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5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar


Everyone loves an open bar because paying for drinks can get pretty expensive. And when you’re hosting your wedding you like to extend an open bar to your guests if you can. However, weddings are expensive and even though you would like to extend an open bar to your guest it can be costly when it comes to your wedding budget. Some things on your wedding checklist are a given and you can’t do without them such as a wedding officiant and marriage license. On the other hand some things aren’t quite a necessity and you can make the necessary adjustment to fit within your budget such as real or artificial flowers or even hosting an open bar. You shouldn’t have to “break the bank” when it comes to hosting an open bar and that’s why we want to share with you our 5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar.


5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar



1. House Brands vs. Top Shelf


First on our list of 5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar is having house brands versus providing top shelf alcohol. Although the top shelf would be very nice, it could send you over budget because top shelf brands are more expensive than house brands. Believe it or not some guests may not even notice the difference.



2. Limit the Bar


Also on our list of 5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar is to limit the bar. Instead of wondering if you should serve top shelf or house brands at your wedding celebration, a good way to save money is by limiting the bar. You can achieve this by only serving beer and wine at your wedding, choosing between one or two top brand spirits, or by providing a signature cocktail only.



3. Supply Your Own Liquor


If you are having your wedding celebration at a venue that allows outside alcohol, you can supply your own liquor. This is also one of our 5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar. Ask your wedding planner to look for venues that allow you to bring your own alcohol. We recommend purchasing the liquor from a wholesale store such as Sam’s Club or Costco where you can get more bang for your buck.



4. Choose Less Expensive Glassware


Another good way to save money is to choose less expensive glassware. Instead of choosing the crystal glassware go with a simpler basic version when it comes to your glassware. Your wedding guests won’t notice at all. Save the more expensive glassware for the bride and groom toasts.



5. All-Inclusive Packages


Have your wedding planner shop around for a venue that offers all-inclusive packages. This is another cost-effective option if you plan on having an open bar at your wedding. All-inclusive packages can include everything you need for your wedding ceremony and reception such as a bar package and dj.



If you would like to learn more about our 5 Tips on How to Save Money When You Have an Open Bar, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.


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