Most brides and grooms do not have an unlimited wedding fund, but must stick to a budget when planning their big day. Being on a budget does not mean the couple has to sacrifice their dream wedding. Couples can choose to splurge on the wedding elements that mean the most to them and scrimp on other areas. A little creativity and a do-it-yourself attitude can also help couples save money while fulfilling their wedding wishes.
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
With two ballrooms that can accommodate 50 to 400 guests, the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza offers afternoon and evening wedding reception packages. Quoted per person, the prices include four hours of open bar, chef-created meal and setup and cleanup, according to the Marriott website. Evening prices start at $77 per person for a chicken meal. To save more money, consider an afternoon reception, with prices starting at $32 per person. Marriott wedding services also include décor, ice carvings and chocolate fountains for additional fees.
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza 4445 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64111 816-531-3000 Marriott.com
Paradise Pointe Golf Club
The 4,000-square-foot banquet hall at Paradise Pointe Golf Club can hold up to 275 guests and overlooks the 15th and 18th holes of the golf course. As the Paradise Pointe website states, several menu and drink options help couples plan their perfect wedding on a budget. The rental fee runs $700 for the banquet hall, and outside spaces can also be rented for the reception. Buffet meals start at $13.95 per person, and drink packages can be added on. Other services, like cake services, linens and décor, can also be added.
Paradise Pointe Golf Club 18212 Golf Course Rd. Smithville, MO 64089 816-532-4100 paradisepointegolf.com
North Kansas City Community Center
Truly affordable and convenient, the North Kansas City Community Center rents several meeting rooms. The venue can accommodate up to 150 people for $90 an hour. Room rental includes setup and tear down and a catering kitchen provides a sink, dishwasher, two refrigerators, two ovens and a microwave, according to the Community Center website. The rental space is available 30 minutes prior to rental time for decorating and setup.
North Kansas City Community Center 1999 Iron St. North Kansas City, MO 64116 816-300-0531 nkccc.org
Kansas City Public Library
For a unique reception venue, consider the Kansas City Public Library. With several meeting spaces available for rent, couples can hold a classy reception in a classic venue. The library website states that the rooftop terrace can be rented for $1,000 for four hours and holds up to 200 people. The terrace creates a contemporary feel with native grasses and trees, decorative lights, tree planters and glass tiles.
Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
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