“Are you overwhelmed by the high cost of your wedding reception? Here are a few ways to cut costs that might just work for you.”
With the high cost of weddings in 2015, every bride is looking for ways to cut costs. Think of all the details that go into planning a wedding. After the engagement, the happy couple starts looking for the venue, for both the ceremony and reception. You need to think about the photographer, flowers, invitations, food, music, etc. It feels like the planning will never end. I think a have a few ways to cut expenses, and make your wedding a little less burdensome.
Ø Trim the guest list - This will dramatically cut the cost of your reception. I know what you’re thinking. I have to invite so and so. But is he or she worth the amount of money you’ll be paying for each guest. Depending on what type of food you serve at your reception, the cost per guest could run from $45 to $125 per guest. Unless you have unlimited funds, this is a topic I would discuss with all family members concerned. Invite the people that are important to you as a couple. Keep in mind if Mom and Dad are paying, they might want some say in who is invited.
Ø Choose either Beer and Wine or a Signature Drink – When planning a reception, the subject of an open bar may come up. If you choose to have an open bar, this will dramatically raise the price per person, especially if you use top shelf liquor. To keep the cost down, choose a signature drink that is either compatible to the season or theme of your wedding. For instance, for a summer wedding, you could serve Margaritas or Pinna Coladas. You could always serve beer and wine to your guests. If you want a non-alcoholic reception in the autumn, you might want to serve Apple Cider. Consider always having a couple different types of soda and bottled water available for your non-drinking guests.
Ø Double Duty Flowers – Aren’t flowers beautiful, and expensive! Why not consider using the flowers from your ceremony at your reception. Many times the flowers used at the alter or around the ceremony site are lovely bouquets that could double for the signature decorations at your reception. Many times the colors choices are season related and would fit in beautifully at both locations. Your planner could even help in redirecting some of the bouquets to make them fit in the perfect evening reception.
Ø Cut Meal Courses – Food, food and more food, isn’t that what receptions are all about? And how much of that food gets thrown in the trash. When working with your caterer, make sure to look at all the options. Many times the buffet is the better deal for your money. But if you want a sit-down dinner, consider cutting the salad or soup. You would be surprised how much money this would save. Or you could cut the appetizer display, which can bring the price down drastically. Many caterers have pre-determined packages. Always ask questions about the food and what the price would be if you cut this or that. You’d be surprised how much money you could save.
Ø Hire a Wedding Planner – You might think that hiring a wedding planner is an added expense. But what you don’t know is that when you hire a planner, the pricing on items is less. Planners work with suppliers to get the best price for their clients. This added value is passed to you as the customer. Plus, you have the confidence to know that all contracts with suppliers will be completed to perfection, without any frustration on your part. This will also make your day full of the beautiful memories, instead of dwelling on what might go wrong. The wedding planner can give you the best value for your time and money.
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