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5 Budget Friendly Wedding Venue Ideas

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budget-friendly weddingPlanning a wedding on a budget? You’re not alone. Even though you’re planning a budget-friendly wedding, don’t feel you have to compromise your special day, or that you have to settle for anything less than elegance. An affordable wedding is possible on a reasonable wedding budget if you keep your goal in mind. From wedding invitations to the honeymoon, a couple can save money if they think strategically, starting with these five budget-friendly wedding venue ideas:

Shop around for a budget friendly wedding venue. Choose a beautiful, affordable, and budget friendly wedding venue. They do exist in the city limits of Milwaukee, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, which is located near hotels for guests and is an elegant, affordable wedding venue.

Hold your wedding off-season. If you want to stay within your wedding budget, select a wedding date during late fall, winter or early spring. These times is considered off-season, which translates into a budget-friendly wedding venue expense that is less than during the peak wedding months.

Plan a Friday evening wedding or a Sunday brunch. Just as off-season wedding venue rates are reduced, so are dates outside of Saturday. If you want a beautiful, evening wedding with elegant lighting, hold your wedding on a Friday night during the off-season. For a completely different, bright morning affair, plan your elegant wedding on a Sunday morning with a Sunday brunch to follow.

Hold your ceremony and reception in the same wedding venue. If you want to eliminate costs associated with transportation from the ceremony to reception, choose an elegant, budget-friendly wedding venue that has space for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Choose a wedding venue where you can bring in vendors that give you the most for your money. Not every wedding venue has an open vendor policy, so do your homework. A budget-friendly wedding venue with an open vendor policy allows you to choose vendors that fit within your wedding budget.

Don’t be afraid to ask for budget-friendly wedding venue ideas from your venue staff. Staff members can make recommendations that help you make budget-friendly wedding decisions that keep you on track and give you the day of your dreams. Some wedding venues, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, even offer a final wedding planning meeting that allows you to see the wedding venue costs before your wedding day, allowing you to make changes to fit your budget—and to make your budget-friendly dream wedding a reality.

What to Bring To Your Final Wedding Planning Meeting

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wedding day venueYour wedding day is almost here, and it’s time to take months of wedding planning—those final wedding details—and turn them into your dream wedding. If you’re using a wedding venue like 1451 Renaissance Place, those details are finalized in the final wedding planning meeting where we review your final wedding details and turn them into a finalized plan for your wedding day. We start with wedding details such as:

  • Final guest count,
  • Time guests arrive,
  • Whether you choose to have an open, cash or combination bar,
  • Vendors you will be using (caterers, florists, etc.),
  • Wedding day timing (e.g. time of ceremony, dinner, dance, etc.),
  • Head table size and location in hall,
  • Final wedding décor details,
  • Any special requests you may have.

We also ask that caterers attend the final wedding planning meeting, so we can finalize your dinner and refreshments directly. Once all your final wedding details are communicated, it’s time to see the wedding details on paper (the fun part!). We provide a copy of the floor plan and an estimated invoice. While an invoice doesn’t sound like fun, this is helpful for couples on a budget. If the invoice is lower than expected, couples can add in extras they wanted but were concerned about the cost. If the invoice is higher than the budget, there is still time to scale back the final wedding details to a manageable and affordable expense.

The really fun part of this meeting is the sense of relief we feel coming from our clients. After this meeting, the event planners take on the responsibility of the final wedding details. This is our chance to take all your details and turn them into your dream wedding (our favorite part!).