How to select the perfect wedding venue with a realistic budget

When planning your wedding one of the first things to decide on is the venue itself. Whilst many wedding venues may look appealing, one of the main things to consider is whether they are realistic with the budget you have. Many couples spend around 50% of their budget on their wedding venue, so first look at your budget and establish a ‘wedding venue budget’. Bare in mind if you go above 50% then you’ll have to compromise on many of the other costs of your wedding, so decide on this sooner rather than later.

Seafront wedding venues

Whilst seafront venues might be expensive compared to landlocked areas, you do not have to pay for the privilege of the beach itself. Hotels are usually less expensive than country homes and therefore gives you a unique experience without spending too much.

Hotels also offer preferential rates for all wedding guests, there’s no need for sourcing external accommodation from the venue itself. Because hotels that can be used as wedding venues have many rooms available, if booking on a date where many of the rooms might not be usually booked, you could find yourself getting a bargain for you and your guests.

Golf courses

Golf courses can be a great option when it comes to your own wedding venue, they are usually fit for purpose inside the rooms and have a golf course for those who like the game. Often this is a cheaper option than country home or park and still offers nice grounds for wedding photographs afterwards.

Barn Weddings

All the rave this year seems to be about barn wedding venues. These provide a classy and contemporary venue but without breaking the bank. Many barns have popped up across the country recently, with couples moving away from traditional church venues and into modern venues.

Often these are fit for purpose for weddings and conferences and offer a good deal when it comes to a package including catering, entertainment and reception.

Outdoor DIY wedding

Having a wedding outdoors can save money and offer flexibility when it comes to the catering, entertainment and decoration. You can hire land now and plan everything individually, hiring your own caterers, a set of marquees and even a mobile bar. Decorations can be bought or hand made to fit in with the theme of your wedding. This is a good way of getting exactly what you want without breaking the bank, the only downfall is that weather will have it’s say on whether the day is a complete success or not!