Would you like to know the beautiful thing about eloping?
You don’t have to spend a dime on wedding venue, you don’t have to hire caterers, and if you are an extreme introvert, the icing on the cake, no wedding guests!
On a serious note now, wedding celebrations are very beautiful and very expensive to organise. Several couples have tried to dodge the extravagant expenses by having a smaller wedding, DIYing, or making use of one cost-saving hack or the other.
But the wedding reception still requires a considerable sum of money; except in cases where the couples do not rent a hall, but have the ceremony outdoor. This, alongside food, cake, dress/suit and other things need to be factored into the budget.
Little wonder the wedding industry is a flourishing one, because people get married every week, and since it’s usually considered a once-in-a-lifetime venture, couples are willing to spend as it requires.
One bride-to-be who was planning her wedding and had made several adjustments, but still seeking other ways to cut cost went on reddit to ask,
“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?”
She added that she had spent $4,000 on the venue, and the list of approved caterers they were to use ranged from $100 to $120 per guest.
Her question got a couple of responses. Someone wrote, “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 person added, “Don’t spend half your budget on a venue (unless it includes food).”
Fun fact! If she were in Burundi, she wouldn’t have to worry about this, as Burundians don’t serve food in the wedding reception, only drinks.
So what is your opinion on this matter, can you have a wedding without serving food?
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.