13 Affordable Wedding Venue Options (That Don't Feel Cheap)

A backyard BBQ isn't the only option for a budget-friendly wedding!

Affordable Wedding Venue Options | Brazilian Room, Berkeley CA

Brazilian Room

While the venue will take a healthy bite out of your overall wedding budget, you don't want it to consume the whole thing!

To get the most bang for your wedding buck, we recommend thinking "off": Have your wedding on an "off" day (e.g. Friday), or "off" season (e.g. January), or at an "off" time (e.g. morning) when venues don't usually book events.

And, of course, find an "off"-the-beaten-path venue! When you choose a nontraditional venue, like the 13 types listed below, you're likely to enjoy a unique setting along with a lower price point. And we call that a win-win.

Disclaimer: "Budget" is in the eye of the beholder. The following site types are typically on the more reasonable end of the pricing spectrum, but it bears mentioning that not ALL of them will always be affordable. Do your research, inquire directly with the venues you love, and be sure to ask about any special promotions!

1. Bed & Breakfast

Just think: a cozy, intimate space that feels like home, charming on-site guest rooms, and a quaint garden just perfect for your small outdoor ceremony. Plus, you get a built-in post-wedding brunch—eggs benny, anyone?

Cheap Wedding Venue Ideas | Bed & Breakfast

Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

2. Church, Chapel, or other House of Worship

If you and your fiancé want a spiritual ceremony, it makes sense to get married at a church, chapel, synagogue, or other house of worship. These sacred spaces require minimal financial investment, and some even have an adjacent hall for receptions.

Cheap Wedding Venues Near Me | Churches and chapels

Belltower Chapel and Garden

3. College or University

While the word "wedding" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of college, many campuses have incredibly picturesque locations to say "I do!". From historic libraries and serene chapels to manicured gardens, we're talking lots of options for hosting a beautiful—and budget-friendly!—wedding or civil union.

Weddings and Special Events at UC Berkeley

4. Community Center or Civic Building

Community centers and civic buildings are meant to be gathering places for social or cultural activities—so they're a natural fit for weddings! Many of these structures are historic, cutting-edge, or even eco-friendly, and can also be quite cost-effective for special events.

Budget-friendly wedding venues | Mill Valley Community Center

Mill Valley Community Center | Dan Chern Photography

5. Conference Center

A conference center is a full-service event space with amenities that may include everything from on-site catering to on-site guest rooms! These facilities can accommodate small to medium-sized meetings and events (as opposed to convention centers, which host large groups), and specialize in all-around hospitality without a five-star price tag.

Cheap Wedding Venues Near Me | Conference Centers

Riverside Receptions and Conference Center

6. Courthouse or City Hall

Of course, you can always get married at your local courthouse or City Hall! Some of these buildings are absolutely breathtaking, from San Francisco's City Hall with its jaw-dropping interior rotunda to Philadelphia's majestic City Hall constructed of brick, marble, and granite. Keep in mind that marriage license requirements vary, so do your research. Go to the website of the appropriate city/county Clerk's Office for the specifics.

Affordable Wedding Venue Options | Local Courthouse or City Hall

San Francisco City Hall | Sarah Eichstedt Photography

7. Museum, Library, or Gallery

Museums, libraries, and galleries—frequently known for dramatic architecture, incredible exhibits, and curated collections—are works of art in themselves! They often provide such a striking backdrop, you can end up saving a ton of money on décor.

Newlyweds walk in front of stained glass mural at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD

American Visionary Art Museum

8. Nightclub

If you want your wedding reception to have a cool nightclub vibe, then why not host your event in an actual nightclub? Once they turn down the EDM and turn off the strobe lights, many nightclubs magically transform into contemporary event spaces. And since they're not usually thought of when couples are venue hunting, most of them offer very affordable wedding packages.

Budget-friendly Wedding Venues | Nightclubs

House of Blues New Orleans | Willow Haley, Willow's World Photo

9. Nonprofit

It's great when your wedding can do some good long after your Big Day. If you host your celebration at a nonprofit venue, your rental fees will also support a charitable organization. Some nonprofit venues stay afloat through donations and volunteer work, so you can rest assured the money you're spending on your venue is going to a good cause. #winwin

Nonprofit Wedding Venues | Budget-friendly venues

The Parsonage at St. Johannes

10. Park

National, state, or even local city parks are a scenic-yet-sensible option for an outdoor wedding. Many of them contain lush gardens, verdant lawns, towering trees, mountain views, and even a beach! A special use permit may be required, so be sure to check with the park in advance.

Park Wedding Venues | Cheap Wedding Venue Ideas

Brookside Gardens

11. Restaurant

If you're a self-proclaimed "foodie" couple, hosting your wedding at a restaurant is a great way to eat, drink, and get married. Restaurant weddings can be quite reasonable, and come with the food, tables, chairs, drinks, and service staff already built in. Some even have private rooms to allow for a DJ and dance party!

Cost-effective Wedding Venues | Restaurants and Cafes

Lawry's The Prime Rib | Derek Chad Photography

12. Yachts and Boats

Get your nautical nuptials on! A wedding on the water is a cost-effective way to tie the knot. An all-inclusive vessel, panoramic views, and affordable pricing—what's not to love?

Affordable Wedding Venue Ideas | Yachts, Boats, and Cruises

Sun Dream Yacht Charters | Cary Diaz Photography

13. Zoos and Aquariums

Take a walk on the wild side at a zoo or aquarium! These venues offer an incredibly unique experience for a really reasonable price. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by wildlife…or dining next to a floor-to-ceiling glass tank full of sea life. What could be more perfect for creature-loving couples who want an unconventional (and unforgettable!) event!

Affordable Wedding Venue Ideas | Zoos and Aquariums

The Florida Aquarium | Lifelong Photography

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