You’ve probably already done your research and have read some of these same ideas for saving money on your reception venue – booking another day of the week besides Saturday, booking in the off season, or cutting the size of your guest list. They are all great ideas but we would like to arm you with some additional ones: If you are looking for ways to save money at your reception venue, Money Miser Weddings have some ideas for you.

Have a cocktail reception instead of a full sit down dinner.

If your guests are big drinkers, you can opt for a toonie/loonie bar or a timed bar.

Choose candles over flowers.

Create your own dessert bar by challenging family members to a bake-off and to serve some family favourites.

Book your wedding and reception to be held earlier in the day. Most venues will charge less for a lunch or brunch menu.

If children are attending the wedding, be sure to check with the venue for special pricing for kids meals.

Although many couples are still opting for a larger 3-tier wedding cake, single layer cakes, cupckaes, and dessert table are great money saving alternatives.

Be open to hosting your reception at a location not being marketed as a wedding reception location. If you choose an off the beaten path reception location you will want to ensure they can provide a good quality trouble free service.

Find out if the venue has a list of preferred vendors they could recommend for the other details of the wedding. The vendors will often offer cost savings to the venue’s clients.