Planning a Beautiful Wedding Reception On A Budget

Is planning a beautiful wedding reception on a budget really possible? “Creating a beautiful wedding environment on a budget is simple,” according to Cid Busarow, who is a party planner and owner of the Fish Creek House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall, Montana. “By putting a personal touch on everything from table centerpieces to wedding favors, brides and grooms can save while creating memories for years to come.” Check out some great ideas:

Although June is still the most popular month for weddings, according to a recent study by, September and October are quickly gaining in popularity. By changing a less popular wedding month, planning a beautiful wedding reception on a budget is totally doable. Cid Busarow also offers some great last-minute planning tips this fall for brides and grooms-to-be:

  • If you plan on renting a reception tent, create a romantic environment by purchasing some sheering fabric and Wedding Reception2-inch ribbon from a discount retailer (ebay is a great place to start) to drape around the canopy. Create billows of fabric and hang from the ceiling, wrap around poles, and swag in the entryway. Don’t forget to add color. Wow!

  • If your throwing an indoor or outdoor reception check out these tips. Flowers help set the tone but can get quite costly fast. A typical flower budget can add up to 15 percent of the overall cost of a wedding. Think about using some of the beautiful and realistic-looking silk flowers available today intermingled with arrangements of fresh flowers to keep the romance high and the costs low. Check out some yard sales in the months before your wedding to get great deals. The bride and groom can use the silk flowers in the home for years to come.

  • Most brides want to do something unique at their wedding. Create a dramatic, sweet-smelling entrance for guests by lining a walkway to the reception venue or reception tent with fresh rose petals. How about renting a bubble machine? This can add ambiance as well as a ton of fun.

  • Renting both table settings and white linen tablecloths can get expensive. Instead, consider purchasing clear glass plates from a discount retailer. Stack the salad plate on top of the dinner plate and place a large leaf between the two for a very pretty place setting. Buying plates is often less expensive than renting and the bride and groom can keep them for the years (and dinner parties) ahead. Check with your caterer who may be able to provide all table wear at a great price.

  • Remember to keep centerpieces either low enough or high enough so guests can see each other from across the table. A simple cake pedestal decorated with sugared fruits and a candle makes a beautiful and an inexpensive centerpiece. Add to the sugary sparkle by placing candles in votive candle holders to illuminate the centerpieces from underneath. Remember to place approximately half an inch of water in each candle holder or glass for easy removal of melted wax.

  • For more formal wedding receptions, assigning guests to tables is considered proper etiquette but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy. Purchase large sugar cookies and pipe romantic words like “joy,” “hope,” “love,” and “forever” on each cookie. Place one cookie in each centerpiece to replace traditional numbered tables and have your place cards direct your guests to these romantically identified tables.

  • Wedding favors that double as place cards can be made by purchasing sugar cookies from a local bakery that are iced in white. Pipe each guest’s names on the cookies in colored icing a day or two before the wedding. Place in cellophane bags, tied with a ribbon, and set at each guest’s place setting so guests know where to sit.
    Handmade keepsakes given out during the wedding reception are an easy and thoughtful way to thank the wedding party. Create beautiful, unique cards for the bridesmaids by purchasing simple white note cards, decorated with the wedding’s theme colors embellished with different fabrics or small trinkets purchased from a craft department. Write a cherished memory or personal note inside the card, which bridesmaids can keep for the years to come. READ MORE

ice cream cone weddingWe recently planned a wedding where the bride and groom felt strongly about not having a traditional wedding cake. Although this was quite a formal wedding, they opted to serve each other ice cream cones. They offered ice cream Sundays to all the guests in the form of an ice cream station. The choice of toppings were amazing and the budget was cut quite a bit… and WHAT FUN!

Planning a Beautiful Wedding Reception On A Budget can still be fun but, be creative, and plan to have fun. Make your wedding reception a day to remember for all!


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