5 Ways to Cut Reception Costs

posted on 12 November 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

Ways to Cut Reception Costs

It’s no secret that wedding receptions can cost a fortune, but with a little creativity there are plenty of ways to save money without running the risk of looking tacky. Here are 5 ways to cut reception costs at your wedding:

1. Cut Down on the Guest List

It can be difficult to do, but try to give yourselves the gift of only inviting the people who you really want to be at your wedding. Cut out the “obligatory” invites and narrow it down to the essential minimum. When it comes to catering, most places work on a “per head” basis. The less heads you have the smaller your food bill will be.

2. Have a Day Wedding

Serving a High Tea type of meal at an afternoon reception is not only lovely but it will cost you less than serving a three course evening meal. High Tea meals are also a lot more fun to plan!

3. Skip the Huge Flower Arrangements

You already know that flowers cost a lot of money. But guess what? They cost even more than the “lots” that you are already thinking. Finding an alternative to professionally made flower arrangements will save your budget a bundle.

4. Make Your Own Cake

Cupcakes are still a very popular wedding cake choice and it doesn’t take the skill of a professional baker to ensure that cupcakes placed on a pretty tier look gorgeous. Investing in a good icing piper and a good cupcake stand will cost you far less than buying a “real” wedding cake and you’ll have the added bonus of being able to share your favourite cake recipe with your friends.

5. Keep it Simple

In all your wedding details try to remember to keep it simple. There is much beauty to be found in simplicity, often more so than expensive “frillery”.

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