Choosing the perfect wedding venue on a budget

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The day has finally come, the day that you have dreamed of since childhood, your wedding day. While the feeling of marrying your best friend is a dream come true and somewhat surreal, the actual planning of the wedding can prove to be stressful, especially when you have champagne taste on a sparkling water budget.

The most hectic part of the planning process is looking for the perfect wedding venue, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to finding the perfect wedding venue is to thinking outside of the box. Below I have listed a few things that have assisted me when looking for the venue that suited both the wants and the budget of my fiance and I.

  1. Look into non-traditional wedding venues. The most popular places that offer wedding packages and that most couples have their weddings at are always going to be the most costly, such as: Golf courses, hotels, and chapels. Even if you find a popular wedding venue that is cheap, such as a city mansion, they will often have restrictions where you have to use their catering which can start at $19 per person, and if you want to bring your own cater in they will charge you a minimum of $10 per person which doesn’t include the price that your cater wants. Non-traditional venues such as community centers are very reasonable and also are cheaper if you’re a resident of the city that the community center is in.
  2. Host it in your backyard. If your backyard is large enough or has grass, you can have the wedding at your house, plus your bedrooms can be used for the bridal suite and grooms changing areas. This will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, the only downfall may be parking, depending on your neighborhood.
  3. Destination wedding.  Destination weddings are also very popular if you don’t plan on having or mind not having a lot of people. With destination weddings, not everyone will be able to afford to attend or able to take the time off.  Also the cool thing about having a destination wedding is that wherever you plan on honeymooning at, you can plan to have the wedding within the same location.
  4. Have it at your church. Last but not least, the most traditional, but very cost effective method is having both the ceremony and reception at your church. Most churches will let you use the space for free if you’re a member, then the only thing you have to worry about is the easy stuff, such as photography, catering, music, etc.

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Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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