It will probably be the largest event that you will throw, and the most expensive. Wedding receptions accounts for close to 50% of your wedding budget, that’s ALOT!!
After doing some research, here are five areas (and there are many more) where you can make changes that can affect your final bill.
1)Have a fake cake! Most bakeries charge more for the elaborate designs that tiered cakes present. The delivery and set-up all cost. So why not order a fake cake to display at the reception hall and have a larger slab cake made of the flavour of your choice. This will be easier for the caterer to cut and serve, and it will be much less expensive.
2)Limit the Alcohol. I know that in some cultures this is not seen as proper. I’m Italian myself, and every wedding has an open bar right from cocktail hour to 2:00am, including mine. But it does add up and if you can limit when the bar is open to your guests it will help reduce your final tab.
3) Don’t get married in the spring or summer. These seasons are the most popular seasons to marry. Choosing an off-season will help cut costs as most vendors may not be so busy, and can accomodate more readily. Moreover, Friday weddings, although it may not be a popular day to marry is said to be less expensive to have your wedding than Saturday weddings.
4) Be careful when making your food selections. Be totally honest with your caterer and ask them what the less expensive meal includes and work from there. This way you get something that you can afford. The reception is where the most money is spent when planning your wedding. Everyone wants lots of food and drink, but this is also where if you are not careful, everything may go to waste. Example. just because you and your finance enjoy salmon (a pretty expensive dish to serve), doesn’t mean it’s the best dish to serve at your wedding.
5) Throw an afternoon wedding. If you really can’t afford an evening reception including a sit down dinner, have a afternoon wedding followed by a “lighter meal” reception.
Stay tuned for more money saving tips!!!