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Perfect Wedding Venues on Any Budget


A part of any bride’s dream wedding is the perfect venue. Savvy brides consider all of the reasons for selecting a particular location and the options available.  Popular wedding events needing a venue include: rehearsal dinner, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, reception, farewell breakfast or brunch.  A hotel property can offer the ease of combining many of the to-do’s on a bride’s list to one location:  event venue, catering, bar, and rooming of out of town guests.


Not All Hotels are Alike
When evaluating hotel venue options, keep in mind their target market and the possibilities opened up by choosing a location that not everyone is considering. Each of these options will vary on amenities, capacity and price ranges. They include:


·         Business Hotels – While catering primarily to business travelers during the week, business hotels are a great option to host many wedding events. They typically have the space for around 200 guests in their ballrooms or meeting rooms. Amenities at business hotels can include complimentary newspapers, morning coffee, free local telephone calls, restaurants and bars onsite for your guests rooming there. In addition, these facilities tend to have business centers with computers and Wi-Fi throughout for those guests that will still be working. 
·         Airport Hotels – While these hotels typically target business clientele, airline passengers with overnight travel layovers or cancelled flights and airline personnel, they are often a hidden jewel for wedding venues. If you are expecting a great number of out of town guests, this may be a great location for you. Some hotels even offer free transport between hotel and airport. Their meeting space can often accommodate up to 250 people.

·         Suite Hotels - The main attraction of suite hotels is guestrooms with a living room and a separate bedroom. They usually offer ballroom seating up to 450 guests. If your wedding is larger, this is a great option. The onsite dining and bar help cut down on transporting large groups of friends and family offsite.

·         Resort Hotels - In the mountains, on the edge of town, or just secluded in the heart of the city, resort hotels offer recreational facilities and activities reflecting the area like scenic hiking trails, golf, tennis, sailing , skiing and swimming.  With seating approaching 2,000 guests, resorts can accommodate the largest of weddings and out of town guests. Typically resorts have numerous dining and night life options, spas and salons on site, along with pools and other activities for families and children – but they come at a higher price point.

·         Casino Hotels – If your family and friends tend to be the partying types, a casino hotel wedding may be what you’re looking for. No longer just the smoke filled, cavernous buildings, casinos are an option worth considering. From intimate settings for around 100 up to ballroom seating for over 1,000 guests, Casino Hotels offer a wide variety of wedding options. Many casinos also have 5 star restaurants onsite along with numerous pools and clubs for before and after the wedding entertainment. 

It’s All in the Timing
Don’t put off booking your venue. The weekends fill up fast. The recommended time to book your venue according to RealSimple.com is nine to sixteen months ahead. Most will require a down payment. It can range from a flat fee to a percentage of the estimated charges - ranging from 30-50%. Booking your venue is one of the easiest things to check off your list, so get it taken care of early. It also influences so many other factors like décor, so if you know what the room will look like you can move on to other details.

 Where Do I Start? 

Where do you find a list of venues? You can do a web search for your city and wedding venues. Or you could contact your local chamber of commerce for recommended locations. Another resource is wedding coordinators at churches.  And if you’re using a wedding planner they will usually know about any available venue.  Do try unexpected hotel venues. Ones that normally cater to the business crowd during the week may likely be wide open on the weekends. A location that is near the airport may offer a price that is more agreeable to your budget. If you are not counting on outside parts of the event, a location that may have some outside noise like highway or airports may offer real savings and convenience for your guests.

When It’s Time to Eat
It’s not always necessary to bring in outside catering. Be sure to check with the events or catering manager at the venues you are considering to review the menu options. Also inquire about custom options. Many venues have a chef onsite that will be happy to work with you to create the menu that you’ve been pinning.


While the venue is only one part of the wedding of your dreams, it is crucial that it is taken care of early. Get it booked and off of your list. If you’re considering a venue to seat 300 or less consider one of our beautiful properties.  If you need any assistance in evaluating our properties, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 602-714-2442.

What venues are you considering for your big day?