Thursday, February 3, 2011

Your Wedding For Less | Tip #3


Choose a location that is open for public use like a local or national park, they are almost always free. Maybe you have a close friend or family member that has a fabulous home or yard. Another popular freebie is the beach. If you live in a city, consider a rooftop. Some apartment buildings have rooftop garden areas designated specifically for residents' use. Art Galleries, if you plan on having a small ceremony in the courthouse but want to meet friends and loved ones for a reception after, an art gallery could be a relaxing and low-preparation space. Place of worship, a church or synagogue is a lovely traditional setting but sadly may not be entirely free, some will request a donation.

Either way, whatever local fits your needs, consider yourself lucky!

Contact the local city hall or chamber of commerce for information about public parks, botanical gardens, arboretums, art galleries, churches and beach areas. Find out if there is a maximum number of people allowed and whether it will be open to the public while your wedding is going on. Will there be a shelter, a kitchen for food preparation and adequate wiring for your electrical needs. Some parks may not charge a usage fee, but you many not be able to reserve the space in advance. Find out if there is a beach permit required and some even require a noise permit if you plan to have music on the beach for your ceremony.

Go to the National Park Service Web site at to find a list of all the national parks.

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