Post # 1
We are putting some money behind the bar for our evening reception (approx $4k), and this will be limited to certain drinks only, as drinks run at up to $38 for one drink (ie not a bottle) at our venue. We will be providing laminated cards explaining that there is ‘some’ money behind the bar, and informing guests what drinks are included in this. I just wanted to see if people think we are including too much or too little in terms of choice; at the moment the list I’ve made is:
House white, red and rose, by the glass (175ml)
Bailie Nicole Jarvi (Blend)
Monkey Shoulder (Blend)
Glenfiddich (12 yo)
Laphroaig (10 yo)
Buffalo Trace (Bourbon)
Makers Mark (Bourbon)
Woodford Reserve (Bourbon)
Wild Turkey (Bourbon, 50.5%)
Jameson’s (Irish, Blend)
Zubrowka ‘Bison Grass’ vodka
Havana Club Especial (5 yo)
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Gosling’s Black Seal
Woods 100 Navy Rum
Then all lagers/ciders are included, as well as soft drinks. Cocktails will not be included as they start at $15 each, and shots also won’t be (so, things like tequila and sambuca have been left off for a reason; I don’t want people knocking shots back at $6 a pop).
Do you think this would be confusing to guests? I basically want people to have a choice (particularly the whiskey drinkers), but I don’t want them to get confused about what is and isn’t included.
This topic was modified 3 years ago by barbie86.
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
j_jaye: That’s exactly what I’ve done; these are all the same price, bar one or two which are cheaper, but which I don’t think will be popular.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
j_jaye: I was thinking that, but we have quite a few fussy drinkers, myself included eg I don’t like Bombay Sapphire gin at all, I only like Tanqueray.
I guess I could streamline it though and offer say 2 gins and 2 vodkas? Whisky is harder though as they’re all different types, same with rum (at the moment I have 1 white, 2 gold, and 2 dark on the list, so though it looks a lot it kind of isn’t)
LeopardPrintBee: See, if there was only Bombay Sapphire I wouldn’t drink it, and I know a few people who are just as fussy lol. I dunno, I guess I think it’d be a shame for someone to have to either drink something they don’t enjoy, or pay for a drink, when they cost the same
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
j_jaye: Thanks. I’ll chat with my parents and OH and see what they think 🙂
BluebonnetBride: When you say only offer what you’re willing to pay for, what do you mean? We can’t have a limited or restricted bar, it doesn’t work like that over here. So basically guests can order whatever they want (ie we can’t tell the venue not to serve certain drinks at all), but obv we will only cover the cost of certain drinks; if they want anything different (like cocktails or champagne for eg) they’ll have to pay.
But, I don’t want there to be confusion eg someone orders, say, a glass of wine, they don’t have to pay, and then they think everything is ‘free’, so order a cocktail only to be asked to pay for it (if that makes sense); which is why we’ll have laminated cards explaining that a) the tab is limited (so people don’t think it’s free drinks all night) and b) what drinks are included in that tab.
Another way we could do it is based on price, eg ‘Single spirits costing up to $6 are included on the tab’, or something like that; I wonder if that would be better? I just don’t like mentioning cost :-s
Post # 11
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 # 12
JenGirl: No, that isn’t possible. No venue here would do that, things work very differently and they would lose way too much money. You basically have 3 options: cash bar; tab; fully open bar. There isn’t any middle ground unless you have a venue where you bring your own, in which case obv you control what you buy and what guests drink.
That’s what I’m worried about with the current list (too much for people to read through), but I’m really torn because we have a lot of fussy peope who won’t drink just anything because it’s free; and it seems silly for them to have to pay because something isn’t on the list, even though it’s the same price, if that makes sense (eg Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire cost exactly the same, but I know a lot of people who drink one and not the other; kind of seems unfair that the Tanqueray drinkers can have free drinks (up to a point) but the Bombay Sapphire drinkers can’t… That’s why I was going to go with the price cut-off so people have some choice.
Argh, I’m confused lol
Post # 13
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.
Post # 14
JenGirl: Thanks, I feel better now!
Some of the REALLY picky people will probably choose to pay: my dad has two Scottish friends and they are extremely picky about their whiskey and their wines; I can see them ordering some of the pricier stuff (they’re the type who wouldn’t think twice about spending $300 on a bottle of wine, for example). But there are quite a few who are less picky, but still picky, if that makes sense: most people we know have preferred brands of spirits and they just wouldn’t drink something else (myself included; there have been lots of times where a bar doesn’t sell my gin of choice and I’d honestly sooner rather have a soft drink than something I don’t enjoy; same goes for wine).
That said I’ve taken people’s comments on board, so might try to trim things a little bit eg we don’t have many rum drinkers, so I might offer one of each type; similarly if the whiskey drinkers are likely to choose to pay, as I suspect they will, I could probably trim that down too and offer just a couple of scoths, a couple of bourbons, etc.
I often think I overthink things lol; I swear I like making work for myself!
Post # 15
I’m also kind of hoping people will skip to the relevant section; most people we know only drink certain things eg they are gin drinkers, or vodka drinkers, or whisky drinkers and they stick with those all night. So I figure if we make it clear (nicely spaced; clear, bold headers for each type of drink; etc) then they’ll just skip staight to the relevant bit eg if it was me I wouldn’t even look at the other drinks, I’d skip straight to the gin section and choose from that.