This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. In this post, we're talking about how to save on your wedding reception alcohol.
Wedding Budget Tip #24:
Serve only wine & beer – skip the pricey 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 on your wedding booze. 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. Your guests will be more than happy and thankful to have whatever libations you're able to provide. Don't overextend yourself by offering a huge amount of variety. Depending on the size of your overall budget, that money may be better spent in other areas.
Tricks to save on your wedding booze
For my wedding in 2009, we purchased our wedding wine from Trader Joe's (yep, Two Buck Chuck) and we served it at our 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!
This is one of my absolute favorite tips! I even shared it with the world when I appeared on Good Morning America with Strahan & Sara!
So you see, it's totally possible to plan a frugal, fabulous and FUN wedding. You just have to get a bit creative and cut costs where you can. Luckily, the bar is an area that is simple to save in by offering fewer options and choosing varieties that are affordable.
Want to save on your beer? Try shopping at a discount seller or wholesale store like Costco or Sam's Club. If you want to get really creative or savvy, you could consider home-brewing beer for the wedding.
If you feel really strongly about offering a liquor option to your guests, perhaps you could consider adding in a signature cocktail or two to the bar offerings. In fact, if you're interested in offering a signature cocktail for your wedding reception, we've rounded up a few great ideas that you can check out in the post below:
I hope this tip inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding booze offerings! Happy saving and please drink responsibly.
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!
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.