Monday, April 18, 2011

Wedding Planning: Where's the liquor?

My life sure has been unexpected this year. A few months ago, I was in AmeriCorps, hoping to get accepted to U of M, and saving all of my pennies for our wedding. Now here I am in Wisconsin, working at a huge company and looking forward to starting graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. Definitely unexpected.

Oh, and the wedding pennies... most of those were spent on breaking our lease, moving to a new state and all the miscellaneous expenses while we waited for Aaron's first paycheck. Sweet. After some major $$ panics, selling my car and a generous offering from Uncle Sam's tax coffers, we are back on track with our savings.

Unfortunately, its not where it would have been without the interruptions and some things need to go. All of this is a long way of saying that we are seriously considering the idea of cutting liquor from our wedding budget.

I know, I wanted to break the news to you slowly. Here's the deal. We are going to have two kegs of expensive (Bell's) beer. We will have champagne and four different types of quality wine (the stuff I actually drink!). Plus mojitos, one of Aaron and mine's favorite drinks to make in the summer. So technically, there's some liquor involved.

  1. First of all, we are not going to serve cheap liquor that we could afford, because we have some standards for what we give our family and friends.
  2. Secondly, we are looking at our budget and thinking... "hey, if only 100 people come, is the expensive beer going to get drunk?" (probably not).
  3. Third, there are only so many places you can save money on a wedding that was planned with one budget in mind, and then major life changes get thrown at you. We are already not going on a "real" honeymoon and are probably not going to get a limo. You'll probably see me walk to the ceremony for all I know. Liquor seems to be one of those things where we can save a lot and people will still get drunk!

So anyway, let me know what you think about this. Will you be angry if the bar is just beer, wine, and rum? Will the party people not start a party without some vodka? Or would the party people be perfectly happy drinking Oberon?


  1. Mojitos and champagne have me

  2. Quality wine and beer and one great cocktail sounds like a wonderful compromise to save money but serve good stuff at your wedding. Obviously there will be people who complain (and they will complain no matter what you do!). You can let them know in advance (you know who I'm talking about) so they can prep their flasks of whiskey.

    The party will still start, promise!