Charlotte Phinney Award Winning Hair and Makeup for Brides | The Pros and Cons to an Open Bar

The Pros and Cons to an Open Bar

Having an open bar at your wedding, although fun and a wonderful treat for your guests, can get really expensive. There are many factors to consider, including budget. Is this a must-have item or something you’d like to do you for your guests? 

Here are some pros:

  • An open bar at your wedding makes you look like a rock star and the celebration more memorable.
  • It’s a special way to thank guests who have travelled from near and far to be there with you.
  • Open bar = Happy guests (and less waiting in line).

Now the cons:

  • Unlimited drinks can often lead to poor behavior from some of the guests.
  • Open bars are typically costly.
  • Safety! Will you worry that all your guests will make it home safely?

So, what’s a bride to do? Here are some compromises that can be made if you just can’t decide to go with an open bar or not: 

  • Offer unlimited beer and wine. It will be a little easier on the budget and still be a nice thank you to all of your guests.
  • Set a time limit on the number of hours that the bar will be open and let all your guests know. 
  • Provide a signature cocktail that’s complimentary (and delicious).

Here are a few signature drinks that have been popular at recent weddings.   

Lemongrass Ginger Martini 

The Hugo, Blushing Bride and Citrusy Champagne Sangria 

Cucumber Gin Cooler

Let me know what you think!

PS – Did you know that September is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August and October? If you’re getting married this October and haven’t planned a trial hair and makeup with us, schedule it now. We’re also booking appointments for brides and their wedding parties next year. Give us a call if you have any questions at (617) 947-3309 or email us at We turned down 20 weddings last month because we were booked. Call and see if your date is available.


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