Many dreams of having a fairytale wedding but when the time comes, couples often find themselves wondering how on earth they are going to afford to have the wedding day they deserve. Event venues are notoriously over-priced and every little item on your wish list comes with a high price tag. Fortunately, there are still a handful of affordable wedding venues that offer you excellent value for your money and fully inclusive wedding packages which make budgeting so much easier. In many cases church halls and public gardens offer great affordable spaces, as do several restaurants which waive an events fee and just charge you for the food and drinks consumed.
1.Lucky Dragon, Lake Stevens, WA
Couples in the Lake Stevens area who are looking for a budget-friendly location to host their wedding reception should stop by the Lucky Dragon for a taste test. The restaurant is family owned and run and is probably one of the least expensive restaurants in the area for a wedding reception. The menu offers three set-menu dinners at under $20 per person for 5 to 6 courses, which would be hard to beat anywhere. The Lucky Dragon prides itself on using only the finest fresh ingredients and it shows in the delicious fresh flavor combinations. The venue would be ideal for any wedding reception with an Asian theme.
Lucky Dragon, 25 95th Drive NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258, Phone: 425-397-2009
2.Crystal Peak, Winchester, CT
Crystal Peak Wedding and Events facility is an ideal option for couples who would like every detail of their Big Day taken care off under one roof. Crystal Peak offers Winchester couples a very affordable wedding package which includes absolutely everything you need for a stylish wedding. The per person price of around $80 covers venue hire, unlimited pre-reception hors d’ oeuvres, a plated entrée and sides of your choice (or a fabulous buffet-style dinner), a four-hour open bar service and even the wedding cake. The package includes use of all table linens, crockery and glassware. You may also host your ceremony on the premises at a nominal extra charge.
Crystal Peak, 164 Torrington Rd, Winchester, CT 06094, Phone: 860-379-7999
3.Milwaukee County Historical Center, Milwaukee
Offering Milwaukee couples a beautiful and historic backdrop for an elegant wedding, the Milwaukee County Historical Society could be the ideal place to say “I do”. Although this impressive events location is usually quite expensive to hire, you can save nearly half the normal rental fee by hosting your wedding between January and April, or on weekdays rather than on weekends. You and your guests will have access to the elegant main hall, the intimate mezzanine level (ideal for drinks) and a delightful patio with views of Pere Marquette Park. The lovely old building is also chock full of wonderfully atmospheric spots for your wedding photos.
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 1626 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-8288
4.The Arboretum Club, Buffalo Grove, IL
Illinois couples looking for an ideal indoor/outdoor wedding venue that will not break the bank need look no further than the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Here you will find an elegant reception venue managed by a dedicated and enthusiastic events planner. The club is located on a beautiful golf course which offers outstanding photo opportunities and lovely views for your guests to enjoy. The club will provide everything you need on the day including a dressing room and reception area, all catering and bar requisites, prop hire and the services of their experienced staff. There is a beautiful outdoor space perfect for your ceremony.
The Arboretum Club, 401 West Half Day Rd, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, 60089, Phone: 847-913-9112
5.Coral Gables Women’s Club, Coral Gables, FL
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Offering cash-strapped young couples a variety of rental options for their big day, the Coral Gables Women’s Club is a must on your list of possible Florida wedding venues. The club offers a choice of two lovely historic ballrooms, each of which can accommodate up to 200 guests. The ballrooms lend themselves to all occasions and can be dressed up or down to perfectly suit your theme. The key factor in cost reduction is that you are welcome to bring in caterers and vendors of your choice to supply everything you need, including bring-your-own drinks. You may also rent both ballrooms and host your ceremony in the one and your reception in the other.
Coral Gables Women’s Club, 1001 & 1009 E Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, Fl 33134, Phone: 305-448-7080
6.Wickham Park, Manchester, CT
The magnificent 280 acre Wickham Park has two very beautiful wedding venues surrounded by stunning gardens. The Cabin at Hilltop Garden is located in an elevated position which offers beautiful views of the Hartford skyline and offers a tented area to supplement the indoor space of the Cabin. The Emerald Room in the Irish Garden is equally lovely, and both venues offer excellent outdoor ceremony and photography areas. You are welcome to use caterers and vendors of your choice from a list of preferred and trusted partners. Wickham Park is open seasonally from April to October for your affordable fairy-tale wedding.
