Budgeting for an Open Bar

Weddings are a time for fun and celebration…with a few cocktails in hand of course.  If you choose to have an open bar at your reception, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your budget. 


The first step is to consider your numbers. Rest assured that some guests will opt for non-alcoholic choices, and some will only have one glass with dinner.  The tricky part is approximating for the crowd that likes to throw back a few and liven up the party.  A safe formula is to assume 3 drinks per guest and recognize that some will have more than others. 


Knowing your crowd will make it easier when considering how to stock your bar.  For example, if you have many guests who prefer beer, splurge on an extra keg and ease off the liquor. Reception halls that frequently serve alcohol should already be stocked with a variety of choices, which will alleviate this added pressure for you.  But, if you are responsible for preparing your bar, begin with an equal amount of choices and make substitutions where you see fit.   

Closing Time

Just because you have an open bar, does not mean it has to stay open all night.  Some brides will decide to leave an open bar until a certain time.  If the amount of alcohol consumed starts to get out of control, you can modestly close the bar at your choosing.  Some venues will allow you to set a certain dollar amount and quit serving when the tab reaches this number. You can even re-open the bar with drinks for purchase if your guests want to keep things going. Remember, leaving a bar open for any amount of time is very generous and you should not feel guilty if you need to close it down. It is recommended that you assign a trusted companion to make this decision on your behalf, so you can focus on celebrating instead.

Extra Fees

Don’t be surprised when you receive your final bill and there are bartender and restocking fees included.  You may be charged and additional service fee per hour, or just one combined fee for the evening.  Discuss these details in advance and include the numbers in your budget before you are shocked by any charges you didn’t anticipate.

Although an open bar is the most expensive option, it is certainly a crowd pleaser!

The Perfect DIY Candy Bar for Your Wedding

One of the most fun wedding trends these days is a Candy Bar at your reception! Adults and kids alike will be love having their favorites sweet treats for dessert. Candy Bars are completely customizable based on your own wedding theme and tastes. Best of all they’re even easy to make! Below are our tips on creating the perfect Candy Bar for your wedding.

Theme Correlation

DIY Candy Bars can look professionally made when they are properly incorporated into the theme of your wedding. They should be as much fun to look at as they are to eat. Make sure to correlate the various colors of your wedding with the different candies you are providing. Don’t forget to have some fun with it as well! If you have a nautical theme for your wedding go ahead and add some candied sharks, or have plenty of candied flowers if you’re theme is floral!

Display Cases

As mentioned before, your candy bar should be visually appealing to tie in with the rest of your décor. In doing this, glass vases of various heights should be used to display your delicious treats. These can be found at your local craft stores and even be decorated using ribbons and other decorative pieces that are a part of your theme. Using the different sized vases and jars – either create a mountainous or valley sort of look to create an attractive looking display that no guest can ignore.


Candy Variety

One of the most important pieces of your amazing Candy Bar is the actual candy! The type of candy you provide should be tailored to your guests’ tastes and interests, while still incorporating your theme. Having a mix of sweet and savory, chewy and crunchy candies will certainly guarantee that everyone will be anxious to dig in.

Candy Bars are meant to be fun and enjoyed by everyone. By incorporating them into your dessert table, they make your reception that much sweeter. Remember that a DIY Candy Bar can look professionally made by following our simple tips, enjoy!