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Melissa E.
$ 270
2 hours
5 people
8 months ago
Excellent hosts! Space was clean, beautiful with lots of natural light! Super easy to work with, communicative and friendly. Highly recommend
Eric K.
$ 1992
12 hours
15 people
a year ago
Great host. They were very helpful throughout the day. High ceilings for lighting equipment. Immaculate home. Used for documentary interviews but could host any number of shoots.
Jason I.
$ 800
8 hours
5 people
a year ago
Space was great. Getting in and out was seamless and Daniel was great to work with.
Parade S.
$ 1000
24 hours
15 people
2 years ago
Great location to use Katie was amazing. Definitely will use again and recommend this location and host.

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Author: Cynthia Rebolledo

Love don't cost a thing? Behind the rise of nontraditional wedding venues

Weddings hold significant cultural and historical importance—steeped in tradition, but are those customs changing?

Wedding celebrations have evolved, with couples embracing unconventional trends that reflect their unique values and personalities, and wedding venues are no exception. According to 2023 research from The Knot, couples increasingly opt for nontraditional venues—moving away from religious establishments and banquet halls to more urban and rustic options.

To find out what's driving this shift, Giggster analyzed reports and data on weddings to find out why nontraditional wedding venues are on the rise and whether or not these venues save couples money.

Beautifully breaking with tradition

Historically, wedding venues typically included traditional locations such as churches. Religious venues hold cultural significance and are often chosen based on family or religious traditions. However, as societal norms evolve and couples prioritize creativity and self-expression, nontraditional venues have gained popularity.

The trend signifies a desire for personalization and authenticity as couples seek to create memorable experiences that reflect their styles and interests, moving away from traditional religious establishments and banquet halls.

Couples are opting for rustic barns and picturesque ranches, becoming the #1 venue choice for wedding ceremonies and the #2 pick for receptions. Historical buildings and homes are also a popular choice.

In 2023, 62% of couples hosted their ceremony outdoors, only slightly down from the 2022 post-pandemic boom, where 72% of weddings were fully or partially outdoors. The rise of nontraditional wedding venues and the return to pre-pandemic norms meant more opportunities for couples to put their unique spin on the wedding.

"Nowadays, couples look for properties that impress upon arrival. Places like historic buildings, private estates, and ranches," event planner and florist Araceli Barbosa of Victoria's Garden told Stacker in partnership with Giggster.

Instagram and Pinterest have also played a big part in how couples envision their special day. "Social media plays a big role in introducing new, out-of-the-box ideas," Barbosa said. Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss told The Knot that social media can be a valuable tool for wedding planning. Its functionalities can aid everything from fine-tuning one's vision to using a post's location tags to discover potential vendors. About 3 out of 4 couples surveyed by The Knot followed a wedding vendor on social media while planning.

Age and change

According to industry reports, the shift toward nontraditional wedding venues began to gain momentum in the last decade, driven by various factors such as societal changes and economic considerations. The decade saw a growing number of U.S. adults identifying as religiously unaffiliated—28% of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated as of 2023, according to a Pew analysis—which has resulted in less emphasis on traditional religious ceremonies and the increasing acceptance of diverse cultural and secular beliefs.

Couples are also marrying later. In 2023, the median marrying age was 30.2 for men and 28.4 for women, up from 24.6 and 21.2 in 1920, according to the Census Bureau. It's worth noting that Census data was originally collected using a binary understanding of sex and gender. It was only in 2019 that estimates for marriage rates included same-sex married couples.

Marriage later in life means couples are more likely to be financially independent and can choose to exert more of their preferences on wedding choices rather than defer to their families, who may be footing the bill on their behalf.

Additionally, the economic squeeze has made cost-efficiency a priority for many couples, leading them to explore alternative options that may be more affordable. The Knot found that about 6 out of 10 engaged couples reported the current economy impacted their wedding planning.

