Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
We are considering a late summer or fall (2018) wedding to help alleviate the cost. But we haven’t officially started planning yet, so I wanted to dip my toes into this thread and ask those of you who have already started looking at venues: does having an off-season wedding really help lower the venue (and honeymoon) cost substantially?
Background: We are both in our mid 20’s, planning a large indoor 300 person South Asian wedding in the Chicagoland area on a Saturday night.
Post # 2
Ive found off season (aka. winter usually november to february time) is cheeper in the UK, the venues ive looked at its 3/5ths the cost so if its £5000 in peak time then its £3000 in off peke time… some offer winter ‘packages’ too with extra perks
some place might offer a slight discound for spring or autumn but usually winter is where the biggest savings are as people caught on and it became equally as popular to have spring and fall weddings so prices have gone up over the years
I dont know about vendor prices off peak vs peak as ive only looked for when I need and lots list a ‘standard’ year round price (so im guessing people would haggle discounts)
Post # 3
Just about every venue I looked at had off-season or weekday pricing. Some were significantly discounted, some weren’t too much different. Just depends. Good luck, I couldn’t plan for 300 guests!!
Post # 4
My personal wedding won’t help much (10 guests only) but in my intial searches, yes. Venues will charge differently depending on the season. Depending on the venue this can be a big savings. If they offer packages, inclding food, then you can probably save at least a couple thousand
Post # 5
Most venues I looked had in season pricing, Mid-March to August, and off season pricing with weekdays being signifcantly less than others. Sundays were a cheaper option as well.
Post # 6
Yes. She. I started looking off season savings were around$2500 just on the venue. Even considering a Friday or Sunday wedding off season would have saved a lot of money at a few vendors I’ve looked into.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
YES! However, the months you’re considering wouldn’t be off-season. Near me (Maryland), the off-season is November-March. My venue drops from $2,740 during the in-season to $1,370 in the off-season. I almost considered getting married in March to alleviate some costs.
I can’t speak to honeymoon costs much. I think it really depends on where you’re going and what deals you find. I think you can get a good deal on a honeymoon at any point during the year, although it’s probably easier in colder months.
Post # 8
November to March is slightly cheaper than April to October.
Post # 9
I don’t think end of summer and fall get quiet as big of a discount. In my area it’s only the winter months that are discounted off season but they are tremendously cheaper. And not just the venue, catering, rentals, photographer etc. Off days are cheaper too but may be more inconvient for your guest depending on if they are traveling and time of day.
Post # 10
We booked our August 2015 wedding venue about 15 months in advance. By booking so far out, and in a month that wasn’t busy for our venue, we were able to negotiate a 10% discount. Before we told them we wanted to book there, my husband looked at the event calendar on their website and went back a few years to see how many weddings they typically had in other summer months vs August, and also learned that they didn’t have anything booked at all in Aug 2015. They later filled up, but since they didn’t know yet if they’d have a dead month or not, they were willing to negotiate.
We also got a “shoulder season” deal at the Four Seasons on Maui and at another hotel on the Big Island because we were honeymooning the week before Labor Day weekend (we flew home on the Saturday before Labor Day) and we prepaid for our rooms. We booked our honeymoon in March or April 2015.
We got married in OK, so August is H O T.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Big difference at my venue – we had a (very) late autumn wedding and cost per head was $79. Same package in the high season would have been $120. It will vary from venue to venue though.
Post # 12
So venues are starting to make the “on season” longer and longer. My venue’s peak season was April – October.
That said, YES, “off season” or weekday weddings save a lot of money for me because they waive minimum fees. One venue had a minimum of $30K spend. On weekdays that’s completely waived so I could have a $5K wedding at an otherwise incredibly expensive venue.
Post # 13
My venue was a teeny bit cheaper (1800 vs 2500) but none of my other vendors were, so it wasn’t wroth it to me.
Post # 14
We are in Scotland and I saw some Winter packages that were about 1/3 cheaper. The venue we are going with does not have a Winter offer (other than counting January to the last year, e.g. 2016 prices until January 31st, 2017) but doubles the price for Saturdays.
We are having a Monday wedding due to a number of non-financial reasons, and because 80% of the guests would have to travel anyway, and over 50% of the guest list work weekends and would have to take time off one way or another.
Thus far they’ve thrown in for free: decorations, upgraded us to have the big ballroom in addition to the gallery-that-is-also-a-library-room we had booked initially, a sound-system they usually charge for, the extra-special velvet baroque-ish tulip chairs, seperate bar just for us, and an extra 5% discount on the already discounted room-rates for guests. I think we also got free parking for everyone, but I’ll need to check that. I also negotiated a HEFTY discount on the sweet tea we serve to welcome everyone (30% off). We could also have used the projector free of charge but declined.
For £1800 we will be able to feed 35 people with a total of four rounds of food (incl. 2 course sit-down dinner, after 2h sweet tea, and followed by lots of cake), and have a semi-open bar (cocktails, beer, and wine). Granted, we got lucky with the venue to begin with but they would not have been this relaxed and accommodating if it were a weekend wedding.
Post # 15
akshali2000 : Fall is not off season. It’s actually prime wedding season. As a wedding vendor I can tell you that our busiest months are May/June & September/October with steady business pretty much April – November. “Off Season” would be like Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar. Getting married in a large city you are less likely to find someone who offers off season discounts, because people get married all year round in places like that (as opposed to where I live where it’s seasonal).
I don’t work any less hard at a wedding because it’s February and not September. And actually, in my area the off season is when most of us vendors travel and go on vacation, so I definitely would be less likely to discount a wedding because it never fails – the wedding always seems to be a date that would screw up my vacation plans.
You’re more likely to get a discount from a larger vendor, like a venue or cater, than you would a smaller vendor because they generally have other areas of their business that can absolve the loss of a discount.