The ‘mandatory’ £12 bride fee sparks outrage – but wedding guests get unlimited drinks

One woman’s unusual plan for her wedding reception is divided – she and her partner pay for an open bar, but only for guests who donate a set amount to her honeymoon fund

Waiter pours champagne into stylish glasses at a luxury wedding reception.
Opinion is divided on the woman’s savings plan

It’s no secret that weddings can be expensive — and savvy couples are always looking for ways to save some money.

But it can be difficult to figure out where to cut costs when you want to give your all to celebrate the special day.

One of the toughest decisions a couple has to make is whether or not to offer an open bar.

Luckily, one bride-to-be thinks she’s found a genius way to keep the booze going without breaking the bank, but not everyone is convinced.

The woman shared how she and her partner plan to pay for unlimited drinks for all guests, provided they make a “mandatory” donation of US$10 (£8) to their honeymoon or new home fund, plus US$5 Dollars (£4) tip to the bartender.

Opinion is divided on the woman’s savings plan (archive image)


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In her post shared on Reddit Wedding shaming forumThe woman explains: “So if you go for your first drink you pay a total of $15 (£12) and the rest of the night is FREE, no tip required unless you wish to tip the bartender again !“

But the bride-to-be then asked if her plan was “selfish,” explaining her family said not to “make anyone invest money on our honeymoon.”

Eager to push her page further, she added, “WE PAY ALL THIS OURSELVES WITHOUT HELP…

“I think it’s fair and fine. And I don’t see anyone complaining. If they don’t like it, then obviously they won’t drink.”

Their money-saving solution divided opinion, with some commenting praising the “great deal” and others suggesting the couple was doing things the wrong way.

One person joked, “So $15 for the honeymoon and I can drink as much alcohol as I want? Why are people complaining? Whose wedding is this? I want to be invited.”

Another agreed: “That seems very fair to me as weddings are expensive as hell and it’s an open bar past 15.”

But not everyone likes the idea, as one person writes, “So it’s a cash bar. Just call it what it is. If you pay, it’s not free.

“And of course you’re paying for the whole wedding yourself, no help. That’s how it works, honey.

Some even suggested it was wrong to ask for payment. “If you can’t afford the alcohol, don’t serve it,” one person wrote.

However, most people seemed to find a middle ground between the two sides, as summarized in one comment, which read: “Seems like the problem here is that they call it an ‘open bar’ but charge. Just call it what it is. everyone said $15 is nothing but feels like a rush depending on how they communicate it.

Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.

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