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Booze - Splurge or Save?

Sinéad, on September 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM

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Four hours of open bar can really rack up a bill! Will you be keeping your eye on your bottom line or splurging for top-shelf liquor? Are you splurging or saving on booze? Photo from Andaz Scottsdale Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ Next Question: Transportation? Back to the Beginning: Splurge or...

Four hours of open bar can really rack up a bill! Will you be keeping your eye on your bottom line or splurging for top-shelf liquor?

Are you splurging or saving on booze?


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Photo from Andaz Scottsdale Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ




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Back to the Beginning: Splurge or Save?

88 Comments

  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    Save. we went with the beer and wine package instead of the liquor one since the reception was only 2 hours

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  • Jamie
    Expert May 2020
    Jamie ·
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    We haven't gotten to this in our planning yet, but when we do.. I suspect we'll be spending more than we originally budgeted for it.
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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
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    That’s how I feel too. Alcoholism runs in my family and I can’t drink anyway with my medications. The venue not allowing it just made it easier to say no.
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  • Laura
    Rockstar November 2019
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    I have one recovering addict (that I know of) so that wasn’t my deciding factor. FH & I just don’t drink. And we couldn’t see taking a big chunk of the budget for others to get buzzed. Just didn’t fit us. So, they can drink Coke and water and like it or leave. (And other stuff.)
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  • Catherine
    VIP November 2019
    Catherine ·
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    Well - we are inviting kids so i didn't think a complete open liquor bar was necessarily appropriate. so we did beer wine and champagne. which was included in my package price with food/venue.

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  • Jasmine
    Rockstar February 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    Definitely going to splurge on that open bar!

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  • Sara
    Expert June 2020
    Sara ·
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    Save, but hopefully will look like a splurge. We have to stock the bar ourselves. We are planning to stock with a few high quality options, so not a full open bar, but full enough. We have a good friend who's parents own a liquor store so he can get us everything pretty much at cost...

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  • Chinda
    Dedicated December 2020
    Chinda ·
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    Save. We don’t want people messing up our wedding. (My family are heavy alcoholics and violent when drinking too much)
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  • Emily
    Super April 2020
    Emily ·
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    I want to splurge but my FH doesn't drink at all so he wants to save. I think we will be doing a modified open bar with beer and wine and one signature cocktail.

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  • L. Madhak
    Expert October 2020
    L. Madhak ·
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    Save - We are having a fall wedding, so providing apple ale and a spiked spiced apple cider punch. The venue has a cash bar for people that want something else.
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  • Lauren
    Rockstar February 2020
    Lauren ·
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    Save! Our venue is in a dry county so there won't be any alcohol at the wedding.

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  • Lauren
    Rockstar February 2020
    Lauren ·
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    Same! Our venue is in a dry county so we can't have alcohol. Most of my family, FH's family, and their friends don't drink anyways so there wouldn't have been too many people drinking anyways.

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  • Lisa Marie
    Devoted October 2020
    Lisa Marie ·
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    We are saving by doing beer and wine, and then cash bar for hard alcohol. Our reception is at noon so hard alcohol isn't really a necessity in our opinion.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Splurge for sure!! This was super important for us. We had an open bar and even paid for upgraded liquors.
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  • Fenja
    Rockstar June 2020
    Fenja ·
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    Splurge. Drinks and food are the biggest expenses in our budget. But we will only do beer and wine.
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  • MD
    Super July 2019
    MD ·
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    Splurge.. this was something my husband really wanted. Open bars are not cheap.

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  • Mary
    Expert July 2019
    Mary ·
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    Splurged. We received a promotion when booking our wedding at the resort that allowed us to get top-shelf bar at lower tier pricing, which helped. We also tried to be smart about switching to consumption during the plated dinner and towards the later half of the evening when some of our older guests would have left.
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  • Laura
    Rockstar October 2019
    Laura ·
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    Saving. We can't afford much for it. We'll be getting a a couple of cases of beer, a few bottles of liquor for mixed drinks, and a couple bottles of champagne for toasts

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  • Marlena
    Expert June 2020
    Marlena ·
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    Save. We cant have any at our venue but are going for a few drinks after the reception.

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  • Rebecca
    VIP August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    I don't drink, so I didn't care about this at all, but it came with our venue, so splurge?

    Open bar, everyone was happy, most people took cabs/train home, so I felt totally safe about it.

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