The time of day you schedule your wedding ceremony and reception will affect your budget in a substantial way. If you are able to avoid meal times like noon or six o’clock, you will save the expense of serving lunch or dinner to your guests. You will also save on alcohol expenses as well as bartender fees.
Here are a few options to be considered:
- Have your wedding in the morning like 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. and then serve a light champagne brunch at your reception. There is no need to serve hard liquor at a morning event, but if you would like, offer Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers in addition to the champagne fountain.
- In the spring or summer, after an early afternoon ceremony, have a tea dance reception. You can serve finger sandwiches, desserts and champagne or a fruit punch.
- For a more formal ceremony, hold your wedding in the late afternoon and then serve hors d’oeuvres and mixed drinks. Your guests will be ready to go out to dinner on their own after the reception has ended.
You will also find that by scheduling your wedding in the morning or early afternoon, your expense for the reception entertainment will be less expensive. Some bands and DJs offer discounts (20% or more) during these off-times. You may find that banquet halls or other reception venues offer a discount for the same reason; as long as your reception ends early enough for them schedule another event.
There are ways for you to have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.