to find something that fits your needs perfectly.
Wedding Date Matters
If you have a chance to get married during the off-season, we would recommend doing that as you would save lots of money. Everything from sola wood wedding bouquets to wedding venues to DJs to photographers gets much cheaper when the season is over, so you would be able to host a fancy wedding by not spending too much money. However, if you must get married during the wedding season, at least try to pick your wedding day during the weekdays, when all the venues are less costly. If you are on a tight budget, the last thing you want is to get married on Saturday during the peak season.
Read Your Contract
Always remember that nothing in life is for granted, so you must pay attention to every single detail on your wedding venue contract. Make sure that you know what is included and for how long. Otherwise, you might end up paying extra money for that cocktail that your aunt ordered or the song that your best friend requested. Also, it is great to know what is included in the price so that you could estimate your potential costs without any significant deviation.
It is essential to remember that if not stated otherwise, your agreed price for the wedding venue with all the amenities (transportation, lodging, food, drinks, DJs, chairs, etc.) is before tax. That means that you will have to pay extra 30% of the wedding venue price for taxes.
Communicate With the Wedding Venue Owners
Don't be afraid to express your wishes to the wedding venue owners. If you want to have more wooden wedding flowers, extra comfortable chairs, or a variety of drinks, just let the venue owner/manager know. In most cases, wedding venues are flexible and can fulfill all your wishes. That also means that you can try to exclude some of the services to save money. For example, if all your guests are coming with cars, you don't need a shuttle bus. Or if nobody at your wedding drinks alcohol (that is unlikely, but happens), you should not pay for it and instead get more sola wood flower bouquets, confetti, and desserts.
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