Elegant Reception Ideas on a Budget

June 10, 2013 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

blog picGive your wedding reception an air of elegance without breaking the bank on your budget by choosing sensible cost-effective strategies over more expensive counterparts. Before making purchases, create a game plan by knowing exactly how much you can afford to spend on your reception, determine the exact number of that amount and do your best to stay within a reasonable distance of your budget goals. Get creative by brainstorming different ways to create a stylish and sophisticated reception atmosphere using inexpensive alternatives featuring an economical price tag. Read on to learn more about elegant reception ideas on a budget.


The right lighting can transform your wedding reception from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Candles make inexpensive yet sophisticated lighting choices for a wedding reception on a budget. The flickering lights of candles evoke a soft and romantic mood and work great on tables as accents to centerpieces. Types of candles to consider include tea lights, votives, tapers, pillars and containers. From outdoors to indoors, white string lights always add a magical twinkling effect.  Whether hanging from the weathered limbs of old oak trees or wrapped around the trunks of palm trees to creating an indoor starry night on a ceiling at a reception hall, string lights offer versatility at an inexpensive price.

Food and Drink

One of the biggest expenses of a wedding is the food costs for the reception. Feature a dessert buffet offering a variety of sweet treats such as pies, cookies, ice cream, pastries and candies. Have your wedding in the early morning and offer a breakfast buffet, breakfast items generally cost less than dinner items. Alternatively, consider an early evening wedding and have a cocktail hour reception featuring finger foods and homemade appetizers. If your wedding is outdoors, consider an old-fashioned barbeque. Save money on alcohol costs by serving a signature drink, a special drink designed just for your wedding


A great tip for saving on wedding expenses is to consider making your own wedding reception tabletop decorations. Beach or tropical themed wedding centerpieces can be as simple as a pineapple surrounded by a handmade wreath of tropical flowers, fruits and leaves. Bouquets of balloons with streamers consisting of your wedding colors really put love in the air as a tabletop centerpiece. For a fall wedding, tie a sheaf of wheat together with a rustic bow or place a low basket filled with colorful seasonal items such as squash, gourds, pumpkins, apples and marigolds. Save money on flower arrangements and substitute potted plants, a great option especially for winter weddings and poinsettias.

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