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Booze - Splurge or Save?

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

Posted in Planning 88

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




Next Question: Transportation?

Back to the Beginning: Splurge or Save?

88 Comments

  • Isabel
    Just Said Yes March 2020
    Isabel ·
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    We are having a beer and wine instead of open bar - save
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  • J
    Beginner March 2020
    Jill ·
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    Save. I am still doing open bar and a signature cocktail, but just beer & wine and no champagne toast.
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  • Atiya
    Beginner September 2020
    Atiya ·
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    Splurge! It’s New Years Eve and we are providing transportation
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  • Charika
    Beginner February 2020
    Charika ·
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    Save. We will do a couple of signature drinks, limited bar items and beer. We will have wine for the toast and the remaining after the toast can go to the bar. Oh, I am a "shotaholic" myself sooo.... We may splurge a little. Just a little. But we are stocking the bar.

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  • D
    Just Said Yes March 2020
    Daniela ·
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    Save! We are having a brunch wedding so we will have a mimosa bar in addition to coffee, sweet/unsweet tea, lemonade, coffee, & water Smiley smile

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  • Aurora
    Savvy April 2020
    Aurora ·
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    Another save our venue only allows beer and wine and we’re able to bring it ourselves so a major deal and we’re going to start stocking up whenever we see a sale
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  • Erin
    Expert May 2020
    Erin ·
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    Save because we don't drink!

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  • Amanda
    Just Said Yes January 2020
    Amanda ·
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    Save! Picking specialty drinks to limit the liquor and we are having a stock the bar football party to get our stash started!

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  • Tamera
    Expert May 2020
    Tamera ·
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    Save. We are only doing beer and wine, no liquor. And I am planning to buy it myself from a local winery and Costco, and hire a bartender. It is a chunk of money, but cheaper than other options I looked at.

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  • Leticia
    Dedicated February 2020
    Leticia ·
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    We are purchasing alcohol, coolers, and wine. When it is all gone, The End!

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  • Chrysta
    Super November 2020
    Chrysta ·
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    Splurge! Top shelf open bar all night. It was my FH’s #1 item of importance, so we’re going for it!
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  • Agata
    Beginner February 2020
    Agata ·
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    Kinda save I guess. Bar is a part of the package with dinner. Since we’re having a small dinner, and most of our guests are family we know what they drink (Italians- mostly wine and lots of it) we decided on beer and wine package with tab for mixed drinks. Meaning, they will be available for guests and we’ll pick up the tab at the end
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  • Chelsie
    Devoted May 2020
    Chelsie ·
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    We will have an open bar. Im splurging. Party Party!!

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  • Jasmin
    Dedicated July 2020
    Jasmin ·
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    I say save as I’m a non drinker but I know many people splurge here.
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  • Katie
    Dedicated May 2020
    Katie ·
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    Im sure this will be a splurge. A lot of people expect this at a wedding
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  • Emily
    Super April 2020
    Emily ·
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    Meeting in the middle. My fiancé doesn’t drink so he doesn’t want to but we are provided open bar for beer and wine and a signature cocktail that will be free all night as well.
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  • Adara
    Devoted October 2019
    Adara ·
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    Save we are doing consumption bar wine beer and champagne only, cash bar for liquor
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  • Kelly
    Dedicated September 2020
    Kelly ·
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    Yes!! Splurging--I don't remember the little trinkets that folks had at their weddings, but I DO remember having a super fun open bar and dancing the night away. I've been to cash bars and it's not fun.

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  • Aurora
    Savvy April 2020
    Aurora ·
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    Save my venue only allows beer and wine
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  • Tara
    Super November 2016
    Tara ·
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    Alcohol is definitely an area where you can save! As long as you provide your guests with some options, even just beer and wine, or a cash bar, you certainly don't have to give the option of top shelf liquor. People don't care too much what's available if there's something!

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