Post # 1
Have any of you who have already had your weddings had issues with people trying to get a different drink from the ingredients of signature drink? I’m worried that if I offer a Fuzzy Navel (vodka, orange juice, peach snapps), then I will get requests for other drinks that could be made using soda and combinations of the above. This would greatly increase the amount of liquor needed. I am hoping to do a beer/wine bar to keep costs down, but offer one signature drink as an alternative.
What has been your experiences? Is it up to the bartender to police this?
Post # 3
I usually order different drinks if I dont like what is offered. We are having 2 signature drinks but I am sure people will order other drinks especially men who tend not to want “fruity” drinks.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Sweetnsassy: It’s up to the bartender and your contract. Make sure to go over the provisions in the contract and ideally a “signature” drink is already mixed up in a jug or pitcher and ready to pour so there is no way to mix the ingredients otherwise. Check with your bartender/caterer to find out how they plan to run the bar and make sure any agreements you make with them are added into the written contract with the vendor/venue.
Post # 5
I believe it is up to the venue to police this.
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: That’s a great suggestion, about mixing up ahead of time. Thanks for that!
Post # 7
unless you give the bar strict orders to refuse those people unless its for the signature drink, i think it’ll definitely happen.
i personally don’t drink wine or beer, and don’t like OJ, so i would ask for a vodka cran happily without even thinking that you’re using the vodka for signature drinks only!
Post # 8
Generally if it’s a flavor they don’t like. So that being the case, it usually wouldn’t involve ingredients from your “signature drink”. However, some people may like orange juice but not peach, for example. But, then again, those people just get a screwdriver instead (not as well), leaving you not with a shortage of orange juice and vodka, but rather with a surplus of peach schnapps.
Post # 9
I guess I’m also worried about people getting carried away with doing shots as well. I want everyone to have a good time, but I don’t want them to get too crazy :). I also don’t want to run out of vodka!
Post # 10
@Sweetnsassy: It’s up to you to provide direction to the venue and the batender.
Post # 11
@Sweetnsassy: Most venues that I know of don’t even allow shots. And of course you could just tell them not to allow shots – it’s just that easy. Every wedding I’ve been to with a signature drink has also offered a regular bar if you wanted something else – maybe you could offer just 2 or 3 signature drinks that were really different from one another? Like a fruity one, a martini, and a gin and tonic for example.
Post # 12
I have no experience with this, but I don’t really understand what the problem would be with it. If someone would prefer a vodka soda instead of vodka + fuzzy navel ingredients, why does it matter? It’s basically the same amount of alcohol if they had ordered the signature drink.
I think you need to talk with the bar staff ahead of time to see how to handle this. I’ve also never been to a wedding where shots have been allowed.
Post # 13
@Sweetnsassy: Usually you can just tell the venue that you don’t want to allow shots.
Post # 14
Honestly, I would not be happy if I had only ONE choice of drink. Especially something with OJ.
Post # 15
Our bartender will pre-mix the signature drink so people won’t have the option to order different alcohol mixes. They can order the beer or wine if they don’t like the cocktail.
Post # 16
Yea, if you’re worried, talk to the venue about not allowing shots. Btw, shots were allowed at my wedding, so some venues do allow it.
I think if you don’t want to offer other beverages (just fuzzy navel, beer, and wine), have your venue premix the fuzzy navel ingredients and maybe make one of those cute menu signs to put on the bar that lists the fuzzy navel and the different beer and wine options.
If they ask the bartender for something else, the bartender can just say no.