Your venue is more than just a place to have your wedding. Choosing the right location plays a major role in the look and feel of your celebration—and can often account for up to half of your total wedding budget. If the thought of writing a large check is making you consider eloping, don’t panic. There are plenty of budget-friendly wedding venues that don’t sacrifice on style and personality.
“Choosing a less expensive venue will enable you to spend more of your budget on the things that matter most to you—whether that's food and beverage, design and decor, or photography,” says Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events.
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Amy Nichols is a wedding planner based in San Francisco with a focus on California-based and destination weddings.
How to Book an Affordable Wedding Venue
Choosing an affordable option will all come down to what your total wedding budget looks like. Typically, a couple will devote at least 40 percent of their budget to their venue, as venue fees can run anywhere between $3,000 to $15,000.
“If you don't have a planner, start by thinking about places in your area that are naturally beautiful, or have meaning to you and your fiancé,” says Nichols. “This could mean public parks, beaches, vistas, or other public areas. Generally speaking, venues like that will have lower site fees than say a hotel or resort.” It’s also important to consider what other wedding necessities will be included if your rental is wrapped up into a package fee. According to Nichols, there are definitely a few key points to keep in mind when booking a venue on a budget to be sure you're not adding more stress to the big day:
- Asking your wedding planner for a list of venues to best suit your budget will help to avoid countless hours of searching on Google and Instagram.
- Double-check if the pricing stated includes items such as tables, chairs, any décor or games, or even catering.
- When considering a public space as your venue, double-check if the space is required to stay open to the public during the event.
- If your date is flexible, work with the venue on finding the best date to suit your budget, even if it’s a Friday or Sunday.
To get the planning started, here are 16 of our favorite affordable wedding venue ideas, plus some totally stunning examples that will serve up serious inspiration.
Considering an outdoor wedding in a park or garden? Some of the most popular (think Beaulieu Garden in Napa Valley, California, or the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh) can have years-long waitlists and budget-busting prices. National parks, on the other hand, offer special use permits for a fraction of the cost, and they give you a chance to tie the knot surrounded by nature. Visit the National Park Service’s website to find the permit requirements for the park of your choice, where fees will run you around $100.
Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
How could you resist a ceremony site with a name like this? Bridalveil Falls is an easy 1⁄2-mile loop near the entrance to Yosemite, and is one of the first falls you’ll see in the park. A special use permit at Yosemite costs $150.
Upper Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A one-and-a-half-mile hike (with both a dirt trail and paved path available) leads you to a gorgeous spot with uninterrupted views of the Continental Divide. The open Upper Beaver Meadows will make you feel like you’re the only ones in the world—except for the herds of elk nearby. A special use permit at Rocky Mountain National Park costs $350.
Timber Creek Overlook, Zion National Park, Utah
Looking to keep your ceremony small? To maintain the area, Zion limits groups hiking to the Timber Creek Overlook to 12 or less—perfect for a mountain elopement. The trail follows a ridge overlooking the Kolob Canyons, and you can even see Mt. Trumbull at the northern edge of the Grand Canyon. Head there in the summer for a spectacular wildflower display. A special use permit at Zion National Park costs $100.
Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington
Trade an altar for the lush, green canopy of the Hoh Rain Forest. Mosses and ferns give the forest an enchanted feel, and a number of short nature loops and longer hiking trails mean you can keep walking until your ceremony spot feels right. A special use permit at Olympic National Park costs $50.
Moran Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
This iconic park is probably the best known in the country, which means finding a secluded spot for your ceremony is key. Moran Point, west of the main viewpoint on Desert View Drive, never gets quite as busy, but still offers those same spectacular views of the canyon and the Colorado River below. A wedding permit at Grand Canyon National Park costs $240.
A city hall wedding doesn’t have to be an elopement. While most are designed for more intimate groups, you can still say “I do” with close friends and family in attendance. Many are housed in historic buildings, so even if the ceremony room isn't gorgeous, the post-ceremony photos on the front steps will be. As a bonus, having a ceremony at city hall is super affordable, and is usually a small fee in addition to the cost of your marriage license.
