Keeping costs within budget is a struggle for every bride, so here are five top tips guaranteed to keep you on track and slash wedding reception costs.
Tip 1 – Trim the guest list
Keep the guest list down to just the people who really matter to you. This will slash wedding reception costs as well as allowing you to lavish more food and wine on each person.
Tip 2 – Cut your alcohol costs
The largest portion of any wedding cost usually goes on food and drink. You can reduce your alcohol bill by hosting a daytime event, as people tend to drink less during the day. Alternatively, choose a BYO (bring your own) venue so you can supply your own alcohol at bulk-buy discount rates.
Tip 3 – Decrease the cost per head
Choose cheaper meal alternatives like chicken or pasta. You might also like to check which local delicacies are in season, as these are often much cheaper than you would normally expect. For example if you’re marrying in an Australian coastal town you’ll find seafood is much more affordable than it is in a large inland UK city.
Tip 4 – Limit your reception guests
Another way to cut costs is to invite everyone you know to the ceremony, but only close friends and family to the reception afterwards. This will let you enjoy a large ceremony with all your friends whilst limiting the cost of food and drink.
Tip 5 – Take the cake and tea option
If you’d rather celebrate with everyone but are seriously short of cash, choose a beautiful old church or historic ceremony location and keep the festivities simple. Invite all your friends to the ceremony and then to the church hall or local gardens afterwards, where they can share wedding cake, tea and a glass of sparkling wine with you afterwards to celebrate.
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