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Hosting a Picnic Wedding Reception

Steff Green • July 17, 2013
Hosting a Picnic Wedding Reception - WeddingWise Articles
Picnics are one of the delights of summer, so why not incorporate a picnic into your wedding? Picnic wedding receptions are fun, quirky, and a great way to save money on your reception costs. I was honoured to officiate a wedding ceremony in 2012 for two close friends, who had a picnic reception at Fort Takapuna in Auckland. After the ceremony, guests were instructed to go and choose a blanket and a basket and find a spot on the lawns for their picnic. It was a beautiful day and a truly memorable reception! Here are some ideas on hosting your own picnic wedding reception:

Invitations and Organisation

A picnic reception is still a pretty novel idea, so you’ll need to make it very clear on your invitations what is going on so people aren’t surprised or confused.  A great idea would be to create “treasure maps” or handwritten invitations directing your guests to your picnic location. Figure out exactly how your picnic reception is going to work. Where will your picnic be…

10 ways you can stretch your wedding food budget

Steff Green • June 12, 2013
10 ways you can stretch your wedding food budget - WeddingWise Articles
Sating the hunger and quenching the thirst of your wedding guests will account for approximately 50% of your total wedding budget. If you’re looking to save money on your wedding, the food and drink budget is a good place to begin. Often the best way to save money on the wedding meal is to change up the traditional format of a wedding. The further away from the “evening sit-down dinner and open bar” formula you move, the more chances there are for you to have savings. Here are some of our favourite ideas for saving on your wedding food and drinks budget.

1. Change the time

Instead of serving dinner, why not consider a lunch, afternoon tea or even breakfast reception? Catering prices will be much cheaper, so will venue hire, and you won’t have to worry about providing an endless open bar, as most people won’t be drinking as much as they might in the evening. See my article on planning a tea party wedding reception for more ideas on food for afternoon weddings.


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