Post # 1
Hi bees! So due to a limited budget, my fiance and I have discussed the option of having a dry wedding, but I would like to offer something alcoholic, even if there’s not a ton of options. I’m not really into the beer & wine idea, as most of my friends, family, and myself are more cocktail drinkers. Our caterer is already serving a bar full of sodas, water, juices, etc, and is allowing us the option of providing our own alcohol. Only having to buy enough of one kind of alcohol will make the option more doable for us. So, I was thinking we could offer either sangria (red or white wine mixed with fruit and fruit juices), or some kind of cocktail-I’m just not sure what.
I’ve also thought about offering a pair of cocktails to give options, like Strawberry and Pineapple daiquiris. What are your thoughts and drink suggestions? Our wedding will be in October, which could be crisp and fall like, or hot and summery, you never know!
Post # 3
I didn’t vote. Here is why. Sangria is wine… just with added fruit. It would be the easiest option but you say your F&F are cocktail drinkers and like I said, sangria is wine. Daquiris are cocktails but they are girly. What will the guys drink? There are so many cocktails that require so many different liquors and it difficult to please a large crowd on a small budget when it comes to liquor. Picking just two cocktails without having beer and wine as an option would likely exclude a lot of drinkers.
Post # 4
Find a drink that will complement your theme. Example: fall wedding, you can serve Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and apple cider and garnish with cinnamon.
Post # 5
neither hubby or i drink alcohol but i voted beer and wine because i think that would suit most other people
Post # 6
*bump* keep the suggestions coming! 🙂
Post # 7
Will you have to hire a bartender to mix the drinks? That would factor into my suggestion…
I’ve made sangria before, and it takes some prep time (meaning, someone has to do the sangria making).
Because of that – I’d lean towards a signature cocktail or maybe two?
Do you and FI have a favorite drink? Or, knowing your crowd, does a particular drink come to mind?
I went to a wedding where they served lemon drop martini’s and everyone appeared to be happy with that.
Personally – I’d be happy with beer and wine – but, again – you know your guests best and if they aren’t beer and wine drinkers, try to go with something they’d enjoy.
Edit to add: if your venue is already providing the mixers – buying some staple alcohol won’t run you too much – I think I spent around $500 for all my liquor and I went crazy with tons of different types, went top shelf, and had TONS left over. You could easily just buy vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and call it a day. That way – you have tons of drink options for people with those ‘staple’ liquor bases.
Post # 8
We will have a bartender, and the caterer is providing juices and fruits to mix with drinks, so we do have some flexibility. Our biggest obstacle is keeping the price down, which is why I’ve been leaning towards one or two drink options. I do like the idea of lemon drop martini’s and maybe something like long island iced teas? My personal favorite is a cranberry vodka, and my fiance’s is jack and coke, but I don’t know if everyone would like those two as options?
Post # 9
My main desire is to find something that most people will enjoy, while keeping the price down. Having drinks that fit our wedding colors or theme aren’t as high a priority to me as much as people enjoying them. 🙂
Post # 10
I don’t see how it is cheaper getting only one type of alcohol. What’s the difference between buying 3 bottles or vodka or 1 bolle of vodka, 1 rum, and one gin for example. I donno, nothig?
Post # 11
The venue we are likely to go with only allows beer, wine or champagne. A lot of our friends are hard liquor drinkers and we decided to make things a little more interesting, we could have some signature “cocktails” made from these choices, such as: champagne lemonade, mimosas, champagne cocktails, sangria, shandies (lager mixed with lemonade or ginger ale), snakebites (lager mixed with hard cider), hard cider, black and tans, etc. Although I guess if we were allowed, we’d like to have a signature cocktail with hard liquor in it.
A sig cocktail I recommend that people always seem to love is called a lazy man’s mojito: lemonade concentrate mixed in a blender with mint leaves (you can pre make this and store it in a jar), then poor it over gin or vodka with soda water. It’s very refreshing and tasty!