8 Unique Wedding Venues for a Budget Bride

Vanessa Jordan Photography

The perfect price for your perfect day! You don't have to settle for a great location!

Wedding season is in full swing and I know brides and couples out there are out searching for the perfect venue for their special day. Too often you find the perfect venue and it is waaaayyyyyy out of your budget. Don't settle for less! I have complied a list of 8 unique wedding venues that are budget friendly. Plus as a photographer, I know you will have stunning pictures at any of these locations.

1. Waukesha County Park Shelter/Building (or any county park for that matter)

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Something that may seem kinda tacky is park shelters but you would be surprised! I used this exact park shelter (but really does it look like a shelter?) for a styled shoot last November! (Link to that blog post.) No matter what county you are in, if you do a little digging you can find some really great "shelters"/buildings for your venue! You will have wide open spaces for a lot of guests and small children to run around plus a lot off different places for pictures. Really the possibilities are endless. To rent these buildings, the county usually charged one rate for the day instead of per hour which is awesome for those on a budget. You would have to decorate and get a separate cater for the space but if you are really pinching pennies this is a good alternative. You can check out my styled shoot using this exact location pictured here: https://www.vanessajordanphotograph.com/blog/styled-shoot-a-rustic-fall-wedding

2. Anodyne's Coffee

*Photo taken by Happy Takes Photography www.anodynecoffee.com 

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A coffee shop? You may be asking. Yes, a coffee shop. This particular coffee shop has such a big space and rustic decor that is perfect for a wedding venue. They set up these amazing long farm house tables that can fit a lot of people! Not to mention they have a 360 tour of what the space could look like all dressed up for you big day! (Link to that tour here.) I happened to get some headshots taken there (seen here) and let me tell you the location is gorgeous. Anodyne has some beautiful light-bulb lights stringing outside which are perfect for photos. Not only does all the lighting inside give off this warm glow which is stunning. Highly recommend!

3. The Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery


Something that is true to the Milwaukee area is The Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery. This venue has many different options for your special day including a breath taking courtyard. Located in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee but not too far from the highway it is a perfect location for any wedding. Not to mention the surrounding buildings and neighborhood are perfect for pictures if you love that urban feel.

Aud Mar

4. The Aud Mar

*Photo from www.audmarbanquets.com

This venue is a wonderful restaurant tucked away in a neighborhood of Muskego that sits on the shore of Big Muskego Lake. Not only does this place have AMAZING food, its a beautiful backdrop for any wedding. There is a green space outside the restaurant or an outdoor ceremony and plenty of space inside for the reception! I highly recommend checking out this unique location that is sure to impress your guests! Not to mention your photographer will love all of the options for spots for great photos!


The Red Circle Inn

5. The Red Circle Inn

*Photo from redcircleinn.com

The Red Circle Inn is a cute little bistro in the heart of downtown Nashotah, Wisconsin. This venue has plenty of space for a ceremony and reception. With a small outdoor space for an intimate ceremony and a great indoor space for a lively reception this is perfect for any wedding! Check out all of their photos of options for your special day on their website!




The Loft and Chapel at Cedar Ridge

6. The Loft and Chapel at Cedar Ridge

*Photo from theloftandchapel.com

The Loft and Chapel at Cedar Ridge is such a unique venue location. It is located off the beaten path in Waukesha on Bluemound Road. It have an adorable gazebo surrounded by evergreen trees which is perfect for a small intimate wedding. Not to mention they also have a beautiful reception hall on the same property! Lots of parking for all of your guests and many places to have those wonderful pictures to remember your special day.


The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond

7. The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond

*Photo from barnhavestmoon.com

A venue that is so popular now a days is a barn. It has that rustic charm and wide open spaces perfect for a big family. This particular barn is located in Poynette, Wisconsin. A little north of Madison and out in the country, this is the perfect location for any big wedding. There is plenty of space for everyone to gather around for your special day. Plus you can have your ceremony and reception in one place! No running around to different locations. Just a one stop shop. Your guests and photographer will thank you. If you don't mind a bit of a drive this is the perfect venue for your big day!





8. Historic Courthouse 1893 (Waukesha)

Historic Courthouse 1893

*Photo from www.courthouse1893.com

This venue is such a beautiful piece of history that would be an amazing venue for a wedding. Built in 1893, this courthouse is in the heart of Downtown Waukesha. Completely restored, this venue has some of the most breath taking spaces that would be amazing for your wedding photos. With this almost gothic look, if you are looking for a unique space that will wow your guests, this is the place. This space also can be a one stop shop for your ceremony and reception! Also since it's in the heart of Downtown Waukesha, there are plenty of places for your guests to explore during the downtime between the ceremony and reception.

I hope this list gave you some ideas of finding the perfect venue for your big day! Please visit all of these venue's websites for updated lists of pricing.