Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. It can also be one of the most expensive. Not everyone can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a single day, and even many people who can spend that money would still prefer not to. Fortunately, it is possible to have the reception you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank. Just consult our guide to an elegant and affordable wedding reception.
Affordable Venues: Go Back(yard) To Basics
Before food, drinks, and supplies even come into play, one of the biggest expenses couples face in planning their reception is renting out the space. Whether it’s a hotel ballroom, a church hall, or another public venue, the expenses that go toward securing a location can quickly gobble up your budget. Before you spring for a space, see if anyone in you or your future spouse’s family has an expansive yard to host your reception. With enough room to host everyone on your guest list and some stylish decorations, keeping the wedding reception close to home can be both affordable and a sentimental alternative to the same ballrooms countless other couples have used.
Intangible Wedding Gifts
Wedding showers can leave you with a kitchen full of exciting new gadgets that you’ll never get around to using. Rather than amass more stuff than you know what to do with, shelve the shower. In lieu of gifts, request that your closest friends assist you in putting together the reception. You could save on a wedding photographer, a DJ, and perhaps even a catering service if you have the right friends and family. If you’re someone who values experiences over possessions, making your wedding as lovely an experience as possible will be worth giving up a few material gifts—and best of all, no drawers overflowing with seldom-deployed gadgets.
To that end, centerpieces are another great way to use that enlisted help. Each table at your reception should have a centerpiece, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive one. Recruit a few of your artistically inclined friends to help you design and create centerpieces for each table at a small fraction of the cost you would pay to buy them fully formed. In the right hands, these artisan centerpieces will bring far more character and beauty to your reception than anything you could buy from a catalog.
The meal may not be the star of the evening like you are, but no reception would be complete without it. Rounding out our guide to an elegant and affordable wedding reception is a big way to save on dinner without compromising on food—embracing single-use dinnerware for the occasion. Rather than rent or buy fragile elegant dinnerware, opt for attractive but disposable alternatives. Smarty Had a Party features wholesale disposable wedding dinnerware in an array of materials and patterns, from artfully decorated plastic dishes to aesthetically pleasing and biodegradable palm-leaf products. This dinnerware will lend a splash of style to each and every table at your reception at a price that fits your budget.