There are things that you can do to help stay on budget when getting married in Attleboro without making your wedding day look cheap. A budget does not have to mean shoddy, less-than in the quality department, or lacking in any way. There have been plenty of creative brides who have worked with the venue to create a Milford wedding reception that was stunning, yet didn’t break the bank. One way to achieve this is to pick a site that offers package deals and custom extras that will help you get what you want and avoid not paying for what you don’t.
The Crystal Room offers our clients a well-appointed venue with all of the amenities that you might need to host a memorable reception. Whether the sky’s the limit or if you are taking care to organize a budget wedding reception, our team can help you to incorporate all of your ideas, hopes, and dreams into the plans for your special day. We can assist with choosing a reception menu through our on-site catering service and provide essential elements, such as tables and chairs, linens, and dishes. Our goal is to help each client to plan a beautiful wedding reception and maximize their budget to help them get everything that they want.
Create Two Lists
Part of wedding planning is becoming proficient at writing lists. You should have lists for everything that needs to get done, checklists for vendors, and timing lists for making sure that the bridesmaids get fitted for their dresses and that the groomsmen pick up their tuxedos. However, before any of those lists are created, you need to figure out what you want. One way to stay on budget is to make a “nice to have” and a “have to have” set of lists. The items on the “nice to have” list are extra things that, while it would be awesome to include them in your special day, aren’t required.
The “have to have” list should contain all of the necessary items that are needed for your wedding reception. Food for guests, staging for the wedding cake and dancing, a DJ or live band, decorations, and champagne for toasting. Before you speak with the venue about your needs, get a “have to have” list ready to go. This will help you to make sure that the site has everything you require to plan the wedding that you have always wanted. It will also help you to ask questions about getting married in Attleboro and hosting a Milford wedding reception so you can sort out the logistics.
Choose Dates Wisely
Another great way to save money for a budget wedding reception is to speak with the venue about off-season or specific day discounts. For example, the summer is definitely “wedding season,” but if you were to host your wedding during a different time frame, not only would you have more availability, but you might also get a better rate. Supply and demand hold true for every industry, including weddings. Talk about alternate days of the week, times of the day, seasons that are not so popular, and see if you can get a good deal on the venue that you want at a price that you can afford.
If at all possible, avoid actual holidays, such as Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, and Easter. This will make it easier for guests to attend your wedding and not have to RSVP that they won’t be able to come because of family traditions. Consider three-day weekends and holidays to either plan the wedding for a Friday or Monday instead of a Saturday or Sunday. Again, this can improve availability or help you to get discounted rates, depending on the venue. The timing can also improve costs in some cases, offering a lower price for a brunch reception than a late-night party affair. Work with the event coordinator at the venue of your choice to learn all you can about your options.
What to Reduce
You have two choices when it comes to a budget wedding reception: cut the decorations and offerings at the venue OR reduce your guest list. Most venues charge “per head” based on the number of people who will be in attendance. You can cut costs somewhat by choosing a cheaper reception menu, or you can reduce your guest list from 150 down to 100 and save a bundle. Be sure to count yourself, your spouse-to-be, your wedding party, and close family members in the guest list, as well as any vendors or officiants that should be included. Once again, speak with the venue regarding rules and requirements for the headcount of guests for your wedding reception.
If the cost difference between surf-and-turf or a nice chicken-and-pasta dinner is preventing you from inviting all of the guests that you want to share in your special day, it might be time to make some considerations when choosing a reception menu. Explore all of your options to see what works best for you that will help you stay on budget, yet surround yourselves with the family and friends that you want to be there. Other ways to save can be in switching from a traditional (and costly) wedding cake to decorated cupcakes or desserts instead. Many couples are choosing to forgo the multi-tier confection and serve favorite dessert items as an alternative.
Schedule a tour of The Crystal Room for your Milford wedding reception. We can answer any questions you might have about choosing a reception menu and hosting a classic, modern, or budget wedding reception at our venue. Call today at 508-478-7800 to speak with one of our helpful on-site event coordinators.