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Cheap Wedding Reception Ideas, Advice & Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Food & Drink

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You can save money on the cost of your food and drink on your wedding day by applying some of the following tips:

  • Serve your wedding cake as a dessert to your sit down meal and to your evening buffet. You can save even more money via your wedding cake by having a relatively small flavoured cake (perhaps 2 tiers) nicely designed and decorated as your main cake for you to cut and serve as a dessert to your wedding breakfast. You can then have a large (iced - but undecorated) (shop bought) fruit cake which can be served as part of your evening reception - This way you serve a cheap dessert but don't pay the extra for decorating an additional tier.
  • Serve your guests canapés and nibbles at your evening do and have them served by waiters on platters rather than laid out on tables – you can then just cater for your needs e.g. 3 or 4 platters, one of each item per guest, rather than a whole buffet for each guest.
  • If your venue will allow the use of an external caterer without hiking the cost of room hire too much, ask close family to help prepare a great buffet – it can be dropped off the night before ready for serving the following afternoon or evening (depending as to whether it is to substitute the wedding breakfast or the evening buffet). You could even prepare your own cold canapés to serve on the evening either alone or alongside additional platters prepared by the venue.
  • Ask your venue about corkage (the cost for them opening a bottle of your own wine/champagne) even at £10+ per bottle you can make significant savings.  A relatively nice bottle of supermarket plonk could cost around £5 plus £10 corkage which could still save £5 per bottle on bog standard “house” wine.
  • If corkage prices are reasonable and you want to serve serious amounts of your own alcohol consider a trip to the big French Hypermarkets – where you can pick up champagne for the equivalent of a good bottle of wine in the UK.  Make sure you check with your venue whether they willlet you serve your own drinks after the meal - many insist that the hotel bar is used after the meal is over, which could leave you with serious amounts of left over booze an addition to the dozen or so bottles of champers you may receive as wedding presents.
  • Instead of plumping for a posh champagne track down a dry sparkling wine alternative.  If you use a dry sparkling wine many of your guests will not be able to tell whether it is champagne or otherwise - particularly if you are serving it as a Bucks Fizz or a Kir Royale.  If you aren't particularly keen on Champagne or dry sparkling wine - try a nice medium sparkling wine.  If you would love to have had a pink Champagne but can't stretch to the cost a dry sparkling rose would go down a treat and not be too hard on your budget.. 


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