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How to Save On Your Wedding Venue {Budget Wedding Week}

July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July to all you wonderful Americans out there!!!  (And happy fourth of July to you non-Americans too.  I guess it’s still July 4th where you are, even if you don’t celebrate anything.)  I hope you all have an amazing and safe day, celebrating our country! ——– Welcome to the fourth installment of Budget Wedding week.  Like I told you all the past few days, Nate and I did not have a specific budget for our wedding (the less we spent the better) so it was my goal to create the day of my dreams for as cheaply as I could.  I researched, got help, took full advantage of sales and, at the end of the planning, realized the whole wedding had come to $3,500!

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to share my budget wedding tips with friends and family to help them create amazing days for amazing prices!  I figured it wouldn’t be right of my to leave you all hanging.  I’m sure plenty of you would love knowing the tricks for weddings (or other events) of your own.  That’s exactly what I’m going to do this week! One big money guzzler is a wedding venue.  Nate and I got married in Portland in early July.  There’s no telling what the weather’s going to be like on July 2nd so we decided we’d be less stressed if we just had an indoor wedding.  We looked and looked for a venue for a decent price that could fit 250-300 people and where we could have our reception.  Most churches and other venues were EXPENSIVE!!  We finally settled on a church right near the college we had attended and ended up spending $1000 (yes, the venue was almost 1/3 of our wedding budget).  It was more than we had hoped to spend but it was the best price for what we were looking for. One of the perks of our location was that they had a lot of wedding decorations we were welcome to use.  Before we put our deposit down, I pursued through their selection of wedding décor, settled on a theme I could use a lot of them in, and made a mental list of the other things I would have to buy/borrow.  Really, I didn’t have to buy/borrow much! The Wedding Décor: IMG_9072

I was a girl that used fake flowers to decorate for my wedding.  There were so many reasons I decided to do that.  For one, fake flowers are just cheaper!  Seriously!  Fresh flowers are expensive!!!  Beyond that, I also knew that I wanted to take part in the setting up and decorating for the wedding (mainly because I’m OCD).  Since the wedding was at two in the afternoon, we set up the previous afternoon, before the rehearsal.  If I had used fresh flowers, they would have withered and died by the time the ceremony rolled around.  That would be so much worse than fake flowers. IMG_9076

The arch and communion table belonged to the church so we didn’t have to buy those.  I decorated the arch with some of my flowers and thought it made the perfect backdrop for our ceremony.  It was very simple but very beautiful! The Reception Décor:IMG_10560 (42)


  • Jen

    July 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I love the simplicity of it but it's so elegant! Just gorgeous.

  • Katie

    July 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    the reception décor is so gorgeous. I love that you continue the "similar but personalized" theme from the bridesmaids dresses in the centerpieces… it turned out so great!

  • Bailey @ Becoming Bailey

    July 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    So beautiful!!!

  • Sew Much To Say

    July 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Wow! Good idea to pick a theme after seeing the included props.

    Amanda Rose

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    July 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    You really had a beautiful reception and ceremony! Actually, the venue and deco didn't cost us anything. We were married in our local library, since the townhall was under construction, and the city paid for the decoration there. We had a small reception in the lobby of the library (beautiful 18th century building), and the dinner and after party at a restaurant. Since we paid for the food, we didn't need to spend anything on the venue itself, even though I admit we had a much, much smaller wedding.

  • Jayda

    July 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Oooh, love it!! The similar but different theme is so perfect! We were lucky and got our ceremony venue for free, since my parents church doesn't charge for members. And we saved a lot of money by getting a family friend who has a decor business to decorate! Looking back, I wish I would have had more hands-on experience decorating our wedding, but it worked well for our schedule and turned out well:)

  • Sam M

    July 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    That's nice that they had decorations you could use! But bummer it was so expensive. We were so lucky that our ceremony site and reception site were both free because of our church. I love the Christmas lights and all of the tea lights, that's way better than harsh florescent lighting.

  • mj rdn

    July 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    simple and cute decor. I love it.

  • Mrs. M ~ a.k.a. ~ April

    July 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love that arch! Very pretty! And the mirrors with the gold grass – Classic!

  • criticalcrass

    July 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    wow. you are so amazing. :]

  • Rachel

    July 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    We didn't have to pay anything for our church because my grandparents were members, but we did have to pay the janitor. We were also supposed to pay the sound guy but he refused our check and said "Call it a wedding gift," which was so nice of him! Our wedding was three weeks before Christmas, so I just decided that all the church's Christmas decorations counted as my wedding decor! 😛

  • Becky Dougherty

    July 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    The only fresh flowers I had were my bouquet, boutonnières, a few corsages, and my bridesmaids' single roses. I had no other flowers of any kind in my decor! Flowers ARE expensive, and your decorations were absolutely beautiful!

  • wilians wilim

    July 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

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  • San Antonio Outdoor Weddings

    July 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

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