When looking for affordable wedding venues, you might want to first determine what affordable means for you. You likely have a budget in mind, but the venue price tag can often include shock, and not much more.
There are, of course, ways around making your venue a bit more affordable. For example, you can get married in the off-season (typically November through May), on a weekday (typically Monday through Thursday), or rent the space for half of the day (either in the morning to early-evening or early-evening to midnight).
Some questions to consider:
Will you have to rent an outdoor tent to fit everyone?
- Tables and chairs
Will you have to coordinate with an outside vendor to bring them in?
Who is your caterer and do they need access to a full kitchen? Does the venue allow for any caterer, or must they be pre-approved?
- Set-up and take-down
Who will set-up and take down? Does the venue do clean-up?
Affordable wedding locations aren’t easy to find either; personally, we’re rather partial to Bellingham, WA. We’ve compiled a list of venues in the Bellingham area that offered transparent pricing to help determine what affordable looks like to you.
Note: price ranges reflect peak v. off-peak season, weekday (typically Mon-Thurs) v. weekend (typically Fri-Sat), and half day v. partial day
9 Affordable Wedding Halls and Venues
|Space||Description||Capacity||Price (day)||Tables & Chairs||Kitchen Use||Other|
|1. The Crystal Ballroom at The Leopold||Ballroom in the heart of downtown||200||$180 hourly or up to $1,980
|Yes||Catering prep space||On-site event coordination, cleaning services, piano|
|2. Lightcatcher Museum||Light-filled museum in downtown||300||$300 – $2,700||Yes||None|
|3. Squalicum Boathouse||Building at Zuanich Point Park||100||$400 to $1,900||Yes||None|
|4. The Majestic Ballroom||Ballroom located In downtown, great for live music and dancing||450||$500 – $1,400||Yes (round, banquet)||Full-kitchen||Sound system, piano, podium, bride’s room to get ready|
|5. Roeder Home||Historical house||125||$600||Yes; 50 folding chairs, 5 card tables||Limited kitchen use, coffee maker|
|6. Baker Creek Place||Indoor banquet hall with outdoor patio overlooking Baker Creek||200||$900||Yes; 200 chairs and round tables||Full kitchen use||Sound system, projector|
|7. Depot Market Square||Outdoor structure in the heart of downtown that hosts weekly farmer’s markets||Unknown||Up to $1,300||No||Small prep kitchen|
|8. Bellingham Cruise Terminal||Located in historic Fairhaven, boasts views of Bellingham Bay||200||$900 to $2,420||Yes||Prep kitchen||In-room sound system|
|9. Broadway Hall||Downtown hall on state and national historic registers, has partial view of San Juan Islands||300||$1,500 – $1,800||No||Full kitchen with freezer and two gas stoves with ovens||Bride’s room|