What is the number
one thing that your guests will remember about your
wedding reception? 62% of our
polled wedding guests said "The Band".
Less than 5% of your guests will
even REMEMBER what they had to eat at your
Find a catering company that is
participates in newer, fresher, fun ideas...
Concentrate more on fun than on
tradition - everyone has seen the "typical" wedding
reception - do something different that they will
Wedding Reception Budget...
Way Off Base?
A recent interview with frequent wedding-goers
who typically attend at least 3 or more weddings per
gave us some insight on what can make or break your
wedding reception. You'll be surprised at what we
we sat down with a few couples who attended at least 3
or more wedding receptions in the last 2 years.
We asked them what made the biggest impression on them
- good or bad - out of all the weddings they attended
in 2007 and 2008. We were trying to get to the
bottom of the biggest question on every bride-to-be's
do I prioritize my wedding budget?
we will tell you what we found out from these "wedding
veteran" couples - and then we will tell you how
most wedding coordinators, TV shows, parents,
magazines and friends have mislead you thus far in
your planning process...
first question we asked the couples was "What
was the most memorable experience you took from each
wedding reception that you attended?"
Here's how they ranked:
162 Couples who attended 2 or
more weddings in 2007 - 2008 were asked
did you remember most about the wedding receptions
that you attended?"
Answered - "The Band"
21% Answered - "The
Answered - "The Dancing!"
Answered - "The Toasts"
2% or Less -
so what do we take from this? What surprised
you the most?
was interesting to find that almost NO ONE
remembered the FOOD. This is worth
thinking about because we found that most wedding
planners have "catering company" very
high on their list on the budget. But alas,
no one even remembers what they had to
think that we can safely say that the food is
seriously overrated. Here are some tips to
save money on the food:
Rule out venues that
force you to purchase their catering service.
This is the oldest trick in the book - they mark up
their food by 250% - 500% just to let you use their
precious venue. Look around, there are plenty
of great wedding reception venues that don't force
you to use their in house catering crew. Hire
a catering company that specializes in social
atmospheres rather than old fashioned weddings.
You've got to realize that some of these wedding
caterers have been in the wedding business for MANY
years and they are set in their ways - they have
made a lot of money - so why change now? Find
a caterer that is open to newer, fresher, fun ideas.
Less than 2% of wedding guests remembered what
they had to eat...
having heavy hors' doeuvres (buffet style)
instead of a slow and expensive sit-down
dinner. Guests can eat as much or as
little as they want and it can be something
simple but filling. Not all of your
guests are going to want to sit down and eat -
some are pretty much ready to party when they
arrive - don't slow them down! Most of
the time the guests who are really big on the
importance of the meal are the ones who are
older and will be leaving early anyway.
The new direction in wedding reception food is
called "drink and graze".
are some items that usually rank in the top 5 of
most wedding planner's lists to budget for that
less than 2% of 162 couples polled even REMEMBERED
about the wedding reception they attended:
The Cake -
ranked in the bottom 2% of things remembered
The Flowers - ranked in the bottom 2% of
The Center Pieces - ranked in the bottom 2%
of things remembered
Source data gathered from 162 couples during
January of 2009 who were asked about weddings they
had attended in 2007 and 2008.