Your Perfect Cheap Wedding Reception

Ok...When it comes to planning a cheap wedding reception you've got to take your time and be careful!

The wedding reception/venue is an area where costs can get away from you. There are a lot of things to consider and quite a few potential hidden costs to be aware of.

First you will need to narrow down all the wedding venues to the right one for you and your budget. You will also need to know the best questions to ask before you confirm your booking.

You shouldn't underestimate the importance of choosing the right venue. Your choice will affect everything, how your pictures look, the number of guests you can invite, how you're going to decorate it etc. etc. Not to mention how and where your guests will park their cars. (Well, I did warn you there were a lot of things to consider, but don’t worry that’s what I’m here for).

Depending on your budget, some of these options may or may not fit, but rest assured there is an option to suit everyone. There are hundreds of different cheap wedding reception ideas to choose from.

  1. Very tight budget - If you are really having to watch the pennies you may wish to consider the most straight forward and simplest of options and get married at your local registry office or go to Gretna Green. Don't knock it; this method is very quick, simple and cheap. Plus it will leave a lot of the wedding budget left over for honeymoon or a big party for your guests.
  2. Marriage Licence - no matter what type of service you want or where you decide to have your ceremony, you'll need to get a marriage licence. Here is a simple to follow guide to help you out.
  3. Marquee or Tent - you could still save on the venue by having a civil service or small church wedding and then have a marquee or tent in your garden. The beauty of having a tent or marquee is you can have all your friends round a day or two before and have a decorating party with a few drinks, which will get everyone in the partying mood. But beware; there are downsides to using a marquee or tent...
  4. Package Deal - This is a one stop shop method where you book the entire wedding including the venue and everything else as a package and then let the company arrange everything, from the flowers to the photographs and most of the other major items. It’s should be quite a bit cheaper than sorting the various items individually but as usual there are disadvantages...
  5. Marry Abroad - with this method you can roll the wedding into the honeymoon and is a good way to save money and get a beautiful and cheap wedding reception. The list of options when marrying abroad is pretty much endless, Caribbean weddings to cheap Vegas weddings or why not have a beach wedding...
  6. Cruise Wedding - this also takes advantage of rolling the wedding into the honeymoon by booking a cruise wedding. Plus you can spend the rest of the honeymoon with your nearest and dearest.

No matter which of these types of cheap wedding reception or venue you decide to go with you do need to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages to each type. It's easy to assume an all-inclusive wedding package will mean you don't have to do anything because that simply isn't the case.

All weddings are stressful and each type of reception/venue will just have different areas of stress. The secret is to know what these are before you decide on your venue. That way you know what’s coming and how you can deal with it.

So whether you want a venue to suit a very tight budget, an all in wedding package, a wedding cruise or to tie the knot abroad, follow the links to the relevant articles to get a heads up on the potential pitfalls.

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