One wedding guest considered it - and it sparked a HUGE debate...

We’ve all been there. You’ve already coughed up a small fortune on your dress, transport, a gift and the hotel for your friend’s wedding. So much so, you feel like you may as well have just organised your own wedding!

Let’s face it – weddings are expensive. And often, there’s no getting out of it, especially if you’re keen to keep up appearances.

So when one Mumsnet user suggested an alternative way to keep the wedding guest costs down – things inevitably kicked off.

Posting in a thread called, ‘Am I Being Unreasonable?’, the nervous prospective guest told users how she was considering bringing her own booze to a wedding reception in a bid to keep save herself a bit of cash.

She questioned if anyone else would ever ‘bring your own booze’, asking “Smuggling alcohol into a wedding reception? Would you? Have you?! Did you get caught?!”

But the suggestion spark a huge reaction amongst users, with some left dumbfounded at the idea. Some fellow Mumsnet users began to criticise the woman for even suggesting the idea, with one even naming her “disgraceful.” Extreme?

Another also seemed confused, asking, “Why would you?”

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But some wedding guests understood the struggle, and even offered up some of their best tips for smuggling in alcohol!

One wrote, “If you do, make sure you take your empties with you as I’ve read stories where the bride and groom were charged the equivalent price in ‘lost sales’ when the venue found the empty bottles under the tables.”

While a following user advised, I don’t even drink much, but f*** me, a boring wedding and a pricey bar is adding insult isn’t it.

“No one checks your bag at a wedding but you could only take a swig in the loo, I guess.”


Another echoed the Mumsnet users’ plan, exclaiming, “Once you’ve spent hundreds on the hen party, the hotel, the gift etc., £8 a glass of wine is the last thing you feel like paying!”

Someone even confessed to having employed the clever trick themselves! They wrote,

“Basically a couple of bottles of spirits in the boot of someone’s car. “We bought soft drinks at the venue and topped up from the car bar.

“Felt no shame, drink prices were extortionate and at the time I was skint so it made sense to keep the cost down but still go to a dear friend’s wedding.”

But what do you think? Would you bring your own alcohol to a wedding? Should it be more widely accepted as a way to save money at weddings? Let us know in the comments, or on the Woman Facebook page – @womanmagazine