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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

  • Paula
    Super September 2019
    Paula ·
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    Splurge for us as we paid for open bar
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  • Andrea
    VIP April 2020
    Andrea ·
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    Saving for sure. We'll have a limited bar with rum and coke, vodka and cranberry, 2 beer kegs (two choices) and sparkling wine on each table. That's it. May not seem limited but if it were to be compared with other events in our families, it's definitely a smaller selection, and we're cool with that.

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  • Mrs. H
    Master September 2019
    Mrs. H ·
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    Definitely saved! We went w/a local brewery for our beer, and we're friends with the owner. We ended up getting our liquor through a family friend who only charged us $10/bottle - all top-shelf! As far as wine, we did end up splurging a bit for nicer bottles but overall ended up saving big-time with our alcohol!

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  • Kristal
    Expert February 2020
    Kristal ·
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    SAVE! We will not be having any alchohol past the champagne toast which comes included. The non-alchoholic drink bar does too.

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  • Samantha
    Super October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    I'd love to do an open bar, but it's just not in the budget. We'll be saving and providing just wine and beer.

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  • Natalia
    Expert October 2020
    Natalia ·
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    Splurge. Again, most people talk about food after the wedding, part of that being the drinks. We are having an adult only wedding, so we really have to think about that. Our venue does not have an outside space, but there is plenty of delicious food and top-shelf liquor.

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  • Nodyia
    Expert October 2020
    Nodyia ·
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    We are splurging on booze I need family to loosing up and enjoy each other because we are ALL family now. One big happy family!

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  • C
    Super January 2020
    Cassie ·
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    Saving by doing only beer and wine.
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  • Melle
    Champion June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Save. We limited alcohol costs
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  • Desiree
    Super March 2020
    Desiree ·
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    Save save save. I am not necessarily anti-alcohol, as I do indulge myself every now and then, but I am definitely against everyone drinking on my tab as I am a bride whom is paying for the wedding out of pocket... So not to be snippy, I did include 1 hour of alcohol with the package, but that's it. LOL.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Splurge. We are having an open bar all night long. But it will be beer and wine only, as us nor our friends and family are big liquor drinkers. We have 3 wine selections and 2 beer selections. Having an open bar was one of our top priorities.

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  • Heather
    Expert April 2020
    Heather ·
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    Well, FH's parents are covering this. We are just doing champagne, wine, and beer. So save compared to those doing liquor, but splurge compared to those who are having a dry wedding. Haha.

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  • Jennifer
    Super October 2020
    Jennifer ·
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    Saving by not doing open bar all night, but our venue charges per glass which makes it more expensive
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  • Mrscolón
    Super September 2019
    Mrscolón ·
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    Save! Only because my in-laws are buying haha

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  • Diana
    VIP December 2019
    Diana ·
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    Money definitely saved. Nothing spend on booze. We can’t have it at our venue.
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  • Yoice
    Rockstar March 2019
    Yoice ·
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    Big splurge! It was important for our guest to have all options and top shelf quality.
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  • Future Mrs. Polar Bear
    Super April 2019
    Future Mrs. Polar Bear ·
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    We would have splurged, alcohol is big on both sides, in the end the ones who drank was my husbands parents..and it was just us, and both sets of parents. It was budget friendly...they did drink WAY too much, though.

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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated June 2020
    Elizabeth ·
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    Saving; providing some different choices, but keeping it pretty simple.
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  • Ashley
    Super October 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Splurge. Again food and drinks are a big thing for us so we splurged and went top shelf and champagne toast for everyone.

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  • Taylor
    Savvy November 2019
    Taylor ·
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    Splurge! Our crowd will definitely enjoy the open bar.

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