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Do It Yourself Wedding Receptions That Fit In Your Budget
Affordable, Elegant Wedding Receptions
Amazing wedding receptions don't have to cost a fortune.
Many families are on tight budgets these days, limiting the parents' ability to contribute financially. Much of the burden of wedding expenses lands on young couples who are just starting out in life and on limited budgets themselves.
When planning an affordable wedding reception , location is key. Depending on how many people are invited, you may need a sizable place to have the reception. Weather permitting, your wedding reception could be held in someone's back yard or at a local park.
My own wedding ceremony and reception were held at a local park in a specially reserved area (including gazebo) that cost only about $60 for the entire day. My mother and I recently hosted a wedding reception for my sister in our mobile home park's club house. A $150 deposit was required, but the deposit was returned after we cleaned up and left the club house the way we found it. We had full access to a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area, tables, chairs, and restrooms for an entire day. Everything we needed was right there and didn't cost us a dime.
Many developments and neighborhoods have community centers that, with the right decorations, are perfect for gala receptions. One bride covered ugly walls with rolls of plastic table cloth drapery that matched the wedding colors and made the hall look amazing!
Decorations that can be used after the reception is over more than pay for themselves.
For my sister's reception we created beautiful centerpieces for the tables by buying some glass Pyrex cereal bowls ($1 each at a local outlet mall) and placing green glass marbles from the craft store in the bottom of each.
We then filled the bowls half way with water and placed a white rose-shaped floating candle in each. These attractive centerpieces were very easy to assemble in just a minute or two and in addition to lending their candlelight to the room made a wonderful inexpensive gift for the bride and grooma complete set of matching cereal bowls!
Food also doesn't have to require too much effort or added expense. My own wedding reception was a pot luck luncheon . My mother provided the sandwich rolls, sliced meat and cheeses, and condiments, and close friends and family members were asked to bring side dishes and salads. My husband's aunt made the most beautiful multi-tiered wedding cake for us. Our expense was minimal and no one went away hungry!
Most dollar stores carry catering trays and the heating stands with sterno. Think about what was served at the weddings you attended and pick quick make ahead freezer foods . On the day of the reception, take the food out to thaw and bring it to the hall. Set up the sternos and heat up your home cooked selectio...