Why Limit Happy to an Hour?

Why Limit Happy to an Hour?


Some say that your wedding should be the best party you ever throw and attend in your life. We couldn’t agree more! When else are you going to have everyone you love in one place to celebrate? That being said – you don’t want to go broke buying all of your friends and family that 3rd (or 4th, or 5th….) round. Here are some of our favorite ideas to save your bar tab and your party from getting too out of hand.

Limit happy hour to an hour or two. A father of the bride once told us that after several family weddings and several of his children getting married they discovered the perfect formula – one hour of open bar and after that make it a cash bar. That way you have the best of both worlds. People feel like they have gotten their fill on your tab and hopefully at that point are more than willing to buy their own drink or two.

No party like a tailgate party. I recently attended a wedding where between the ceremony while the bridal portraits were being finished up with the whole party together the bride and groom invited their guests to tailgate in the parking lot. This is perfect for a casual and fun couple who wants to keep their wedding low maintenance and budget friendly. Plus everyone can bring what they want to drink! Just make sure it’s okay with your vendors and venue first!

And our favorite option…

Make it your signature. Most of us have a go to drink that we order everywhere we go (guilty). So why not have your bar service create signature cocktails based on your favorite liquor? That will limit the kinds of alcohol they have to buy and can probably buy it in bulk lowering the cost. It’s also another fun personal touch to add to your wedding! Besides the signature cocktails you can serve one white and one red wine as well a family favorite beer or local craft (with a personalized wedding coozie favor). Check out these fun cocktail recipes and menus we found on Etsy!


Additional Recipes

Wedding Cake Martini: 2 oz vanilla vodka, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz cranberry juice. 

Blushing Bride: Coconut Rum. Pineapple Juice, & Cranberry Juice

Grinning Groom: Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Coconut Cream, & Nutmeg

A New Julep: Maker’s Mark, Lemonade, and Muddled Mint 

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