Post # 1
I am having a beach wedding and the reception is in the banquet hall of the hotel.
The food is catered but it’s a homestyle buffet (i.e. pasta) but the caterer only includes tea, which I don’t drink.
So I wanted to have sodas and water for everyone but I’m not sure how to present it.
Would it be tacky to put them in large metal buckets/tubs on the floor with ice?
We aren’t having a bar so we can’t serve them from there. The wedding is pretty small, about 70 people.
Help! I don’t want it to look stupid!
Post # 3
I think it would be fun to use a container that ties in with your beach wedding. Can you find an old boat or canoe that you can line with a huge tarp, fill with ice and add the soda and water?
I also think it is fine to use galvanized basins or other containers. Can you lift them up off the floor a bit? Maybe on a bench?
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Post # 4
I think putting the extra drinks in buckets fits perfectly with a beach wedding 🙂
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Post # 6
@AllTheGoodUsernamesAreTaken: this is what i initially thought too. i think it will be nice.
Post # 7
I would also put something (e.g. a mat) underneath the tubs filled with ice to catch condensation. We have BBQs and we fill large tubs with ice to put our drinks in and wow, the amount of water dripping down the outside is a lot! Since the reception is indoor, the amount of water dripping down may damage their floors and/or cause a slipping hazard. If this is on concrete or brick, you are likely okay.
In addition, be sure that someone is changing out the ice/emptying the water out regularly instead of just dumping more ice in because once the ice melts, it’s a like a giant tub of cold water, which is messy and not very pretty.
Lastly, depending on your guests, you may consider having a giant stack of napkins (or something similar) nearby. DH and I are those people that hate holding a wet, cold bottle/can and having the water drip everywhere. Providing the napkins will help your guests dry off their drinks.
Oh, and while 70 sounds like a small gathering, if you consider 70 people all needing a drink at once, it is a lot. We had 70 people at our wedding with tray-passed drinks and there was STILL a line at the bar. With this in mind, I would definitely do multiple assorted tubs in different places so you don’t have a stampede in one corner.
Post # 8
I don’t think it’s tacky at all, especially because it’s on a beach.
Post # 9
I agree with pp. I am also going to have extra drinks for my guests (caterer only provides 2 glasses per person). Plus some alcohol… we don’t have a ‘bar’ but we have like long counter we can serve/put the extra drinks and alcohol.