Wedding receptions can be fun, but they can also be expensive, so couples must often find ways to save money on them. Here, we will go through some reception ideas that could leave you with extra cash in your pocket.
Pick a Different Day of the Week
One of the easiest ways to save a lot of money is to pick any day of the week but Saturday. In the last couple of years, Saturdays have been the most popular days for weddings, and naturally, the price is significantly higher for receptions taking place on this day.
If you pick a Friday or Sunday, you might be able to save thousands! The prices of food and drinks may also be lower.
Save on the Invitations
The only way for your guests to know about the wedding is if you invite them. However, this doesn’t mean you should spend a fortune on wedding invitations. There are many cheaper options out there. For example, you could go for less-expensive insert cards — they will allow you to save hundreds of dollars depending on the number of people you’re inviting.
You could also skip the envelope liner and even create a website that will direct your guests to other events like wedding parties, rehearsal dinner, transportation, etc.
Think About the Dress
Having a wedding without a wedding dress is impossible. We would never suggest you skimp on this part. However, what you can do is start thinking about it early. If you start preparing on time, you can avoid the last-minute rush, quick changes, alterations, and all other circumstances that will increase the cost.
If you already have a dress in mind, it would be best to order it eight or nine months before the wedding. You can also check popular websites to see if you can get a discount on the wedding dress of your dreams. When you are not in a hurry, you can wait a bit for it to go on sale.
Go for an Up-and-Coming Photographer
Another great way to cut costs is to find a photographer that won’t charge you a fortune. The prices can vary wildly for this type of service. Instead of going for the most someone well-established and expensive, you can try and find a rising talent. This way, you can still get an excellent photographer without spending as much on this part of the reception.
Social media is a great place to find new talents, and you can talk to experienced photographers as well. They can often recommend an up-and-coming star for you.
Smaller Portions Save Money
Food, drinks, and cakes are important. However, wedding cakes are often unnecessarily huge, and you can always opt for a smaller cake. As for the food, the choice you make will dictate the price, and you can always make a smarter and more affordable arrangement without sacrificing the quality.
Planning a wedding reception can be tough, and there are so many things to cover. However, if you start thinking about it in advance, you will see that there are numerous wedding ideas that can save you money. Of course, everyone is different, and there are probably things that you wouldn’t be willing to change, no matter the price. That’s perfectly fine. Careful wedding planning will uncover numerous other opportunities for saving a lot while sacrificing little.