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I have always loved to cook, which is probably why food and alcohol pairing came so naturally to me. I love the idea of matching together complimentary flavors, and making everything I serve pop. Although most people decide to pair food and wine, I love to mix it up and add interesting lagers. In addition to significantly decreasing meal expenses, adding craft beers also has a way of making guests feel more comfortable. On this blog, I decided to share my love of all things alcohol and food, so that you can start churning out incredible dishes from the comfort of your own home.

Enjoying A Nice Brew

5 Quiet Ways To Save Money On Wedding Reception Alcohol

by Josephina Liebrand

Saving money on your wedding doesn't mean that you have to go cheap, skimping on things that will be noticed by the guests or spending a lot of time doing extra tasks yourself. It does mean that you should get creative and make small changes where you can. You can save a lot of money on the alcohol, for example, with a few easy changes. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

Get Your Own Bartender. Rather than pay the caterer or your venue a large fee to tend bar and provide drinks, handle your bar yourself. You can stock up at the local liquor store -- avoiding top shelf liquors for cocktails that won't matter as much -- and appoint a friend who fancies themselves an amateur bartender to hold down the fort.

Offer a Signature Drink. Rather than providing a large variety of drinks -- with a lot of different alcohols you have to pay for -- try inventing a signature drink (or two) instead. It's a great way to highlight the bridal couple's personality and add a layer of personalization to the whole affair. With a fancy, unique drink in hand, your guests won't guess that you're saving money.

Place Wine at the Tables. It may seem counter-intuitive to save liquor costs by adding alcohol to the table settings, but it works. A bottle of wine placed at each table -- skipping an open bar -- gives guests a way to imbibe while still controlling the amount of alcohol you have to pay for. You can often negotiate a better price for a large order of your favorite wine at the local liquor store, too.

Stick with Beer and Wine. Once again, limiting variety wins out. By choosing the alcohol beforehand, you can save money by buying fewer items in larger quantities. Choose a local microbrew or small vintner to give your offering a more individualized feel. If you feel the need to provide at least a few cocktails, do so during the cocktail hour only, then make the switch.

Negotiate a Per-Head Rate. While your catering company may try to convince you otherwise, it's almost always cheaper to pay a flat fee per guest rather than pay a fee per drink. It may raise your initial catering costs, but you get rid of the expenses after the fact. Do the math when deciding on either paying for drinks separately or along with your overall catering fee.

All these alcohol decisions can be made in advance and will help control your liquor costs. And, best of all, your guests are likely to notice little difference and still have a great time celebrating your happy day.

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