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Wedding bar wrist bands are super tacky

Last modified: 10/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
Q: We're only paying for guests who drink. Our venue suggested they wear bracelets, but that's tacky. Any ideas?

A: Your instincts are right - you can't ask guests to wear wristbands all night, but there is another solution: See if your reception venue will let you pay by consumption instead. So if you only open 13 bottles of wine, that's all you'll be charged for. Another option is to have a beer-and-wine-only bar. Skipping the hard liquor alone could cut your bar bill by 25 percent, plus you won't need as many bartenders if they'll just be pouring, not mixing, drinks.

Q: We want to have our wedding in D.C., where we live, but most of our guests have to travel. What should we do?

A: Have your wedding in D.C. Don't feel bad about asking guests to travel - your situation is pretty common, actually, and most couples find that no matter where they decide to get married, some of their guests will have to travel to get there.

You can make it easier on friends and family by negotiating discounted rates on room blocks at a few hotels in the area and sending the save-the-dates out at least six to eight months in advance.

(Ask Carley is written by Carley Roney, editor of The Knot magazine. She also advises brides-to-be online at theknot.com.)


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