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Getting Married In Vegas: 3 Ways To Save Money On Alcohol

by Abbie Lawson

It's finally time to tie the knot with your significant other, and couples with a sense of adventure may wish to host their wedding at none other than sin city. Getting married in Vegas is not only a thrill, but is also significantly cheaper than the average wedding cost of $31,213 in 2014. If on a budget, there are many ways you can cut down the cost without compromising too much. If you plan on having alcohol at your wedding, here are 3 ways you can save.

Opt for a Small Alcohol Menu Rather than an Open Bar

You don't have to offer a wide range of choices – a single type of cocktail, beer and wine is generally enough. The cost of an open bar with a wide range of choices can run steep, as the wedding venue has to spend a lot more time preparing necessary ingredients for all of the different possible concoctions. Instead, limit the alcohol choices to a small menu. You can choose to only have a single type of cocktail available, like a mimosa, or a certain type and brand of wine and beer.

You should also consider whether the open bar charges by the hour, by the person or by the bottle or drink. To figure out which option offers the best deal, calculate the typical cost of a certain type of drink in Vegas and estimate that each guest will have two drinks in the first hour of the wedding and one drink for every hour after that.

Avoid Embarrassments and Pricey Bills by Limiting Drinks

Drunken relatives and friends can be difficult. When emotions run high from alcohol, you can almost always expect there to be some drama. Avoid embarrassments and pricey bills by limiting the amount of drinks served to each person. The serving size is based on the alcohol content of the drink.

Generally speaking, a standard drink contains approximately 14 grams of pure alcohol. This translates to a 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce cup of wine. Make sure your guests pace themselves with how much they drink. Speak with the bartenders at the wedding venue to make sure they limit each guest to only a certain number of drinks. Not only will there be fewer embarrassing moments, but you'll also get a much cheaper bill.

Choose Wedding Packages with Alcohol Included

Las Vegas is famous for offering affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages. Instead of paying for the alcohol separately, see if you can find wedding venues offering alcohol with the packages being sold. You'll probably get better prices for the alcohol included in the packages than if you were to purchase it separately from a different vendor.

The only downside to taking advantage of wedding packages that include alcohol is that you probably won't get to choose from a wide range of different options. If this type of offer seems enticing, you want to consider the type of alcohol that will be served, along with the amount of drinks served to each guest. On the other hand, there's one less aspect for you to worry about.


Although having alcohol at your wedding can really loosen everyone up, it's not a necessity, and is more of a luxury and privilege. If you are working with a really small budget, you may want to consider cutting alcohol out altogether and using the money elsewhere. Most of the time, you won't have to resort to this, as there are so many promotions and bargains available for couples getting married in Vegas to choose from that it's easy to stick within the budget. Visit this link to learn more about the packages offered by one Vegas wedding chapel.