It’s a well-known fact that planning a wedding can be insanely expensive, and the wedding reception is a component that takes up a massive part of any couple’s budget. However, planning an amazing wedding reception doesn’t mean that you have to get into debt – there are a number of ideas and tips that will help you save hundreds or even thousands of pounds on your wedding reception. If the cost of your wedding reception is starting to look all a bit too much, read on to find out what you can do to shave some pounds of your total expenses.
Go All Inclusive
It often works out a lot cheaper to book a wedding package deal than to do things separately. Many wedding venue deals will include the price of not only the ceremony but the reception venue, transport, catering, decoration and even a DJ. Work out how much you’d pay if you booked all of these things separately and see how they compare to booking a package deal.
You can often save a lot of money on a wedding reception venue by booking it for a weekday. The only drawback to doing this is that some guests may need notice in order to book the day off work, so it’s important that if you’re planning to book your wedding on a weekday to keep costs down that you do so well in advance and let your guests know as soon as possible.
As tempting as it can be to rush into buying everything that you see and like when you first start planning your wedding, spontaneous purchases can often be an expensive mistake. Decide on your colour scheme before you begin making any purchases in order to avoid any costly mistakes. Stick to a strict budget, and make sure that everything is planned ahead.
Look for Last-Minute Deals
If you’re able to get yourselves organised in record time, you can save a lot of cash by taking advantage of last-minute wedding reception venue deals. If you think that you’ll be able to plan your big day in less than six months it could be an excellent strategy to save up to thousands of pounds. Last minute deals don’t just have to be on the reception venue either, you can save money with every aspect of your wedding.
When it comes to catering for your guests at the reception, often you can get away without serving a three-course meal, or having a selection of different alcoholic drinks available. A buffet may be a more cost-effective way to feed your guests, and serving a signature drink or a small selection of drinks such as beer or wine – most people will like one or the other – is a great way to save some money on catering costs.
How did you save money on your wedding reception? Do you have any handy tips for couples looking to plan a wedding reception on a budget? Whatever money saving strategies that you found useful, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments section below.