Have you always dreamed of an elaborate wedding reception, but have you opted for a simple reception to save money and / or time? Well, you don’t have to give up on your dreams. Your wedding is a special day and you don’t want to have to look back wishing you did things differently. The best thing for you is to create the wedding that is most memorable and happy for you. Despite popular notions, hosting a celebrity-style wedding reception doesn’t have to mean cleaning up your bank account. Using some unconventional resources, the wedding reception can compete with that of celebrities, but without the high cost.
Before you can start planning your wedding reception in the style of a celebrity, you need to get organized. Think about what you want. At this stage, don’t worry about how much things will cost. When you get to the purchase stage, you can determine what is feasible or not. The main items to include on your list are the wedding venue, decorations, food and drink, place cards, centerpieces, and music.
Enlist the troops
If you want to save money on your wedding reception, avoid hiring a professional. These people are usually very good at what they do and their rates prove it. Your best option is to find people who are willing to help you for free. You shouldn’t look beyond your family and friends. Get the services of as many people as possible. This includes children. Kids can be especially helpful with repetitive crafts, so include them in your wedding reception plans. Don’t wait until the last minute for help. Let people know in advance that you will need them to help you with your wedding reception.
Time to buy
With your list of wedding reception ideas in hand, it’s time to start shopping. The wedding reception venue will likely be the most expensive part of the reception. Budget alternatives that don’t seem cheap include restaurants and church halls. If you choose to organize your wedding reception in a restaurant, make sure you can use your own cutlery, plates and glasses. You can buy fancy versions of these at discount stores for under $ 100, depending on how many guests you invite. Simplify dinner at your wedding reception with three options your guests can choose from when they respond to your invitation. Businesses charge less when you order per plate. As an added touch you can place a delightful assortment of deities on each table. For your centerpieces and decorations, hobby stores offer the best prices. You can find design ideas that you and your troops can create for very little. Place cards aren’t a necessity, but if you’ve assigned people to tables, place cards will help people find your table. You can create your own wedding reception place cards by purchasing an inexpensive greeting card software program and patterned paper. You will need an inkjet printer to print the cards. Unless you know someone who offers you a cheap price for the wedding reception music, skip the DJ and live band. Creating a few CDs of various popular love songs is a less expensive option.
A wedding dinner with the wedding party (bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents) just before the wedding ceremony is traditional. It’s a good idea to invite your wedding reception attendants to this dinner or a separate fun event. At this event, you should show your appreciation for helping to make your wedding reception the best ever.