For most people a wedding is usually the biggest bash they’ll have to organize, and it is every couples dream to have the best party ever. And what is a party without booze??? Alcohol is one of the more costly parts of weddings, so couples often ask themselves “Cash bar: Yay or Nay?” Unfortunately for all those who are on a strict budget and were hoping to save on alcohol, having a cash bar is an ultimate no-no if you want to follow the rules of wedding etiquette. Remember, your wedding day is your wedding day, which means you have to be a gracious, kind and hospitable host and that includes paying for all the expenses. Think about it, would you charge your friends for the alcohol when they come over for dinner? Probably not, so don’t do it at your wedding! You don’t want people remembering your wedding as a cheap event where they had to pay extra to have some fun.
If you are on a tight budget you may want to consider the combination approach, where you would provide each guest with 2-3 drink tickets (any amount over that, they would have to pay themselves). This will not be seen as cheap, but as a great way to encourage responsible drinking. Also, another way to save on booze is to go and buy it yourself. If you go to wineries and buy big amounts, often you will be able to get good deals, and if you choose to go to liquor stores you will be able to return any leftover alcohol. However, if you do choose to go with the cash bar make sure that you let your guests know ahead of time, so no one is take by surprise. Cheers!