Is anyone planning on just providing wine/champagne and no open bar?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are doing a beer/wine bar only.  We can’t afford to have an open bar, and I don’t care for sloppy drunken guests.  But guests do complain if there is no alcohol, so I went for the happy medium.

Post # 4
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@regit45:  I think the wine/champagne idea would be great for a luncheon reception. Otherwise, might want to consider champagne toast and then beer and wine only. That seems to be a popular thing to do.

Mmm… champagne.

Post # 5
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would say Champagne toast, and then wine and beer – some people can’t handle the sulfites in wine, or just don’t like it, so it would be nice to have the option of a lager available, nothing too fancy would be necessary.

Post # 6
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We’re doing beer/wine/champagne, and I want to have Mike’s Hard Lemonade available as a goofy pre-ceremony drink, since my FI and I (illegally!) bought some before our first date. 

All of our friends enjoy either beer or wine, so nobody will be terribly unhappy.  Coincidentally, the venue we chose also only allows beer and wine.

Post # 7
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Just add beer and this is a fine plan. 

Post # 8
1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing beer and wine, and probably a champagne toast 🙂

Post # 9
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We provided only Champagne, it worked out VERY well for us… Otherwise there was homebrewed sodas, hot tea, coffee, and water

Post # 10
420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are providing wine/beer/champagne and brunch cocktails since we are having a morning wedding and a brunch reception, I didn’t really see a need for a full open bar.

Post # 11
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

Me! Actually, just wine… And probably prosecco. 

Cocktails were never even brought up in conversation. I think that’s cultural though.

Post # 12
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We did beer/wine/champagne only for ours and it worked out great!

Post # 13
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

An open bar is any alcoholic beverage that is provided free of charge to the guests.

We had an open bar of beer, wine and champagne due to our venue’s policies of no hard liquor.

Post # 14
1080 posts
Bumble bee

We’re serving a glass of sparkling rose to the guests on arrival, a glass of sparkling wine for the toast, half a bottle of wine per person during the meal as well as 2 bottles of sparkling soft drink (white grape & elderflower etc – not soda), and tea/coffee.

We think that’ll be enough to satisfy most people, and those who want other drinks (beer, cider, spirits) can get them from the bar.

Post # 15
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Me!  Beer + wine only.  Maybe a couple drink dispensers of a signature drink during cocktail hour.  I think the champagne is totally unnecessary and we’ll just have people toast with whatever they’re drinking.  (Our guests are very chill and not snooty at all, so that helps.)

Post # 16
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re doing wine and homebrewed beer, and maybe a signature cocktail if we get it together by then. 🙂

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