(Closed) Budget Crisis with Alcohol

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@paola.rios.ibarra:  Why not set a cap on the bar? Or a drink maximum per person that you will cover? Your plan also sounds fine to me (assuming you’re also offering nonalcoholic beverages like soda).

ETA: Clearly I missed the last three sentences of your first paragraph. I still think your idea sounds good.

Post # 4
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Your plan sounds good. You could also do it the opposite way — open bar during cocktail hour and maybe for the first hour or two of dinner and the reception, and then at 8 or 9, switch to just beer and wine. (By that time, people will already be a little tipsy and might not care. Most people I know switch to beer after a few cocktails, so it might be a more natural progression that way!)

Or you could do just beer and wine for the whole time! That’s what we’re doing (but we don’t have a lot of heavy drinkers).

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

We are hosting beer and wine, with other drinks available on a cash basis, and we are pre-establishing the limit of how much beer & wine we’re buying (if it runs out, it then rolls over to a cash basis as well). Would something like that be a workable compromise with your FI?

Post # 6
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My friends are heavy drinkers too, but they aren’t coming to your wedding to get drunk– they are coming to celebrate with you! You seem more stressed about the budget (which I would be too) so do whatever will alleviate that concern. Youre friends can go without the hard liquor for an evening.

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