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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Open Bar vs. Cash Bar
This week I want to tackle a difficult topic: Open Bar vs. Cash Bar at your wedding.
In these tough times, I hear more brides and grooms considering a cash bar to minimize cost. I am not a fan of cash bars. Think about it- you are inviting your guests to your wedding, they are bringing you a gift and they are assuming you are providing a day/night of good food, drinks and entertainment.
Here are a few ways you can limit your alcohol expense:
1. Serve only beer and wine
2. Open the bar during cocktail hour only
3. Offer specialty drinks
4. Offer lower shelf liquors
Most hotels/banquet halls offer different packages for alcohol. You don't see top shelf liquor at too many weddings these day. Most packages are per person, but I have heard of some per hour. Remember you don't have to pay a bar expense for guests that are under age.
*If you are having a brunch/afternoon wedding, an option is offering Mimosa's and Bloody Marys for your guests.
I would love to hear ways you limited your wedding bar expenses. Enjoy!