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Consider a Different Type of Wedding Reception- and Save Money, too.

By on Dec 4, 2008, 2:02 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

I read an article yesterday by Ann Keeler Evans, which asked whether it was necessary, in these times of economic downturn, to slash your wedding budget.

Evans states that "modern wedding planning has it all mixed up with the emphasis on the wedding reception" rather than the ceremony.

Now while I agree that the ceremony is important, I believe in the power of celebration, which to my mind, includes a feast shared with your loved ones.

Evans does go on to ask "Do you think they care if you serve them salmon or picnic food? …The food can be great without being over the top. "

And this is the statement that got me going. One of the points I make in my E-book is  that the big Saturday night sit down dinner preceded by an hors d'oeuvre reception has become the default wedding reception. While I believe that having good food at your reception is of prime importance (I know  that I and people I know have talked for years about wedding food that was exceptionally good – or bad), I urge prospective brides to consider different types of receptions. When I was young (ahem!) people often had brunch, lunch, or tea sandwich and dessert receptions- even picnics as Ms. Evans mention, and I found them delightful.

These types of receptions are much more budget friendly, and they offer the opportunity for you to  put your distinct touches on a reception, while sit down dinners have  often become staid, even stuffy.

So I encourage you to think outside of the box. Plan a brunch, tea,  or even a picnic, with great food, and save yourself some money in the process.

In my next post, I'll talk about some creative touches couples have put on their receptions.

Se you then!



P.S. Here's the link to Ann's article

Your Perfect Wedding- Before You Slash Your Budget, Focus on What Matters


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