Below we have listed a few tips that will help you scale back on the wedding bar costs without depriving your guests:
Skip the open bar
For couples that are concerned about going over their budget, the best option is to do away with the open bar and opt for a cash bar, instead. A cash bar is one where your guests pay full price for each beverage. Another alternative is a toonie bar where people are charged $2 for each drink – just enough to keep them from drinking too much. But it is understandable if you don’t want your guests to enjoy your wedding party out of their own pocket. And that brings us to our next option…
Keep it limited
This is perhaps the most appropriate way to save on your wedding bar while also ensuring that your guests have a great time. When it comes to stocking the bar, you don’t need to fill the shelves with everything you can find. It is recommended that you stick to a few essentials. Wine, beer, whiskey, and a signature cocktail should be enough to satisfy everyone’s cravings.
Buy your own alcohol
Depending on your venue, you also have the option to buy your own alcohol. When you get the booze from your go-to seller, you can not only hand-select your favorite drinks but also do so without breaking the bank. Some stores even allow you to return unopen cases and bottles at the end of the night. Also, if you want to save on the cost of transportation, buy local.
Choose simple glassware
Shiny wine goblets and metallic tumblers surely look great on wedding photos but they can often be quite expensive to rent. So, you might want to skip the fancy glassware and choose simple pieces like traditional whiskey glasses, wine glasses, and champagne flutes. If possible, you can also get your venue or the caterer to include them in their package.
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