Bride hopes to cut wedding budget by providing no food or serving only dessert

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  • Putting together a wedding can be damaging to the pocket; hence you find couples who plan their weddings for years as they are usually saving up to have their dream wedding.
  • However, one bride who is starting to feel the financial pinch of wedding planning took to a wedding a platform to ask if not providing food at her wedding would be a bad idea.
  • She is wondering if she can opt for a dessert-only event or use smaller plates.

An anonymous bride took to Wedding Reception to share a post that ultimately became viral on Reddit, captioning it as “a no food wedding? Catering too expensive!"

The anonymous bride-to-be begins the story by asking, “Has anyone had a ‘no food’ wedding?"

Then she continues to list how much she’s spent trying to put her wedding together. “Our venue is $4K (R54 000), and we are slowly paying that down. The list of ‘approved caterers’ that we are to use are off the charts with the prices $100-120 (R1300 - R1650)/ guest.”

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She continues to mention all the adjustments she’s made already to fit food in her wedding budget.

“We cut our guest list down from 75 to 60, to 45, and are now at the point where key people would be getting cut. That’s still over $4K (R54 000) additional for catering. Not to mention all the other expenses.” 

After stating her case, she asked the awkward question about food, saying, “So, my question is, is it unusual to not feed people at your wedding? I have heard of ‘dessert only’ weddings if you have one later at night. What about an appetizer(s) or small plates only wedding? Alcohol only wedding? Everybody grab a sandwich and lawn chair wedding and have a seat?”

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The bride-to-be continues to say they are not receiving any financial help, which is okay; however, she doesn’t want to feel obligated to pay for a lavish meal and drinks on her tab.

She then asked where she can cut off expenses to accommodate the food. “We are already DIYing and saving everywhere we can find, but still looking at a $10-12,000 (R136 000 - 163 000) wedding.”

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As soon as the post reached Reddit, users took no time to share their thoughts, with some offering support and solutions.

One user said, “Small plates can be okay depending on what it is, but there have to be desserts too. Fruit and cheese trays can help too. However, the bride can’t have a ridiculously extravagant gown. Everything needs to match.”

Another added, "Don’t spend half your budget on a venue (unless it includes food).”

What do you think? Would you attend a drinks-only or dessert-only wedding? Let us know what you think.

Source: Reddit

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