We all know that weddings can be expensive, considering the long list of things involved in the event. If you’re money-conscious, it can be a problem. But the good thing is, you can have a budget wedding without sacrificing what you want in your wedding. A quick search online and you’ll find different wedding ideas that can help you save more money on various parts, one of which is the reception.
If you want to stick to your wedding budget, there are so many things that you can do. Here are some cheap wedding reception ideas:
1. Create a gallery of photos
Walk down memory lane during the reception by having a collection of photos with your family and friends. When they see the photos, they’ll be able to reminisce the moment and talk about the old times.
2. Make your own desserts
A cheap wedding reception idea is to have a dessert buffet where guests can make their own cupcakes or ice cream. Do-it-yourself sweet treats is a surefire hit not only for kids but also for adults.
3. Prepare party games
Make the reception more interactive by offering some simple party games such as puzzles and brain teasers. These will keep guests entertained while waiting for the food, or as a way to kill time in the car if your ceremony venue is a bit far from the reception area.
4. Personalise reception items
Do you love books? You can have paper bookmarks with your favourite lines and give them as souvenirs for guests.
5. Go for local food
A great way to share your roots and the pride of your hometown is to serve local produce, dishes, and even alcoholic drinks such as local beer. It can also save you a lot of money.
6. Hire a local food truck
Speaking of local, you can serve snacks through a local mobile food vendor.
7. Personalise your guest book
Did you meet at a tree planting activity? Your guest book can be an image of a tree with your guests’ thumbmarks to serve as the leaves.
8. Try a different alcoholic drink
Instead of a tasting bar that can be costly, you can make a toast with your favourite liquor. How about tequila shots?
9. Create a campfire-like atmosphere
If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, you can have a casual setting with a coffee station, or snacks such as grilled cheese sandwiches.
Do you have other budget wedding ideas? Share your tips in the comments section.