Alcohol is a must-have expense at any wedding reception, but it can also be a costly one, especially if you are expecting a large number of attendees. Many brides question whether it’s acceptable to have a cash bar at the wedding, and in my opinion, the answer is no! You are inviting guests to a formal party, so it is never a good idea to expect them to pay for anything, especially when they are giving a gift!
If you don’t have the budget to provide alcohol for your guests, then simply have a smaller wedding with less attendees. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience, so if you’re going to do it, do it right! You should definitely reduce the number of guests you are inviting before taking away alcohol because the result will be a lot of unhappy guests rather than less guests that are pleased!
If you have a limited budget, there are a couple of ways you can reduce the costs of serving alcohol:
* Have a bar that only serves beer, wine and a champagne toast or specialty cocktail
* If it is not required by the venue, buy your own beer/wine/liquor in wholesale, so you can get more for your money