Budget Bride Tip for June 20: Build, stock and staff your open bar

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams. But today we’re going to change things up a bit and take our tip from a groom.

When Justin and Genevieve Gaynor decided to have their reception and wedding dinner in the rustic dining hall of a summer camp, they had to figure out what to do about a bar.

Their best bet, they figured, was to hire someone to come in and handle the booze.

"I contacted some bartending services that wanted thousands of dollars to come out and serve bar for the night," says Justin, 28, an iPhone and iPad apps developer who married Genevieve, 26, a documentary film editor, on Oct. 8, 2011.

The biggest part of that cost was that those bartenders insisted on bringing their own alcohol -- "and charging their own prices for it," Justin says.

Instead, Justin and his future father-in-law built a bar out of plywood and 2x4s left over from home improvement projects.

The couple then bought their own alcohol and hired a friend to pour drinks at the Green Lane, Pa., party.

To lessen the workload, they took a canoe and filled it with ice and beer that guests could fetch for themselves.

"We ended up with a 5-hour open bar that cost around $1,200," he says.

According to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company, the average cost of an open bar in 2011 was $2,463.

They didn't need to pay for an after-party, either.

Since guests were staying in cabins at the summer camp, they held a bonfire by the lake and served the beer and wine left over from the reception.

Here are Justin and Genevieve at their wedding dinner ...

This is the canoe filled with ice and beer ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online

Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Thanks to Justin's brother, Jonathan Gaynor, for providing these photos.