Help! Brunch wedding drink options?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I always want to have a drink or two at a wedding, and am not a fan of dry weddings at all. 

I would rather have a cash bar than no bar at all, even though I also dislike cash bars.

Post # 3
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

blueberry88:   We’re having a brunch reception also.  We plan to have Mimosas with the hors d’oeuvres and wine with the brunch.  And champagne.  There will be non alcohol versions as well.

If you want to go without alcohol at all, I think that’s fine – it is a daytime event.  We’d have gone without (we aren’t drinkers – at all ) but we thought the Mimosas sounded fun and FI can’t imagine serving a meal with out offering a glass of wine. 

Post # 4
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

mimosas!! I am alos having a brunch wedding and we are serving some type of alcohol. it doesnt have to be heavy drinks but dry weddings are hard to stomach for some people. me included.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  znowbird22.
Post # 5
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


blueberry88:  I would say bar by consumption.  This gives your guests options as to what they would like to drink.  Not everyone likes mimosas and I think it is nice to offer guests alcohol. 

Post # 6
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I would be all about a couple mimosas or glasses of white wine, and my husband would definitely want to drink a couple beers.  It’s still a celebration after all!  

I’d serve as much free alcohol as your budget can possibly allow, and do a cash bar after that.

$7 for juice or pop seems like a crazy ripoff, but it’s also polite to have something refreshing (eg not coffee/tea) for the non-drinkers.

Post # 7
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

blueberry88:  I’d do bar by consumption, since mimosas are almost always a rip off…it’d be cute if you could do an “Irish” coffee bar (whiskey, bailey’s, kahlua…hmm). But I would try to pay for at least a few drinks.

EDIT: I would also attempt to negotiate that security guard business off your contract…that is totally overkill for a BRUNCH wedding.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  Syzygy88.
Post # 8
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Agree with pervious posters: it is so nice to be able to offer the choice to have a couple drinks at a wedding; likely no one will get trashed in the middle of the day and at a wedding? It also will encourage guests to stay longer I would think…

a cute idea could be to have different champagne cocktails (I.e strawberry) as an alternative to the traditional orange juice one bring the only option.

Post # 9
957 posts
Busy bee

Honestly, I would splurge to provide the alcohol. I doubt people will drink as much as at an evening reception, but it’s nice to offer it as a choice.

Post # 10
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

CalOilerGurl:  +1 I really love the ideas of champagne cocktails! perfect for lunch.

Post # 11
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did a brunch wedding and had champagne, mimosas, bloody marys, and 3 different wines (red and white).  

Post # 12
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


We are doing a brunch wedding as well.  However, our budget does not allow for us to provide alcohol, so we will be having a cash bar for those that wish to buy bloody marys, mimosas and such.  We also can’t really afford a “cocktail hour” with hors d’ ouvres, but another bee suggested a coffee bar where guests can have coffee, tea or cocoa with special syrups, toppings etc.  I think this is a lovely idea and want to do this with maybe some mini muffins or pastries, etc. 

Post # 14
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Cash bars are tacky – they make the guests feel like they’re paying for the privilege of being at a wedding. (Think of it this way: would you serve plated dinner then present the guests with a bill + tip?) Better to have the cheaper option (beer and wine only by consumption) or no alcohol than ask guests to pony up.


Brunch wedding sounds lovely, though.

Post # 15
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What about a Kir Royal?

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