Receptions are typically the most expensive part of the wedding, and there's a lot to take into consideration. What kind of lighting will you have? Buffet or plated meals? Will you hire a DJ or a live band? With so many options, there are plenty of areas to shave costs off your reception price tag. However, there are some reception upgrades that make all the difference. The rule of thumb is to find a few priorities to splurge on, and save money elsewhere. Here are some of the pricier-but-worth-it options:
The right lighting can completely transform any reception space, but it's especially worth the cost if your venue is less luxe or dramatic than you'd like. It's also an ideal option if your decor is on the sparse side. Illuminated lanterns, cafe lights and chandeliers can kick a space up several notches and make a major impact. DJ4U can provide elegant room lighting or can work with several of our vendor partners to get just the look you're going for in terms of impact for your reception.
Put your party in good hands. A high-quality band or DJ can make for a fun, memorable night where your guests want to stay until the very last song. After you decide the style and energy of entertainment you're looking for, really do your homework; talk to other brides and grooms, do online research and attend concerts where potential bands are playing. Don't automatically go for the cheapest option. Even if a DJ or band will cost you a little more money, it can make all the difference come your reception.
3. Photo booth
Photo booths have become the go-to reception addition over the past few years. It gives guests an alternate option to dancing, provides them with a keepsake photo and gives you a hilarious memento of all your guests at your wedding. The best part is they come in so many styles and price points, chances are good you can find one to suit your needs. Sometimes you can even find packages included from your photographer or DJ that provide a photo booth for your night. The photo booth packages from DJ4U are even deeply discounted when booked with DJ service.
This is another aspect of the reception where you've got options. Don't assume you're stuck with a cash bar or open bar. If money is your worry where alcohol is concerned, opt for complimentary house beer and wine. You can also provide your guests with one or two signature cocktails.
One of the most important details you can organize is making sure your guests arrive home safely. Allow them to drink, dance and celebrate without worrying about how they'll get back to their hotel room. Many hotels offer shuttles to venues within a certain distance, but if that's not an option, try booking one yourself or arranging for some taxis to take guests home at the end of the evening. It's one detail that is always recognized and appreciated by your guests.