cutting the bar costs

If a four or five-hour open bar is not within your budget, there are plenty of less-costly alternatives that won’t offend your guests:

  • Offer beer, wine and soda only.
  • Offer a full bar during cocktail hour then have beer and wine for the rest of the evening.
  • Decide on one type of drink to serve – either a specialty cocktail, champagne, or one type of beer or wine. Most venues will charge significantly less to serve only one type of alcoholic beverage.
  • Bring your own!  There are plenty of venues that do not have liquor licenses and will allow couples to bring in their own. Anything unopened can be returned for a full refund after the wedding.
  • Work with your caterer to have it based on consumption rather than per person open bar.
  • Invite less people to your wedding. This is the most effective way to cut wedding costs across the board.

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