Is an Open Bar Worth the Cost?
Cheers to the happy couple! Debating alcohol at your wedding? It’s safe to say providing alcohol keeps the atmosphere relaxed and the energy high.
Alcohol tends to retain your guests at your party or reception. Some people choose to not have alcohol at a party, because it can get expensive if not budgeted or planned properly. Having alcohol is 100% up to your discretion, but keep in mind guests do tend to leave earlier if it's a dry event. Say you are all in for the booze -- what kind of alcohol should you provide -- just beer and wine or do you include liquor at the bar?
First determine your budget, then decide what kind of crowd you have (heavy versus light drinkers). An open bar can get expensive quickly with a heavy drinking crowd and especially if offering a variety of spirits.
To cut down on cost but still provide a variety of alcohol, consider offering beer and wine along with a signature cocktail to appease most alcoholic preferences.