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How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Reception

You have found the perfect dress, you have a theme in mind for the wedding, and the vacation brochures are stacked up on the coffee table to help you book the most romantic honeymoon in the world, ever. But what about the reception – have you thought about where you are going to hold the wedding reception?

No matter how tight the budget, every bride and groom deserves a decent party after they have said their vows. It is traditional to celebrate a wedding with a gathering for family and friends. Of course not everyone can afford to have the reception immediately after the wedding. Some couples choose to have a very low-key ceremony followed by a reception weeks or even months after the event, perhaps because they got married abroad, away from family and friends. But irrespective of when you decide to organize a wedding reception, the location for the event is very important. So if you are thinking about this right now, there are a few ideas to inspire you.

Hotel Banqueting Suite

Hotels are traditionally a great place to hold a wedding reception. Depending on your budget, you will have a choice of anything from a small, family run hotel to an international 5* chain in one of the world’s top cities. Booking a banqueting suite within a Los Angeles hotel means you have everything on hand: food, accommodation and, usually, entertainment. You should have your pick of venues if you are able to organize your wedding reception well in advance, but even if you leave it until the last minute, there will always be somewhere with an available room if you are not too fussy.

Historic Building

For a wedding reception with a Downton Abbey theme, look at booking a historic building or stately home for your wedding reception. Photo opportunities will be fantastic if you are able to find a suitably grand building. You may even be able to combine the wedding and reception at the same venue if it has a wedding license in place. You will probably need to plan this one in advance, however, as the best venues are usually booked up many months ahead.

Beach Resort

Fancy a relaxed wedding reception where guests can enjoy the sunshine and sea? If you combine a honeymoon and wedding reception, you have all corners covered. It doesn’t get much more romantic than a 5* beach resort somewhere exotic like the Maldives or U.S. Virgin Islands. It will be pretty expensive, though, so be prepared to save up a lot of cash in order to pay for everything.

Museum or Art Gallery

Museums and art galleries make quirky and stylish venues for a wedding reception. Lots of museums and galleries now off function rooms for hire, and for a wedding reception with a difference, this is definitely one to consider. Imagine how amazing it would be to toast your friends and family with some awesome exhibits as an interesting backdrop. Your guests can have fun and learn a few things at the same time.

Local Bar

For a more low-key wedding reception, a function room within your local bar is the perfect choice. Since you are likely to choose somewhere you are familiar with, it will feel like a home from home. Invite your friends and family and enjoy a more intimate gathering. And if you are a regular, you might even be offered a significant discount on the hire costs.

At Home

What could be more relaxing than organizing a celebratory wedding reception party at home – you don’t need to travel anywhere and once the party is over, you can kick off your shoes and go to sleep in your own bed. This probably won’t work if you don’t have a big garden, but if there is plenty of room, hire a marquee, caterers and entertainment, and look forward to a fabulous party. Or, if you don’t have much money available to spend on a wedding reception, ask everyone to bring a dish or have a BBQ in the garden. It will just as enjoyable.

Wedding receptions do taken a fair amount of organization. To avoid any last minute hiccups, start planning your reception nice and early, and if you have your heart set on a specific venue, make enquiries well in advance to avoid disappointment. And remember, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a wedding reception – there are plenty of ways to cut costs if you are working with a meagre budget.

Five Must-Know Wedding Planning Tips to Save Money

A person’s wedding can be one of the most memorable celebrations of their life, but unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful and expensive to plan and pull off. From the cost of sending out invitations to the wedding attire, decorations, and catering service used, there are a number of factors that need to be considered, and all of them require the expenditure of money to some extent. Below we provide five tips to help you reduce wedding costs:


1. Build a Budget and Prioritise

First, before anything else, you should devise a suitable budget that will ensure all of your expenses are kept within an affordable framework that won’t leave you taking items back or revising your plans at the last moment. Establish a total amount you’re willing to spend, and start prioritising to figure out what you absolutely must have at the wedding. From there you can begin calculating how much each aspect of the wedding will cost.

