This blog post was updated on December 18, 2019.
Getting married can be an expensive experience. Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to hold your wedding ceremony that are very affordable, like public or state parks and landmarks. We’ve scoped out places in three scenic US states – Georgia, Virginia, and Minnesota – to celebrate your special day without blowing up your budget.
Georgia’s diverse geographic landscape means that there are lots of cheap outdoor wedding venues to fit almost any taste. Whether you opt for the mountains or the coast, Georgia’s state parks offer affordable wedding packages with romantic scenery. In addition to its natural beauty, Indian Springs State Park has a historic stone pavilion where you can say your vows and celebrate after.
The wedding arbor next to the river at Crooked River State Park is a delightful spot to say “I do.” Likewise, Black Rock Mountain and Cloudland Canyon deliver big time romance for a small price tag. You’ll have to book these popular spots well in advance, so be sure to visit www.gadnr.org to plan your special day.
Minneapolis has numerous parks and landmarks that would make for a great wedding ceremony site. Say “I do” by the mighty Mississippi at Central Riverfront Park, or opt for an artsy experience at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (home of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture) located in downtown Minneapolis. Urban lake parks such as those at Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Lake Calhoun make for romantic settings that will delight couples and guests alike.
Also located in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is Harmony Park, on the shores of Lake Geneva. An easy 90-minute drive from the Twin Cities, Harmony Park is a gorgeous spot that is sure to please couples on a budget. You’ll need a permit to tie the knot in these locations, so be sure to consult the website of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources before sending out your wedding invitations.
Virginia’s Bear Creek Hall Meeting Facility at Bear Creek Lake State Park is an affordable place to celebrate your wedding in style. If you’re planning a smaller affair (with fewer than 65 guests), this intimate venue is for you. Your guests can even stay on site at the park’s various accommodations – the lodge, three-bedroom cabins and two-bedroom cabins. There are also campsites, group camping and a bunkhouse on the property.
Another option is historic Douthat State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains. The perfect place for an outdoorsy couple to tie the know, Douthat has numerous mountain hiking trails, breathtaking views, as well as spots for swimming and fishing.
If you’re looking for a reception venue, you can rent the park’s Alleghany Room, which accommodates 65 guests. Visit www.dgif.virginia.gov to find out everything you need to know about permits and rental fees.
Did you get married at an inexpensive state park or historic landmark? Would you recommend it to others? Let us know about your experience in the comments section.