How To: Stock the Reception Bar Like a Champ

by Azure

A few weeks back, Jessica of The Budget Savvy Bride shared her best tips and tricks for pulling off a spectacular wedding on a dime. When asked to divulge her single best budget wedding idea, she had this to say... For my wedding, we found a venue that allowed us to supply our own alcohol, so we shopped at discount stores for our wine and beer for the reception. Cheapo Trader Joe's wine was disguised by custom wine bottle labels we DIY'd so no one was the wiser! If you're savvy...

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Savvy Steals Winner: The Keys To The Perfect Wedding Cocktail!

by Azure

The lucky bride who has won the essentials to concocting the perfect wedding beverage is... Chiffon G! Congratulations, Chiffon! Just remember, don't make and drink all the delicious organic cocktail recipes from Organic, Shaken, and Stirred in one night! Everything in moderation, lovely lady! Happy Friday, one and all! *Disclosure: Martini glass donated by Exclusively Weddings, a paid advertiser on OneWed. Book provided gratis by the author, Paul Abercrombie

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Savvy Steals Giveaway: The Perfect Wedding Cocktail

by Azure

About Savvy Steals This week's Savvy Steal is a two parter! If you're interested in eating and drinking well, you have to check out Paul Abercrombie's book "Organic, Shaken and Stirred." This book is filled with amazing drink recipes that are perfect for any wedding, bridal shower, or after party. From the summery Lavender Lemon Drop to a wintery Earl Grey Boxcar, the recipes and pictures will have you drooling all year long. The book is geared towards those who want an all-organic...

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The Man Registry: Stocking the Bar for Your Wedding Reception and Rehearsal Dinner

by Azure

A great way to save money and personalize your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner is to take care of the drinks that will be served at the event. Although some venues won’t allow you to bring your own liquor, most will at least let you have some say in what will be served. Other venues will leave the bar entirely up to you to either cater or set up yourself. The first thing to remember is that a wedding reception is much different than a bar party. Something to consider is the...

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Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: The Bar

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Today’s amazon registry tip is something I think we can all appreciate… bar and wine! Bar & Wine Setting up your first bar together can be a lot of fun--and not because you'll be sampling a lot of drinks! It's a chance to bring your own personal style to entertaining by choosing barware that shows off who you are as a couple. Are you Rat Pack wannabes who'll need a sparkly gold bar replete with shiny art deco shakers and every alcohol imaginable? Or are you wine aficionados who...

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Pre-Wedding Party Idea: A Wine Tasting

by Azure

Are you looking for a way to make some of your wedding planning decisions a little more fun? Why not involve your friends? When my friends Michael and Matthew were getting married they were lucky enough to have a venue (Chicago’s Newberry Library) that allowed them to provide their own bar. We’ve written about this idea before, because it’s a great way to save money. Michael and Matthew both like a nice glass of wine, but neither of them are exactly Alpana Singh. So, to...

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Lowering the Bar for Your Reception

by Azure

Alcohol is one of the big expenses of most wedding receptions. In most areas, your guests will expect an open bar, and costs can rack up faster than you think. Fortunately, your friendly former bartender is here to help. One of the most important things to know is that most mixed drinks do not need top-shelf alcohol. If you’re having a dry martini, in which only a tiny drop of vermouth (if any) is added, then, yes, you might want a high-quality gin or vodka. But if you’re having...

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