Newlywed Alejandrina Arellano, who had a civil ceremony at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, California, agrees. "Sadly these days you can't have a nice, large lavish wedding, along with purchasing a first home," Arellano told Stacker in partnership with Giggster. "We talked about it and realized a home is a priority for us rather than a big lavish wedding that is going to be over 50 grand—that's the down payment to a home."

True love's cost?

While nontraditional venues can offer cost savings in some cases, it ultimately depends on factors such as location, size, and amenities. While rustic venues like barns or outdoor settings may seem more affordable initially, couples may incur additional expenses for rentals, decor, and logistics, depending on what the rental agreement includes.

According to the Knot, the average couple spends $1,800 on event rentals. The University of Redlands, Marin Campus, for instance, offers two ceremony venues ranging from $650 to $3,500 depending on the space reserved. For a wedding at the newly opened Blueberry Brook Farm Resort in Deansboro, New York, the cost of hosting a ceremony starts at $5,000 during the peak season, but an all-inclusive wedding package for 200 guests costs $14,900. At Briar and Bramble in central Illinois, the cost for a wedding ceremony and reception starts at $3,500 and goes up to $4,500 for a weekend rental.

In 2023, the average wedding cost combining ceremony and reception was $35,000, a $5,000 increase from 2022. No matter the cost, the overall trend toward nontraditional venues highlights a broader cultural shift towards individualism, creativity, and experiential celebrations.

"Couples are going away from cookie-cutter weddings wanting something unique that their guests will remember for a long time after," Barbosa said. "I had a couple where the groom was a car enthusiast and chose a classic car museum as their reception venue."

Besides investigating more affordable venues, couples are also exploring alternatives to reduce spending generally. More than half of couples surveyed by The Knot said they were more selective with upgrades and add-ons, and 2 in 5 couples trimmed their guest list. In 2024, couples are continuing to make changes: 3 in 5 couples are altering their decor, and 4 in 9 are reducing their guest count by an average of 29.

"Our wedding was small but full of love," Arellano said, adding that a perk of having it at the courthouse was the 20-person limit. The cost for a wedding ceremony at the Old Orange County Courthouse is $28 and includes the use of the courthouse's wedding room and commemorative marriage certificate.

"It made not going over budget and creating the guest list easier because we had to stick to that count. And because of that, it was just the closest people to us and made the day that much more special."

Arellano's reception took place at her sister-in-law's small market and cafe (Alta Baja Market in Downtown Santa Ana)—the alternative venue made for a more intimate experience, she noted. "I saw firsthand with my older sister and friends how you're just getting pulled around all over the place with larger weddings," Arellano said. "It was nice to just enjoy our wedding and be in a smaller space."

Story editing by Carren Jao. Copy editing by Kristen Wegrzyn.

About Weddings

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your big day. After all, the venue helps tremendously in setting the tone of the occasion and contributes to the overall experience of the couple and the guests.

But finding the right venue is far from easy, as there are myriad factors you need to consider before you can settle on the perfect space. Your options are endless—you can either opt for a classic venue or something more unusual. From churches and chapels to beachside venues and gardens, there are many beautiful locations where you can tie the knot in style. An experienced wedding planner can help guide you with the right venue for your needs and tastes.

Keep reading for some special tips and inspiration to help you find the dream wedding venue for your nuptials.

The Best Wedding Venues

There’s a truly diverse range of wedding venues out there, from the traditional to the quirky and even the downright unique. Their sizes also vary greatly—some are made for grand celebrations, while other venues are best suited to intimate ceremonies. With this in mind, the best wedding venue for you is one that suits the type of wedding you want to have. Here are some of the most popular options worth considering.

  • Churches
    What could be more romantic than a traditional church wedding? Not only is a church a fitting setting for such a momentous occasion, but some places of worship, often chosen as destination wedding spots, boast stunning architectural features and elegant decor to add a unique character to any ceremony. With its intricate altar and eye-catching decorations, this colorful Spanish church is a perfect place to celebrate love.

