Finding the Perfect Venue
Venues can be freaking expensive, so if you’re looking to save money and do something unique and personal to the two of you, I would recommend checking out different options like these:
National parks and National Forests are an awesome option if you are lovers of the outdoors and want to make nature an important part of your day. Some national parks require you to get a permit, but they’re typically pretty cheap and if they do have a permit fee its usually $400 or less, way cheaper than a venue! So if you decide to go this rout just make sure you double check with any permits you need to get in advance ;) One thing that is extremely important to prioritize when planning a wedding in a National Park or Forest is Leave No Trace, or basically, leaving a place better than you found it.
Also, check out National Forest and BLM lands. The difference between National Parks and National Forests is that Parks are more regulated, you pay entrance fees, and they are more developed with established campgrounds, visitors centers, and rangers. National Forests can be just as beautiful as National Parks, but there are far fewer regulations. They may not be as developed, but there tend to be fewer crowds. Often times they have easily accessible areas around lakes and in meadows, they have large group campgrounds and sometimes amphitheaters. To get an idea of where National Forests are located, when you open google maps, they are the large sections of green, usually around mountain ranges. If you live in Colorado or California, you know that roughly half of your state is National Forest land.
For weddings in National Forests, you do still need a permit. These can vary in price depending on where you're having it, but its typically less than $200. If you're considering getting married in a National Forest, contact the ranger station to see what regulations they have in place.
If you're having your ceremony in a National Forest, consider having your reception at a restaurant in town or have a food truck come out. You can