It is common knowledge that weddings can be very expensive, that is why this blog post will look at where costs can be trimmed for a wedding reception and where you really shouldn’t cut costs.

This post will focus on where you could and cut costs for a wedding reception for those hiring a marquee for your big day. For example, you won’t want to take on the catering all by yourself, but you could enlist the help of your family and friends to arrange place settings.

Digital decisions

Wedding invitations, stamps and envelopes for invites take a lot of time, effort and money. Plus, there is always one person who never gets an invite! Cut this cost easily, without ruining the feel of your wedding through digital invitations.

Many people set up a website for free or send a personalised email to invite people to their wedding. Free graphic design software will also allow you to create personalised images, and even GIF’s that will complement your style. Explore other ways to invite people to your wedding and save postage costs.

Off-peak dates

One great way you can cut costs drastically is by booking your venue during off-peak seasons. Mid-week weddings and months that are not popular will be cheaper than weekend summer weddings. Before you decide against this, out of fear it might be too cold, you should know that Carron Marquees can make winter feel like summer with our Marquee heaters. Our heaters will transform your space into a warm and cosy space and our lighting will add a touch of sparkle to your secret wedding oasis.


Photos are memories that will last forever, which is why it is important to not cut costs when picking your photographer. There have been so many horror stories about the couple hiring a friend to take photos, or booking an inexperienced photographer.

We are not saying you shouldn’t give a friend or new photographer a chance, we are just advising that you make sure you look at their portfolio and even go for a (paid) test run for engagement photos.

You want to look back at your wedding fondly, and remember moments that you might have missed, by looking at the photos. Do not cut costs here if you want to remember this special day forever.

What to do now?

If you are ready to cut costs, whilst obtaining your dream wedding, contact a member of our team today. We always aim to please, as we understand that your wedding day is about you and your partner.