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Saving Money: Wedding Receptions Under $10,000

Great receptions for $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000

It sounds like the ultimate wedding challenge: Create a memorable reception on a modest budget. The good news is that it’s not only possible, it’s easy—and you don’t have to sacrifice the touches that take a wedding from pretty to pretty gorgeous. We put together a trio of wallet-friendly celebrations, each for 75 guests. The cocktail party, with minimal service staff and rentals, is the least expensive; our gourmet buffet is the mid-priced option; the seated dinner, calling for a kitchen of helpers and more elaborate rentals (salad forks, bread plates) is the priciest. Take a look!