Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wedding Wednesday- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

As we learned in the Great Gatsby, "there are all kinds of love in this world but never the same kinds of love twice- F. Scott Fitzgerald." So to follow the theme of Gatsby (who I might have a slight obsession with), this week we are going to talk about the party that follows the wedding. What kind of reception are you thinking about having? Will you have food, wine, dancing, and a party for all to attend? This is a tall order of things for anyone on a tight budget, so this week lets talk about the different kinds of wedding receptions.


I think the first step in deciding what kind of reception you want to have is deciding how many people you will inviting to your wedding. If you have a guest list of 300+ people and a  budget of $3,000 you are going to struggle to have a big reception with dancing, drinking, and a full menu of food. So to narrow down your options you need to look at your guest list and your budget. There are a lot of things you can do to make your budget stretch but you have to be willing to compromise on things. 


A dessert or candy reception as I like to call them will only serve, that's right dessert or candy. This is good for afternoon weddings as well as people who have a tight budget and would rather spend the majority of the cost on the venue or photographer. At a dessert or candy wedding I have traditionally seen cake, a candy bar/buffet, and maybe a s'mores bar like the one pictured above. This is ideal for a large wedding that would like to keep the budget low. 


Another option for a wedding is to only have hors d'oeuvres and dessert. This gives you the ability to have small snakes for people so they don't starve to death but it also saves you from serving a full meal. Sometimes this can be a problem though as people will stuff themselves with hors d'oeuvres and there will be a shortage. So this is a tricky situation that you much maneuver carefully. This could also save you money from not serving a full meal but you must be careful with your number of guest as well. 


To dance or not to dance, that is the question. I personally think this comes down to the couple and how they feel about dancing. If your groom hates dancing then you might not want to make them dance at your wedding. That seems a little rude, but I ultimately think this should come do to each couple and what they think is best for them. 

Generally, dancing is accompanied with a full meal and dessert at a wedding. But if you play your cards right you could just have hors d'oeuvres and dessert. This is something that is expensive though, you might pay for a DJ or a band and either put down a dance floor or section off part of your reception hall for the dance floor. 


Another option is to have a full buffet or plated dinner. This is the most expensive option but if you have decided to feed the people there are budget friendly options. If you really want to have a full meal for your guest you could feed them buffet style which is usually cheaper then a plated option. Also you can make a lot of food yourself or have it catered by a less expensive restaurant. The hardest part is figuring out what option works best for you and won't make you go over budget.

What kind of party are you throwing?


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I'm linking up at these parties!

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