Post # 1
OK… so I have 51 people at the wedding, but 2 are me and FH and 10 are wedding party.
The venue is offering an early-arriving guest refreshment package. Just soft drinks, no alcohol (at my request) before the ceremony, but I have two options:
I can pay $2.50/pp (for about $128 total) OR I can pay on a consumption basis, at $3 per drink consumed.
Now, we’re talking about a space of like an hour here. The “meeting point” on price between the two packages is 42 drinks consumed. With FH and I and the bridal party probably not partaking, we’re already down to 39. I can’t figure out if I think people are likely to drink more than one soda/juice/whatever.
Probably not right? Making the consumption package the better option? (Maybe relevant: It will be hot.)
Any opinions on this to help me make up my mind?
Post # 3
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
@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
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
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
I would just do water. It’s cheaper and healthier.
Post # 8
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.