Wickham Park, 1329 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040, Phone: 860-528-0856
7.Rocky Neck Pavilion, Niantic
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Picturesquely located on an elevated rocky bluff within the Rocky Neck State Park, the Pavilion offers an impressive and unusual wedding venue. You and up to 290 of your guests will enjoy outstanding views out to Long Island Sound as you dance the night away. You are welcome to hire your own caterers (from an approved list), wedding planner and everything else you need to orchestrate your dream wedding. The lovely old stone building is full of atmosphere and there is an outdoor patio for pre-reception cocktails. Because the pavilion is located inside a State Park you are unfortunately not allowed to use candles as part of your décor.
Rocky Neck State Park Pavilion, 79 Elm St, Hartford, CT 06106, Phone: 860-424-3000
8.New Denver Church, Denver, CO
The New Denver Church is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver and, besides operating as a place of worship, it also has a spacious rental area which is ideal for weddings and other special events. The rental area offers a dressing area for the bride and her entourage as well as two fully-functional kitchens for your catering company to use. There is also free on-site parking for your guests and you can say your vows right on site. The venue can accommodate up to 230 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and your will be pleasantly surprised to find that rental rates are very affordable.
The New Denver Church, 700 Bonnie Brae Blvd, Denver, CO 80209, Phone: 303-656-9089
9.Denver Botanical Gardens
A beautiful garden is always a magical setting for any special occasion and the Denver Botanical Gardens offers couples a choice of backdrops for any kind of wedding celebration. Whether you are looking for a romantic outdoor setting, a magical woodland backdrop or a modern and sophisticated indoor/outdoor space, you will find it at the Denver Botanical Gardens. There are 12 spaces to choose from accommodating anything from 50 to more than 1000 guests. The venue offers various wedding packages which will include all you need for a memorable occasion. It goes without saying that your photographer will be spoiled for choice when it comes to romantic photo opportunities.
Denver Botanical Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206, Phone: 720-865-3500
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10.Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, MA
The attractive grounds of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown offers beautiful views of the town and the harbor and can be hired for private events from May to October. You pay for the use of the grounds according to the amount of time you will be using them and if you choose to have a brunch or luncheon wedding, ending by 5pm, the rental rate is very affordable. You will need to engage your own caterer and vendors or appoint a party planner to take care of all the details for you. Sticking to a strict budget is much easier when you can choose all your own suppliers.
Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657, Phone: 508-487-1310
11.Waveny House, New Canaan, CT
Waveny House is an historic old mansion which was built in 1912 and is owned and operated by the Town of New Canaan as a wedding and event venue. The grand old dame is surrounded by lovely gardens and fields, offering a wide selection of spaces for an outdoor ceremony, pre-reception drinks and an elegant indoor or patio reception. In addition, there are dressing suites available for the wedding party and many lovely locations for photographs. The rental rates for this venue are very affordable and you can also bring in your own caterers and bar service, which helps you to stick to your budget.
Waveny House, 677 South Ave, New Canaan, CT 06840, Phone: 203-594-3600
12.Dranesville Tavern, Fairfax, VA
Surrounded by rolling lawns, which are ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony, the historic Dranesville Tavern is a great venue for a rustic style wedding. The attractive old tavern provides an ideal blank canvas which can be adapted to most wedding themes. The property rental includes the use of tables and chairs and these can be set up outdoors on two large covered decks. If the weather turns, it is quite easy to move your entire celebration indoors. You are welcome to provide your own licensed caterer and bar service as well as vendors to provide all the little extras.
Dranesville Tavern, 11919 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, VA 20170, Phone: 703-827-0609
13.Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati, OH
The Rhinegeist Brewery has two function and event areas which can be combined to offer a wonderfully atmospheric venue for your wedding. Bare brick walls, exposed wooden beams and bare wooden floors all contribute to the rustic/industrial feel of the venue and allow for a wide range of décor options. The venue gets top reviews for the friendliness and expertise of the events planning team and many couples have even postponed their wedding date in order to host their Big Day at the brewery. Rental rates are affordable and there is freshly brewed beer on site – what more could anyone wish for.
Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-381-1367
14.Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater
If you happen to be planning a budget wedding in Clearwater Florida you need to check out the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater events venue. The UUC premises have several rooms which can be hired for private functions even if you are not part of the congregation. The Social Hall can seat up to 200 guests for big weddings and there is a smaller Patio Room with is ideal for a more intimate wedding for up the 40 guests. Their rental rates are exceptionally affordable and you will have the services of an on-site events planner to help you with all the arrangements.
Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764, Phone: 727-531-7704
15.The Mary Gay House, Decatur, GA
Built in the 1820’s, the Mary Gay House in downtown Decatur is an historic city landmark which offers local couples an ideal venue to host an elegant wedding. Even if you choose to tie the knot on a Saturday evening (the most expensive rental time) you will be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of this lovely antebellum home. Day time weddings cost even less, so you can tailor your wedding package to suit your budget. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception or 80-100 for a seated dinner or luncheon. Many couples choose to hold their ceremony outside in the attractive bricked patio before moving indoors for their reception.
The Mary Gay House, 716 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 33030, Phone: 404-378-2162
16.Petite Violette (Formerly known as Petite Auberge), Atlanta, GA
Petite Violette has been a favorite French restaurant in Atlanta for over 40 years and could provide the ideal venue for a sophisticated and elegant wedding. The restaurant has a separate banqueting facility or you can hire the entire restaurant for your Big Day. The space comprises several rooms, patios and outdoor areas which can be perfectly configured to accommodate your guests for a delightful indoor/outdoor wedding celebration. You are welcome to customize the menu to suit your tastes and budget and your guest will enjoy savoring traditional fine-dining French cuisine including Pan-seared Duck, Grilled Fillet Mignon or delectable Coq au Vin.
Petite Violette, 2948 Clairmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, Phone: 404-634-6268
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17.Maui Tropical Plantation, Hawaii
If you are lucky enough to be planning your dream wedding in Hawaii, you need look no further than the brilliant Maui Tropical Plantation for a magical setting for your Big Day. The lush grounds of the plantation offer multiple options for a wonderful indoor/outdoor celebration as well as a multitude of beautiful outdoor photo opportunities. The venue offers the services of an expert events-management team who will ensure everything runs according to plan. You wedding package includes the use of a bridal suite, set-up and break-down and all the necessary décor items to set the scene for your most important celebration.
Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapi’ilani Highway, Waikapu, Hawaii 96793, Phone: 808-244-7643
18.Town Hall, Holliston, MA
If you are looking for a budget-friendly event venue in Holliston, the stately old Town Hall could be exactly what you need. The property is available for rental to both Holliston residents and visitors and rental fees are extremely affordable. You will need to apply for a one-day liquor license if you plan to serve alcohol and there is a small additional fee for special lighting and sound equipment, if required. You will be able to select your own caterers, vendors and licensed barman to further reduce costs. The event space can be dressed up to suit most wedding themes and is large enough to accommodate up to 250 guests. Rental includes the use of tables and 160 chairs.
Upper Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746, Phone: 508-429-0601
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19.Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
There are many wedding venues in Las Vegas, but the Tuscany Suites and Casino has a solid reputation for offering great value for money in an attractive setting. The hotel is located just off the strip, but is still close enough for your visitors to spend some time enjoying the buzz of the city. You can host both your ceremony and reception on site – there is a quaint little wedding chapel with a Tuscan theme and you can enjoy a wonderful indoor reception. All your out-of-town guests can be accommodated on site in comfortable suites and the hotel offers group discounts to couples who are hosting their wedding on site.
Tuscany Suites and Casino, 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, Phone: 702-893-8933
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20.Pentagis Renaissance, Scotch Plains, NJ
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Over the last four decades the Pentagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains has built a solid reputation as an affordable wedding and event venue. The elegant venue has nine event spaces for you to choose from, depending on the size of your guest list, and their unbeatable wedding packages start at less than fifty dollars per person. You get a full service wedding venue, excellent service from an enthusiastic team and a wide choice of menus to suit your tastes and budget. You can exchange your vows outdoors under a pretty wedding gazebo is you would like to have both your ceremony and reception under one roof.
Pentagis Renaissance, 250 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, Phone: 908-322-7726
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21.Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque offers an affordable indoor/outdoor wedding venue which can accommodate up to 200 guests. There is also a lovely smaller room which will suit more intimate wedding parties of up to 100. If you would like to exchange vows outside you can use the courtyard area, where you guests can admire some interesting architecture and murals while they wait for you to make your grand entrance. The venue offers a variety of wedding packages to suit all budgets and the packages include just about everything you need to celebrate in style including tables, chairs, linen, décor and a dance floor.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, Phone: 515-210-7868
22.Gary’s Loft, New York, NY
New York couples who are searching for a sophisticated wedding venue with a real WOW factor should consider Gary’s Lofts. This amazing Manhattan penthouse is located right next door to the Empire State Building, offering stunning skyline views from the outdoor rooftop deck. The interior is elegant and light-filled, with large windows, white floors and white walls, just awaiting your choice of décor. The venue offers a full-service wedding package including set-up and break down but you are free to bring in your own approved caterer and vendors of your choice for all the essential little extras. You may host your ceremony on the outdoor rooftop deck.
