Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Photo by: Alison Vagnini Photography
The big and sometimes uncomfortable question of who pays for the drinks at a wedding can be a hard decision to make. Even more, the decisions of which alcohol to serve at the bar. With these tips, you will ensure each guest is catered for and is enjoying the evening!
- Do you have a budget?
Deciding on who is responsible for what can easily be arranged after you have decided on a budget. It is suggested when working on a strict budget, that the couple pays for the following: sparkling wine, a few bottles of wine, juice and water on each table. A cash bar is suggested with this option. An innovative trend for a bar is to set up a gin bar with various garnishes.
- Which type of bar will you have?
There are three main types of bars at a wedding; a cash bar, an open bar, or a token bar.
At a cash bar, guests must pay for themselves. It is very important to communicate this to the guest, as they might need to bring cash if the venue does not permit card facilities. As mentioned above, when you are working on a strict budget, a cash bar is the way to go.
Open bars are always popular with guests, as the newlyweds or the parents provide free drinks for the guests. Remember to communicate with the venue to keep the tab running through the evening and you will pay after the festivities. Open bars are an expensive option, therefor it’s a good idea to decide on a limit before the wedding.
A token bar is a great way to still provide your guests with a drink if you are on a tight budget. Give each guest a token, with a lovely design, for a complimentary drink or a free signature cocktail.
- Bring your own:
You can communicate with the venue that you wish to provide all the beverages for the wedding at a fixed corkage rate per bottle. This way you stick to your budget and you can control which alcohol is provided. Having a signature cocktail stand at your wedding is highly suggested as it gives an extra touch to the wedding.
It is important to decide as a couple who is responsible for what and to ensure that everyone is comfortable. Make sure that your guests are well informed about the type of bar that’s going to be at your wedding. Use the various bar options to guide you through the decision-making process and develop your own bar set up that is adjusted to your capability. No matter who pays for what, the wedding will be a great success!