New to Weddingbee budget reception

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7758 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@ontbride:  I have lots of tips/ideas, but I am leaving right now.  I will be back in about 1/2 hour. You can Private Message me with details of what you’d like, and I will give you some ideas.  🙂

Post # 4
1286 posts
Bumble bee

Ours is $3500. We were able to book a venue for $500 plus $100 ceremony.  The place is a total DIY venue.  It’s a building at a park. DIY you’ll be able to keep under your budget and keep things small.


Post # 5
5481 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Welcome!  Sounds like you have some good ideas to keep costs down 🙂

Cutting the guest list is the #1 way to cut the budget- fewer people to feed, less space, you don’t need as many tables & chairs, fewer invitations, etc.

I had a lunch reception and cut my catering cost in HALF by not serving a dinner (we still have a plated & served full meal, but it was from the lunch menu instead) OR having the ceremony and reception at a non-meal time and serving finger foods (like you are planning) or even a dessert-only reception will be less expensive.

I bought my dress off the rack for a deep discount.

If you use your iPod for the music, make sure you have an event coordinator or someone to keep things flowing- like when to cut the cake, make wedding party introductions, and when to do the garter/bouquet tosses.

Sit down with your FI & discuss what areas you can skimp on (like transportation, music, favors) and what areas are important (like photography, food, venue) and go from there!




Post # 6
4529 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ontbride:  Welcome 🙂

We are on a tight budget as well, and are getting married at the beach in Florida. After, we are having a backyard BBQ reception. Literally: in a backyard with BBQ. We can feed 20+ people for less than $500 and with the savings can afford a ton of alcohol.

In addition, we are using an Spotify or an iPod for music to save on a DJ.

Any reception flowers, if we get any, will come from a local florist or grocery and will be arranged by me for dirt cheap.

I have plenty more tips, but I have no idea how formal you are hoping your reception will be.

Post # 10
9149 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@badabing88:  Spotify is pretty awesome. We put together our ceremony and reception playlists in two days. The only band we were sad to see wasn’t on there was AC/DC.

Post # 15
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ontbride:  Great tips from all!  I second the brunch recommendation.  Waffles, lox and bagels, mimosas, and an iPod — sounds like the perfect day to me!

Post # 16
63 posts
Worker bee

I did a lunch reception too at the venue & a BBQ party at home afterwords. Day time wedding is great because it won’t involve much alcohol which is very expensive.

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