San Francisco City Hall
Yes, the stunning San Francisco City Hall may scream “luxury wedding venue,” but you don’t have to rent the building for the entire night. Host a simple celebration Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with up to 100 guests for $1,000. Sure, it’s more expensive than a civil ceremony at the Office of the County Clerk ($93, plus the $112 marriage license fee), but the setting and the history make the investment well worth it.
St. Louis City Hall
For a ceremony only, the rotunda at St. Louis City Hall is a steal—only $150 for a group of fewer than 99 people. You’ll have access to the space for two hours (including photos), which is plenty of time for a walk down the aisle and a kiss. This dramatic space was inspired by the Hotel de Ville in Paris and will infuse your celebration with French opulence.
Atlanta City Hall
Atlanta City Hall offers a few different options for on-site ceremonies. A number of judges are available to perform ceremonies in their chambers, by appointment, and do not charge an additional fee beyond your marriage license. Some are also available for off-site or after-hours ceremonies, for which an additional fee may be charged. Looking for something a little more formal? Much like San Francisco City Hall, certain parts of the building are available to rent for your wedding celebration. Wed beneath 1929 chandeliers in the Old Council Chambers for $1,500, or celebrate in the City Hall Atrium for between $2,500 and $3,500, depending on the date and time.
Philadelphia City Hall
The largest city building in the country, Philadelphia City Hall is known for its towering granite facade and Baroque design. Wedding appointments at City Hall are released on a monthly basis, so when you’re picking up your license, ask about when available slots will be released. The fee for a marriage license is $90, but additional fees may apply for the ceremony itself.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn Borough Hall is a Greek Revival–style building with can’t-miss columns, photo-worthy steps, and overlooks the municipal building where civil ceremonies are held. Wait 24 hours after applying for your marriage license, get in line with your $25 fee in hand, then head to Brooklyn Borough Hall once it’s official for photos.
More than an affordable way to find a place to stay, Airbnb is full of gorgeous private properties that can be (affordably!) rented for your wedding celebration. Bonus: You and your wedding party will have sleeping accommodations right on-site as well. Just be sure to consider all of the other rentals that may need to be brought in to accommodate the space. "The thing to keep in mind is that if you're planning your wedding at a place that does not include in-house services, the cost will be significant to bring in things like tables, chairs, and catering," says Nichols. Prices for Airbnb fees definitely vary based on location and size, but if you’re willing to do a little digging, we bet there’s a perfect spot for you.
A Washington Lodge on the River
Escape to this waterfront lodge in the Pacific Northwest for a dreamy outdoor wedding. This 12,000-square-foot lodge has plenty of space to accommodate at least 40 guests, and there's even tables, chairs, and tablecloths for use on-site. Pricing ranges between $2,000 to $3,000 per night, giving you everything you need to tie the knot all wrapped up into one location.
A Modern Loft in New York City
Is there anything cooler than a loft wedding in New York City? The owner has a full-service event planning company, making planning your big day so easy. With space for up to 65 guests and the perfect central location (right on 23rd street), your wedding will truly be a celebration to remember. Evening rentals begin at $1,500.
A Cancun Beach House With a Private Dock
Looking for a dreamy seaside escape? At under $600 per night, this Cancun beach house can be yours for the weekend. There's rooms to host a maximum of 22 guests to celebrate your nuptials, and you can choose between an intimate ceremony on the grounds, or head to the private dock on the beach for a stunning backdrop.
An Italian Countryside Villa
Ready to be whisked off to Tuscany? This gorgeous villa allows you to get married in the heart of the Italian countryside. With a 17th-century farmhouse and stunning olive groves and oak trees on the property, this property is beaming with historic charm. Plus, there's room to host 26 guests. Pricing varies by seasons, but with bookings under $2,000 per night, this is a gorgeous option for a destination wedding.
Barn at Madeline Island in Wisconsin
This barn home has serious history. The hand-hewn beams and barn board walls come from a 200-year-old barn in Vermont that was lovingly disassembled, transported, and constructed into this waterfront home. Surrounded by white pine forest and with private lakefront access, it’s the perfect cozy spot for a family retreat—or an intimate wedding. For a group of 35 or fewer, settle into the property and fill your wedding weekend with kayaking, biking, and long nights under the stars on the back deck. Rates start under $1,000 per night, and the minimum stay varies depending on the season.
