Wedding Showers on a Budget
How to throw great wedding showers when money is a big issue.
So you think throwing wedding showers on a budget has to be a nightmare? Think twice! Throwing wedding showers on a budget can definitely be challenging, but the task can be challenging in a fun way.
There are a number of things you can do keep your wedding shower costs low, and Patti the Perfect Party Planner is going to show you how to throw a great wedding shower with minimal expense.
Location, Location, Location
When I plan wedding showers, I always take a look at the cost of the location. Where wedding showers are thrown winds up having a big impact on how much the total party costs.
For example, renting out a banquet hall at a ritzy restaurant costs a heck of a lot more than hosting the shower in your living room or your backyard. Many banquet halls require minimum head counts and they charge quite a pretty penny per plate.
To keep your wedding shower costs as low as possible, you'll want to host the party at your home or the home of a relative of the bride. If you decorate properly, your backyard or living room can have just as elegant an ambiance as that ritzy restaurant you were looking at.
No one says you have to spend big bucks on decorations made for wedding showers either. Make your own wedding shower decorations or go to a discount party supply store that sells decorations for wedding showers and get your decorations there.
The idea of hiring expensive entertainment for wedding showers needs to be put aside if you're trying to keep costs minimal. Instead of hiring entertainment, plan games to play at the party and borrow a karaoke machine for some added fun.
Wedding showers are notorious for finger sandwiches and other tasty treats, but don't pay big bucks to have the food catered in. With a little time and effort, you can prepare the menu items yourself and save yourself quite a bit of money.
Simply prepare the menu ahead of time and shop for the items you'll need at a discount grocery store. Then prepare the food the day before the wedding shower and you'll be set.
Wedding showers don't need to be expensive to be a hit. With the right amount of planning and a bit of extra effort, even wedding showers thrown on a budget can outshine the more expensive parties.