As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be getting married to my beautiful finance on July 18, 2009. In order to get me thinking about the wedding, I’ve decided to write a weekly post on frugal wedding tips.
This first tip of the series is about having a cocktail style reception dinner. This is what we have decided to do for our wedding. Basically, this means that we are not planning to serve a full course meal. Instead, we plan to have a variety of food stations that offer different selections of food. This means guests will be able to travel around from station to station in order to get the food they like! This will also require allow them to mingle with all of the guests. Here is an example of our food selections:
-Honey Chicken Spears
-Korean Beef Skewers
-Ranch and Blue Cheese
-Assorted tea sandwiches
-Jumbo wrapped shrimp
-Fruit Wands (a variety of fruits)
-Assorted cheese cubes
-Chocolate fondue fountain
-Punch Table, Assorted Beverages
-The Wedding Cake
The book that we got this tip out of is titled 1000 Best Wedding Bargains. The book suggests that you can trim anywhere from 15 to 45 percent off of your per-guest charges by holding this type of reception.
When my fiance first suggested this to me, I thought about the money we would save. I think we can save quite a bit of money since we can cut back on some of the meats (which can be expensive if you have to buy on piece for each person). I also wondered if our guests would think that we were cheap for planning it this way. Then, I realized that most would think that it was unique and a great experience. Can you think of the last time you went to a wedding like this? I know I can’t!
Can you think of any other way this can save money or increase the enjoyability of your guests?
photo by: preciouskhyatt