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posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
389 posts
Helper bee

Don’t worry about what family will want/like/discuss, etc.  You’ll go absolutely insane trying to please everyone.  

If you are having a traditional church wedding, yes — you should do a reception.  However, you can save tons of money by having a morning ceremony and doing a “brunch” reception (from about 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM.)  Often you can get a $50-$60 meal for about $30 to $40 per person.  You don’t have to serve hard liquor since it is early – do a lovely “pink champagne” toast followed by beer and serve two or three different wines, one with each course (usually you get an appetizer, an entree and dessert, of which, they can serve a sweet, plum wine).  Many halls give a free wedding cake, and be sure they offer all the table settings as well which should be included in the price.  Don’t know where you are from, but if you do a search at effectective.com and put in your city and state, you often get a list of venues.  You could also buy a bride’s magazine in your area and look at their venue list.  If you marry out of season (like in February or March, it would be cheaper.)  If you marry on a Thursday or Sunday morning, it will also be cheaper.  So do ask your venue.  You don’t need a fancy menu, just something nice for each course and you may be able to opt for 2 or 3 appetizers brought to the table as opposed to having a separate cocktail hour which could run an additional $15-$30 per person.

If you want some alcohol, ask the venue that you would like a signature drink, like a spiked champagne or rum punch or a martini signature drink to welcome your guests when they arrive to the reception.  That would only be one drink per person and they would give you a deal on this.

For flowers, go to Home Depot and get potted flowers, one for each table.  Use one dramatic flower for each bridesmaid and a small bouquet for you and your Maid/Matron of Honor.  The moms can have a small white iris corsage.

With careful planning, you should be able to have a reasonably priced wedding.  If people want to smoke, they can always go outside.  Everyone knows they can’t smoke inside a venue.  

Remember, it’s your wedding and you should enjoy your day and your love and celebrate this momentous occasion!

Good luck!

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