If you’re newly engaged, chances are you’ve been hard at work researching wedding venue options. Whether you’re going for the dreamy beachside wedding or a romantic estate, nailing down estimates for venues can be tricky. We’re helping out with our new series that explores what you can get for your wedding budget. We’re kicking things off with stunning wedding venues and their site fees, or the cost that a venue charges to use the space. We checked with a panel of wedding planning experts from MB Wedding Design + Events, Couture Parties, Table 6 Productions, Tracie Domino Events and Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings + Parties to bring you a list of what $5,000 can get you in any part of the United States. Stay tuned for when we tackle $10,000 venues and up!

East Coast

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International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI: This amazing venue features beautiful Victorian shingle-style architecture and is surrounded by six acres of lawn space. Cocktail hour with a game of team croquet? You got it. Even better? This venue can accommodate between 90-300 guests, making it perfect for a large or small wedding, with both indoor and outdoor spaces available. Another plus? You’ll save on rentals, since the venue owns tables and chairs and even provides staff for set up and tear down. (Photo via Heather Waraska).


Donovan Pavillion + Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers

Donovan Pavillion, Vail, CO: In the gorgeous town of Vail, you’ll find this hidden gem. The alpine lodge features ceiling-high windows and arched beam ceilings, capturing the stunning mountain scenery. Site fee starts at $4,400, and Donovan Pavillion can accommodate up to 200 guests. (Photo via Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers)

West Coast

Marin Art and Garden Center + Julie Mikos

Marin Art + Garden Center, Ross, CA: Just north of San Francisco, the Marin Art + Garden Center is a picturesque venue with a variety of settings for both your ceremony and reception. With capacity for small and intimate weddings for 85 to larger soirees of 350, the Marin Art + Garden Center has you covered. Site fees start at $4,500, and include several amenities such as tables, chairs, valet services, a PA system, heaters and even umbrellas (which are rarely included in these parts!). (Photo via Julie Mikos)


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The Gasparilla Inn + Club, Boca Grande, FL: Sun, warmth and relaxation surround this “old Florida” resort located on Gasparilla Island. This venue is the epitome of Southern hospitality with its sparkling beaches, golf and spa. White beam columns line the front of the resort and create an aura of elegance and beauty. The site fee starts at $3,000, and there is a minimum food and beverage requirement starting at $10,000. This venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and has an on-site caterer. Included in the site fee are tables, chairs, tableware, set up and tear down. (Photo via Nancy Cohn Photography)


One & Only + Sam Hurd Photography

One + Only Ocean Club, Paradise Islands, Bahamas: If white sand beaches and turquoise waters call your name, you’ll want to check out the One + Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. With land options (the Versailles Gardens) or ocean views on the Beach Deck, this venue offers a little bit of everything. The site fee starts at $5,000 for various sites, and they can accommodate up to 200 guests. Note: You will be required to book a certain number of guest rooms in order to get married there. (Photo via Sam Hurd Photography)

Getting married at one of these venues? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Have another venue favorite around $5,000? Fill us in!