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Dollars & Sense: The Top Ways to Save Money on Your Reception

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Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding and still live within your budget. And it all starts with the basics!

TRY A FRIDAY OR A DIFFERENT SEASON

You found the site you’ve always imagined but can’t afford that perfect June wedding? Choosing the site of your dreams can still be within your budget if you are willing to be a bit flexible with your date.

The most popular wedding months traditionally fall between April and October. If you plan to marry during these peak times, you’ll need to keep an open mind if your first choice is taken. Selecting a wedding date that’s “off-season” can bring about substantial savings and less competition for your preferred dates.

Keep in mind that many venues and vendors will provide discounts for Friday and Sunday wedding receptions simply because these days aren’t always in high demand. Hosting a reception on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon could allow you to have your party at your desired site with a considerable reduction in costs – and that’s money you can splurge on the honeymoon, your new home or elsewhere.

LOOK FOR FREE DÉCOR

Choose a place that has natural beauty, whether it’s wooded views; rivers and lakes; or a deck that overlooks the sunset. You can also take advantage of decorations that are already on site. Many venues decorate for Christmas and leave it up through New Year’s, which makes this a great time to have your wedding.

DO AN AFTERNOON BRUNCH

Meet with reception site coordinators to discuss other less expensive options. Instead of an elaborate evening event with a lavish sit-down dinner, consider a sophisticated morning brunch reception or an elegant afternoon tea. These more intimate types of receptions mean a scaled-back guest list, but allow for more time to actually interact with your guests. By being creative with a mid-day affair, you will be able to offer your guests a truly stylish and charming event.

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