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6 Ideas For Planning An Affordable Low Budget Wedding

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Affordable - Low Budget Weddings

Six Ideas For Planning An Affordable Low Budget Wedding

In this economy, there are many reasons for considering a more affordable,  low budget wedding, everything from one of you being out of work to trying to save up to purchase a home.

In the next few blog posts, I’ll suggest some ways to adjust costs in order to have a less expensive wedding.

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Let’s start with finding a low budget location. One way to make a wedding more affordable is to save on location so you can spend more on your photography and other elements you value.

Start with a Google and Bing search for the following keyword phrases (add you specific city, county, or state…search for “location” and then same phrase with “venue”):

  •  (city, county, or state) affordable wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) inexpensive wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) cheap wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) low cost wedding location (venue)
  •  (city, county, or state) low budget wedding location (venue)

Next consider locations that are not formal wedding venues, but might be good options for your wedding ceremony location.

  • Public spaces like beaches.
  • National and local parks.
  • State beaches
  • Restaurants.
  • Performing arts centers or theaters.
  • Lighthouses.
  • Your college or University.
  • Bed and breakfast.
  • Home or private garden.
  • Community center buildings.

In addition to these, even more expensive locations can be affordable. It’s worth researching the following and then comparing your options:

  • Special discounts for booking reservations early.
  • An off-season date such as fall, winter, or early spring.
  • Weekdays.
  • Morning wedding.

Three other suggestions may help you find that special location you can also manage financially.

  • Consider having your reception at a different location, i.e., a restaurant.
  • Instead of a reception immediately following the wedding, have a party later that is in a less expensive location.
  • Consider an all-inclusive package. Our Weddings By The Sea Destination Package is an example of an inexpensive approach to a simple wedding ceremony.

I’ll look at these last three ideas in a later post in this series on affordable low budget weddings.

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Wedding Chapel – Ceremony Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Historic Turn Of The Century Church Chapel For Unique Wedding Location

 

Wedding Chapel Half Moon Bay

I wrote about this unique location in a blog post in  2009 , explaining the building and its history.

This time I’m including  to some visuals and a link to our website for a video of this unique, lovely Chapel in downtown Half Moon Bay.

Weddings by The Sea includes this wedding location as an option for our Destination Wedding Packages and I’ve performed many ceremonies there over the years, enjoying everyone.

They have a piano available and a very efficient wedding coordinator, Danise Conrad. We’ve used Michael Wong and Kirk Moore as photographers for our ceremonies over the  years; they do stunning work like the ones below Michael shot.

Interior Methodist Wedding Chapel

Wedding Chapel Half Moon Bay

 At our website you can also view our YouTube video showing the outside and inside of the chapel.

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Coastal Canyon Events – Ocean View Wedding Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Stunning Hilltop Half Moon Bay Pacific Ocean View

Coastal Canyon Events Wedding LocationTo get to Coastal Canyon Events, you first drive a little south of Half Moon Bay then  up a canyon to the top of a hill overlooking the San Mateo County Coastside.  It’s probably the best long views towards the Pacific Ocean and Half Moon Bay I know of for a wedding ceremony setting.

This site can seat up to 250 people with a parking area for up to 150 cars.

The area for the wedding ceremony is surrounded on three sides by hay fields that gives a sense of space and remote beauty.  Candace, co-owner, is a “concrete artist” by trade and so she has incorporated many unique concrete sculptures and massive rocks to give added beauty and a feeling of expansiveness.

It comes complete with

  • Glassed in stage
  • Enclosed  kitchen for your caterer
  • Dressing area for the Bride
  • Several restrooms
  • Electrical generator
  • Security lighting.

This location would be good for an elegant affair and is an especially unique location for a country western wedding theme.

Get more information at www.coastalcanyonevents.com or contact Candace at (650) 224-7933.

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