Save Money on Alcohol With These Two Secret Tips
Figuring out ways to save money on alcohol at the reception can be a tricky situation. Often times, the expense of serving alcohol adds up to be a large part of the wedding budget. Without having to settle for a cash bar or limit selections, many couples struggle with staying within their means and wanting to offer a proper beverage selection. Today I’m happy to share two of my cost trimming secrets on how to save money on alcohol on your big day.
Many couples will opt for a traditional champagne toast or serve wine with dinner. A great way to cut costs is to instruct the staff to only refill upon request. While not every team operates this way, it’s always a good idea to ask if this is standard practice for serving events. It is not unusual for waitstaff to come around during dinner and top off wine glasses. When the dance floor opens, guests may leave their glasses behind resulting in unused alcohol on your bill.
The other important request to put in is to only open bottles as consumed. When the staff is serving a large guest count and they’re running on a tight schedule, you can only imagine how chaotic things can get in the back. To reduce stress, some teams will pre open bottles to make serving everyone more efficient. While service quality may increase, if you’re on a restricted budget, it’s better to only agree to pay to the bottles that are opened due to one of your guests requests.
Be sure to ask about both of these things the next time you meet with your venue. If it’s not too late, it’s a good idea to have the proper terms put in the contract as well.