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Classy But Cheap Wedding Reception Ideas

One fun aspect of planning your wedding is choosing a theme. If money is tight, you need to look at classy but cheap wedding reception ideas that fit your budget. 

Choosing a wedding theme isn’t essential but it makes it easier to choose your wedding attire, décor, invitations, and even menu. 

Your wedding theme reflects your interests and sets a mood and tone for the ceremony and accompanying reception.

If you need to stretch your wedding budget, you can easily do it with your choice of wedding theme.

Wedding themes can be as simple as choosing a color for the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Then you can use that color throughout the ceremony in the décor of the church and the color of the flowers.

Infusing your color into your wedding favors, table settings, and centerpieces at the reception completes your nuptials in your own special cost-saving design.

Or wedding themes can be more complex, reflecting concepts like a garden, the Asian culture, or the beach.

Selecting a conceptual theme allows your creativity to shine through.

Clothing, flowers, church décor, the reception hall, and even food selection can create a lovely, personalized wedding.

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3 Classy But Cheap Wedding Reception Ideas 

Pick a color

This is the most budget-friendly wedding theme.  Simply pick a color and go from there. 

For this example, let’s say you’ve chosen red and white as your wedding color theme.

Because the colors of red and white “pop” when used together, you won’t have to spend much extra money to add more flair to the event.

• The bride wears either a white or red dress purchased at a bridal sale.

The groom wears a rented black suit, white shirt, red tie and vest.

Select simple arrangements of inexpensive white flowers.

White delphiniums, statice, larkspur, spider mums, carnations, and gardenias are low-cost, lovely white flower varieties.

 On the day of the wedding, the bride’s helpers wrap the bouquets in flowing red ribbons.

Do the same for flower centrepieces on reception dining tables.

 Large white bowls filled with red apples or strawberries are budget-friendly table centerpieces and keep within the red and white theme.

Choose table settings of red tablecloths, white plates, and red napkins at the reception.

2. Garden theme

The garden theme focuses on all things related to nature that might be found in a garden. This is a great way to save money on your wedding. 

Several artificial green potted trees provide a lovely garden setting as a low-cost alternative to real greenery.

Line the church altar with smaller silk potted plants to reflect a garden look.

Use inexpensive, fresh flower arrangements as centerpieces on the reception tables.

Small garden statues and bird figurines arranged near the centerpieces provide a nice touch, as do birdhouses. Shop for the statues, bird figurines, and birdhouses in a discount craft or garden store.

A perfect setting for a garden-themed wedding is, of course, outdoors where green grass, trees, and beautiful plantings surround the entire wedding party and guests.

Many outdoor venues cost thousands of dollars less than renting an indoor location.

If your wedding is small enough, how about having your ceremony and reception in your own backyard – what can be cheaper?  Rent classy chairs and even a marquee tent in case of rain and you have a beautiful budget wedding. 

3. Beach theme

An oceanside or beach theme allows everyone to get in on the act, even your guests. Remember, you don’t need to live near the beach to enjoy this. Check out Pinterest for great ideas. 

The beach theme reduces wedding costs because the theme is less formal. Therefore, wedding attire for the bride and groom is less expensive. The bride wears a simple white dress.

The groom can wear beige pants and  an aqua shirt to reflect the ocean’s colors.

Wedding invitations inform guests to wear colors that reflect the hues of the sea and sand.

Use clear glass containers brimming with seashells as décor and table centerpieces. Add white or sand-colored candles, if you like.

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