When we go to a wedding I think it is natural to assume there will be adult beverages being served. But did you know that there are multiple versions of bar options?
Let’s start with the most obvious choice for most weddings — Open Bar! & CVent Blog describes it perfectly!
“An Open Bar is paid for at an hourly rate in addition to a bartender fee. For a set amount of time and rate (e.g. $20 to $25 for the first two hours), your guests will enjoy unlimited beverages. You’ll most likely have the option to choose from a selection of liquors, wines and beers that you would like to offer your guests. It goes without saying that top shelf and premium liquors will run you a higher hourly rate.
While you’ll have to commit to a time frame for the Open Bar, it’s a great way to show your guests a good time and not have to worry about the bill at the end of the night. Many clients experience sticker shock when they choose a Host Bar and don’t realize how much is will actually be consumed. At the same time, if you expect little alcohol to be consumed, an Open Bar is not likely your most cost-effective option.”
Next up – Cash Bar!
Often couples will inquire about having a cash bar at their wedding or event and its often a touchy subject. On one hand it will cut costs drastically but on the other hand, do you really want your guests coming to your wedding aka a party and having to pay for their own drinks? I remember I went to a wedding one time and it was an open bar for about a hour and then BOOM cash bar – without any warning. That did not make for a very enjoyable second half of the night, because no one was prepared! I got some insight from The Knot on how they feel about a cash bar.
“While it is often necessary to find ways to cut costs, a cash bar is never a good choice. When you have a wedding, you’re inviting people to a party, and they shouldn’t have to pay for anything while they’re there. Yes, it’s true that when you have a bash in your apartment and invite all your pals, you say “BYOB,” but it’s not quite the same at a formal event. Better to try and save money on the alcohol itself — and don’t worry, there are a number of ways to do that.”
One extremely efficient way to save some money on alcohol is to have a limited bar.
“Consider having a “limited” bar. Serve only soda, beer, and wine or have a champagne toast. Some couples have a signature wedding cocktail , which cuts down on the different liquors and ingredients you’ll be purchasing. Also, confirm whether you have to buy your alcohol from the place where the wedding reception will be. You may have signed a contract that says so, but if not, it’s generally much cheaper to buy your own liquor, wholesale — you can get more for your money, and get what you want.” (@TheKnot)
Having trouble telling people that there will be a limited bar? Check out this article from Reddit to get some ideas!
Who doesn’t love a good signature drink? There isn’t much of a description needed for a specialty bar — it’s just that – SPECIAL! A specialty bar consists of only the signature drinks that the bride and groom choose. It’s a good alternative to an open bar but with a limited selection! Just make sure you choose a drink that *almost* everyone will enjoy!
Get some more info on specialty bars here!
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