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Every little girl dreams of her wedding one day. Whether we admit it or not, we all have pretty set ideas of how we want our special day to go. The white dress, a gorgeous groom, the towering cake, a table full of gifts, and all of our loved ones in attendance to wish us well – the list goes on and on. When you start looking around at venues for your Swansea wedding reception planning, it pays to know what you want. It is possible to have a beautiful wedding ceremony and wedding reception in Swansea, MA at a beautiful location without having to spend a fortune. The secret lies in understanding the difference between the things that you want and the things that you think you have to include for your special day.
Cut the Cake
Did you know that a basic wedding cake can cost hundreds of dollars and the typical cake that you see in all the wedding photos will cost you upwards of a thousand? Speak with the MA wedding and banquet facility that you decide to work with about going a different route. There are lots of alternative dessert options that couples are choosing to get instead. Cupcakes are a very popular choice, as they can be creatively displayed on multi-layered tiers that can be purchased online at a discount or rented from local party supply stores. They can be decorated to match your wedding colors and a special small cake can even be included as the “top tier” to be saved for your first wedding anniversary.
Plan It Yourself
Another major cost-cutter is to nix hiring a professional wedding planner and do it all yourself. There are lots of great websites, books, and wedding organizer binders that you can use to keep everything under control as you check things off your list. Speak with the South Coast reception hall for some extra help with the on-site event coordinator. Venus de Milo provides the services of an experienced organizer to help coordinate arrangements at the venue, as well as assist in preparations for working with vendors, insurance, contracts, and other essential duties. Enlist your maid of honor, the mother-of-the-bride, siblings, and anyone else who can help to assist with the details.
Reduce the Guest List
While your parents might want to invite everyone from the neighbors to long-lost cousins, co-workers, and everyone in between, it is important to work together with both sides of the family to reduce the circle of attendees at the reception. It is important to remember when doing any type of Swansea wedding reception planning that the cost is figured “per head” according to the number of guests that will be in attendance. One way to reduce the guest list is to keep invitees down to close family only, which includes parents and step-parents, grandparents, siblings and spouses, aunts and uncles (as long as you don’t have a huge list) and people in the wedding party, which may already include siblings and best friends.
BONUS TIP – Another way to cut it down is to say “adults only” on the invites and eliminating all the children from attending. However, you need to remember that the flower girl and ring bearer should always be invited, as well as their parents. So if you are choosing children that have multiple siblings, it could get sensitive for some guests.
Make a Playlist
Forget the live band and skip the obnoxious DJ by creating your own playlist on an MP3 player and have a trusted sibling or family member hit “play” when you are ready to get out on the dance floor. You can pre-program in special songs for the “first” dances and then add in a mix of hits that will play when everyone else gets out on the dance floor. You have a much better chance at having the songs you want played actually played than if you hired a DJ to do it for you. You also skip the extra costs for set-up and breakdown of a live band, as well as food costs for all the band members who will be mooching between sets. Ask the venue for your wedding reception in Swansea, MA about using audio equipment to make announcements or amplify the music, if needed.
Swansea Wedding Reception Planning
If you are planning a wedding ceremony and reception the South Coast area, consider the world-famous Venus de Milo for your special day. Our MA wedding and banquet facility is a favorite location for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to speak with our on-site coordinator about planning your wedding reception in Swansea, MA or ask about scheduling a tour of the facility.