A destination wedding alternative that doesn't break the bank
By Sara Doerrier
August 15, 2011
We don't need to hark on about how much a wedding costs these days. We know. Wedding packages can really start to add up when all is said and done, and this tends to happen when you book a hotel venue or wed in a far flung locale. Here's a solution: a wedding "staycation."
A wedding staycation is a "destination wedding" that occurs where you live. Think destination without the travel. A quick car ride and you can reach your holiday for the weekend. This is the destination alternative that won't break the bank.
These staycation venues are usually converted farmhouses or country homes hired exclusively by you for the weekend. The best part is that you can stay the whole weekend, not just the one day. It is almost impossible to round up everybody to have a get-together; it is next to impossible if you add heavy travel. Many couples realize this and they opt for a fantastic alternative. More of the invitees will be able to attend your wedding if it's easy to travel to.
In such an environment, couples have complete control over the wedding activities. You can dance until the wee hours of the morning and/or have outdoor sports that can involve the whole family. Feel free to also add on those kooky family traditions that would be inappropriate in a hotel venue. In addition, another huge plus is that you get to create your own menu. You can offer sizzling BBQ, mom's homemade apple tart or Nan's roast chicken. This kind of venue is made to feel like you're at home. Your guests will (literally) eat up every moment.
Many farms and other self-catering venues are welcoming these kinds of wedding with open arms. After this past recession, many businesses are branching out and looking for other ways to guarantee business. Here's a tip: When you are inquiring about renting one of their facilities, it might help if you don't use the word "wedding" right away. Ask first about renting the space for "an event." When people hear "wedding," they also hear a cash register, and may quote twice the normal amount.
Look into your local farmhouse or country home. If you live in a city, see what is available to you on the outskirts. Public transportation may take you there without too much hassle, or you can consider renting a bus for your guests.