Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Alcohol & Weddings: To Have, Not Have & Everything In Between Pt 1

Happy Monday Budget Brides!!!

When considering the breakdown of your wedding day budget, many brides underestimate the cost of food and drinks. I have countered many couples who are not drinkers themselves who have dished out thousands of dollars to get their friends and family all liquored up.

***Blank Stare***

I definitely understand the concept of wanting your guests to have a great time and many times that includes alcohol. However, why do you have to break the bank and your budget in doing so?

Open Bar
a bar at a reception or social event where the host covers the cost of all consumption by their guest

Open Bars are usually the most expensive because they allow your guests to consume at will.

Reduce Cost:

  • Distribute drink tickets which allow your guests to consume 1 0r 2 drinks from the bar
  • Reduce open bar time to 1-2 hours
  • Only have open bar during cocktail hours and limit the amount of drinks that can be consumed
  • Consider the option of not supplying your guest with top shelf liquor (Top shelf liqour is the most expensive. Don't worry about what people think. When it is their day they can do it their way.)

Lastly, you don't have to get your guest all liquored up. Supply what is possible within the budget your working with and leave the rest at the door.

Tomorrow, we'll discuss a cash bar and signature drinks. If you have any questions send me a note at info@thebudgetbrideshandbook.com.

1 comment:

Something Borrowed said...

I think the Open Bar is a great option for a wedding. My fiance and I are doing an open bar; however, we will only be serving beer and wine during the dinner. We will be closing the bar down an hour before the event ends and will be bringing out a coffee bar with our dessert table. I do; however, agree with the open bar being a liability. The Knot had a great topic about wedding insurance that would help you in these situations. Even for the budget bride I think insurance would be a great benefit. Here is the link below check it out. http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-problems/articles/wedding-insurance-101.aspx

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