For the “do it yourself” couple, wedding expenses can be overwhelming! Often times it comes down to finding creative ways to cut costs and maximize the wedding budget. The question of whether or not to have a cash bar can sometimes be a big debate between couples and or parents. The controversy stems from many things including the taboo of charging your guests to drink at your event or giving the appearance of cutting corners. Bottom line, you want your guests who traveled hundreds of miles to enjoy the celebration and as the bride and groom, you must make the best decision for your budget and the overall memory that you want to create for your guests.
If you’re still deciding on whether to have a cash bar or not simply because you want to save money, consider the following:
1) Venue Selection: Consider selecting a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol instead of a venue that will charge you $10-$15 per person regardless if they drink or not. This will allow you to cut costs, yet provide a beverage selection for those guests who may wish to enjoy a cocktail or two.
2) Hosted Bar: Ask a family member to host your open bar and name a signature drink after them! Spend approximately $150 – $200 and purchase a few bottles of beer and wine for your guests. Or use that same amount to purchase a few basic liquors with 2 or 3 chasers like coke, sprite and cranberry juice. No need to break the bank on a full premium bar!
3) Rent a Frozen Margarita Machine: Consider serving frozen margaritas! We have a wide variety of flavors to choose from and our dual bowl machines allow you to serve 2 flavors at once.
Let the experts at JC Bartending help you create your beverage selection with our complimentary beverage consultation when you contract our services. We can also help you estimate exactly what you need to purchase so that you have just the right amount.
Relax and enjoy your event! Hire JC Bartending, Inc. and let us bring the party to you!