June 22, 2021 2 min read

You’re changing your last name, so pop champagne! Whether you have an open bar or cash bar at your wedding, it’s wise to set a drink limit for guests. Doing so will keep you from worrying about friends and family and help you focus on the little details — like taking cute photos and eating cake.

Plus, you’ll save money on drinks and even potential lawsuits if you’re having the reception in your parents’ backyard. With that in mind, here are a few ways to set drink limits and effectively protect yourself and your guests on your big day.

Pick Your Poison

When it comes to serving alcohol at your wedding, it’s up to the bride and groom to decide what they’ll provide. However, many venues refuse to serve shots and shooters because things can quickly get out of hand.

Instead, you might limit your guests’ options by featuring one or two cocktails and a small selection of beers and wines. These beverages have a lower alcohol content and are easier to monitor and limit throughout the evening.

Transition to a Cash Bar

Another way to limit your guests’ alcohol consumption is to offer free drinks for only a short period of time. Once your tab hits a certain dollar amount or you’re done making toasts, guests will have to pay for their own drinks at a cash bar.

This strategic decision will discourage guests from overindulging and help bartenders monitor the select few who choose to drink on their own dime.

Plan Transportation

Wine glasses

Nothing will ruin your wedding memories quicker than a guest getting in a car accident on the way home. And getting convicted of a DUI will certainly ruin their day. Being stuck with $16,000 to $50,000 in related fines and fees is no one’s idea of a good time.

Protect your guests — even if you did limit drinks — by planning rides home or offering a ride-sharing code. This simple yet thoughtful gesture will ensure everyone gets home safely and has a happily ever after, just like you.

Hire Security

If you’re still worried that guests will get too rowdy, consider hiring a security team to keep the peace. They’ll keep an eye on guests so you don’t have to, which can help you enjoy your big day and truly revel in newlywed bliss. Plus, if your guests know there’s security on-site, they’ll be less likely to overindulge and cause a scene.

Don’t Worry Too Much

It’s good to prepare, but try not to worry too much. As long as you follow some of the tips above, you’ll stay in the clear and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.