Gary’s Loft, 28 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018, Phone: 917-837-2420
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23.1812 Hitching Post Weddings, Harmony, NC
At the 1812 Hitching Post Farm you can have the wedding of your dreams designed to perfectly fit your budget. The venue is absolutely beautiful, located on a 26-acre farm and boasts enormous shady oak trees which offer a perfect spot to hold your ceremony. Should the weather turn ominous your ceremony can easily be moved into the tented courtyard. To keep costs down you can take advantage of their winter weddings, packages for smaller weddings of up to 40 guests, or even plan an intimate elopement wedding for up to 20 guests. At the other end of the scale, you can book out the entire property for a weekend all-inclusive package for up to 200 guests.
1812 Hitching Post Weddings, 2463 Turnersburg Hwy, Harmony, NC 28634, Phone: 704-437-1710
24.Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA
The warm and welcoming interior of the Manayunk Brewery, coupled with a bright and sunny outdoor terrace, make for an ideal affordable wedding venue in Philadelphia. The interior of the brewery offers a large industrial-chic space which perfectly lends itself to an elegant celebration with the minimum need of décor. There are multiple excellent spots for your photographer to use, both inside the brewery and in the surrounding gardens. The venue has a team of experienced event coordinators to assist you to plan every detail of your Big Day and there is wonderful craft beer on tap for your guests to enjoy.
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, Phone: 215-482-8220
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25.The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA
The historic Casino at Lakemont Park offers stunning views out over the lake and a choice of elegant and contemporary banqueting spaces which can be personalized to suit your long awaited wedding day. The venue offers several very affordable wedding packages, all of which include elegant tables, chairs and linens, a coffee station and a cake-cutting service. You can also choose your bar package to suit your budget. The Casino is located close to various hotels for your out-of-town guests and there is ample on-site parking. The venue will also be happy to arrange your rehearsal dinner and even a post-wedding brunch.
The Casino at Lakemont Park, 300 Lakemont Park Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602, Phone: 814-944-6775
25 Best Affordable Wedding Venues in the United States
- Lucky Dragon, Lake Stevens, WA, Photo: Alyona/stock.adobe.com
- Crystal Peak, Winchester, CT, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Milwaukee County Historical Center, Milwaukee, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- The Arboretum Club, Buffalo Grove, IL, Photo: Renee/stock.adobe.com
- Coral Gables Women’s Club, Coral Gables, FL, Photo: Coral Gables Women’s Club
- Wickham Park, Manchester, CT, Photo: Aleksandr/stock.adobe.com
- Rocky Neck Pavilion, Niantic, Photo: Pavlo Melnyk/stock.adobe.com
- New Denver Church, Denver, CO, Photo: lisovoy/stock.adobe.com
- Denver Botanical Gardens, Photo: Galka3250/stock.adobe.com
- Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, MA, Photo: elitravo/stock.adobe.com
- Waveny House, New Canaan, CT, Photo: kartheas/stock.adobe.com
- Dranesville Tavern, Fairfax, VA, Photo: illustrissima/stock.adobe.com
- Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati, OH, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Photo: TETYANA/stock.adobe.com
- The Mary Gay House, Decatur, GA, Photo: miladrumeva/stock.adobe.com
- Petite Violette (Formerly known as Petite Auberge), Atlanta, GA, Photo: spirenko/stock.adobe.com
- Maui Tropical Plantation, Hawaii, Photo: Space_Cat/stock.adobe.com
- Town Hall, Holliston, MA, Photo: Aleksei/stock.adobe.com
- Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, Photo: pridannikov/stock.adobe.com
- Pentagis Renaissance, Scotch Plains, NJ, Photo: Pentagis Renaissance
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, Photo: syed/stock.adobe.com
- Gary’s Loft, New York, NY, Photo: Renee/stock.adobe.com
- 1812 Hitching Post Weddings, Harmony, NC, Photo: Renee/stock.adobe.com
- Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA, Photo: satit/stock.adobe.com
- The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
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