When you’re planning your wedding and on the search for cheap wedding venues, you can quickly become disillusioned if the traditional wedding venues near you (or where you’re planning to have the wedding) just won’t fit into your budget – or your theme. For those of you facing this dilemma, we’ve put together a list of some unique wedding venues that could prove to be affordable and fun for your special day!
Unique Wedding Venues
You might be surprised to find out that renting out a movie theater isn’t as much as you’d think. Most go for about $300-$1000 depending upon day of the week, time of day, and what all you need (projector/audio/visual, food, etc.). This is the perfect spot for those looking to do a hollywood themed wedding, as most will play either a movie currently in theaters or you can bring in a dvd.
Drive-in Movie Theater
If you’re lucky enough to still have an operating drive-in theater near you, this may be just the theme you were looking for. You may be able to reach out to your local theater and ask if it’s possible to rent a screen for an early completely private showing, or for a standard night time showing where you buy out that screen’s tickets. If you really try, they may even be able to schedule something where you can have your ceremony, reception, and cap it off with a movie screening. You may be thinking, “but I don’t want everyone to sit in their cars the whole time” – who said they had to? You can still rent tables, chairs, the works and set up a reception site, with the screen as your backdrop.
Stages & Local Theaters
Following the same thread as movie theaters, you may have a local playhouse or community center with a stage. What better spot for the wedding table, a band, or even the dance floor?
As we’ve mentioned before, restaurants can prove to be quite the budget saver if you have a small enough guest list to accommodate. Many have private rooms or are willing to section off an area for a pre-determined, and paid for, amount of guests. Your decor will probably be less flexible, but it won’t look sparse, because you’ll have the ambient decor of the restaurant already built in.
Local “Tour” Buyout (Chicago river boat tour, Seattle harbor cruise, etc.)
This is a really fun idea, if you live in a town or city with a local “tour”, consider contacting them to see if you could charter a private tour for your wedding; allowing you and your guests to experience the sights of your great city, while moving about and changing views constantly. This is definitely best geared towards boat oriented tours, as a bus isn’t going to be fun for anyone – except maybe a double decker open top. Bonus points if you have a special memory regarding the tour and you incorporate that into the wedding.
Local Mansions or Monuments
Some locales have monuments or even mansions that aren’t used as residences (in part or in whole) any longer, and in addition to offering usual tours, they have the option for you to rent out portions for an event. Sometimes you’ll be able to rent out just their lawn for a lesser cost, further keeping your budget intact.
Whatcha think? Do these sound fun, and like they’d fit your special day? Unique wedding venues can save you plenty of money, while giving you a fun twist on your big day.