It's estimated that 50% of EVERY wedding budget goes to pay for the wedding reception; food, drinks, location rental, decorations, etc. Having said that, if you can find a way to put on a cheap wedding reception – one that'll save some money yet still please the guests – well, you'll be able to double if not triple your honeymoon vacation time. How can you put together a cheap wedding reception, you ask? Simple, by using these amazing and incredibly powerful secrets!
The Inexpensive Wedding Reception Secrets …
Booking the reception hall at a hotel or renting a banquet hall at some fancy-schmancy establishment is NOT cheap, no matter what you might have heard. In fact, such a move will cost well ABOVE $ 1,000 dollars and is likely to get into the $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 range depending on the amount of guests and the time of the year it is.
To get around this insane expense and avoid simply booking the wedding during the off season, you need to consider other events. Why not have your cheap wedding reception at a public park or even a public beach? Do you have a large house and / or a spacious yard? Well, then you can have the reception there and save a small fortune! There are plenty of ways to avoid spending thousands of dollars on a wedding party location, you just have to be open to different ideas.
Food & Drink:
A cheap wedding reception can not be done if you are a complete & utter fool about the foods & drinks. This is one of the most expensive parts of the reception – even for a so-called cheap wedding reception – so there can be NO splurging on frivolous, unnecessary things.
For the drinks and alcohol, just close down the idea of an open bar. Do not even consider it! An open bar is super expensive and it encourages people to get drunk, and much more so than normal.
Celebration is all-well-and-good, but this is a wedding, not a college frat party. Stock up on beer, champagne, wine, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Shop around for the best prices, buy in bulk, serve it yourself, and you'll save vast sums of money. Remember, just forget about hard liquor, it'll do you NO good.
Do you want to know how to save on wedding food when creating a cheap wedding reception? It's really really, just do away with all those unnecessary catering extras.
All you need is the food (cheap food at that), the trays, the plates, and a table to put it all on – that's it! You do not need servers walking around asking people what they want, nor do you need them preparing guests' plates and serving everyone individually. To do so is not only expensive, its sheer idiocy.
Catering expenses are the real budget killer when it comes to food and drink. If you can eliminate most, or even some, of those costs, things will start to get dramatically cheaper.
If you can not save around $ 2000 to $ 3000 dollars with these cheap wedding reception secrets, well, then you are pretty hopeless. Either that, or you're pretty dumb – its one or the other.
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