Beer, wine, and champagne vs. open bar?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which option would you choose (if per person pricing was the same)?
    Beer, wine, champagne with upgraded entrees : (81 votes)
    63 %
    Full open bar with standard entrees : (48 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I love food, so I’d go fancier dinner + limited open bar (beer, wine, etc).


    Post # 4
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @cdn_bunny:  The open bar will be more appreciated by guests I think and last longer than entrees! I think as long as the rest of your food is tasty (e.g. mains and cake) then your entrees don’t need to be “premium”. 🙂

    Post # 5
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Honestly, I think you’re good with either as long as option 1 includes the possibility for guests to buy their own cocktails. I don’t think anyone could be irritated over a beer/wine open bar, but some may want to buy a martini or what have you. 

    Are your guests more party animals (i.e. open full bar is preferable) or are they more into delicious food than alcohol (i.e. food upgrade, smaller bar)? I think that should guide you. My friends/family are not into high end food, so I would go with the full open bar for them.

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely fancy dinner!

    Post # 7
    2322 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Full open bar for sure.  My dinner will be gone in 5 minutes, but I’ll hit the bar all night.  Also, nobody will question your dinner choice, but people may question the lack of liquor.

    And if you can say “lack of liquor” three times fast you probably have a lack of liquor 😉

    Post # 8
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I don’t like beer or most wines (moscato only, hah) so when I’m at a bar I only order mixed drinks. Even with that, I’m not a big drinker, but I love food and I never get to treat myself to lobster or filet mignon so I would absolutely prefer a fancier entree over open bar. It’s also nice because everyone eats food, but there are some people who just don’t drink for whatever reason. It’s nice to upgrade for everyone, not just the 80% who will drink. (made up that %)

    Post # 9
    6447 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m not a foodie and am actually happier with “less fancy” foods. I would actually prefer chicken or pork over steak or lobster and would appreciate the open bar a lot more!

    Post # 10
    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I personally just think having hard liquor is a bad idea.  Too many people can go overboard with liquor moreso versus just beer, wine and champagne.

    Post # 12
    1817 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    The first option. I don’t like beer or wine, but I can drink some champagne! Plus filet mignon? And lobster? I know so many people who would be excited about that!

    I guess you have to know your guests.  

    Post # 13
    640 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    This is a tough one. My first instinct is to go with the better food. I love to eat! And for most people, alcohol is alcohol, so beer/wine/champagne is plenty. 

    BUT I do love me some mixed drinks, so as a guest, I might be more excited about the open bar. 

    The mama-bear in me thinks that full open bar isn’t really ‘responsible’ at a wedding, though. I know that drinkers are adults and should drink responsibly and get a DD or call a cab, but some people get crazy at big events, and I don’t want to have a hand in any shenanigans! There is a local company that advertises in bars where 2 people will come pick you up, and one of them will drive your car home for you. I’m considering hiring some of them to ‘work’ my wedding, and we’re not even having a full bar.

    Post # 14
    2876 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    Open bar for me!  

    I don’t drink beer or wine but LOVE a few glasses of vodka, lime and soda.

    I’d be a really happy guest because usually I have to buy my own drinks at most weddings or functions!!

    Post # 15
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’d go for the lobster!  I’m a wine drinker so the limited bar wouldn’t bother me.

    Post # 16
    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Fancy dinner 🙂

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