When Kevin and I got married this past summer in Kansas City, we wanted to have a wonderful and memorable wedding reception, but we also didn’t want to spend a fortune. With so many ideas and options available, we quickly became adept at figuring out what were actually the best deals. I’ve compiled a list of our favorite money-saving tricks from our ceremony and reception for 120 guests. We hope it helps you have a wonderful, yet affordable wedding reception in Kansas City, too!

Bridal bouquet for affordable weddings

FLOWERS: We purchased 50 calla lilies from Costco, which were delivered right to our door two days before the wedding. Along with one dozen white roses and some teal ribbon that we purchased separately, we made our own bouquets.

TOTAL SPENT: $92

affordable Italian catering from Bucca di Beppo

RECEPTION DINNER: We wanted good Italian food and salad, but it was a lot cheaper to make our own salad bar and then get the Italian dishes and bread catered. We used Buca di Beppo and purchased full pans of four of our favorite pasta dishes, and one half-pan of a gluten-free item for our guests who needed that option.

TOTAL SPENT: $945

Sangrias - affordable wedding reception - drinks on a budget

DRINKS: Our reception venue (The Meadowlark Event Center) allowed us to BYOB, which saved us a lot of money. We purchased red and white boxed sangrias and our favorite toasting “champagne” (Andres Sparkling Peach Moscato), and a variety of two liter sodas from Walmart, as well as a beer keg from our local liquor store.

TOTAL SPENT: $300

Affordable wedding reception centerpieces

RECEPTION ITEMS: We purchased reception items through Amazon (teal table runners), Dollar Tree (pepper grinders, bowls for olive oil dipping, activity books and crayons for the kids, serving utensils), Etsy (small glass bottles for olive oil), and Webstaurant (absolute best prices on nice disposable plates, utensils, cups, hot cups, napkins, olive oil, and three large beverage dispensers for sangrias and water).

TOTAL SPENT: $400

Affordable wedding cake on a budget

CAKE: I actually really love Walmart Bakery cakes, and they make absolutely beautiful wedding cakes. I ordered a traditional white three-tiered wedding cake for our main cake, and a chocolate sheet cake for the groom’s cake. Both were completely gone except for the top tier of our main cake (which was thankfully saved before it could get eaten at the reception too!).

TOTAL SPENT: $186

For more great ideas on how to save money for your ceremony and host an affordable wedding reception, check out https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/ or read “My Thrifty Bride’s Guide: Secrets to Creating a Wedding on the Cheap.” For the best deal on your wedding reception venue (and ceremony venue!), you know to check out The Meadowlark Event Center!