Wedding is an expensive affair and reception expenses account for a substantial part of the entire wedding budget. If money is not an issue, then you can spend as much as you want on hosting the perfect reception
Planning a reception on a budget requires as much skill as where money is not a concern. It may not be too easy and you may have to cut corners here and here. But you can still bring out your creative side and keep your guests happy with our tips on planning a wedding reception.
Streamline the Guest List
A very simple formula for streamlining the wedding reception budget is: fewer the guests, lesser are the expenses. Therefore, revise your guest list several times. Intimate weddings are very much in trend. Invite only family members and close friends. This way you can save money on food, drinks, favors, invitation cards and accommodation (if you have outstation guests). Planning a reception with few guests is not all that difficult.
Flowers and Decoration
You can save money on decoration by selecting natural settings like your backyard, an outdoor garden location or a museum. You can have tables with artistic handmade centerpieces. Many planning a party guides on the internet offer tips on Do-it-Yourself centerpieces and crafts. You can create some beautiful pieces to lend a personalized touch to the wedding decoration.
Similarly, for flower decoration, go for seasonal blooms as they are easy to get and cost lesser than the off-season ones. Similarly, go for flowing drapes in different color combinations and pin them up with flower bouquets and bunches. This is a classic decoration style which will never fail you. Try it in your marriage planning and in case you’ve other money-saver decoration ideas, you can try them as well.
Reception Dresses for the Groom and Bride
Next in our list of reception planning tips is to do with the reception attire of the bride and the groom. Every bride dreams of a nice dress that will make her look pretty and charming, almost like a queen. For this, she is ready to spend any amount of money. But there is a way to save money on that front too.
You can try recreating your mother’s wedding saree to wear it on your reception. Some designers also hold clearance sales for reception lehengas and sarees, where you can get heavy bridal wear at half the catalogue prices.
Similarly, many stores provide sherwanis and other groom-wear on rent. These can also be tailored to fit the groom properly. Anyway, men and women seldom get a second chance to wear their wedding or reception dresses again. So why use a fortune on them, especially if one is planning a reception on budget?
Food, Drinks and Desserts
There is no protocol says that there should be a five course meal to keep your guests happy at the reception. The food must be tasty and filling. You can go for 2-3 hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner. Similarly, it is not necessary to include alcohol in the drinks. If at all you have to, go for beer, wine and just a single signature punch. Wedding cake can be avoided in Indian settings. Instead, you need to include a traditional sweetmeat or ice cream.