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Ever since you were young you’ve had your heart set on a dream wedding. The kind you’ve seen in the movies – a romantic building with scenic halls, ample space for that first dance and an extravagant cake.
But, money doesn’t grow on trees and it can often seem as though your dream wedding will remain just that – a dream.
Please, don’t give up hope! We are here to help you achieve your wedding goals with our 5 top tips for a wedding reception on a budget.
Using local suppliers
It’s the biggest day of your life and you want it to be perfect, but this can be expensive. However, looking closer to home for inspiration can still provide your dream wedding whilst giving it a unique feel and keeping it affordable.
Local wedding fairs are a great way to get ideas on a budget. They bring together a wide range of local suppliers that will shower you with choice at a cheaper price and in less time than if you had chosen to scour the web for big brands.
On the way to your perfect wedding reception, a little bit of negotiating is inevitable. It will help you get what you want on a budget you can afford.
Dealing with local suppliers means you can haggle for lower prices. Local suppliers often make most of their money from weddings and because your orders will be a decent size, they are likely to budge on price to secure your business.
Think outside the box
The idea of a dream wedding reception isn’t the same for everyone – if your tastes differ from the ‘norm’ or you are willing to compromise, you could save a lot of money.
One way to do this is to go for a theme! A theme for a wedding can range from designing your wedding around a location, to simply choosing a style that you love. This allows you to seek out different suppliers, meaning you aren’t competing with every other couple on price and availability.
The time of year
Wedding season in the UK is busy and, therefore, this is when prices are the highest and availability is the lowest. So, if you think your perfect wedding could still be perfect at a different time of year, then that’s a great way to make it more affordable.
Make the most of the venue
Once you’ve chosen the perfect venue for your wedding reception, you need to focus on getting the most out of it. Wedding venues can offer a range of services to make your reception just that little bit more perfect.
For example, a wedding reception venue in Chester-le-Street offers facilities for a full disco and a private bar. Chester-le-Street Cricket Club is in a stunning location – providing picturesque views of Lumley Castle during the day or seeing it spectacularly lit up at night. You’ll be able to take full advantage of this as you make the most of your dream wedding reception.