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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Booze: To Serve or Not to Serve

Filed under: $$$ Tips,Cocktail Hour,Receptions — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Amina Michele, Guest Author

Okay… here we are, the ongoing dilemma I see with a lot of Brides: “What type of bar are they going to serve if any?”

We all know booze can be expensive and can really take from your wedding budget. As a wedding coordinator – here is my advice:

cocktailhourFor the Brides that don’t drink any type of alcohol and their wish is to not have alcohol at their wedding because they don’t want to drink so want to make everyone else endure the evening with no booze – my advice – suck it up… just this one time.

Why so harsh Amina Michele? I want your guests to stay the entire night and walk away from your wedding feeling like you had all the components of a perfect wedding. Those that drink alcohol socially enjoy alcohol at weddings, and if they don’t leave before the cake cutting, they will certainly leave after, and your party will be cut in half if not more.

Bottom line – chances are 85% of your guests like a drink to wind down, or with dinner, or just need a little something to dance. So serving, even if it’s just beer and wine should always be an option.

For the Brides that don’t have enough money to serve a premium bar, no biggie, go call, or just serving beer and wine is perfectly acceptable. If you can’t afford anything at all, at least offer a cash bar so your guests can decide for themselves… I will say however… this is the last resort, it is always nice to host a bar at least for a certain period of time.

For the Brides that are worried about mayhem at your wedding reception – all you have to do is express to your banquet captain and bartenders that they need to regulate their pours – “DO NOT OVER POUR!!

ClassicLOGOMost of your guests will know to behave, but if you expect people to get a little rowdy, make sure the staff is prepared to control this so you don’t have to!! Enjoy the fun… it’s your special time to celebrate!!

BONUS Article: Cash Bars at Weddings: Tacky or Thrifty?
Beverage Selections for a Toast

Photo Credit: (Upper left) Peacock Photography.

AminaCopyright © 2011 – Amina Michele. Amina Michele began her career in corporate and charity event planning in 2002. She fell in love with weddings two years later and since has built one of the most sought after wedding planning companies in the West. Some Like It Classic – Wedding & Event Design was founded in 2006, and in only its first year of business was awarded a total of 4 different industry awards, and since has quadrupled that number and been featured in every major wedding publication and blog. Amina Michele and her excellent staff serves the Greater Phoenix area and beyond! Amina Michele’s bio. Visit Amin’s Websites: and

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  1. […] Articles: 101 Ways to Save Thousands on Your Wedding! Save $$’s With a Cake and Punch Reception! Booze: To Serve or Not to Serve How Much Do You Charge to Perform a Wedding […]


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