Tips for Planning a Budget Wedding Reception in New England

budget reception in south coastToday’s couples are often faced with having to pay for a South Coast wedding reception on their own without help from parents or wedding fund accounts. This change comes from many reasons, either due to it being a second marriage, a later-in-life wedding, parents who don’t support the relationship, or as a result of the economy. Whatever your reasons are for hosting a budget wedding reception, it is possible to be frugal without being cheap. There are lots of ways to save when planning a wedding reception that you might not have considered. The more you work with the event staff at The Crystal Room, the easier it will be to have everything you want for planning a reception in New England without breaking the bank.

Determine Your Budget

Start your planning by sitting down to determine how much you can afford. Include money in savings, on any credit cards that you want to use, and even future money if you are planning in advance. Be careful not to go over budget or make choices that will cause you financial hardship right before the wedding. Start your marriage together by being honest about your finances and select options that you can afford. Figuring out how much money you have to spend will help you when it comes to creating your guest list, choosing a venue, selecting a menu, and picking decorations.

Secure the Venue

When you work with our team at The Crystal Room for your budget wedding reception, we can help you plan your spending with our Custom Wedding Package and a payment plan. A deposit is due initially to secure the venue, with payments being made all the way up to the wedding date. Many couples start planning a reception in New England up to a year in advance to help break up the payments and to secure a specific date during a preferred season. Couples can view a sample payment plan on our website with payments due on the date of the agreement and other payments due twelve, nine, six, and three months prior to the wedding with final payment due ten days before the wedding date.

Finalize a Guest List

The cost for your South Coast wedding reception is based on the number of guests that you want to invite. So one way to lower costs is to reduce the number of invitations that you send out to family and friends. Some couples choose to have an adults-only event, eliminating children, however at The Crystal Room we offer meals for children 12 and under at 50 percent off the package price for in-house catering services. Another way to shave down the list is to only invite close family and friends. All those aunts, uncles, and cousins would be nice to have on your special day, but if you can’t afford to have everyone included, you might want to consider having a family gathering before or after the wedding.

Your guest list count includes you, your spouse-to-be, the wedding party, vendors, and all other guests that will be at your budget wedding reception. Make sure to take that into account when finalizing your numbers for a budget wedding reception.

Take Advantage of Package Deals

At The Crystal Room, we want your wedding day to be perfect, so we customize every single wedding according to the wishes of our brides and grooms. We disagree with the idea of a one-size-fits-all wedding package and prefer to work with each couple when planning a wedding reception. Our basic plan is designed to be customized, and we offer discounts on upgrades for services that are not used. Make sure to discuss your needs and ideas with one of our event coordinators when planning a reception in New England at The Crystal Room.

Our Custom Wedding Package includes:

  • five-hour use of The Crystal Room
  • preparation services with a personal coordinator
  • elegantly framed table numbers
  • floor-length ivory linens with your choice of napkin color
  • champagne toast for all guests
  • four-course plated meal
  • cake cutting services
  • cake enhancement services
  • complementary food tasting for the bride and groom

In addition to our custom package, you can choose a variety of upgrades, depending on your needs and budget to create a beautiful South Coast wedding reception. Extra time, use of an on-site bridal suite, open bar services based on consumption, an elegant seating board, passed hors d’oeuvres, a multi-tiered flowing beverage fountain or a chocolate fountain are just some of the custom extras that can be included. Complete ambient uplighting, a customized monogram, a photo booth, centerpieces, custom invitations, chair covers and sashes, Chiavari chairs, floor-length colorful table cloths, and even a complete floral package, entertainment package, photography package, or limousine service can also be added.

Schedule a Tour of The Crystal Room

Whether you are planning a wedding reception with no budgetary restraints or are trying to put together a beautiful celebration on a budget, you can count on The Crystal Room for all of your South Coast wedding reception needs. Give us a call at 508-478-7800 and speak with one of our event coordinators to make all of the plans for your Southeastern Massachusetts wedding. We can even provide services for wedding ceremonies – just make sure to ask one of our team members for a personalized price quote.