Planning weddings doesn’t always mean saving tens of thousands of dollars just for one special day. Indeed, many weddings fall well below the national average. Having budget shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing quality or enjoyment.
Getting married is a very special and once-in-a-lifetime event for many couples. Unfortunately, many couples will choose to forgo a wedding for a number of reasons. Since weddings tend to get a little out of hand in terms of cost, poor planning and finances are the number one reasons many couples will instead elope or have a very small ceremony. Luckily, there are exotic and unique venues available that are mindful of cost, and can put together a dream wedding on almost any budget.
The average cost of weddings is between $21,000 and $24,000, but this does not mean that everyone has this large of a budget for their special day. In fact, many venues offer competitive pricing packages, which consolidate some of the large expenses related to a wedding. For instance, the reception and catering typically accounts for a large part of the budget. This price can increase depending on a number of factors such as the catering menu, choice of alcoholic beverages, and the overall size of the guest list. Furthermore, some couples may choose to hire a professional planner. This person is charged with making all of the arrangements related to both the ceremony and the reception venue and although this can also add to the overall cost of the event, many couples will find their services invaluable. However, the thrifty couple that chooses the right venue will find more value and benefit from a wedding package. Consolidating services such as catering and service staff can save thousands. In fact, many venues will include coordinating and planning in their packaging, which eliminates the need to independently hire a wedding planner. As an added benefit, there are a number of venues that can make accommodations for both the ceremony and reception. This is especially beneficial because it eliminates the need for transportation, which is another expense that can add at least $500 to the overall wedding budget.
Although many special event venues offer packaging and catering for weddings, there is typically nothing unique or special about the look or feel of the venue. Instead, many public venues such as the zoo or aquarium have begun to offer space to hold these events. With the competitive pricing package, many couples will save money and enjoy the surroundings of a very unique environment by choosing to celebrate in one of these spaces.
When it comes to planning a wedding, the budget can quickly add up and become overwhelming. However, doing a little research to find a venue that offers both a competitive pricing package and a unique setting can certainly make the planning process less stressful.