How to Serve Alcohol at Your Wedding the Right Way Part 2

How to Serve Alcohol at Your Wedding the Right Way Part 2

So, you’re wondering whether or not to serve alcohol at your wedding. You want to prevent drunken mishaps–a fairly common problem at weddings!

People often show up at weddings expecting an open bar–basically all the booze they can drink. While there are advantages to having an open bar, it can be both pricey and much more likely to lead to drunkenness.

Instead, consider one of the options below:

  • Temporary open bar — Open the bar for just one hour or two, after dinner has been served. That way, people can drink all they want, but with a much lower risk of getting drunk.
  • Cash bar — This is NOT going to go over well with your guests, but it’s a good way to curb the drinking. Perhaps once the open bar is closed, your guests will still be able to buy drinks with their own money. Most guests will limit themselves to a few drinks if they know they are footing the bill.
  • Limit booze choices –– Stick with beer, wine, and a single cocktail, and it will be much harder for people to get drunk. Of course, wine and beer can be just as inebriating as hard alcohol, but by stopping people from taking shots or drinking strong drinks, you can reduce the chance of drunkenness.
  • Drink tickets –– This may seem tacky to some, but it’s a good way to limit your guests to a few drinks. Give each guests two or three tickets each, and those tickets can be redeemed for the drink of their choice.
  • Consumption bar –– This is like an open bar, but it’s only until you reach a set amount. You will usually work on a budget or a set number of bottles, and once you run out, you’re out and the bar is closed.
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