Drinks selection: thoughts?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

Personally, to make the $4K go further, I would pick the cheapest one in each category. So one vodka, one scotch, one bourbon, one gin and one rum. I don’t think it is fair to allow the top shelfer guests to eat up the budget with one or two drinks each. 

That way you only need to let guests knwo that there is a vodka, a rum etc available and not make a huge list of drinks.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think it gets a little confusing when you have that many options available, but still have things off limits. As PP siggested, I’d pick something from each category and make it sort of like “well” cocktails are covered

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

barbie86:  I would still just pick one in each category then. If they are all the same price then pick the most popular one.

There was a recent thread about this int he reception section I think.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I agree that it’s plenty! I’d have one or two choices per spirit. I mean, I love a G&T but if it’s bombay sapphire over plymouth I wouldn’t lose any sleep 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

barbie86:  There are certain things in a wedding that should be catered to the bride and groom. And I think drink brand selection is one of them. Have the Tanqueray!

If guests aren’t gracious enough to take what is offered then they are rude. You are under no obligation to cater to every guests whims and drink preference.

At wedding here you basically get beer, wine and soft drinks. That is it. If spirits are offered it is normally one vodka, one rum, one whiskey, one scotch and one bourbon. I have never seen anybody complain.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

If someone doesn’t like your gin selection, they can drink vodka. Or wine. Or beer. Or iced tea. Seriously? You shouldn’t be offering 5 types of gin because people are fussy. Now if you want to, go for it, it’s your party. But don’t offer it just because you think you have to.

In my opinion that’s too confusing, especially ifyou’re  worried about some drinks being paid for and others not…I say simplify it. 

Offer 1-2 selections for each type, and only offer what you’re willing to pay for. I think having a sign makes it confusing, but I may be misunderstanding your idea.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think the best option would be to only offer things that are on your list – have you checked with the venue to see if that is possible?

If the venue is forcing you to offer all of the options and you don’t want to pay for them all, I’d consider reduceing the number of offerings on your list for simplicitie’s sake – that’s a big list and it will take people a long time to read through all the options. But definitely make sure that there is an easy to access and easy to read list so that people aren’t playing guessing games. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

barbie86:  Gotcha. I totally see where you’re coming from. I would want Makers Mark and my husband would want Buffalo Trace, but at the end of the day we would be happy with any of the bourbons you listed – so lets call us medium picky. If you have lots of really picky people, you might be best going with the long list. In that case I would just make sure that it’s very easy for every guest to be able to read all the options, so that doesn’t cause a huge backup. And it’s probably only an issue in the begining of the night, once people know their prefered drink, they’ll probably just keep ordering that.

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