16 Stunning and Affordable Wedding Venues
Gardens and Greenhouses
A huge array of stunning blooms, big glass windows, and brick-paved sidewalks? Talk about a garden party wedding dream. Most cities operate some type of community garden or greenhouse, offering the perfect location for a romantic wedding. And the best part? Many of them are run by nonprofit organizations, making the venue fees low. Just be sure to confirm if the grounds stay open to the public during your rental, or if they close the gates. "Public spaces typically have less expensive site fees," says Nichols. "But the spaces may be required to stay open to the public, you may have short to limited set-up time for things like setting up chairs, and popular spaces book up far in advance."
Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory, located in Chicago, is the perfect way to escape to a tropical paradise without even hopping on a plane. This unique venue offers multiple greenhouse rooms, all with lush greenery and stunning, unique flowers. Couples can opt to rent specific areas of the conservatory, or rent all of the public spaces for $4,500.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Weddings hosted in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are simply magical, but thereâ€™s one catchâ€”your wedding has to be held between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. But with that, comes a huge cost savings, offering a venue fee of only $600 for up to 50 people, with an additional $18 per person after that up to 60 guests. Couples can choose from the rose garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, or the water garden, depending on their preferred backdrop.
Wave Hill Gardens
Wave Hill Gardens offers a stunning garden setting in New York. Weddings can be booked for evenings once the gardens have closed to the public, offering your own beautiful, private space to tie the knot. Couples are required to be members of the gardens, paying for a tax-deductible membership in order to host their event. Pricing depends on your date and time, but options begin at $4,500.
The Jewel Box
The Jewel Box is a majestic venue option, standing tall in St. Louis, Missouri. With 50-foot-tall glass windows, its historic art-deco style is simply stunning. The 1936 structure is located in Forest Park, offering plenty of photo ops along the grounds. The rental fee for The Jewel Box is $1,000, including 250 chairs. Youâ€™ll need to supply any other equipment youâ€™d like to have on-site, but be aware that nails, screws, tape, and tacks are prohibited for use in the space, so plan your activities and decorations accordingly.