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Cheap Wedding Reception Ideas for the Smart Bride

As you are aware, receptions are quite costly. 

However, you do not have to compromise your dream reception just to save some money. 

Cheap, does not have to be tacky. An inexpensive reception can be all that you want it to be; you just have to plan, use your imagination and be willing to get some help from your family and relatives.


Your first order of business is to determine how much money you have to spend on your reception. Then make a list of what you would like to have at your celebration and how important each item is to you. Now you have your overall plan and can begin looking at places to host your affair.

Unless you go overboard, home parties are much less expensive than renting a catering hall, a VFW, local community room or any other venue. 

  • Ask your friends to help you decorate using fresh flowers from their garden.
  • Coupons – everyone loves coupons. Gather up all the coupons you can find and bring them to your local craft store. You'll be surprised how many decorations you can purchase with 40% off coupons.
  • Purchase your decorations when the stores are running end of season sales.
  • If you're talented, make your own centerpieces and decorations.

If you have your heart set on hosting your special event at a catering hall, talk with the banquet manager and explain your budget restrictions.  A thoughtful banquet manager will give you advice and money saving options.

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Instead of having a cocktail hour and sit down dinner or buffet you can eliminate one and save on the food and drink costs. You can also do away with hard liquor and serve beer, wine and soft drinks.

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Catering halls typically are already decorated, so you will only have to provide the centerpieces.  Again, ask the banquet manager if they have vases or any other table decoration that you might be able use and embellish. Take a look at this low to the table inexpensive centerpiece.


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For some brides, a band or DJ is not important, so ask if the hall has piped in music or if they have a sound system that you can bring in your own music.

If you have a home that is large enough to accommodate all of your guests, great!  If not, call around and find out the costs to rent a room.  Ask your friends and relatives if they can prepare some of their favorite dishes, bake your cake, play an instrument, or help out with the beverages, flowers and decorations.

Use my cheap wedding reception ideas as a guide and create the storybook reception that you have always dreamed of hosting.

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