While having a backyard wedding definitely isn’t free, the amount you’ll save on a venue means you’ll have more to spend on the necessities (like furniture rentals, décor, and catering). It also gives you a cozy and comfortable place to get ready, and it means you’ll always be able to go back to visit where you tied the knot. Of course, there are few things to consider. Be sure to check with your town and county about permitting and insurance, and consider looking into renting luxury portable restrooms (so your home’s system isn’t overloaded).
A Sophisticated Backyard Wedding in Connecticut
A wedding producer at Fête NY, Allison Aronne has years of experience planning weddings, but planning her wedding to Ryan Beauchamp was that much more special of a job. And through her industry connections, Aronne found the perfect location for their nuptials—her boss, Jung Lee's, stunning backyard in Kent, Connecticut. With a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony and the most beautiful tent set up on the lawn for dinner, this backyard wedding left no detail untouched.
A Backyard Wedding at a Historic Maryland Farm
One couple opted to say "I do" on the 17th-century farm in Maryland where the bride grew up. It was the perfect setting for their English garden-inspired celebration—plus, thanks to the acres and acres of farmland, it had more than enough space for their 220 guests.
A Poolside Backyard Wedding
What do you think about partying poolside for your wedding? One real couple pulled it off flawlessly with a stunning backyard wedding at the bride's childhood home in Kansas City. With a gorgeous brick patio, paired with a beautiful white and floral altar, this backyard soirée was timelessly elegant.
Don’t forget parking when it comes to a backyard wedding. Check with the local police department about on-street parking permits, or consider arranging for shuttles from the local hotel so you’re not filling your driveway with cars.
A Backyard Wedding at the Bride's Family Home in Arizona
While wedding planning, Samantha and Greg decided to move back to her home state of Arizona, and that they'd get married there too—at Samantha’s childhood home in Tempe. “We wanted to share our love for the state with our family and friends,” the bride says. They invited 225 people to her parents' home for a backyard wedding that was inspired by Father of the Bride.
Who says you need to go far to tie the knot? If you hold a special place in your heart, it might just be the perfect venue. Hosting your wedding at your childhood home, or the home your partner grew up in, can add so much more meaning to the day.
A New England Home
When your family home is a stunning Padanaram Village property in Massachusetts, you don't have to go far to tie the knot in a gorgeous setting. Real couple Maddy and Andrew both had ties to the New England area, and Maddy dreamed of showing off the important place she considered her own summer oasis to friends and family. With a stunning harbor backdrop for the ceremony and a lovely dinner set up on the lawn, this wedding brought together the perfect balance of nostalgic childhood memories and a toast to the future.
A Welcoming Home in Michigan
Wedding planner Alicia Fritz wanted to evoke the feeling of a welcoming atmosphere when it came to her wedding. What better way to fill a house with love and laughter than to invite all of your closest friends and family to celebrate your big day? Alicia and Matt's wedding kicked off with lawn games at their Michigan home, followed by a ceremony by the property's fern-covered forest, and a reception under a black tent on the lawn.
A Childhood Home Covered in Wildflowers
Annie Starke and Marc Albu knew they wanted to tie the knot at Annie's childhood home from the very beginning of planning their wedding. Located in Bedford Hills, New York, the couple held onto so many memories of the property, and they knew it would be the perfect place to bring together family and friends to celebrate. The ceremony was held beneath apple trees on the property, followed by a tented dinner set amongst a stunning wildflower field.
If a seaside soirée has been your lifelong wedding dream, you can absolutely make it happen. Of course, booking a venue that's actually on the beach is doable, but it may come with a hefty price tag. Consider asking friends or family members who have access to beaches to help you out, or look for a vacation rental on the beach that will allow an intimate gathering.
A Seaside Wedding at a Friend's Private Beach
The beauty of a beach wedding is that it has the potential not to cost a penny at all when it comes to venue fees. This real couple asked a friend if they could have access to a remote private beach on Rockells Bay in New Zealand for their wedding. With a ceremony on the water and a champagne toast and picnic on the sand, this beachside wedding was such a stunning day, without a huge bill.
