If your daughter will soon be married, you might be looking for ideas to make her wedding reception one that she and her fiancé will always remember with pure joy. If your daughter didn't give you very much advance notice of her impending wedding, maybe you are concerned about the fact that you haven't had time to save up for the event. If that's the case, we've got some ideas that might help you to plan a wedding reception that is both elegant and enjoyable.
Think of finding a place to have the wedding first. If it will be a small one, then are you comfortable having the reception right in your own home? Maybe you don't have the space for that. In that case, think about asking your ecclesiastic leader if you can use the fellowship hall for your special event. Another idea is to hold the reception at the community center in your neighborhood. Either one of those places would probably be either free or extremely moderately priced. They'd also be easy to decorate.
You need a backup plan just in case you lose out on the church or community center halls. Think about finding out if a nice, small hotel near you has a reception center. You might be very pleasantly surprised at how affordable it will be to rent a reception center.
No matter where you have the reception, find out if there are things like chairs and tables available for you to use.
Consider making a list of things you have to do before the wedding. The list will probably include the following:
- Have your daughter and her fiancé already made arrangements with an ecclesiastic leader so that he or she will be available on the date of the wedding?
- Is there already a plan for who will be in the wedding party? Those individuals need to be asked soon so that they won't make other plans.
- Help your daughter to select her wedding dress, your dress, and the attendants' outfits. Of course, she might not need your help, but offer it anyway.
- Make a plan for the centerpieces and other decor at the reception.
- Plan the food.
- Plan the entertainment.
There are certainly ways you can save a lot of money. For instance, are some of your closest friends willing to help you to make and serve the food? Can you make simple flower arrangements yourself? Even a single white rose with some baby's breath would be nice in a bud vase. Is there a high school student who would charge you a small fee for being a DJ at the wedding reception? There are many ways you can present an elegant but budget-friendly reception.