Loving the Metallics and Mismatched Wedding Themes? Here’s How to Keep Your Reception On-Trend and On-Budget!
Planning a wedding? Perhaps you’ve decided on the ceremony of your dreams but it doesn’t leave you with much to spend on the reception. And you’re probably loving everything on Pintrest right now – except the price tags! Keep reading for the best ways you can have an on-trend wedding reception without forking out the big bucks…
1. Get your shine on!
Here’s one way you can jump on board with the metallics trend both stylishly and thriftily. Buy your own wedding linen at wholesale prices, and take advantage of bulk discount offers. Luna Events offer amazing discounts for its customers, with wholesale prices available for the general public. And, like magic, the more you purchase, the more the price drops! You’ll also be spoilt for choice with Luna Events when it comes to giving your special day that extra sparkle. Dress up your dining room with lycra chair bands in shimmering gold or silver, topped off with diamante buckles. Or add some twinkle with gorgeous sequin table runners!
HINT: After your day is done, make back some serious dollars by selling your linen on Gumtree, or consider donating it to a charity or school!
2. DIY photo booth bling
Without a doubt photo booths are still topping the trend lists. They are loads of fun for your guests and deliver picture-perfect memories. You can either hire a booth and pay the hefty price tag or rig up one of your very own. Do this by purchasing a range of fun dress-ups and hanging a sequin backdrop to give your DIY photo booth a glamorous touch. Then simply instruct your guests to snap some selfies! Just remember to choose a hashtag so you can find your guests’ photos on Instagram later.
3. Mix it up
From bridesmaids and bouquets to decorations and dinnerware, mismatching is so in right now. This trend is perfect for those who are watching their pennies because you’re not tied to uniformity. For example, floral centrepieces can be created using whatever flowers are available at the right price, rather than what ties in with your bouquets. And they don’t even have to be the same from table to table! Escort cards and place names can all be written by hand on a variety of card (the cheapest you can find!), which saves money on printing. When it comes to other decorations think about mixing old books and vintage ceramics (ask your grandma!), buntings and banners made from fabric cut-offs, or signage and boards using recycled timber.
4. Fit for a queen
Image: insitu image of gold organza chair sashes
Everyone wants their very own royal wedding but very few of us have a royal budget. Fortunately there are many ways you can give your day a majestic touch while staying savvy with your spendings. Plain chairs can receive a lux makeover when furbished with chair sashes in soft gold or silver and these diamante buckles will give them more shimmer than the crown jewels.
For that final flourish, you may wish to match them with satin or organza table runners. And it wouldn’t be a royal wedding reception without some seriously stylish centrepieces and decorations! Luckily the DIY wedding trend is still going strong so give yourself plenty of time to create your own princess-worthy trimmings and table accessories.
5. Cheap and tasty
Obviously no wedding reception is complete without a scrumptious dinner and drinks to match, but feeding and watering your guests doesn’t have to be an exercise in over-spending. Make sure you book a venue that’s open to BYO. This way you can make your own appetisers, which is an easier option than home-cooking main meals en masse. For drinks, it is perfectly acceptable to serve only wine or beer and you may want to consider limiting the open bar. Also, cut down on guest numbers if possible – less mouths to feed means spending less dollars
6. Avoid the weekends
Most reception venues charge premium rates on weekends, so if you’re prepared to get married on a Wednesday, you’re in luck! Just make sure you give your guests plenty of notice so they can take the necessary time off work.
7. Other ways to save
Of course the reception is going to be a very big part of your day, but it’s important to look at every element of your nuptials in order to cut down on costs. For example, it’s very easy these days to avoid expensive printers by going digital with your invites (check online for useful apps, websites and user-friendly blogs). You may also wish to make your own bonbonniere, which will have the added bonus of giving your wedding a personal touch.