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5 Wedding Bar Options

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Alcohol is one of the most expensive wedding day costs but there are a few wedding bar options to choose from when planning a wedding.

There are a range of acceptable wedding bar options, with pros and cons for each. When deciding what to do, the best approach is to only offer what your wedding budget can afford.

When it comes to selecting the type of drinks and how they will be provided at your wedding reception, here are five main wedding bar options to choose from.

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Open bar at wedding with server.

Open bar

An open bar is the easiest option for wedding guests, as they can have whatever they like.

Although it makes you look like an incredible host, it is also the most expensive option.

An open bar can also lead to drunk guests, which may take attention away from other parts of your wedding like the cake cutting.

On the positive side an open bar is usually coupled with a signature cocktail that is provided during cocktail hour.

Cash bar

This is cheapest choice out of all your wedding bar options when planning a wedding.

Some guests may find it offensive to pay for their own drinks though, so a pre-warning in your invitation is wise. Make it clear to guests that a wedding cash bar will be available at the wedding so they don’t get surprised.

A downside to a cash bar is that drinks might be quite pricey for guests. To soften the blow of having guests pay for their own drinks you could provide one glass of bubbly to toast the bride and groom.

Limited bar

You could have an open bar that provides wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks only.

This drives down the cost but you can run the risk of some guests not liking what is on offer.

non-alcoholic filled champagne glasses and wine glasses at open bar.

Dry bar

This option is usually based on religious beliefs, but may also be a personal choice.

For some people, it’s just not a wedding without alcohol so you may need to prepare yourself for some criticism.

However, it will drop the cost of your wedding considerably and there are plenty of nice non-alcoholic drinks you can serve. Having a signature mocktail that can be served on the wedding day is also a nice touch if choosing a dry bar option.

Bring Your Own (BYOB)

This option can either be where you provide some alcohol for the venue but you can also ask your guests to BYOB to the wedding venue.

This can be great wedding bar option for a backyard weddings, but if not having one the, you will have to ask the wedding venue if this option is allowed.

Signature drinks for wedding with mint and raspberries on a table outside.

Final thoughts

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to your wedding bar options and the right decision will depend on what’s important to you both as well as your budget.

Hopefully one of these 5 wedding bar options is right for you, your guests and your wedding budget.