Finding An Affordable Wedding Reception Location

Don’t be fooled – you don’t need to rent out the priciest reception hall to have a beautiful wedding! Depending on the season and the time of day you choose to exchange vows, there are a number of different alternatives you can choose for the location of the reception. You may find that you can have a large gathering at one of these locations for a fraction of what it would cost to rent space in a large building. The reception hall can be one of your biggest expenses – so get creative!

Rent a traditional hall during an off season

As you might expect, rental fees for wedding reception halls will be more expensive during popular times of the year. Therefore, if you can schedule your wedding for a time when there are fewer weddings, you can save a significant amount of money. Typically, rental fees are cheaper during the winter months, so if you have your heart set on getting married in June, you may need to look for other options.

Inquire at hotels and motels

If you’re planning a small wedding, check to see if any local hotels or motels have suitable meeting rooms available. In many cases, these rooms will already have tables and any other facilities you might need, so you won’t need to pay extra to rent these items. They may also set up the facility for you and provide decorations – meaning less work for you! The hotel may also have an on-site catering team that will be cheaper than working with a separate provider.

Locate an outdoor park or campground

If you’re getting married during the warmer months, you may want to have your wedding reception outdoors. You may be able to rent a pavilion at a local park for as little as $50! However, you may need to reserve early, so don’t wait if you’re considering this option. You’ll also need to make sure you have someone available to pick up any litter once the reception is over and you may want to consider a contingency plan, should you face inclement weather.

At home receptions

If you’re planning a small wedding, you may be able to avoid the expense of renting altogether by using someone’s home for the reception. Despite what you might expect from movies like “Father of the Bride”, hosting a reception in your home can be cheap and easy. Of course, you’ll want to take care of any pressing remodeling or landscaping issues and you may want to consider renting a port-a-potty to supplement your existing facility. Best of all, at the end of the day, you won’t need to rush around cleaning up – since it’s your house, you can leave the mess to clean up another day.

When choosing the reception hall for your wedding, it’s important to take your time and consider all of the available options. In some cases, it may be difficult to avoid the expense of a traditional hall or renting a restaurant for the evening. However, some of the seasonal options that are available may make for a much more enjoyable – and much more affordable – setting! Consider your own personal tastes, your budget, and the comfort of your guests and you’re sure to find a perfect option for your reception.

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Filed under: Receptions — vicky at 7:58 pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2008