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One of the most important things you can do while planning your wedding is choosing where you want to host your ceremony. You can split up your ceremony and reception or host them at the same venue. Either way, you need to know what capacity your venue of choice has — and how much it’s going to cost.

The best venues available to New Jersey couples aren’t always the most expensive ones. That said, you’ll still want to reference your budget as you’re choosing between the Garden State’s many beautiful wedding locations.

Pricing Your Wedding Venue

When you price your wedding venue, you consider more than the price of the land you’re getting married on. Different venues offer different services, views, and connections to the wider wedding community. With that in mind, your wedding venue budget needs to consider:


Wedding venues vary their costs based on several location-oriented factors. Venues that are on the beach, for example, or that have highly sought-after views tend to be more expensive than simpler locations. The more exotic a venue is, the more likely it is that the venue’s cost will reflect that unique flair.

Popularity also plays a role in how much a venue may cost. If a venue’s proven to be popular with locals and out-of-state couples, the owners may raise their rates to better control their schedules. As a result, you may have to budget more for the wedding of your dreams.

The Date of Your Wedding

These days, the cost of a wedding can vary significantly depending on the day of the week you get married. Saturdays tend to be the most expensive days for couples, followed by Sundays and Fridays. Weekday weddings are the most affordable venue rental days, but they’re often less convenient for out-of-town families and friends.

The cost difference between a Sunday and Saturday wedding can be upwards of $2,000. You’ll need to look into the differentiation and refer to your budget to determine what day of the week you can afford to have your wedding on.

On-Site Staff

Many venues in New Jersey offer on-site staff to help you through your wedding day. On-site wedding planners, set-up and tear-down crews, and wait staff all want to make your wedding as simple as possible. However, the inclusion of these A+ team members often comes at a price.

If you find a venue that boasts the inclusion of an on-site staff, make sure you investigate the cost of those services. While all of them can make your ceremony easier to handle, you’ll need to budget for their assistance.

Travel Expenses

When you hire outside vendors to help you make your big day even more special, you have to consider what extra expenses your location may foist upon them. For example, vendors may hit you with travel fees if you request they come to a venue more than 50 miles away from their home base.

This isn’t always unreasonable. New Jersey wedding photographers, for example, have to travel with their equipment. Florists and bakers have to transport delicate goods, as well. You need to calculate these expenses into your venue budget, though, if you want a vendor to join you from further away.

Discuss Your Upcoming Wedding With Windows on the Water Event Center 

Budgeting for a wedding can be stressful. You want to include all of the little things that make weddings more memorable, but you also need to keep your costs within a reasonable range. If you’re struggling to determine what elements you need for your wedding and what elements you could sacrifice, you can contact our team for more information.

Windows on the Water wants to make your wedding unique, memorable, and as stress-free as possible. To learn more about how we can transform your special day, call us at (609) 208-9475.