Book a Wedding Venue for Less -- Savings Experiment

Book Wedding Venues for Less
Book Wedding Venues for Less

Depending on what you're going for, the costs of a wedding can easily add up. If you're looking to rent a venue for your big day, watch out for hidden fees that might have you paying much more than you intended. Here's what to look out for.

First, make sure the price you're getting for the venue is all-inclusive. When reviewing your contract, look out for the terms "additional costs may be incurred" and "plus the cost of setup and delivery." Always find out exactly what these extra costs are, as in some cases they can increase your price per person by as much as 30 percent.

Next, watch out for extra clean-up and breakdown costs. While full-service venues don't charge for these tasks, if you're only renting the space, expect fees for garbage removal, freight elevator use and cleaning.

Also keep an eye out for "non-approved" vendors fees. Some venues require you to use caterers, florists and videographers from their "preferred vendors" list and will charge up to 20 percent or more if you use your own people.

Lastly, remember that the quoted price for many venues don't account for the tax and tip on food and drinks, so to be safe, factor in an extra one-third of your total budget to cover these extra costs.

So, before you walk down the aisle, keep these things in mind. You'll save some serious money, which will be better spent on your honeymoon.


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