What’s the best way to save in alcohol at a wedding? We have decided not to have an open bar but also would like to provide drinks to family and friends. What’s the cost-efficient way if providing alcohol without breaking the bank?
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Typically with a toonie bar the guests pay 2 bucks and at the end of the night the venue can calculate how many were sold and you pay the difference. But it all depends on the venue I guess ...
Maybe have some cheap bottles of wine on the guest tables. i know a lot of people go to weddings for drinks and food. you also cant give open bar to certain people and not others. people will be going up to them and saying hey how did you get the booze lol
Alcohol is a very expensive part of a wedding, and many guests go to weddings to drink and eat.
If we weren't having an open bar, I think I would do an open bar for cocktail hour, and then table wine during dinner, then have a couple drink tickets per person. So that is about 4-5 drinks per person before dinner is even done. This way there would be a few free drinks for guests, and then if they want to drink more it would be up to them.
Our venue has the option for guests to pay for their drinks - since neither of us drink we agreed that would be a great way to stay within budget and to avoid people getting to drunk. Plus the venue makes a little extra cash!
We are doing a champagne toast at cocktail hour, table wine with dinner and then 1 drink ticket. After that it is a cash bar. Hoping that the various "free" drinks will offset any grumbles about not doing an open or a toonie bar. Our venue will not let us bring in our own liquor so a cheaper bar is not feasible. Its really hard to save on this part!