A South Carolina Beach Wedding at the Bride's Childhood Home
If you're lucky enough to have beach access from your childhood home, why not use it as the perfect backdrop for your nuptials? Real bride Lauren Schaper knew from the age of seven years old that's what she wanted to do, and she made it happen when she married her partner. With a ceremony on the beach and a tented reception on the lawn of this family home, this South Carolina wedding made perfect use of easy beach access for a gorgeous wedding.
A Beachside Wedding Punta Mita, Mexico
If you're lucky enough to have access to a family beach house in Mexico, it may be the perfect answer to planning a destination wedding. Often, destination beachside weddings come with venue fees, or at least the rental of an Airbnb. But with this option, the couple didn't need to factor venue costs into their beachside wedding at all.
Getting married at a courthouse can sometimes get a bad rap, but there are some stunning architectural options out there. And we are totally here for them. Get married for next to nothing, and set up a photoshoot on the front steps or lawn of the courthouse to commemorate the day.
Santa Barbara Courthouse
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a stunning, historical spot to host a wedding. Built in 1929, the Spanish-Moorish architecture provides the perfect background for your nuptials, surrounded by beautifully maintained lawns and gardens. Couples can reserve the Courthouse Gardens space for $900, with an additional $200 reservation fee, with a maximum capacity of 250 guests.
The Historic DeKalb Courthouse
While this courthouse may no longer be a government seat, it’s a gorgeous reason to get out of Atlanta. The beautiful marble building operates as a museum and offers weekday, daytime rental of a number of stunning spaces for just $650.
Beverly Hills Courthouse
The Beverly Hills Courthouse is the perfect option for a couple looking for a quick elopement option in style. The courthouse boasts stunning architecture, along with a volunteer marriage ceremony program that schedules volunteers who truly want to be part of your special day to perform your ceremony. The marriage license fee is $91, and the ceremony fee is $35, for an incredibly affordable option. And when the ceremony is done, you can head out to meet your photographer to capture stunning photos on the front steps.
Of course, libraries are a special venue option for the couple who loves literature. But, libraries have the potential to offer something special to everyone, as some of these historic options are simply beaming with historic charm and elegance.
George Peabody Public Library
With space for 170 to 200, depending on seating, the George Peabody Library at John Hopkins University in Maryland is absolutely dreamy. Host your wedding amongst the stacks in this storybook setting. Rental fees are certainly pricier on Saturdays, but if you're open to a Friday or Sunday wedding, or even a weekday, you can rent this beautiful space starting at $5,000.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library is world-renowned as a beautiful wedding venue, and with that title can certainly come increased venue fees. Luckily, this library setting offers several room options for rentals, ranging in price. If you're hoping to get married in this historic spot but need to keep your budget down, the courtyard offers a stunning option with rates starting at $6,500, or the Guastavino Room offers a gorgeous columned space for a reception starting at $3,000.
Providence Public Library
Providence Public Library in Rhode Island offers the most stunning early 1900s architecture to host your nuptials. With marble flooring and hand-carved details, this space is absolutely spectacular. And with a capacity for 200 to 300 guests, you won't have to leave anybody off the guest list. Rental rates range from $2,500 to $6,000, based on your date and time, with access to multiple rooms.
Beaming with architectural and artistic charm, museums are another unique option when it comes to wedding venues. Transport yourself to another world, depending on the space you book. But with these options, be sure to consider that there may be quite a few venue rules to follow.
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913, offering a space to showcase a vast collection of art. It's also the perfect place to host your nuptials, offering multiple spaces for a ceremony including The Ames Family Atrium, as well as an on-site restaurant and private banquet room. Rental fees for this artistic gem start at $3,500.
American Visionary Arts Museum
The American Visionary Arts Museum offers multiple dreamy locations throughout the property to host a beautiful wedding. The Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden provides room for 130 guests, complete with outdoor garden space for a ceremony or the use of a stunning marble spiral staircase as a backdrop. Hoping for a restaurant setting instead? The on-property restaurant also boasts an outdoor terrace for ceremonies. Choose from a variety of space options, ranging from $750 to $9,000 to accommodate any guest list and budget.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
What better place to host an outdoor wedding than a gorgeous sculpture park, right? Located in Lincoln, Massachusetts, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the perfect wedding location for the couple that loves art and the outdoors. Wedding events can be hosted on the Sculpture Terrace, on the Rappaport Roof Terrace, or inside the Dewey Gallery, and pricing ranges from $4,500 to $7,000, depending on your date.
