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How to Pull Off a Cocktail Experience For Your Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

Written by Tom Collins Caravan bar

Let's face it, weddings can be expensive. Between the venue, the dress, the flowers, and the endless list of details, it's easy for the budget to balloon faster than you can say "I do."!

But one area where many couples feel resigned to high costs is the bar service. After all, who wants a wedding reception with watered-down drinks or a cash bar that leaves guests feeling nickel-and-dimed?

Here's the good news: a fabulous cocktail experience at your wedding doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, with a little creativity and planning, you can create a signature drink selection that's both delicious and budget-friendly.

Ditch the Myth: Budget-Friendly Cocktails Are Possible

The biggest misconception about wedding cocktails is that they have to be made with top-shelf spirits and exotic ingredients. This simply isn't true! Here are a few ways to save money on your wedding bar without sacrificing quality or flavour:

  • DIY Some Ingredients
    Feel free to get crafty! Simple syrups, infused spiritss, and even garnishes can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them pre-made. Think rosemary simple syrup for a sophisticated twist on a classic gin and tonic, or lavender-infused vodka for a delightful summer cocktail.

    Embrace Substitutions

  • Don't be afraid to experiment! Many cocktails allow for substitutions without sacrificing flavour. Out of elderflower liqueur? Try a splash of citrus and a sprig of fresh rosemary instead. Need to cut back on the high-end tequila? A good mid-range option will work just fine in most mixed drinks.

  • Shop Smart
    Take advantage of sales and discounts on spirits. Stock up on base spirits you'll often use during major holidays when prices tend to be lower. Consider buying smaller bottles of specialty liqueurs you won't use frequently to avoid waste.


But Wait, Isn't Making Cocktails a Hassle?

While creating a DIY bar can be a fun and rewarding experience, it's also understandable that you might not have the time or energy to handle everything yourself on your wedding day. That's where Tom Collins Caravan Bar comes in!

We specialise in creating unforgettable cocktail experiences for weddings and events, and here’s how having a mobile bar like Tom Collins Caravan Bar can actually save you money and eliminate wedding day stress:

  • Expert Mixologists: Our professional bartenders will craft delicious and customised drinks for you and your guests, ensuring everyone has a wonderful experience.

  • Creative Cocktail Menus: We offer a wide variety of budget-friendly cocktail options, using the tips and tricks we mentioned earlier to create a delightful and affordable menu.

  • Full-Service Experience: We handle everything from bar setup and staffing to glassware and ice, so you can focus on enjoying your special day.

  • Competitive Rates: We believe a premium experience doesn't have to come with a premium price tag. Contact us today for a free quote and see how we can create a wedding cocktail experience that fits your budget and exceeds your expectations.

Let us take the weight off your shoulders and the stress out of your wedding bar service. Contact Tom Collins Caravan Bar today to discuss your dream wedding cocktails and see how we can make them a reality without breaking the bank!

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