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Wedding Ceremony Venue Cost


How Much Does a Wedding Ceremony Venue Cost?

 
low costLow: $100-$300average costAverage: $435high costHigh: $1,500-$6,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • Many local, county and state parks and recreation departments offer venues -- usually outdoors with picnic shelters or a building on park property for rent for very low rates -- from $50 to $300 for a few hours.
  • Small art galleries, libraries and community theaters sometimes offer reasonable rental rates ranging from $300 to $1,500.
  • Ritzy urban loft spaces, historical mansions and botanical gardens offer rental space for $1,500 to $6,000 or more.
  • The average total cost of a wedding ceremony location is $435, according to The Bridal Association of America[1] .
Related articles: Wedding Chapel or Site, Officiant, Wedding Reception Venue

What should be included:
  • Typically, the venue staff meet with the couple and allow visits to plan the logistics.
Additional costs:
  • For outdoor weddings, it is wise to make alternate arrangements in case of rain, which can mean renting a tent for about $300 to several thousand dollars, depending on the type of tent and number of guests.
  • Some venues charge extra for a wedding rehearsal.
Discounts:
  • Many locations offer substantially discounted rates during off-peak times such as weekday evenings or weekend afternoons. Some botanical gardens offer reduced rates in fall and winter.
  • Tip: Botanical gardens, museums and libraries sometimes offer facility rental discounts for members.
Shopping for a wedding ceremony venue:
  • It is important to begin shopping for a location very early.
  • TheKnot.com[2] offers lists of local ceremony and reception venues -- from hotels to museums to historical mansions.
  • BridalGuide.com[3] has a guide to choosing a ceremony location.
  • For couples who want to get married in an exotic locale within the United States or in a foreign country, Brides.com offers a planning guide for destination weddings.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/Wedding_Statistics/
  2.  wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors.aspx
  3.  www.bridalguide.com/
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