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Located in downtown Detroit, the Detroit Institute of the Arts was constructed in 1927. The early 1900s architecture still stands tall, beaming with historic charm throughout multiple beautiful spaces for a ceremony and reception. The Walter B. Ford Great Hall boasts gorgeous decor, with space for 300 seated guests, requiring a rental fee of $5,000. Other options on-site range from $500 to $4,000 and can be used on their own, or in addition to, the Great Hall.
Restaurants are often overlooked as wedding venues, but they can truly offer something special. Many restaurants design their spaces to accommodate large groups, whether they offer a private patio or a banquet room, or they allow a full buy-out. "Restaurants and country clubs tend to have lower food and beverage minimums than luxury resorts or private estates," says Nichols. And the beauty of those minimums is that sometimes it may be the only fee you're required to pay, rather than a rental fee on top of it.
Coohills restaurant, located in downtown Denver, has multiple options for any group size from 30 to 60 or 100 guests. On the high-demand days, the food and beverage minimum for Coohills is $15,000, with less-in-demand days coming in between $10,000 to $12,000. The beauty of the minimum is that there is no venue fee, and any dinner and drink orders go toward the minimum. Coohills even does wedding cakes, which will apply to hit your minimum as well.
If you're considering a restaurant wedding with a food and beverage minimum, be sure to check if you can incorporate dessert into your minimum to ultimately cut down on outside costs. Often, restaurants may have a pastry chef on-site to accommodate the request.
Want the same vibe of a winery wedding without a huge expense? City Winery in D.C. is just the place. With exposed brick, a gorgeous wall made of pieces of barrels, and views of aging oak barrels, this is a gorgeous option for groups of 120 guests. And while this unique venue doesn’t require a separate venue fee, it offers a unique package option to accommodate your guest count. At a rate of $175 per person, you’ll have access to private event space and a wedding suite, with the addition of passed hors d’ oeuvres, a seated two-course dinner, sweet treats, and an open bar. There’s plenty of other add-ons including linens, tables, and chairs, along with a dedicated event manager to make sure things run smoothly. And with a rate per person, including all of these options, you won’t have to worry about much more than just showing up and getting dressed.
Bottino has been a New York staple for years, offering expertly prepared Italian cuisine in the Chelsea neighborhood. But the restaurant doesn’t just offer great food—it also boasts a stunning garden patio perfect for intimate weddings. The covered North Garden patio offers space for 34 guests, with a food and beverage minimum of $2,200. Guests can also opt for a smaller space, the East Garden, offering seating at a maximum of 26 with a food and beverage minimum of $1,200.
Hosting your wedding at a café may offer the perfect vibe for an intimate ceremony and reception. Cafés are often decked out with lively decor, offering the chance to play off of it for your wedding theme. Cafés can range from coffee shops to small bistros with garden patios, presenting so many gorgeous options for a unique venue.
Soho South Café
Located in Savannah, Georgia, Soho South Café is well-known for its Sunday brunch, but it also boasts a gorgeous, unique event space. The building was built in 1945, serving as an automotive service station until it was transformed into the gem it is today. The quirky space is decked in string lights, offering the perfect backdrop for a reception dinner or party on the dance floor. And with a full kitchen on-site, planning a wedding here is pretty simple. Couples can expect to budget for a $3,500 venue rental fee, with a $3,500 food and beverage minimum to apply to all of that delicious in-house food and drink.
Anodyne Coffee is a lovely café in Milwaukee offering venue space near the waterfront. The space is set in a rustic building build that once served as a warehouse, offering stunning exposed wooden beams and original brick. With plenty of warm ambiance in the space, it can also comfortably accommodate a crowd of 150 guests. Fees for the space range, with a Saturday wedding set at $2,800, which covers the ceremony and reception on-site, including tables and chairs, bartenders, and even a day-of coordinator.
