What Are Average Wedding Venue Package Prices?
No wedding is complete without delicious organic catering or the perfect wedding and reception venue. Whether you’re looking for the perfect barn for your country chic wedding, or an elegant ballroom fit for a queen, there’s no denying that when it comes to your wedding reception, location is everything. Here we’ll explore how you can find a venue that matches your theme and, most importantly, fits your budget.
National Wedding Cost Average
According to Wedding Wire, the average wedding venue spend in the U.S. is $5,400. At the highest end, costs can exceed $10,500 with the lowest coming in at under $2,700. There’s no question that the venue will take a big bite out of your wedding budget, so it’s wise to make sure early on that you know exactly what you get for your money.
For that reason, many venues offer special wedding venue package prices that enable you to bundle photography, alcohol, non-alcoholic drinks, seating, tables, food, linens, dishware, and even wedding and reception decorations.
Wedding pros know all sorts of clever ways to save money on your ceremony and wedding reception venues, one of the best being to have both at the same location. That way, you don’t have to worry about transportation or multiple chair and table rentals. Combining the wedding ceremony and reception into one venue will save you money, time, and stress. For more information, check out our list of affordable wedding venues in San Diego.
It’s also good to think about the many other things that can affect the price of your wedding, including the day of the week or the time of year you choose to tie the knot.
Late spring through early fall is known as the ‘wedding season’ and, as such, prices are typically higher during these months. Demand means that the cost of your venue will peak at this time.
Location of your special day can also affect costs. Large cities are usually more expensive, but small, remote towns can also be pricey due to the lack of accessibility. In addition, the size of your guest list will have a direct impact on your budget. Unsurprisingly, the more friends and family you invite, the greater quantity of tables, chairs, wedding favors, and wedding reception food you’ll need.
Things to Consider
What does my wedding venue provide?
It’s important to know what is included in the cost of your venue. For example, some venues include chairs and tables, while others require you to use a rental company to hire seating, etc. When scouting for a venue, make sure to ask important questions such as, “Do you provide dinnerware, glassware, and lighting?”
What’s my time frame?
Another important element that’s easy to overlook is the window of time for which you rent your space. Make sure you leave plenty of time (at least two hours) for set up, and a minimum of one hour after the event to clear away. You may also want to ask what time the music cutoff is.
How about drinks?
Ask your wedding planner or coordinator about the venue policy on bringing alcohol. Certain venues will not permit you to bring your own alcohol (a great option when you’re working to a tight budget) because they prefer to be the sole provider of the bubbly. Knowing this information will help you save money with your caterer.
Don’t forget to find out if they have a water source on site that you can use. Most places will provide free tap water, but it’s always good to ask and know for sure.
Plan for all weather
If you choose to have an outdoor wedding (and we don’t blame you, they’re gorgeous), you may want to ask about alternative options should the weather go awry. Certain times of year may bring unexpected and unwanted showers. Make sure the venue can accommodate for these situations.
Making sure your location will be able to hold your entire guest list is another key factor in choosing a venue. This means more than simple venue capacity. This includes making sure there are ample restrooms available, and parking areas. If there’s a parking garage that requires wedding guests to pay, be sure to inform them in good time prior to the wedding day.
Food, glorious food…
Our favorite bit. If you’re having your event catered by a third party, they’ll need to know if there are kitchen facilities on site. Even something as basic as running water in some instances. Like many of our Eco Caters venue partners, some venues will offer cheap wedding packages to bundle the event space and catering. This is a great way to alleviate stress and cut costs of the entire event.
Fortunately, there are loads of options when it comes to providing a delicious, organic wedding catering, and at a very reasonable price. Full sit down dinner requires a team of staff to make sure that guests’ drinks are kept topped up and plates cleared away–it really is the only way to ensure that everything runs without a hiccup. That said, it can be on the pricey side. Instead, consider having a buffet-style dinner, chef stations, or perhaps a food truck for dessert? Be inspired by our fun food wedding reception ideas.
There’s no such thing as too many questions
Don’t be afraid to ask the venue all sorts of questions. Every question is an important one. Given the complexity of choreographing an event like this, some venues may even require you to have an event coordinator or wedding planner to assist you on this big, special day.
Wedding venue decoration prices are another thing to consider in your budget and some venues can help with elements of this. Many people choose to have elaborate flower centerpieces, while others spend their money on big lights for their dance party.
Finding Your Perfect Venue
Finding your dream wedding ceremony and wedding reception venue is as easy as Googling, “venue rentals near me.” Using the internet as your friend, you’ll be exposed to hundreds of options you may have never considered before, all while staying in your price range.