4th October, 2010 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
When planning your wedding, you may have to make a few difficult decisions. One of these may be the decision on whether to include a bar at you wedding reception. It is traditional to offer guests various alcoholic beverage options. While this is ideal, it can get very costly, very fast. There are ways around this dilemma though, it all depends on the situation, budget, and you and your grooms vision for your wedding:
Open Bar: Okay, we’ll be honest….everyone loves an open bar! Many love the freedom of having the bar open all night throughout your reception. However, depending on the number of guests, the amount of alcohol ordered, and what kind of alcohol is being served it can get extremely pricey. Our advice? If you can afford it, then wonderful! If your budget is a bit more modest, then stick to one of our next options. Meet with the bartender before hand and concoct a signature cocktail or drink for your special day! Figure out what drink flavors, mixes, or combinations best represent you and your future spouses relationship, or even use your favorite drink as the signature drink!
Limited Bar: This is a great idea if you still want your guests to feel like they have some freedom, yet it won’t cost you a large portion of your budget. By having a limited bar at your wedding, your guests do have the open bar option but for a limited time. You will select certain hours, such as an hour or two in the beginning, or throughout the time the meal is served. By having control over when your guests flock to your bartender, you can keep costs down while still having a good time.
Cash Only Bar: Some deem this as tacky, but if carried out with class it can be done! As I said before, alcohol can get expensive! Save on costs by offering a “Cash Only” bar. Guests can still enjoy as many beverages as they want but not at a detriment to your bank account. Have a classy and elegant sign near the bar that reads “Cash Bar Only”, and allow guests to take it from there. By allowing your guests to pick up their own tab on the bill you can breathe easy, and enjoy a drink or two yourself without worrying about additional costs.
No Alcohol Served: There is nothing wrong with not having alcohol served at your wedding. It’s your special day, your choice, your agenda. Perhaps you don’t have the funds for any sort of bar or you feel uneasy with the cash only option. Sometimes the bride and/or groom can have issues with family members drinking one too many (who’s family doesn’t have one of those!?) which creates an awkward situation for everyone. Minimize the stress by eliminating the alcohol from your wedding, it’s your decision as it is YOUR day!
Keep in mind that regardless of what decision you choose for your bar options, it’s you and your groom’s decision. Your guests will still be able to enjoy themselves at your wedding with or without a drink in their hand!
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