San Francisco’s Stable Café offers a gorgeous garden patio for weddings and reception dinners. The stunning space boasts warm wood tones and rustic brick for a bohemian vibe, offering the perfect spot for an intimate wedding. Rental fees range from $4,500 to $5,500, depending on rental date and party size.
Want to announce your nuptials in style? The idea of getting married in a theater is absolutely timeless, incorporating elements from when you were teens. And the best part is that it's totally affordable.
Grand Canadian Theater
If you've always wanted to see your name light up on a marquee, The Grand Canadian Theater is definitely the venue for you. This unique gem in Purcell, Oklahoma boasts gorgeous architecture featuring a 1930s Hollywood glam vibe. All-day rental options start at $4,400 which gives you space for your ceremony, along with bar and lounge areas, tables and chairs, plenty of parking, and, of course, your new married name on the big marquee.
The Stifel Theatre, located in St. Louis, is such a timeless, stunning option for a sophisticated wedding. The 3,100-seat theatre opened in 1934, and since its debut, performers such as Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones have graced the stage. Now, you can utilize this historic gem for your wedding, hosting your nuptials in the main theatre, or options for the grand lobby or ballroom instead. Rental fees range from $800 to $6,500 depending on your date and the space you choose, but your pricing will include tables and chairs, tableware, and an in-house event manager to help with your big day.
The Clay Theatre, located in Green Cove Springs, Florida is a revitalized movie theatre offering the perfect space for a unique wedding. With room for up to 250 guests and multiple ceremony locations including a gorgeous courtyard or the option to get married under the lighted marquee, this is truly a unique option to fit your budget. Wedding packages range from $5,500 to $10,500, but that pricing includes your venue rental, tables, chairs, and linens, along with custom lighting, parking, and event management options depending on the package you choose.
Hotels have always been popular wedding venue options, especially as you can host all of your wedding events in one place, with nearby sleeping accommodations. And while there are plenty of options out there, the trick to finding an affordable hotel wedding venue is to look at boutique hotel options, offering a much lower venue rental price point.
La Valencia is a stunning property located in La Jolla, California, offering the most beautiful Mediterranean Style decor without having to hop on a plane. Host your ceremony in El Jardin with a gorgeous oceanside backdrop, and move the party to Patio Sol and Solarium, a gorgeous warm patio, for your reception. Venue rental fees range from $1,000 to $2,500 with a variety of options for add-ons, including food and beverage menus from La Valencia's on-site chef.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau
If you're looking to head to the mountains, Della Terra Mountain Chateau is the perfect option. Located right near Rocky Mountain National Park, this secluded Colorado gem is the ideal spot for a getaway wedding. Pricing ranges from $4,000 to $8,500 depending on your wedding date, which includes space to get ready before the ceremony, including exclusive use of your ceremony and reception spaces. Choose from multiple backdrops for your ceremony and photos and add-on mountain cabin rentals to complete the weekend.
Hotel Figueroa is one of the oldest hotels in downtown Los Angeles, and with that comes plenty of gorgeous character. This architectural gem offers multiple spaces for a ceremony and reception, including the option for private outdoor space to dine alfresco at Rick's with its unique black and white tiled floor and views of the L.A. skyline. Pricing begins at $149 per person, with plenty of flexibility, giving you a budget-friendly option if you're planning to host a more intimate wedding.
Blackwood Boutique Hotel
Located in the Pacific Northwest near Idaho's Lake Coeur D'Alene, The Blackwell is a stunning boutique hotel, offering options for any couple to work within a range of budgets. The early 1900s hotel is full of historic charm, with clawfoot bathtubs in most of the rooms, along with a stunning on-site gazebo and wraparound porch. Elopement packages start at $850, ranging up to $5,000 for an outdoor weekend ceremony for up to 150 guests.
Gardens and Greenhouses
A huge array of stunning blooms, big glass windows, and brick-paved sidewalks? Talk about a garden party wedding dream. Most cities operate some type of community garden or greenhouse, offering the perfect location for a romantic wedding. And the best part? Many of them are run by nonprofit organizations, making the venue fees low. Just be sure to confirm if the grounds stay open to the public during your rental, or if they close the gates. "Public spaces typically have less expensive site fees," says Nichols. "But the spaces may be required to stay open to the public, you may have short to limited set-up time for things like setting up chairs, and popular spaces book up far in advance."
Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory, located in Chicago, is the perfect way to escape to a tropical paradise without even hopping on a plane. This unique venue offers multiple greenhouse rooms, all with lush greenery and stunning, unique flowers. Couples can opt to rent specific areas of the conservatory, or rent all of the public spaces for $4,500.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Weddings hosted in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are simply magical, but there’s one catch—your wedding has to be held between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. But with that, comes a huge cost savings, offering a venue fee of only $600 for up to 50 people, with an additional $18 per person after that up to 60 guests. Couples can choose from the rose garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, or the water garden, depending on their preferred backdrop.
Wave Hill Gardens
Wave Hill Gardens offers a stunning garden setting in New York. Weddings can be booked for evenings once the gardens have closed to the public, offering your own beautiful, private space to tie the knot. Couples are required to be members of the gardens, paying for a tax-deductible membership in order to host their event. Pricing depends on your date and time, but options begin at $4,500.
The Jewel Box
The Jewel Box is a majestic venue option, standing tall in St. Louis, Missouri. With 50-foot-tall glass windows, its historic art-deco style is simply stunning. The 1936 structure is located in Forest Park, offering plenty of photo ops along the grounds. The rental fee for The Jewel Box is $1,000, including 250 chairs. You’ll need to supply any other equipment you’d like to have on-site, but be aware that nails, screws, tape, and tacks are prohibited for use in the space, so plan your activities and decorations accordingly.
For a rustic-style wedding, there's no better venue than an actual farm or ranch, complete with a stunning barn for a party. Often, these sites offer multiple options on the property for a gorgeous ceremony backdrop, along with plenty of space to roam for photos and room for a reception to follow, whether it's dinner on the lawn or a dance in the barn.
We can’t think of a better location for a stunning barn wedding than in Nashville, and Allenbrooke Farms is a gorgeous option. The venue is owned by two high school sweethearts, offering ceremony and reception options in the barn or on the lawn, with multiple suites to choose from for getting ready. Package pricing comes in under $7,000, with gorgeous rustic decorations, tables, and chairs, and even lawn games included.
Less than an hour outside of Austin, Texas, Montesino Ranch boasts 225 acres of stunning, expansive views. Couples can choose from a ceremony in the mountain view pavilion or find a unique spot on the grounds. The barn offers a gorgeous, rustic option for an indoor reception, but outside on the lawn is equally beautiful. Package prices range from $3,500 to $6,000, with the potential to include lodging as well.
Stonehouse Lavender Farm
Stonehouse Lavender Farm, located in Fairmont, West Virginia, is a stunning 20-acre property beaming with rustic elegance. Host your wedding amongst lavender fields and take your photos in front of the property's 170-year-old stone house. Booking fees start at $6,000 for full weekend packages, including the use of the grounds for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, complete with tables and chairs, white tablecloths and napkins, and even a catering prep kitchen.
If you're hoping to capture historic charm throughout your wedding, then a historic wedding venue will be your best bet. Just remember, there may be several rules to follow to preserve the age-old architecture.
Does getting married in a castle sound totally unattainable? Think again. Atlanta’s Rhodes Hall is the perfect option, boasting a stunning fairytale vibe, all while fitting into your budget. Built in 1904, this incredible mansion is constructed entirely of granite, accompanied by Victorian design. Rental fees for the site range from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on date, size, and length of event, but wedding fees include complimentary time for your wedding photos, as well as rehearsal time.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
Yes, you can absolutely get married in an ancient monastery. And the best part is that you can easily do it on a budget. The stunning Ancient Spanish Monastery sits in North Beach, Florida, but the materials used to construct the buildings originally came from a monastery built in northern Spain in 1141 AD. Wedding packages for a ceremony and reception range from $6,000 to $9,000 depending on the location chosen on the grounds and the number of guests.
16th-Century Fenton Tower
Fenton Tower, nestled in Kingston, United Kingdom is an absolute dream for the couple obsessed with history. Built in 1570, this property is simply beaming with historic charm. For under $3,000 a night, you can host up to 13 guests in this spectacular spot, complete with stunning views of the East Lothian countryside from the top of the tower.