Post # 1
We’re having a DIY rustic wedding, but we are not drinkers at all. We honestly want a dry wedding, but I know it’ll cause issues in the family, so we decided to at least get some alcohol. Because I don’t drink, I have no idea what kinds of alcohol to serve or how much to buy. *Confession (please don’t make fun!) – I have no clue as to what beers are light or dark, what kinds of wine are good, or anything about what ingredients are in certain mixed drinks.
A few things about the wedding. We’re having it at my dad’s house because he has tons of land. It’s mostly family invited, as there is approximately 150 people invited, but we’re hoping about 1/2 that will show due to most of our family being out of town. The ceremony is going to be outside in the woods (we have a little cutout back there and we’re going to get married right underneath a beautiful apple tree), we’ll be having dinner outside under tents and dancing inside the barn. There will be a lot of children there, including our 3. We’re thinking of starting the ceremony at 3 or 4pm.
Please help. I have no clue as to what I’m doing LOL
Post # 3
@truefrommetoyou: You can absolutely get away with just beer and wine (and maybe champagne for toasts). This is a nice balance for someone who wanted a dry wedding. Wine and beer tend to lend themselves less to getting shit-faced than hard liquor. It’s also just a lot less to buy. You can buy one white, one red, one light and one dark beer and you’re pretty much good to go.
If you have a BevMo near you, I’d suggest starting there. They can help you find something in your budget that will appeal to a wide range of people.
If I were you, my choices would be a Pinot Noir (red but not dry) and maybe a Reisling (which is a white that is generally light and sweet). For beer I’d probably have to ask someone since I don’t drink it much, but I know hefeweizen is a popular pale beer. People usually drink it with orange slices, so that’s something to keep in mind. But I think when people say “light” beer they mean something with less calories… like Bud light is the same color as Budweiser. My family would want Corona lite, but we’re Mexican so that’s pretty much standard. Maybe check with your drinking family members for their favorites and go with what’s affordable.
As for determining the amount, BevMo associates should be able to help with that as well. Otherwise google “Drink calculator”. There are tons of sites that help you determine how much of what to buy based on how many heavy, social and lite drinkers you have coming!
Post # 4
It is your wedding and you should be able to have a dry one if you want. Although in saying that, my cousin had a dry wedding and lots of people still bring it up (10 years later) as being a bit strange – considering 95% of the guests drink alcohol and especially on celebratory occasions.
You want everyone to enjoy themselves and unfortunately in most cases, a glass of bubbly helps.
Depending on your situation, you could ask guests to bring their own alcohol in lieu of gifts? Then you wouldnt have the worry of running out and catering for everyone’s tastes.
If you don’t like the idea of people BYOíng, I think people usually estimate one drink per person per hour? Beer and wine are usually standard, I don’t know about US beer sorry but would recommend having a white, red and sparkling wine option.
You could even serve non-alcoholic cocktails (or mocktails) in the afternoon to cut down on alcohol costs and maybe just serve the alcohol at dinner time?
Post # 5
I agree. Beer and wine are a great, easy way to supply some alcohol to guests. That is probably all we are going to have at our wedding. We are getting married in a campsite and that will be easier than trying to figure out how to set up a whole bar and have someone bartend all night.
Post # 6
@truefrommetoyou: I would say just beer and wine as well – and just go simple. have a white wine (chardonnay or pinot grigio) and a red wine (cabernet or pinot noir) available for wine options, and for beer, I would have a domestic light option (like bud light or miller light) and an import dark option (like newcastle brown ale or sam adams lager) and let that be it. It will make life a lot easier 🙂