So you’ve recently got engaged (congratulations!) and now you have the hard task of trying to find your dream venue. If you are on a tighter budget at the moment due to the current pandemic or perhaps you are just careful with your money and want to keep your wedding budget to a minimum, then we have some great tips on how to be thrifty with your budget. There are lots of venue options out there for you to consider, the main thing to remember is that it’s your day and you need to find somewhere that you both love and that symbolises you both as a couple. If you would prefer something on more of a smaller, more intimate scale then it doesn’t mean you need to cut back on any luxuries, it just means that you might have to be a bit more creative with your money!
The options for your venue are limitless nowadays and you can literally get married anywhere, allowing couples more freedom and flexibility. One of the first things to think about before you research venues is to consider where you want to get married. If you are looking to keep to a smaller budget then you may opt for somewhere local to reduce travel costs.
1 – Think about your budget
One of the first things that you will consider when in your early wedding planning stage is what your budget is. Many people have found themselves on a lower budget due to the pandemic but this doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice any of the finer details; it just means that you may need to look at alternative or more creative ways. Once you know what your maximum budget is, you can then look around at potential venues. For example, if you only have a small allowance then you will want to look for perhaps a smaller venue. If you do really have your heart set on a grand venue then you could allocate more of your budget to the venue and spend less on luxuries such as decorations. If your heart is really set on a grand venue you could speak to the event coordinators and see if it’s possible to hire a couple or rooms or private spaces for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. This is a great way to have a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photographs, but only pay for a fraction of the cost of the whole venue.
2 – Create a guest list
The number of guests that you choose to invite to your wedding will have a big impact on your overall budget. If you want to keep you costs to a minimum then it might be worth keeping your guest numbers low. Obviously due to current restrictions that have been in place with weddings, it’s meant that people have had to lower their numbers in many places to only 15 which might be a good opportunity for those people who want to keep numbers to a minimum but not offend anyone!
3 – Get creative
The style of wedding you choose to have is something that you will want to think about and that will depend again on your budget. Many venues will be more of a blank canvas and allow you to have the flexibility to bring your own ideas to life. If you are a very creative person you may choose to make table centre pieces and decorate the venue yourself. However for many people this isn’t something they would be able to do themselves so there is the option of hiring someone to come in to decorate it for you. Look around and research businesses out there and make sure that you choose someone who will be able to create your vision and keep within your budget. This is a popular choice for couples who love a boho themed wedding. You could even decide to hire a tipi or yurt and have the whole day take place inside there.
4 – Consider the weather
The time of the year that you want to get married will play a big part in the venue that you decide to choose. If you are planning on a mid-summer wedding then an outside space is more likely to be a better option than if you are getting married in December. Of course there is also the option to have an outside wedding in winter and create a winter wonderland; you will just need to think about additional things such as outside heaters as you will want your guests to be comfortable. If you love summer and really want to be creative with your budget, you could opt to have a ceremony on a beach, with a simple decorative arch. It might be worth having a backup plan though just in-case the weather isn’t ideal on the day!