(Closed) Anyone limiting the alcohol due to money?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re just doing beer and wine. However, it’s not because of money. It would actually be cheaper for us to do mixed drinks because my FIL’s have someone who offered to donate the alcohol to the wedding, it would just be $1 a drink for a mixing fee. However, we felt that there were a few people who might go crazy and we dind’t want to deal with it. I don’t see anything wrong with not paying for it if you can’t afford it and/or don’t want it.

Post # 4
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most definitely. My Fiance wanted an open bar, but our budget is restricted. We’re just going to offer wine. We’re considering a margarita machine since it’s a beach wedding, but who knows. We don’t really want people to go nuts, so we’re probably just going to stick to wine only.

Post # 5
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Alcohol is one area that, while Mr. & I are not major drinkers (he doesn’t at all, I do occasionally), we felt (in our opinion, for our wedding, not judging others here) that providing a cornucopia is the equivalent of hospitality.  We had a full bar with the works.  Here’s where we “cut corners”:

  • no champagne…most of our people don’t drink it & guests can toast with whatever they have
  • at the “cocktail hour” we provided alcoholic & non-alcoholic punch & changed the name to “pupus (Hawaiian, English equivalent is appetizers) & punch” hour

Nobody missed the champagne & everyone seemed happy with the punch…no complaints, a healthy amount of tipsy-ness by the time we could join our guests.

Post # 6
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am definitely limiting it due to financial constraints.  We are only offering a cash bar, and I am trying to find a way to pay for one alcoholic drink per person for the “cocktail hour” but I don’t know if that will happen.  It ended up working out because I found out later that my Fiance didn’t want an open bar anyway.  I am paying for 2 drinks for each member of the wedding party, though.  Alcohol is overrated and if someone really wants some, they will have to pay for it.  Sodas and tea are free for everyone.

Post # 7
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


Oh, what about having somebody make wine coolers, that would be cheaper than just the wine, and more “beachy”

Post # 8
521 posts
Busy bee

We aren’t drinkers. We may have some Mexican beer (hoping for a Mexican dinner) and maybe some virgin margaritas. Also soda and water will be offered.

Post # 9
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our venue only allows beer, wine, and champagne, so our alchohol budget was cut with that. We will probably only offer beer and wine because most people don’t drink champagne, but we may have it available anyway. We are lucky because we are able to bring our own, so we will choose wisely and get it on sale. We will be footing the bill for all of it. We don’t want our guests to have to pay for their drinks.

Post # 10
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m doing cash bar and a “generous” champange toast (by generous I mean they can have a full flute of bubbly,not the tiny toasting serving). I’m paying to have iced tea available all night free of charge. It’s not really about not havng the money, We COULD technically afford more, but we are not big drinkers and we think an open bar is excessive for us/our style.

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