  • Parks and Gardens
    There’s something truly special about outdoor wedding reception venues. The natural beauty of parks and gardens lends an effortlessly awe-inspiring vibe to any wedding. Imagine the sun casting a warm glow under a clear blue sky and a gentle breeze fluttering through your hair. From pretty parks to carefully manicured lawns and landscaped private gardens, you’ll find a huge array of outdoor wedding spaces to choose from.

  • Historic Homes
    A historic space can offer a truly unique location for a memorable wedding ceremony or reception. With period architecture and decor, these centuries-old spaces ooze old-world grandeur, adding charm to your wedding style.

  • Farms and Ranches
    Want your nuptials to have more of a rustic vibe? Head out of the city and into the countryside to find secluded rural properties, especially during the off-season, for a more affordable option. These unique wedding venues, like barns and outdoor patios, provide an escape from the city and a memorable backdrop filled with creative details for your wedding day. Enjoy dinner under the stars for a truly unforgettable experience!

  • Event Spaces
    The best thing about booking event spaces as wedding venues is that they offer a blank slate for just about every style you can imagine. Whether it's luxury banquet halls or creative event spaces, there’s a location out there to suit every wedding theme. With the right vendors, caterers, and amenities, you have the best chance to transform these spaces into something uniquely yours.

What to Look for in Wedding Venues

Choosing a wedding venue is such an important personal decision that it can be hard to know where to start. To help make your wedding planning process a little easier, make sure to consider the following factors.

The Right Price

It may not be the most exciting place to start, but the first thing you should do is set a budget considering the cost. Weddings can be highly expensive events that can impact your life financially, so work out exactly how much you and your partner can afford to spend on one venue rental only before you start comparing your options. Remember to keep your guest count in mind, as it significantly affects the overall cost.

The Ambiance

You probably have one or two ideas about the visual style of your wedding venue when you walk down the aisle. At the same time, it’s also important to consider how you want the space to feel. For example, do you want your wedding to be an extravagant and joyous celebration of love or an intimate, peaceful ceremony where you exchange vows in front of a small group of close friends and family? The atmosphere you desire will play a big part in determining the space you choose for getting married.

The Location

Next, it’s important to find a wedding venue that’s easy for you and your guests to find. Will the venue be easily accessible by car for most of your guests? Is there private parking available? Will the reception be held in the same space as the ceremony? If the reception is at a different location, will you need to organize transport rentals for your wedding guests? Take some time to think through the logistics and availability of dates for the events of the day before making your choice.

Essential Features

Now it’s time to think about the key facilities you must have in your wedding venue. Is the location large enough to fit your guests? Is it accessible to people with disabilities? Consider the type of furniture and whether you can change the decor to match your theme for the wedding reception. Check if the venue offers catering services and a PA/sound system for music and speeches. There’s a lot to consider at this stage of the planning process before you finalize your booking. So, as you get closer to your wedding date, put together a checklist of all your must-haves to ensure a memorable event for you and your guests.

Wedding Inspirations

Need some inspiration to help you find your dream wedding venue? This ultimate guide with beautiful ideas is a great place to start.

Magical Mansions

Whether it’s a grand historic house or a spectacular modern space, a mansion can serve as a stunning backdrop for your wedding celebration. You also get the flexibility of holding your wedding reception indoors, such as in a hall or parlor, or outside on a spacious patio or manicured lawn.

Beautiful Ballrooms

Ballrooms are sophisticated and stylish wedding venues—perfect for a chic and refined wedding. With its high ceiling, standout architectural features, and plenty of natural light, a stunning ballroom oozes elegance and charm.

Garden Weddings

Outdoor weddings and receptions are always memorable, so why not book a venue in lush landscaped gardens? This will give your ceremony a beautiful backdrop, and there’s just something relaxing and intimate about an outdoor setting that you and your guests will love.

Rustic Rural Retreats

From working farms and spacious ranches to wineries and mountaintop retreats, there’s a diverse range of rural wedding reception venues to choose from. With peaceful surroundings, acres of space, and a rustic country vibe, you can have the romantic wedding of your dreams.