Every year, thousands upon thousands of couples begin planning their weddings. While some of them do not worry one little bit about money & expenses, other couples look for any and every crackpot idea to save on the budget. The idea could be as simple as the bride wearing a second hand wedding dress or as involved as buying the decorations and coming up with all the wedding decoration ideas alone.
Does this sound at all like you and your soon to be husband, or wife? Well, if it does, you're definitely going to want to make use of these cheap wedding reception tips. They will not solve all your wedding expense problems, but they may stretch that small budget of yours beyond beyond it's limits.
Cheap Wedding Reception Tips …
1. Food is Food . You do not need caviar, Alaskan king crab, oysters, lobster, or even fillet-mignon wrapped in bacon in order for your guests to be content with the food. Serve simple items that are cheap and can be easily prepared. Not only will this enable you to offer more choices, it'll allow you to save even more on the budget too. As if that were not enough, with a buffet style reception, you'll also be able to cut out the individual servers and their outrageous expense.
2. Leave Your Ego At the Door to Save on Decor . Ice sculptures, chocolate fountains, chandeliers, personalized & engraved silverware, as well as antique vases and paintings DO NOT make weddings more enjoyable. All these items do is inflate the budget and make it harder for you to pay for the things that actually matter.
Stick with simple and cheap wedding reception accessories if you want to save. Candles, ribbons, theme colored balloons, pictures & picture frames, decorative fruit bowls, theme colored table cloths & napkins, and anything else you can get cheap from a wholesale dealer or wedding supply store. These items generally will not strain the budget and you can get a whole heck of a lot for very, very little.
3. Bozing Means Loosing . There is absolutely nothing wrong with serving champagne, beer, or even wine at your wedding – after all, it is a celebration. However, any type of hard liquor is a serious no-no. Not only can an open bar inflate your budget dramatically, it suggests that you do not really mind if guests get completed smashed. Remember, this is a celebration of love, it's not a college frat party.
Quick Tip : To drastically increase savings potential, buy all the drinks on your own (in bulk) and serve them yourself.
4. Less Means More . What does this mean? Simple, inviting less people equals more savings for you. This is a tip not only for creating a cheap wedding reception, but for creating an all around cheaper wedding. Less people means fewer invitations to prepare / order, less food to serve, fewer drinks to be drunk, a smaller reception hall, fewer decorations, as well as a much smaller cake.
A smaller "this" and fewer of "that" may not seem like a great money saving idea (right now), but that's only because you're not looking at the big picture. When all those savings are tallied and then combined as a whole, it's really quite astounding how much the savings come to by inviting fewer people.
Quick Note : You do not have to dwindle the guest list down to 10 people to create a cheap wedding reception. Honestly, you just have to be a bit more strict with the invitation list "policy". Do not invite every person you know or have had a conversation with. Be smart and stick to inviting friends, family, loved ones, and even a few co-workers that you actually like.
These 4 simple tips can help even the most budget sore couples create a fun, yet surprisingly cheap wedding reception.
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