4 Budget-Friendly, Alternative Wedding Reception Styles
Most couples and wedding-goers would agree that a wedding is not complete without a festive celebration topped with tasty food and drinks. While many couples opt for the classic sit-down dinner, there are a plenty of creative reception options that won’t break the bank. After all, who said that chairs and plated courses are required for a delicious reception? Perhaps you prefer the morning sun and your budget doesn't quite have room for five hours of open bar. No matter the reason, these fun alternatives will leave your guests (and your wallet) full and happy!
Breakfast or Brunch Calling all pancake lovers and early risers! If you dream about endless mimosas and egg-and-cheese combinations, the breakfast/brunch wedding is the one for you. Casual yet delightfully elegant, this reception option will not only save you money but will also give your guests a fantastic start to their day. Think omelette and waffle bars with yummy toppings, mimosas with fresh fruit, mini-quiches, savory bloody marys, gooey cinnamon rolls, and freshly brewed coffee. We can’t think of anyone who could resist this mouthwatering assortment, can you?
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Picnic on the GrassEnjoy the warmth of the sun with this picturesque reception style! Provide your guests with colorful blankets, pillows, and a grassy lawn to relax on. For food, try serving cutely wrapped sandwiches and sides in cardboard picnic boxes! If you want to get really creative, you can even set up a build-your-own picnic box table. For drinks, you can’t go wrong with a colorful lemonade bar and easy pitcher cocktails like sangria and margaritas. The perfect accompaniments to the meal? String lights, live music, and fun activities!
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Small Bites and Cocktails Give your guests a chance to sample a diverse array of tasty, small bites with a cocktail reception. Offer a mix of flavors by featuring food stations that serve different cuisines, cold and hot items, and sweets. At the bar, serve wine, beer, and signature cocktails to drive the cost down without limiting drink options. Taking place in the evening, cocktail receptions are a great way to get everyone up and mingling!
Sources: B. Lovely Events, Polka Dot Bride, Wedding Chicks, Brooke Walker
Backyard Potluck Hosting an intimate gathering of close friends and family members? You may want to try out this unconventional reception style! Potluck receptions are perfect for couples that wish to hold a warm, community-focused celebration. Try cooking the main dish and asking guests to bring appetizers, side dishes, drinks, or desserts to the wedding. This can be a wonderful way for guests to contribute to the celebration and for everyone to share the special day together. Your friends and family will definitely leave the party feeling warm and fuzzy!