How much do/did people really drink at Wedding Ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsBaconBit:  i think this one really depends on the crowd.  I’ve been to weddings where everyone stayed fairly sober with an open bar and others where people were hammered with a cash bar.  I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule on this one.

Post # 4
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2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Open bar vs. cash bar won’t make a bit of difference as far as people getting drunk.  Ever been to a bar?  People have to pay for their own drinks there and it certainly doesn’t stop them from getting hammered.  If you want to get drunk, money won’t stand in the way.

Also, the drink ticket thing just . . . no.  It kind of screams “corporate conference meet-and-greet” and isn’t so classy.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with the sentiment above about the drink tickets. Every conference I’ve ever been to does this, and it also seems… I don’t know. Kind of carnival-y. That being said, I think beer and signature cocktails sounds like a GREAT idea, and it’s personal, too! If you’re worried about certain people drinking too much, doing signature cocktails gives you a little bit of control over what’s being consumed, you know? (Like if your future brother-in-law gets completely belligerent on whiskey, you can avoid it and do a cocktail featuring something milder).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Honestly if I went to a wedding where open bar during cocktail and then 2 free drinks during reception, I would try to slam as many as I could while they are free… So this could lead to people getting drunker earlier in the night that you would like to see

We had our wedding on New Years Eve and stocked our own bar. We did beer, wine, and only had Cpatain Morgan and Vodka as hard liquor. We had 100 people approx. in attendance. We went through 2 full kegs, like 20 bottles of white wine, 10 bottles of red wine, 1 handle of vodka and I think 1-2 handles of Captain. Being NYE and the fact that we provided transporation for everyone, we knew people would be getting hammered and were ok with it. I actually expected us to go through WAY more than we did. 

Post # 7
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754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ah, also, we did not allow people to order shots of the hard liquor to help control the over-the-top drunkiness. 

There was probably only 2 people there that were embarrassingly drunk, my little brother (first NYE over 21) and DH’s brother (who just drinks a lot). 

Post # 10
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7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

We had waaaay too much at ours. It was really hot though, so people didn’t want to drink too much, and most of our evening guests couldn’t come because of issues at work, at the last minute. If it had been cold, and we had had an extra 40 or so people, it could have been very different.

We had around 80 people in the end. We got in **** knows how much champagne, which was all drunk, about 60 odd bottles of wine, and 10 polypins of beer.

That is a loooot of booze….

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@MrsBaconBit:  it really depends on your crowd. I’ve only attended one cash bar wedding, and the rest have been open bar since that’s normal in my area. Everyone gets TRASHED at open bar weddings, mostly because it’s also customary to give a minimum of $100 per person (cover your plate) as a gift. Then people hit the bar as hard as they can to get their money’s worth. The only super chill weddin I’ve been to has been the cash bar, where drinks were very expensive, but there was a neverending flow of complimentary wine.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsBaconBit:  They sound like horrible guests. Why are you inviting them?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsBaconBit:  Talk to your bartender.  A good bartender outside of a wedding will not serve someone to the point of stupidity.  You can absolutely ask your bartender to either weaken the drinks or cut people off if they appear to be going to far.  Mine mentioned she does that without my asking.

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