You can save money on wedding venues by nailing down your guest list from the get go. If you start looking at venues, and happen to fall in love with one that seats 300, but only invite 75 (due to budgeting, desires, anything) – you’ll be paying a premium for the space and not necessarily benefitting from it’s ability to be useful. You’ll also run into areas where you’ll want extra decor put up (columns, vases/flowers, pipe and drape, etc.) to fill your space more. In that same breath, you don’t want to just go trying to fill out your guest list to fit the 300 people, because you’ll still need to feed and provide drinks for those guests – and if they weren’t on your guest list to start with, you probably don’t honestly want them at your wedding. This is why it’s important to choose a venue that fits your guest list. Below is a quick breakdown of average space for the most common types of venues. Not all will fit into this, but it should give you a good idea of how much space you’ll need and the types of venues to look into.
Restaurant Private Room: 30-80 guests
Restaurant Buy-Out: 80-120 guests
Banquet Halls: 300+ guests
Golf Courses: 150 guests
Of course, these are very round numbers, and should be used as a guideline, and of course – you can definitely use a venue that holds more than you’re inviting. You can’t use a venue for less people than you’re inviting, unless you want the fire marshall coming to shut your party down.