What are some money-saving ideas having a wedding reception?

by DIY wedding planner on March 5, 2013

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Christina V March 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

no booze/dry wedding saves a ton. :)

use silk flowers instead of real ones. you can use them for so much longer.

do a buffet DIY wedding and buy in bulk from SAMS or a store like it.

i would look on ebay or theknot.com to see if other brides are selling items like tule or a wish box that they used for their wedding but no longer need.

limit your guest list and attendants.


Erica S March 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

provide your own alcohol, or have a dry wedding to save a ton of cash for yourself.

other than that, be creative and do as much yourself as you’re comfortable doing – print your own invitations on invitation cardstock and your programs on some nice paper from a craft store, make the favors instead of buying packaged ones, etc.

you can also save money on the dinner by using nice disposable plates and “silverware” instead of renting or buying china. just serve the wedding cake as dessert instead of having something else sweet before it.

if you’re getting disposable cameras or anything else in large quantities, look for them in your color but try to avoid “wedding” decorations, they’ll cost mosre just because you searched for “wedding” tablecloths or cameras or whatever instead of “green”.


Wine Is Fine 1717 March 5, 2013 at 6:26 am

Make your own centerpieces. Also, use simple placecards. I’m doing tent style placecards. Nothing fancy. My SIL went out and bought little placecard holders for her wedding. Waste of money. I save it, just because it had Fi’s and my name on it. But, if it had been someone else’s wedding, I would have tossed it long ago.


herbakis March 5, 2013 at 7:07 am

Here a few things: do it on a Friday instead of Saturday
use cakes as your centerpieces
use more family owned businesses
instead of chains-their prices are
always better
don’t waste money on disposable cameras-just make sure you have a good photographer, disposables end up blurry and there are too many pictures of things that you really don’t need-like the floor
***use all the contacts that you know-people are more likely to give a break if you know them or someone close to them


Blushing Bride-To-Be!!! March 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

There are tons of things that you can do to save money for your wedding reception. I know the answer to this because my wedding is in April 2008 and I am trying to find a lot of ways to cut cost so that I can get things I really want to splurge on like my photos and video. You can decorate the reception location yourself being creative; go to google and type in “creative wedding ideas” and tons of sites will come up that can assist you. You can make your own favors; obviously someone has to know how to do these things to make the money. If you have time to do that. I purchased a brand new HP printer so that I could make my own invitations, iron-on transfers for my handkerchiefs, labels for my candybars, programs, save-the-date cards, and the list goes on and on. If you know someone who is a rather new photographer but takes pretty good pictures you could use them. You could have your family prepare the food instead of getting a caterer and enlisting some people to help serve food. Instead of having a DJ you could rent speakers and use a laptop and make a playlist of all the songs that you want played at the reception. There are a ton of things you can do; check out the website.


Avis B March 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

Have breakfast instead of lunch or dinner, a morning wedding is ALWAYS less expensive. Plus to do not have to serve any liquor except for the wedding toast.

Do not purchase “cute” wedding items like table favors or programs or votive candles or guest books or ring bearer pillows.

Decorate with balloons in place of floral centerpieces.

Order a small wedding cake and then add cupcakes and cookies.

Avoid serving liquor or control the time the bar is open (cocktail hour and after dinner only). Wedding guests love FREE liquor.

Don’t buy disposable cameras if you are having a professional photographer. And if you are not having a professional photographer than just buy a limited amount of disposable cameras to avoid lots of duplicate pictures.

Hire an apprentice or less experienced DJ (the big DJ companies will charge less for those people who are still “in training”). Ask if they have a two hour package instead of a four hour package.

Don’t buy printed napkins or matchbooks.

Answered by: A Certified wedding specialist / A Professional bridal consultant / A Wedding ceremony officiant


lzpa77 March 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

No alcohol
Have your reception in the afternoon, then just have small sandwiches
Have your reception at home or a park
DIY table linens(i am) and centerpieces using silk flowers
Limit your number of guests
Sometimes buffets are actually more expensive than a sit down dinner with waitstaff because the venue has to keep filling the buffet trays to appeal to the guests that there is plenty of food. I’m saving ALOT on this. Having a buffet would cost me about 18.99 a person, when a sit down dinner is only 14.99 per person.
Ummmm, have a small cake made by a professional to use as your cutting cake then have a family member or the same professional make a sheet cake to put in the kitchen and can be cut up ahead of time. It’s the same cake but just not as decorated.
Have friends help with favors, also think about favors that are going to last. I purchased 200 pine tree seedlings on nurseryman. com for 160. This is great because it’s not like you’re spending money on candy that people will eat. This will last forever if your guests take care of their trees. I just found burlap sacks from a local farmer, washed them, and am cutting them into squares to wrap around the roots. Voila!! a very inexpensive, lasting favor.
OMG, i could go on and on but i gotta get to work. Good luck to you and congrats.

I marry my sweety on October 20, 2007


hunkyscutie March 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

i’m not having alcohal, or a dj, we’re burning a bunch of music and buying a nice cd player (around $100 bucks) and having a friend watch it!! djs are like $100 bucks and hour with a 3 hour min, was the best i could find around here, so that’s a lot of money right there!


Mississippi March 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

We went through that a cupple of weeks ago.. We dont have much to spend but we want invite all of our friends and family in the mean time.
*TRY to keep the list to a MUST
*Go silk in the flowers!!- Saved me 200 Bucks!
*Make the center pieces out of things that are cheep but dont look it! Make your own! Dollar tree or walmart mirrors with floating candle centerpieces!
*BORROW, BORROW, BORROW!!! That is part of the rhym anyways!! Right ? : D used, borrowed, blue yada yada yada..
*Don’t have so many bridemaids cuts you buying more gifts and trust me.. less stress too… less people you have to get with the program!
*Dont serve the booooooz … If that is a MUST… let them buy there own.. have it somewhere that they have that option.
*Make your own (or let your girls help) make your leaving gifts for your guest!
*have a local wedding.. so you dont have so many people that are getting a hotel.
*Always choose a wedding cake that feeds 50 less people than you are exspecting. ( not everbody eats it.. and serve smaller pieces.
*Have your wedding right after lunch so everybody is not hungry .. but they are just in the mood for a snack!
*Have your wedding somwhere they dont charge to rent the place out.. Parks, homes exct…
*Search around for best prices on flowers, cakes, dresses, exct!!
* take out the DJ.. let a friend make a cupple of mixed c.ds of songs that describes the both of you and for a father and daughter dance… Saves a little bit! ;)
*Use regular napkins… no one saves them for to long any ways..

Web sites to try!! Just to look at or it will help!!




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