This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what’s ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #6:
BYOB for the Wedding Reception
Choosing a venue that will allow you to Bring Your Own Beverages (I’m talking about booze, here!) is super clutch when it comes to keeping your budget in order.
When I was planning my wedding back in 2008, I got quotes from many different venues, caterers, etc for the cost of providing alcohol for our wedding reception. I was shocked at the prices!! One caterer was going to charge us $40 per bottle of wine — I don’t even splurge that much on a bottle of wine for a special occasion, so there was no way I was going to pay that price for several dozens of bottles for our wedding reception.
I set out to try to find a venue that would allow us to purchase our own wine to be served, and that choice alone saved me thousands of dollars! Instead of $40 per bottle, I picked up several cases of Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s. 9 cases of wine at $40 per bottle would have cost me $4320 — instead I spent less than $350 total on our wine by purchasing it myself.
When it comes to stuff like this, it’s really about having control over the cost. I highly recommend looking for venues that will allow you to supply your own alcohol — and if you can hire your own bartender, too — that will save you even more!
If your’e worried about your guests thinking you went too cheap on the wine selection, do what I did — create your own custom wedding wine labels so your guests will be none the wiser! It’s an inexpensive project and adds another cute personal detail to your big day!
Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.