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Wedding Reception Ideas - Cutting The Cost Without Cutting Back

Apr 16, 2008
Your wedding reception is probably going to be one of the most expensive aspects of your wedding and coming up with good wedding reception ideas at a low cost can cause you a big headache.

As well as finding a good venue that will cater for all your needs you must consider your guests and how comfortable they will be and incorporate their needs when considering your wedding reception ideas.

The first thing to sort out is exactly how many people will be coming to the reception. Bear in mind this is a critical part of your budget and whilst you may have many friends and family you will have to draw the line at some point if you are working within a set budget so work colleagues and the like may have to be left out if this is the case.

Your wedding reception ideas may have included stately homes, fairytale castles or huge marques for your venue however these will cost thousands of dollars and although they may be beautiful locations, do not book such venues unless you are sure you can afford them and as tempting as it might be to go over your original budget in order to satisfy your dream venue.

More important is the atmosphere you create and your wedding reception ideas need to focus on this. For instance you may spend hundreds of dollars on intricate and flashy table centrepieces that end up annoying the guests by being too big and restrict them from having a conversation with the person opposite them.

The same can be said for your wedding favors. Buying expensive wedding favors for your guests is nice but making handmade wedding table favors is infinitely better as they can be personalized for each of your guests and incorporate some of their individual personalities into them. These types of wedding reception ideas will create a fantastic atmosphere which your guests will remember and appreciate for years afterwards.

With this in mind before you start looking for the most expensive wedding reception venues consider your local amenities first such as pubs, village halls and sports clubs.

You will often find these types of venues will be more than satisfactory and you will be able to book them for minimal expense. Furthermore they will probably have their own catering facilities and furniture which will be included in the cost.

Make sure you check the costs of any venue you book thoroughly and ensure there are no hidden expenses included for things you may or may not even use. Check with the venue owners regarding their music policy as you do not want they party to end early just as everyone is enjoying themselves.

Also ask about overnight accommodation both at the venue and nearby as this will be a common question asked by your guests.

Whatever wedding reception ideas you have the main thing is for you and your guests to enjoy yourselves so do not spend the whole evening fussing around making sure everything is just right. As long as people have food and drink they are generally happy.
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Vicki Churchill is the owner of Wedding Ideas , a site that specializes in Wedding Ideas Designer Wedding Cakes , Wedding Decorations, Seating Plans & all your wedding needs.
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