We’ll say this seems to be a new American trend, because from one user’s (Sandra) experience, weddings in foreign countries are typically the “conventional” way.
We’re talking open-bars at weddings. New information suggests that most American weddings actually have a closed-bar, as in guests pay for their own drinks. Matter-of-fact, only 21% of couples offer open bars at their wedding, according to Bridebook.
Couples are starting to realize that the money that they could spend on having an open bar, sometimes $4,000 or more, just so their guests can have drinks (and sometimes way too many drinks). Couples are learning that they can have flowers and accessories or other decorations, or an open bar, but a lot of the time, financially, not both.
Even the cost of just attending a wedding has been going up, with Sandra saying she’s spent over $7,500 just being a bridesmaid in 2 weddings. She says despite that though, she says that guests who buy their own drinks are contributing to the cost of the wedding. She added that the food and couple drinks can be included, but extra should be on the guest’s dime.