The cost of the wedding in Montenegro is a major concern for many couples starting to plan their big day. In this article, we’ll walk you through different options of wedding venues and their benefits and drawbacks, give you an idea of average prices, and show you some examples to help you make the best decision for your big day.
One of the biggest expenses for most weddings is the venue. Montenegro boasts a stunning array of locations to choose from, including seaside villas, historic churches, and modern event spaces. Prices for these venues can range from several hundred euros to several thousand, depending on the location and amenities.
What wedding venue options are there in Montenegro and what nuances do they have?
1. Outdoor wedding venues
Usually, there are two options:
1. A pier in the Kotor Bay,
2. A venue with a view of the Kotorska Bay, on the Budva Riviera, or a venue in a national park.
Finding a venue like this is not as easy as you may think. Usually, someone takes care of these places to keep them well-maintained, free of garbage and with mowed grass, and to ensure their pleasantness for other tourists, which means they also require payment. Although you may find a free option, you need to know the location precisely. Such venues typically cost between €50 and €150. It’s essential to book in advance, and you can do so through your wedding planner in Montenegro.
Pros and cons of outdoor wedding venues
Pros: you are in the lap of nature with a beautiful view. Often, the view serves as part of the decor, as the views here are stunning. Cheap price.
Cons: all equipment needs to be brought with you (there may be additional expenses for renting chairs and tables, delivery of water and snacks). Lack of toilet facilities. Often, such places do not provide any shelter where you can hide from the heat or rain. Increased number of insects, such as bees or flies. Unfortunately, this does not depend on the wedding planner. Limited space for photos nearby — usually, besides the venue itself, there is nowhere to take pictures, so there can only be a ceremony and a small photo session, maximum one hour.
As you can see, there are more downsides than upsides, despite the relatively low price. We recommend considering such options for elopement weddings for two or with a very small number of guests. Also, only for the ceremony, i.e., approximately an hour on the spot and then move on with the program.
Examples of Montenegro outdoor wedding venues
Sveti Sava Panorama
Near Budva. The venue offers a beautiful view of Sveti Stefan and the Budva Riviera. There are several places available for holding ceremonies, including a circular platform, a spot near the church, and an amphitheater.
Church in Perast
The venue conveniently combines with a walk around Pуrast for a photosession or for further dinner arrangements at one of the restaurants in Perast, or nearby like Verige, Konoba Ribar, Bocasa
A very secluded place with a difficult approach. These are the ruins of an old fortress that offer a view of St. Nicholas Island and Budva.
Pier in Prcanj
The pier of one of the hotels in Prčanj. This place is often combined with a small intimate dinner on the same pier.
2. Rent a Villa for the wedding in Montenegro.
Pros and cons, price and examples.
At first glance, the options for wedding villas in Montenegro may appear abundant, but the reality is different. Firstly, not all villas are suitable for hosting weddings, as parties are not always permitted. Additionally, some villas are situated in remote locations, far from the beach, popular landmarks, and restaurants. Furthermore, Montenegro’s selection of villas capable of accommodating a large number of overnight guests is limited, and currently, there are no villas that can accommodate up to 100 guests for overnight stays.
The rental price for a villa can fluctuate based on the time of year. In general, reserving the entire villa is necessary for weddings, and the rental cost will be determined by the maximum number of guests the villa can accommodate. The estimated price range for a three-night stay is from €2,500 for 10 guests or from €4,500 for 25 guests. These figures should be used as a general guideline only.
Advantages and disadvantages of renting a villa for a wedding.
Advantages: The villa offers a private and exclusive venue for you and your guests. You will have access to the pool and relaxation areas. Villas often come equipped with a wedding arch, a kitchen for catering, guest bathrooms, and a bar area. Some guests can stay overnight, which is convenient as there is no need to travel after the party.
Disadvantages: The banquet decor, furniture, and tableware will need to be rented and transported to the villa. Additional staff will be required to set up everything. Transportation for guests to and from the villa will need to be arranged. Breakfast will need to be provided for overnight guests. However, having guests stay overnight could also be a disadvantage if some of them want to go to bed before the party ends.
Examples of villas in Montenegro for wedding
Villa near Sutomore. Up to 25 ppl for accommodation and up to 200 ppl for reception.
Villa in Muo
Villa in Muo. Up to 10 ppl for accommodation and up to 40 ppl for reception.
Villa on Lustica
Up to 10 ppl for accommodation and up to 40 ppl for reception.
Villa in Dobrota. Up to 25 ppl for accommodation and up to 40 ppl for reception.
- Villa Stari Mlin
- Villa Mona Lisa
- Villa Old Mill
- Villa Malo Selo
- Villa Montebay Retreat
- Villa Perast
3. A restaurant as a wedding venue
There are two options: a separate restaurant or a restaurant at a hotel. Typically, in addition to the banquet expenses, you have to pay a certain amount of money to close the restaurant exclusively for your event. This can cost from €3,000 euros, but some restaurants ask for €20,000 euros, or this may be the minimum spending.
Pros: The restaurant is already equipped with everything necessary for hosting guests, including a large number of guests. If you do not have individual decor preferences such as tables and chairs, you can use the restaurant’s inventory. You also do not need to worry about catering and waiters. Typically, the restaurant also has a space for setting up a stage for live music or a DJ.
Cons: Additional charge for privacy. After the party, which can last until 1 a.m., you need to go back to your hotel.
4. Hotel+Restaurant — the second option
In my opinion, this is the most convenient option, especially if you can book the whole hotel with the restaurant. Often, a restaurant has a space for a wedding ceremony. But if not, you can choose an outdoor venue for the ceremony and the restaurant for welcome drinks and party.
Examples of hotels & restaurants for weddings
Capacity — 100 or more guests
- Restaurant Catovica Mlini
- Hotel Avala restaurant
- Citadela Budva
- Cattaro Fortress
- Restaurant Conte
- Heritage Grand Perast
- Restaurant Catovica Mlini
- Restaurant Adriatica
- Hotel Lazure
- Vista Vidikovac
- Porto Montenegro Regent
- Mamula Island Hotel
- Hotel Adrovic
- Falkensteiner Hotels
- Leon Coronato
- One& Only
- La Roche
- Eagle Eye resort
- Forza Mare
- Admiral Hotel
- Dukley Restaurant
- Verige 65
- Restaurant Stari Mlini
Up to 30
- Carruba Hotel
- Villa Perast
- Casa Del Mare
How to choose the wedding venue in Montenegro?
To find the perfect wedding venue, it’s often best to seek the help of a wedding planner who has extensive experience in the Montenegrin market. The local market can be tricky to navigate, as it can be difficult to find the right contacts and to navigate the legal aspects of booking a venue in a timely manner. Furthermore, venue managers may take a long time to respond, which can slow down the booking process considerably. However, choosing the right venue is a critical first step in wedding planning, so it’s important to start early — ideally, at least a year in advance. By working with a skilled wedding planner and carefully selecting a venue that meets your needs, you can ensure that your big day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
We have been living and photographing weddings in Montenegro for over 8 years. During this time, we have had the opportunity to work with many wedding planners. If you need a recommendation, we are always happy to share it with you. Just write to us.