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Saving Tips: Wedding Alcohol

All you need to know to save a few pennies on the booze! bottles of moet champagne in a bathtub
By Jamie Bott Wedding Photography

Imagine all your guests socialising with one another after the ceremony – relaxing, enjoying themselves and laughing. What drinks are they sipping? Ales and bottled beers? Elegant flutes of vintage champagne? A Dark and Stormy or a Martini? Or maybe they are slowly slurping down brandies and whiskies? Whatever the answer, all of these can cost quite a lot, especially if you are providing them for over one hundred people! Read our money saving tips to make sure your guests are happy. As well as your wallets!

1) Instead of offering a full open bar, maybe offer red and white wines, as well as some beer. This will guarantee almost everyone a drink and some selection too (it’s always worth buying that bottle of Scotch your Dad loves too…) Have a look at the different bar options here. Different ones for different budgets – all equally fun for all!

2) If you are buying bottles from your caterer or bringing them to the wedding venue yourself, try and buy them on a “sale or return basis” – that way you might get some money back from the alcohol that doesn’t get consumed!

3) It is also becoming increasingly popular to make your own alcohol, using different flavours and even giving out little bottles as favours. This will make for a fun evening of preparation and lots of excitement from guests. (Just make sure you follow the recipes carefully… and obviously do a taste test or ten!)

4) We know how important (and costly!) champagne is to the speech-making part of the wedding. Why not go for a sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco? Your guests won’t even notice and some people even prefer it.

5) Why not whip up two bespoke cocktails named after each of you? It’s a good way to save lots of money but still ply your guests with spirits. Alternatively, you can always ask them to buy their own cocktails from the bar – they know how much you are spending to make sure they have fun and won’t mind contributing a little! bride and groom talking and drinking champagne
By Guy Hearn

Happy Planning!

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