The Fabulous, Yet Cheap Wedding Reception Expensive wedding receptions aren't always the most memorable. Truth be told, sometimes they're just too fancy for their own good. What does this mean for you? It means that it's perfectly OKAY to have a cheap wedding reception so long as you put some effort into the planning and ensure the guests have a good time.
Nobody cares if you have the money to get an angel carved out of pure gold and then put it on display for all to see. The guests want enjoyment, not frivolous & expensive decorations that show how sophisticated and "upper-class" you are. That said, if you want your cheap wedding reception to be a success, you have to think of the guests and their needs/wants.
A cheap wedding reception will have all the things an expensive reception would have; food, drinks, music, entertainment, decorations, dance floor, etc. The only difference being that everything will be toned down just a bit. Does this mean it will be less memorable or enjoyable? No, it just means there won't be a whole lot of fancy-schmancy.
Ways to Create an Enjoyable, Yet Cheap Wedding Reception
Drinks: An open bar, although great for the drunkards, is not a good or incredibly wise choice for a wedding reception. Aside from being expensive, it also encourages people to get "wasted", "hammered", and/or "drunk as a skunk". Remember, this is a wedding, not a frat party. Having said all that, stick to beer, wine, champagne, and other nonalcoholic beverages. Buy these things in bulk and serve them yourself if you want to save.
Decorations: No matter how cheap you want the wedding reception to be, there has to be decorations. Balloons, table decor, ribbons, bows, candles, etc. can be bought in bulk from a great many wedding supply stores. Shop around, haggle, and ask for wholesale discounts until you find what you need at the price you can afford.
Flowers: If you want to save big money on flowers, buy only those flowers which are in season and try to arrange them yourself. You can even use flowering potted plants, rather than expensive cut flowers, for greater savings. Tie ribbons to the pots and place them in tasteful areas throughout the reception area. Allow guests to take the flowers home with them after the reception is over.
Cake: Private bakery's aren't always the best solution for your wedding cake needs. Truth be told, there are many at-home bakers who can make you a specialty cake from home for less than half the cost of a professional cake. Not only will it save you money for the budget, but the cake will probably be better tasting too. Remember, always taste a baker's work before buying his cake.
Food: The food you serve, and the way you serve it, is one of the most important aspects of your reception. Luckily, there is a way to keep the food expenditure low and maintain the status of a "cheap wedding reception".
Get away from the idea of a sit-down, one plate meal and the expensive servers which would accompany it. Instead, go with the buffet option. This will allow guests to choose & control what they eat, how much they eat, as well as when they eat -- people love making their OWN decisions. The absolute best thing about the buffet choice is it allows you to save a TON of money due to the common, easily prepared foods that your guests will know and love.As you can see, it's not hard to create a memorable, enjoyable, and most importantly, a cheap wedding reception. That said, don't let a small budget get in your way of a great time!