The best advice we offer brides on budgets is "Spend where you need to, save where you can".
Couples who come to us for ideas on how to save money without crushing their bridal dreams find wonderful and practical ideas. Done in the right places, there are many ways to save costs and take nothing away from the wedding they have planned.
Because receptions tend to be the biggest ticket items, major savings can be realized through some minor adjustments. Consider these!
1. Find a location that both fits the occasion and requires very little decorating enhancements. Many spots are fine the way they are. If a bride is determined to add to the decor, most wedding planners would agree that creating one large decorative element is not only dramatic, but also more budget friendly than a dozen or so smaller elements scattered about the room.
2. When planning for decor enhancements, always imagine the room full. We counsel brides not to spend money on decor items that only the first few guests walking in will see. Don't waste money decorating the skirting of any tables. Think tabletop and up!
3. During receptions, caterers will say that people tend to take less food if it is passed by the wait staff than if it is placed on a buffet table. This also tends to be true about beverages like champagne or a special themed cocktail. The good news about this factor is that less food and liquor can be ordered and your guests still feel pampered.
4. If you feel you must serve a sit down dinner, we suggest that you consider instead of ordering one high end entree consider half portions of two main entree items. For example ordering half portions each of prime rib and chicken breast, you will likely bring down the cost per plate while offering guests a selection with depth.