Choosing the best beverages for your guests is just as important as choosing the best food possible that will satisfy the majority on your wedding day. However, your budget is still something that consider and the last thing you want is to go over budget by spending too much on your wedding beverages. Luckily, there are a few different options you can consider each with their own price tag. However, if money is not an issue, look at the type of guests your inviting. If the majority of them don’t drink or it’s a religion such as Islam where alcohol is forbidden religiously, having alcohol at your wedding may be a waste of money. The season and location of your wedding may also influence what kind of wedding beverages you serve your guests.
Open Bar: with an open bar, your guests will be served hard liquor, wine and beer throughout the entire reception as many times as they like. The cost for these drinks would be yours. An open bar may be convenient to your guests however, If you want to offer an open bar but cringe at the thought of the high cost, you can always cut down on the number of liquor types served, and then serve just two types of wine and two types of beer. Or, you can give your guests tickets. Each ticket they have gives them one drink of their choice. These tickets can be enclosed within the wedding invitation or given to guests upon their arrival at the wedding reception.
Cash Bar: With a cash bar, you still offer your guests alcoholic drinks but you choose what you want to serve, or you can have them pay for all their own drink. As a result you pay very little. With a cash bar, you can have the guests pay for all of the drinks they want or just those made with hard liquor. In other words, the guests could drink all the wine and beer they want under your expense, but if they want anything made from tequila, vodka, or scotch, they would pay for it themselves. Some couples shy away from a cash bar because they feel it is a bit tacky and feel your guests are your guests therefore should not have to be paying for anything. However, if you want to offer something to your guests while keeping the cost down, this is actually a good option.
Only Beer and Wine: for some couples whose guests don’t like hard liquor, a only beer and wine bar would be great wedding beverages. Instead of serving any hard liquor at all, in this case you would only serve your wedding guests beer and wine. To save even more, you could set up kegs for the beer, and then purchase the wine by the case. If you have a liquor store or beer store in your area, you might even work with them to see if they would provide you an extra discount for buying huge quantities of beer and wine off them.
Specialty Drinks: Typically, specialty drinks are not the most common wedding beverage at a wedding ceremony, but maybe great for formal receptions. However, if you want to create food stations at your reception, then you can have specific beverages assigned to each. For instance, if you have a station where prime rib is being carved, then you could have red wine served or if you have a station with fish or chicken, then white wine. However, specialty wedding drinks at each station can get messy and very crowded.
Champagne Punch: A wonderful way to serve an alcoholic drink that is beautiful, delicious, and cost effective is to make champagne punch. These are not difficult to make and are very elegant. You can either have champagne punch bowls located near the wedding table or buffet if there is one, or you can even have the servers bring them out.
No Alcohol: Finally, another option is to choose to serve no alcohol at all. Remember, the alcohol is what increases the price and to have a wonderful reception does not mean you have to serve alcohol. In fact, it might be safer to serve non alcoholic drinks to ensure your guests don’t drink more than they can handle, and turn your wedding disastrous! In this case, you could serve a number of fun drinks to spice things up but without the alcohol.
Soft Drinks: soft prinks such as Pepsi, coca- cola, orange crush, Sprite, Ginger ale, etc. are also a great all-time and wedding beverage, especially if you have a lot of younger guests or guests that are going to be driving.