Figuring out the drink situation – suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We hired an independent bar service that will bring everything – sodas, water, 2 beers, and 6 kinds of wine. We are also making a signature drink that they will serve. It’s only $11 per person which I think is a great price for them to do everything. i think something like that would be easier than having to figure out everything yourself. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Fanciful:  We’re doing wine and beer too! Beer definately does not equate frat party. I am a beer snob (craft and microbrews) and I would say beer is a must. Most men don’t like wine and foo foo cocktails, and I know a lot of women that don’t either. I can only drink about one glass of wine with dinner and then it’s just too sweet for me. Beer is good for once the party kicks in. I’ll be drinking beer at my wedding for sure!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Fanciful:  Are you looking to get some kegs? I would say cheaper beers that most people will drink would be Coors Light or Michelob Ultra. They’re light, not overly intoxicating and usually crowd pleasing!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Please do not combine red bull with alchohol, it increases risk of danger. I would just stick with wine and beer.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Fanciful:  I love the signature cocktails idea! 🙂 I can see where it can get expensive, but I’ve also been to weddings where they had less expensive liquor for the guests, should they want a whiskey and coke, or a 7&7, or whatever, then save the good liqour for the bride and groom or the bridal party 🙂 I didn’t mind! I’m more of a beer drinker anyway.

Since the beer will be for the guests since y’all aren’t big beer drinkers, get a couple of kegs. Coors and BudLight, perhaps? I don’t equate kegs with a frat party. I equate them with a real good time! LOL!

I’m not a big wine drinker at all, it gives me a headache, so I couldn’t even begin to give a suggestion there.

For the sodas – What?! No Dr. Pepper?! 😉 LOL!

And as for the tea, are you below the Mason Dixon? If so, sweet tea is an absolute MUST! 😉 Maybe have unsweetened tea with sweeteners available? I know I can’t drink tea without sugar…

I hope this helps! Best of luck! 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Fanciful:  I’d hit up a local Spec’s, or equivalent and see what you’re willing to spend. Jameson and Maker’s Mark are really nice, smooth whiskeys. I like Tito’s Vodka. It’s the smoothest, in my opinion. As for a dark beer, I’m a Texas girl, and love my Shiner Bock. 🙂 Guiness is the obvious answer, but they’re proud of their brew. I’m more of a blonde/light beer girl, so I’ve only tried a limited amount of dark beers 😉

Sweet n’ Low mixes pretty well with tea that’s been iced, but I also know that some people can taste the difference between artificial sweeteners and sugar. My dad is one of them. He can’t drink anything sweetened with an artificial sweetener, but in that instance, he’d go for a Coke. 🙂 I think you’ve pretty well got all of your bases covered. Don’t stress! Make sure you’ve got what you and your groom like, and if the guests don’t like it, you’ve got bottled water. LOL! And for heaven’s sake, if you don’t have DP at the wedding for the guests, make sure you put one on ice for yourself if you plan on drinking soda 😉

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Fanciful:  My ideas are as follows:

1. For the Kermit, maybe rename it “Magic Mirror?” Or “Blue Dragon?”

2. As for cheap wines, do you have any wineries by your area? They usually have good deals on cases of wine, where you can really get more bang for your buck. If I had to make my own bar, I would definitely get the wine from one of the wineries near us. And yes, you are correct – Trader Joes has a two-buck-chuck bottle of wine, but I can’t really vouch for it as I’ve never had it.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I love beer! You could go with Newcastle for a darker beer. It seems to be a great middle ish beer. It’s dark, but not super dark like Guinness. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’ve liked some of the wines from Aldi’s and they are very inexpensive.  These are the ones that we get most often:

Bridge Road Cabernet Sauvignon

Vina Decana Tempranillo (one of hubbys favs)

One of the Winking Owl reds – I think maybe the Merlot.  Be sure to try these first – there are one or two that are not very good.  I can’t recall which though.

Landshut Reisling

Rivani Moscato

As a guest I wouldn’t like to be served a drink with red bull without knowing it – so I’d suggest being pretty obvious about ingredients for that one if you serve it.

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