Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. These are just a few of the little “somethings” that add up to big expenses for the bride and groom on their wedding day. Perhaps the next verse should read, “Something salty, something sweet, something mixed with alcohol, and don’t forget the meat,” for it is the expense of the hours following the wedding ceremony that actually plunges thousands of young couples into debt each year.
If you are headed down the aisle toward wedded bliss in the next few months and are worried about how to find affordable wedding reception packages, do not despair. “There are ways to control wedding reception expenses,” assures Nick Milillo, who owns one of the premiere caterers in Bucks County.
“First, control the guest list,” says Nick. “There is no need to invite the mother’s second cousin twice removed if the couple is not close to the relative. Keep the wedding small and the expenses will stay small too.”
Next, choose a wedding reception site that is within your budget. While a rooftop ballroom at the town’s most posh hotel would no doubt be a fine choice for financially blessed couples, a simpler locale can be the backdrop for an equally enjoyable celebration. A friend’s backyard adorned in seasonal perennials can be a lovely reception setting. The services of one of many offsite caterers in Bucks County can make an “at home reception” as memorable as one held at a ritzy country club.
But if renting a reception hall is more to your liking, it is possible to find a budget-friendly site. Many reception halls offer affordable wedding packages in the Delaware Valley Look for venues where caterers offer reasonably priced menu options. While chateaubriand may be out of the question, guests will be equally satisfied by a well-prepared and generously portioned pasta dish.
Controlling bar expenses is also a critical component to hosting an affordable wedding reception. Open bars, complete with top shelf liquors, are not necessary for guests to feel appreciated. Limiting guests’ alcohol choices to beer and wine will allow them to imbibe without breaking the couple’s proverbial bank. Not all reception halls will allow a limited bar, so if expenses are a concern, be certain to select one that is willing to work with your desire to control costs.
Another tip for budget conscious couples is to avoid the spring and early summer wedding rush. Often reception halls can offer more reasonable rates during the “off-season” when competition for available reception halls is reduced. Consider a late summer or early fall wedding. Some reception catering companies may be better able to work within your budgetary constraints during these less popular wedding months.
Couples should remember that memorable wedding reception sites are not determined through the use of extravagant linens or jaw-dropping centerpieces. Instead, guests will remember your reception fondly if they feel that you thoughtfully prepared for their comfort and sincerely appreciated their efforts to attend. Most importantly, staying within a budget will allow the couple to enjoy the reception on the big day with no worries about the expenses to come.