Post # 1
My fiance and I are paying for every single dime of our wedding by ourselves, so cutting costs anywhere and everywhere is essential. We don’t have any credit cards and will be paying for everything in cash. My question is, is it smarter to find a caterer who will include alcohol, or leave it out and buy it ourselves? I feel like I could get it much cheaper if we paid by ourselves.
Post # 3
It depends on your venue… some places require certain caterers and those caterers require that you use their bar service. Other venues allow you to purchase a one day liquor license and you can provide your own.
Have you already selected a venue? I’d check your contract with them to see if they have any requirements.
If not, then it can be cheaper to provide your own alcohol. It just kind of depends on what you want. If money is tight, maybe host only beer and wine?
Post # 4
It may be smarter to buy yourself if you can buy in bulk because then you can’t go over your budget with a caterer.
Post # 5
Buying it yourself will be cheaper, as you wont have the huge markup. However, it all depends on your venue. Some venues will only let you bring beer & wine, others won’t let you have it at all, and others will require you have a licensed catered provide the alochol.
Have you found a venue yet? I would contact them first.
Post # 6
I have found a venue, but it is a VERY unique venue. It’s actually an entire city, a very, very small city, that allows you to rent the area for a very small price.
Post # 7
If your venue allows you to purchase it yourself, I’d say to do that!
It could be even cheaper if you have any friends or family in the military that can buy it for you at the base exchange.. they typically get alcohol a lot cheaper
Post # 8
Definitely buy it yourself at a wholesale liquor store!
Post # 9
@lexmek27: I would contact them and ask them specifically what their guildlines are for alcohol/catering/decorations/lighting/candles, and anything else you can think of.
Every venue is different. Some want only allow you to hire caterers with food serving licenses, others allow you to do it yourself. Others don’t allow candles, others want the flame of the candles covered, some don’t care either way!