Should You Have A Free Bar?

Whether you’re holding a wedding or planning a corporate event, there’s one burning question that has to be answered – should you or should you not put on a free bar.


It’s never expected that guests won’t have to pay for their drinks at your wedding or event, but if you do decide that a cash bar is more appropriate you’ll need to work out a way of telling people that this is the case. Perhaps include it in the invitation, or send a work email around letting everyone know.

If you do go for a free bar, it’s worth bearing in mind that this can easily get out of control, so if you want to ensure that everyone has a good time and no one wakes up with the hangover from hell the next day, try and work out how to police it. You could also find that your bar tab is pretty high at the end of the night!

What you might like to do is have a free bar for a portion of the night, or just have wine and beer for free, with other drinks like spirits and cocktails for sale instead.

Alternatively, you could limit the cost of a free bar by buying the booze yourself and then setting it up at the venue. Once it’s all been drunk, the bar is shut. This way you’ll keep the costs to a level you’re happy with.

If you’d like to find out about marquee hire in Wiltshire, get in touch with us here at Richardson Marquees.

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