2. Shop Around for the Best Catering Service, or Cater the Reception Independently

By far one of the most expensive parts of a wedding is the cost of preparing and serving food to all the guests. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on the cost of wedding catering. Try using a drop-off catering service to save money, or maybe even cater to all or part of the reception yourself. The best route to take is to utilise a combination of independent catering efforts and a drop-off service that will bring pre-prepared food, set up the tables and other components, and then leave without having to stick around for the duration of the wedding reception.

3. Cut Corners on Wedding Attire Wherever Possible

Everybody knows wedding dresses and suits can be exuberantly expensive, spanning in the range of thousands of pounds per clothing item. Consider shopping around at local department stores and outlets rather than only looking at wedding dress boutiques and other specialty stores. Other economic alternatives include once-worn or vintage gowns and traditional gowns sold by discount gown retailers.

4. Booking Discounted Venues Through Deal Providers

Another huge expense associated with holding a wedding is the cost of booking a wedding venue. While you always have the option of holding the wedding at your home, in cases where this is not possible, booking a discounted venue is the next cheapest course of action. By using a wedding booking service like UK Wedding Savings you can quickly save up to 50% or more on the cost of booking wedding venues with exclusive deals that cannot be arranged directly with the venue.

5. Do the Invitations Yourself, and Put a Limit on the Number of Guests

Finally, make sure you put a limit on the number of guests you’ll be inviting, and if the number is small enough for you to print and send out the invitations yourself, then by all means do so. Paying a service to take care of the invitations for you can be quite expensive when you consider the fact that you can do it yourself in a single afternoon with the right organisational effort.

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In conclusion, while there must be at least 100+ ways to save money on the cost of a wedding, the above five should help spark some inspiration for new ideas in your own brainstorming efforts, while also giving you a great starting point on your way to a more affordable and economically conscious wedding reception.

DIY vintage wedding reception

Over the last few years vintage style is becoming increasingly popular with wedding planners, and it continues to play a major role in the aesthetics of many modern nuptials. Whether it features in the dress design, the location or the food, this is a beautiful and traditional way to celebrate your big day. Creatively themed vintage weddings are fun and nostalgic, they provide unforgettable memories and can be based on any concept that appeals to you as a couple. lace_wedding_gown

In summer a popular choice is the open air themed wedding, this can be staged in a marquee, but should include an outdoor dancing area that’s well lit – homemade tin can lanterns or pretty LED lights are ideal. Balloons have fallen out of favor with some couples, but the oversized pastel varieties are now widely available and offer the ultimate in fairytale chic. To save money on seating at an outdoor vintage wedding, throw some floral fabric over bales of hay and provide blankets for guests to snuggle up in if the weather turns breezy.

Shabby chic is a theme which never dates and gives a real sense of timelessness to your photographs. Think white shutters on the windows, garlands of roses and vintage china plates. You can search through thrift shops for unusual crockery to delight your guests and fill milk jugs with flowers to provide each table with a center piece. If you have a large number of people arriving, help them get organized by displaying the seating plan in chalk on a blackboard; it’s a simple, practical idea and far less formal than having people shown to their seats.

If the great outdoors holds a special place in your heart, you may want to have a rustic themed vintage wedding that shows off your love of the wilderness. Use sprigs of evergreen as part of the place settings and send invitations that include an ordinance survey map with the location marked. Many rustic wedding celebrations are held in a barn which lends the proceedings a bohemian edge, especially if it is decorated using handmade leaf buntings and camping lanterns to provide a warm glow.

Country themed weddings suit couples who have an alternative take on life; the dress code is often very relaxed and there is a distinctly fun feel to the ceremony. To personalize your chosen location, try making the signposts yourself with some old wood and white paint. Use bouquets made from wild flowers and have an alternative method of transport, like a horse and cart, to arrive in true country style.   Use clear glass jam jars to hold flowers, and blue or pink ribbon to differential between men’s or women’s seats.

Half the fun of a themed DIY vintage wedding is had at the planning stage, you get to search through bargain shops for obscure items and then transform them into something beautiful and artistic for your special day. When you look back in years to come you’ll always have the pleasure of knowing that your wedding was a one off, designed the way you wanted it and utterly unique.