Post # 1
I am having a Saturday evening wedding and was planning on just having a beer/wine reception plus a champagne toast (my mom insists). What are people’s feelings on this? All the evening weddings I have been to up North had full open bars all night. The weddings I have been to in the South where we are getting married have been more of a beer/wine route like we were planning and either on a Sunday or on a farm.
What are you doing for your reception? Will guests secretly think its tacky to only have beer/wine and a champagne toast even though we are paying for all that? I would love to have an open bar all but its just not in the budget . Plus we can’t bring in any outside alcohol and the venue’s alcohol mark-up is well over 100%!!
Post # 3
most of the weddings we have been to have always had beer/wine/soda so thats the norm for me
Post # 4
i am having wine only during dinner, followed by a beach bonfire with open bar
Post # 5
Our’s was an open bar before dinner and all night-but during dinner we only had wine. Some guests (and bees) may think your idea is tacky but whatever. Its your wedding.
Post # 6
it’s important to remember some guests do prefer spirits to simply beer and wine. check with your caterer to see if you can scale back on certain top shelf liquors while providing some staple brands to provide during the reception. adding one or two spirits, such as vodka and whiskey, or even creating a signature drink can enhance your bar without breaking your budget.
Post # 7
What about beer/wine and a cash bar? That is what we are doing. Providing beer and wine for those that don’t want to pay at a cash bar, and those that just really need a jack and coke can buy it. 😛
Post # 8
my venue charges the same amount for a beer/wine bar and bottom shelf open bar. i think we’re going to stick to beer and wine only for most of it though…my family has a tendency to get too liquored up.
Post # 9
Most of the weddings I’ve been to have been full open bar, but that is out of our budget so we’re doing beer/wine/champagne only.
Post # 10
If all you can afford to host is beer/wine/champagne toast, then that’s what you should do! Most people (not all, but most) will be fine drinking beer or wine, and I personally think it’s best to avoid a cash bar if you can. I don’t think it’s worth it to do a cash bar just to have liquor available.
ETA that we had a full open bar all night, because that’s what came with our venue.
Post # 11
Why would it be tacky to just provide beer and wine? Do whatever is comfortable for you and your budget. We had drinks only during cocktail hour (I knew my crowd and knew that having an open bar all night was a one way ticket to trouble), and then beer/wine/champagne all night. Interestingly enough, most people stuck to beer or wine during the cocktail hour as well.
Just my two cents – I LOVE when people have champagne as a bar option all night.
Post # 12
We had a Saturday night wedding with open bar all night, but I think most people stuck with beer or wine anyway.
Post # 13
I am only doing beer and wine only open bar for 3 hours. That was all we wanted b/c there are only a few hard liquor drinkers on the guest list. Didn’t make sense for us to have hard liquor on the open bar for about 5 people.
Post # 14
We are having open bar all night, except for dinner. There will be wine on the tables, and the bar will be open for non-alcoholic bevvies. For non-wine drinkers, we’ll just let them know before dinner to stock up LOL..
Post # 15
We had an open bar, but my inlaws paid for it. If I had to pay for it I’d be fine with just doing wine and beer.
Post # 16
@chirod: I voted beer and wine only. But we had two bottles of wine at each table (one white one red) and then some behind the bar as well as various beers and ciders, all were free, all night.