Early-arriving guest bar… heeeeelp me

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which will be cheaper?
    The "open" soft drink bar at $2.50/pp - people might be really thirsty. : (6 votes)
    75 %
    $3/drink consumption bar - fewer than 42 drinks will probably be consumed. : (2 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Call me crazy, but this seems crazy.  At my wedding we had a basket of bottled water outside for people to drink before the ceremony.  A wedding I went to last week had the same thing.   Seems like you shouldn’t be paying so much for this.  If it’s really hot out, I would probably favor a water over a soda anyways. 

    Post # 4
    1596 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Bebealways:  If it’s a late afternoon, it’s warm, and/or people have had to drive for awhile to get there then there may be a few who would be into a second beverage.

    Is this the right math? 

    Est 39 who may have a one drink (assuming no one from bridal partry)@ 3.00 = 117.00 


    51 people @ 2.50 pp = 127.50.

    That 10 dollar difference is 3.33 extra drinks at the consumption bar.  So It will proably be close either way, but if I’d probably opt for the  2.50 ‘open’ option.

    ETA:Is it going to be a ‘serve yourself’ table or wait staff taking orders, or a bar set up at the side where someone has to actively go and ask for something.  I think if it’s the first 2 most of the 39 will probably have something.  If it’s the latter, then maybe all 39 will not choose to have something, and there will be a larger ‘buffer’ between the break point.  

    Post # 5
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think I need to know if it’s going to be outdoors/hot?

    I have never been to a wedding indoors where I expected or needed even water before the ceremony. However, last summer I had an outdoor wedding on a 100 degree day and we put izze sodas and paper straws out, and at another one i went to last year they had a canoe filled with corona (so cute) and waters. If it’s inside and not hot this is a total waste of money IMO

    Post # 6
    4812 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    That seems expensive to me.  I would do what a PP suggested and put a cute tub out with some ice and some bottles of water.

    ETA: I think you are super nice for even considering this and don’t really think it’s even necessary.  Even when I’ve gone to hot summer weddings, I’m a big girl and can grab a cold drink on my way to the ceremony if I think I won’t make it through 🙂  Guests shouldn’t expect any type of service before the ceremony in my opinion!


    Post # 7
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would just do water.  It’s cheaper and healthier.  

    Post # 8
    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think this is somewhat excessive. Our caterer is one of the best in the area and charges quite a bit more than the others and even they provided fruit-infused iced water and lemonade completely free of charge. They served them up in the big glass drink dispensers with nice clear plastic cups and people helped themselves. Most of our guests didn’t arrive until about 5-10 minutes before the ceremony start time. The family members and friends that were there early with us for photos barely drank from the station. With this in mind, I agree with PP that if you have to pay extra for this, it would be adequate to just set up small chilled bottles of water for the guests which is definitely less than $3/each. I don’t think you need a full soft bar.

    I went to another wedding where the bride provides small bite-size pastries and cookies along with tea, coffee and fruit-infused water and that was quite popular. HOWEVER, this was because she had two ceremonies (two cultures/religions) and guests had to travel a significant distance from ceremony 1 to ceremony 2 and there was a gap in between.

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