An open bar is what most couples envision for their special day when planning their nuptials… until the budget breakdown takes place, that is. There is no disputing booze takes up a large portion of the budget. However, while couples can save thousands of dollars with an open bar, many guests will be inevitably disappointed when they learn they have to pay for their drinks.
The good news is if you prioritize experience over practicality, there are ways to create a significantly cheaper open bar for a lively celebration! The key? Affordable spirits labels, of course.
Choosing the right booze for a wedding can be overwhelming when debating price vs quality if you don’t know what to look for. To help get you stay within budget without sacrificing caliber, we asked bar manager Jonathan Rodriguez at W South Beach’s Living Room to share his tips on the best booze worth the buck for the open bar of your dreams.
Rum: Ron Barceló’s Dark Series ($23) and Ron Barceló Grand Platinum ($20)
“Ron Barceló Dark series is a premium rum. It’s really smooth and perfect for a vintage cocktail (like a Highball or Old Fashioned) or on the rocks. For cocktails like Mojitos and Piña Coladas, use the Platinum Barceló.”
Gin: Gin Tanqueray ($30)
“Gin Tanqueray is a well-known brand that is cheaper than Hendricks and Bombay. It’s best for simple cocktails, like a Gin & Tonic or Negroni.”
Tequila: Tequila Espolón ($25)
“Tequila Espolón is a great value brand, where event the reposado is cheaper than some Blanco tequilas! Besides, shots, it makes good Palomas and Margaritas”
Vodka: Tito’s Vodka ($20)
“Tito’s Vodka is a value brand and mixes well with just about anything. In a cocktail, Moscow Mule is best.”
Pro-tip for an even cheaper open bar:
“Another way to budget for your special day is to create His/His or Hers/Hers cocktails. Featuring two cocktails that might be favorites of the wedding couple gives a personal touch, while controlling what spirits and mixers you need, and the total price. Add personality to the drinks by giving them creative names. For the guests who don’t drink cocktails, have a beer and wine alternative.”