Okay, not battling any pink robots, just battling some other options.
The idea of an open bar is great. Everyone can drink whatever they want, however much they want. The only problem? Expensive as all get out! There’s no way Adam and I will be able to afford an open bar unless we win the lottery (which, by the way, we have been playing in the form of scratch tickets every now and then. Can’t hurt). So we’re going to need a Plan B.
We have already come up with a few Plan B’s…so we’re up to Plan F by now. Here are our solutions to the open bar problem:
Plan B: A wine bar.
The idea of a wine bar really appeals to both of us. There are so many different kinds of wine out there that there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone, and it would probably look really amazing with all the different bottles lined up. Plus, at places like Trader Joe’s, one can purchase really good wines for as low as $3 a bottle. I know it sounds cheap, but trust me when I say that Charles Shaw tastes far better than the $38 bottle I tasted a couple glasses of. And it’s not like we’re trying to hide the fact that we are on a budget. On the contrary. We’re practically bragging about it. So a wine bar is definitely our #1 option at the moment. If we do this, we want to provide sparkling grape juice (in red and white, of course) and regular grape juice (again, in both red and white) to those who prefer not to drink and for the kids. That way everyone would get to enjoy it! The main issue with this option would be people who don’t like wine but would still want to drink, and I know many people like that. I would hope that a wide selection of wines (and possibly a tasting option?) would help even those people find something tasty.
Plan C: Beer and wine.
This is also a fairly feasible option if our budget allows for it. Those who would want beer could have it, and perhaps we could even include some malt beverages or wine coolers in the mix. I’m less enthusiastic about this than I am about the wine bar, but it’s not just about us. We have to consider our guests when we are planning the wedding, of course!
Plan D: Signature cocktails.
This is a really popular thing to do for weddings on a budget. Find a tasty mixed drink or two, and serve those as your only alcohol (besides the champagne, of course!). There are so many great-sounding drinks out there, and his-and-hers cocktails would be pretty adorable. The only problem with that is the fact that liquor can be pretty expensive, and if everyone is drinking cocktails, it could really add up. We’d have to really be careful with our budget if we go this route.
Plan E: Signature cocktails, but only during the cocktail hour.
I like this idea. We could still have the signature cocktails, but just serve them during the time before dinner. Then we’d have a dry bar for the rest of the reception, until it’s time for champagne. It’s not quite as exciting as the wine bar or the signature cocktails being served throughout, but it would still be nice!
Plan F: Dry bar.
Eh. I’m not too enthusiastic about a dry bar. While it is the most economically sound option for such a large event, I would still much rather be able to serve alcohol at the wedding. We’re only going to resort to the dry bar if money is really tight. If it is, we’ll find a way to make it work for us (maybe with virgin cocktails of some kind, and sparkling juices as well). Of course, the “Dry bar” option doesn’t mean the champagne won’t make an appearance. I absolutely love champagne and dang it, it will be at the wedding if I have to figure out how to make it myself!
What are your thoughts? Is there an idea I have not touched upon?