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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 #24: Serve Wine & Beer Only

Wedding Budget Tip #24:

Serve only wine & beer – skip the open bar.

We all know that alcohol is something that can quickly bust your budget, especially if you offer a ton of options.

Do yourself and your budget a big favor and opt for only wine and beer. Skipping the open bar can save you thousands — and you can always splurge a little on the types of beer or wine you provide and still save yourself a bunch of cash.

Cutting back in this way will still allow you to provide your guests with drinks to celebrate the festive occasion, while reigning in the overall spend.

Not sure how much booze you'll need? Check out this awesome breakdown from our budget wedding soulmates at A Practical Wedding.

For my wedding in 2009, we purchased our wedding from Trader Joe's — yep, Two Buck Chuck — and we served it at our wedding reception. In order to keep our savviness a secret, we created custom wedding wine labels as a special detail! None of our guests needed to know we'd been so frugal with our wine choice!

Wedding Budget Tip #24: Serve Wine & Beer Only


So tell us:

are you serving only wine and beer at your reception? or are you splurging on an open bar?

Leave a comment below and let us know!




Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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