(Closed) alternatives to wine?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s nice to host a variety of alcohol at your reception.  Maybe do beer, wine, and a signature cocktail?  Or are you planning on having an open bar?  (in which case you can just drink what you like and not worry about what other people might like).

You could also have beer and certain types of liquor, or maybe do a hard cider instead of wine?

Post # 4
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wine/champagne is pretty popular among the masses… why don’t you want to serve it to your guests?  I don’t really drink beer but we’re still having it as an option for our guests.  I really think you should offer it since a lot of people don’t drink hard alcohol… plus it’s cheaper than hard alcohol.

Post # 5
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would think hard alcohol only would be a bit odd, especially with dinner. After dinner, fine but most people will expect wine/beer with food.

I think it’s also reasonable to consider that some people get buzzed a lot more quickly on hard alcohol than on beer (and sometimes wine) and you may have guests who would like to be able to have a couple drinks without feeling the effects of them too much, so I think it’s nice to provide them also as a lower alcohol content option. DaneLady’s suggestion of cider would be a nice option for that, though some wine/beer drinkers might perfer to have something less sweet than most ciders.

I’d probably go for one wine at a minimum so that people who don’t want something really alcoholic or sweet (not that there aren’t not-sweet mixed drinks but they are usually pretty boozy) feel like they have options.

Post # 6
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I don’t think that just because you and your Fiance don’t like wine or champagne doesn’t mean you shouldn’t serve it. I think you need to recognize that the vast majority of adults would like to have wine with their dinner at a nice event, and unless you have moral or financial opposition to it (doesn’t sound likely, since you’re considering liquor!) you should at least offer it as an option.

My husband and I both like chicken, and yet we offered our guests the option of a pasta dish, which neither of us would have ever ordered.

Post # 7
380 posts
Helper bee

I think at the bare minimum you should offer beer and wine for your guests, as most (if not all) of them would choose one of those to have with dinner. What about cider? Usually wine comes as a part of a package anyway, so if you and your Fiance don’t like it, you have the option to drink something else instead, or you could get a special drink just for you both to have that night.

Post # 9
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i’m not serving any alcohol. i don’t like it at all.

but… i have a VERY small guest list and know that only two of my guests even like drinking at all, so it’s not a big deal.

either way… we are serving sparkling cider instead.

Post # 10
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Whether or not you like it, you should offer it to your guests during dinner.  Most people will probably want wine with their dinner, but during cocktail hour and the reception they will drink beer or hard liquor if it is offered.  So you can probably limit wine to the dinner service, but not eliminate it alltogether.  I do think you can totally skip the champagne.

Being a good host is not about serving only what you and your Fiance like.  I don’t eat seafood, but I knew crabcakes would be enjoyed by the vast majority of our guests (and they absolutely were).  I love chocolate, but the largest tier of our wedding cake was vanilla because that is what most guests would prefer.  Nobody is forcing you our your Fiance to drink wine, but you shouldn’t expect your guests to drink hard liquor with dinner just because that is your preference.

Post # 11
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

depending on your venue- could you offer a sangria pitcher?

Post # 12
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would be really disappointed to not have wine at a wedding. If it were a dry reception, that’s one thing, but if you’re planning on doing other alcohol, you should include wine (or at least one red, one white, one champagne). Or even just (cheap) champagne would be acceptable.

If budget is your concern, just do beer and wine. I don’t think it would be that much more expensive to do wine with beer.

Post # 13
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have to agree with the other ladies here, I would be disappointed to not be served wine at a reception. I would understand if you were a non-drinker (or if it was against your religion), otherwise I would expect it.

Post # 14
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Maybe a good compromise would be to have wine and then just enough champagne for the toast. That would save money over having champagne all night long. I’d be okay with a wedding with no liquor, but with wine and beer; the other way around would seem really, really weird.

Post # 15
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i think you could skip champagne, just have people toast with whatever they are currently drinking. skipping wine wine would be like skipping salt and pepper shakers. they are fairly common and expected, and their absense will make people upset (if you are having other alcohol).

perhaps you have a selection of light and fruity wine that would complement dinner but not be too expensive.

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