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Wedding reception will cost approximately 50% of your entire wedding budget. This is primarily due to the cost of food and alcohol. The time of day you are planning to have your reception will determine the type of foods you will be serving:
There are usually three types of bars:
To maximize your budget, consider buying your own alcohol. Here are the standard quantities and rules of thumb that will help you determine how much to purchase:
Money saving tips:
Reception Idea: Have the reception and ceremony at the same location. That way you will only have to pay one site fee.
Reception Idea: Saturday weddings are the most expensive. Consider picking Friday or Sunday, as the vendors often have lower prices.
Reception Idea: For more economical option consider serving brunch or lunch instead of dinner. This will save on your budget since there is usually less alcohol consumed earlier in the day.
Reception Idea: Hold your reception at a restaurant, hotel or other facility that is fully equipped with tables, chairs, linens, silverware, etc. Otherwise, all this will need to be rented.
Reception Idea: If you are planning a small wedding with your closest friends, consider renting a penthouse, suite or other luxurious room in a local fancy hotel. You can order a room service, have flowers already set up at no extra charge, plus get things cleaned up afterwards for considerably less than traditional wedding reception.
Reception Idea: Open bar vs. cash bar. Cash bar is tacky. You don’t invite guests to party and expect them to pay. Instead, consider limiting the time the bar is serving alcoholic drinks. Reducing the cocktail hour from 1 hour to 45 minutes could go long way in saving you money. The remainder of the reception the bar can continue serving non alcoholic beverages.
Reception Idea: If allowed by the caterer, you can buy alcohol in large quantities from a warehouse store and serve at your reception. Ask the warehouse store if they will let you return unopened bottles for a refund.
Reception Idea: Instead of serving Champaign consider sparkling wine or have a Champaign fountain with Champaign punch and slices of strawberries for an added touch of elegance.
Reception Idea: Food! Serve expensive foods alongside inexpensive dishes. For example, if you serve filet mignon as the main course, start it up with a green salad.
Reception Idea: Supply a timeline to the caterer, detailing the flow of events from the first toast to the time the dinner is served. This will ensure the events will take place in the right order and in a timely fashion.
Reception Idea: Get everything in writing from all your vendors so that you know exactly what you are getting.
Questions to ask when selecting a facility for your wedding reception:
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