(Closed) Affordable Wedding Venues in Arizona or DW Location Within the USA

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You’ll be play,  how have you been looking.  I tenner one of the sites allowed you to narrow by price,  aka dollar signs.  Was it wedding wire? Did you have a specific vision in mind?

Post # 3
49 posts

I’m from AZ and found a venue after a ton of research so I can help you. You need to give a few more details though. 

What do you mean by affordable? What’s your budget for the whole wedding? 

How many guests do you expect? Your guest count will hugely impact affordability.

Are you okay with nontraditional days of the week or a brunch wedding (cheapest option)? Would you prefer a Saturday night (most expensive)?

Are you going on season or off season? On season in AZ is usually September to November and February to April, with October and March being the most popular. This can impact expenses. 

Are you looking for all inclusive or more DIY? All inclusive venues are often more expensive, but DIY takes more stress to plan.

What setting are you looking for? Barn? Desert? Garden? High end glamour indoor? AZ has a wide range of options. 

Let me know some details and I can give you any info I have! 

Post # 6
631 posts
Busy bee

Is $5k your budget for the entire wedding or only the venue?


Post # 8
631 posts
Busy bee

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theblessedgirl :  Okay, let’s do this, it’s possible. 

Laguna Beach, CA isn’t a destination wedding per say, but it will fit your budget. 

To get married in Laguna Beach it is a $10 processing fee. They have a beautiful kazeebo or you can just getting married on the beach. 

You cannot put chairs etc or rope somewhere off, but be creative, rolled beach towels and sunglasses? Just a thought. 

With such an inexpensive ceremony site, you’ll be able to choose any Restaurant to have your reception – even at Las Brisas which is a fine dining waterfront restaurant will be less than $4,095 maybe around $1500-2500 depending on what you choose for your guests. 

Unfortunately, $5k won’t get you far in CA, but I’m sure there are other locations such as this that would work. 



Post # 9
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

are your guests local? Our guests were from all over, so it would be a destination wedding to them no matter where we held it, so we held it in our area, making it easier and less expensive on us. just a thought.

Post # 10
6231 posts
Bee Keeper

 I got married in Moab UT at a place called Pack Creek Ranch. The woman who owned the ‘lodge’ there rented out for the cost of the attached apartment and $10 per head. There are also cabins on site where guests can stay. The downside would be that you need to bring in all vendors. My husband barbecued but we only had 34 guests. 

Our total cost was around $7000. However that included renting cabins for some of our guests and renting to UTVs to travel more easily to our ceremony venue.   We bought flowers at the grocery store the day before and arranged them ourselves. I did have a florist make three bouquets and to corsages but that is all. That particular venue used to be a restaurant and as such has an industrial kitchen which is great for keeping food cold. Very eclectic in dishware you would probably need to bring that in as well if this were a venue option you wanted to try. 

The scenery was gorgeous, decoration is hardly necessary. Another thing to consider however is travel. Guests would need to drive in as Moab does not have a good airport.

Post # 11
49 posts


theblessedgirl :  

I think all inclusive for under 5000 and 80  guests is going to be a tough stretch! Sorry! It’s not impossible to have a wedding for under that amount, but I think there’s going to be DIY or less traditonal elements involved.

But here are some ideas…

Venue at the Grove has a brunch wedding option. It would be a bit over your budget but not a ton. You could also do a ceremony at the Japanese friendship garden, then rent out a resterant patio or have a picnic elsewhere. A backyard wedding at your house or the house of a friend of family member is also a great option. I think renting a nice place for the ceremony will be affordable. Where you’re going to get into trouble with your budget will be the reception. Food, alcohol, wedding cake and music can get pricy fast. So you can rent a nice ceremony venue then serve wine and cake at your house. Or have a potluck or restaurant catering delivered. 

I would also check out https://www.reddit.com/r/Weddingsunder10k/ . A lot of people there are pros at cool wedding ideas on a lower budget!

Post # 12
6302 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think planning anything other than something super casual and local to you (ie: using inexpensive or free venues like a backyard, park, etc) is going to be near impossible on a $5,000 budget. Are you trying to have a Destination Wedding for 5k total, including travel?

Post # 13
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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withluv : I second this idea! I live in Arizona and was a bridesmaid in a wedding in Laguna Beach with the ceremony outside under the gazebo over the ocean next to Las Brisas, and then had a brunch reception there! It was beautiful and cost my friend less than 7k total for about 70 guests. It was also on a Sunday in February 🙂


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