Post # 1
Our venue comes with a wine and beer package for 5 hours, that includes 1 red, 1 white, prosecco, 3 draft beers, and 3 bottled beers. Is this enough choice, particularly for the wine?
If we add another wine, then it goes by consumption, which is anywhere from $7 to $15 a glass on top of the package, depending on the wine. Similarly, if we add a signature cocktail, it goes by consumption for $13 a glass….which is kind of pricey in my opinion and thus not worth it. Also, guests can order liquor if they want, if they are willing to pay for it. I didn’t want to do this originally, but we can’t exactly hide all of the bottles behind the bar. (Our venue is at a restaurant). If we wanted to upgrade to liquor included in the package, it would add about $5k, which doesn’t fit in the budget right now, as we are already spending 5k on the beer and wine option.
Post # 2
happycamper8: I think it’s ok but I would try and pick the most universally appealing white/red wines. So for the white maybe a sav blanc? Not too dry… I don’t drink red but maybe a cab sav or a blend.
Post # 3
More than enough! We’re doing one red, one white, a champagne toast a couple different beers and our signature cocktail. There’s not even a liquor option unless you want the cocktail.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC
happycamper8: Yes, it is fine. You can not please everyone and you can not go broke trying to do so. They will drink or they won’t.
Post # 5
Most weddings I’ve been to have one sparkling one red one white plus beer as a choice. Normally people will like one out of three! I wouldn’t add anything, just choose more popular styles like pp said. If you aren’t a big wine drinker and don’t know what to choose, ask the bar staff for their suggestion or take an informal poll from your family and friends to see what they’d like the most!
Post # 6
More than enough!! I think your guests will be happy!
Post # 7
happycamper8: i am neither fond of red wine nor of beer… but i love prosecco and some white whine… i think you have definitly enough to offer… don’t break the bank over $13 cocktail… people will survive without that
Post # 8
happycamper8: That’s pretty much what we’re offering (though it’s by consumption so won’t be unlimited; should last a fair amount of time though): 1 red, 1 white, 1 rose, 1 draft lager, 3 bottled lagers, 3 bottled beers, 1 bottled cider, and of course soft drinks. As it’s a hotel/restaurant spirits and cocktails will still be available, but guests will need to purchase them if they want them, likewise if they want a different wine, wine by the bottle, or champagne. The wines we’ve chosen are very drinkable and should appeal to most people.
Post # 9
I think that’s definitely enough, and not worth it to expand for those crazy prices!
Post # 10
I agree with PPs – it is definitely enough. You dont want people getting wasted at your wedding and I dont think its worth an additional $7+ per glass – that’s a little outrageous!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
Signature cocktails are fun, but honestly I think that’s a reasonable selection. I’d be happy as a guest 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for taking the time to give feedback! It definitely helps! I tend to worry a lot that we aren’t offering enough for our guests.
Lollybags: Yes, I think we are doing either sauv blan or chardonnay for the white and then cab sauvignon (since there is beef at dinner)
Sfcali: Great! Glad to hear someone is doing something similar. I’m a little bummed to not do a signature cocktail, since I love a good cocktail, but I guess I will have to do it for the rehearsal dinner instead.
Kili: Yes, I was pretty adamant about wanting bubbly at my wedding, since I love it and it doesn’t feel quite like a celebration without it!
kate02121: Yeah, I keep wishing our numbers had been smaller so we could have gone with a venue that lets you bring in alcohol…I really can’t spend $60 a head to have liquor as an option.
CocoClassic: Yeah, it is a bit frustrating. Thanks for agreeing it is crazy! I looked up the wine they offer with the package….and you can buy it for $7 a bottle in stores. The mark-up is ridiculous. The food is awesome though, so I hope it is worth it!
Post # 13
PLEASE do not do a chardonnay for the white. Inexpensive/house chards are usually really gross (and are not always cheap!) They’re seriously an acquired taste and MANY wine drinkers do not like chard. I’d stick to a sauvingnon or a pinot grigio. Even a white “table wine” (usually a cali or french blend) would be great!
Post # 14
happycamper8: That’s plenty! Don’t break the bank for one or two more options, you have more than enough! The addicitional prices seem outrageous. I love prosecco 😉
As far as red and white wines go, I’d pick a cab sauvignon and a pinot grigio. They are just sort of generally liked.
Post # 15
bkrocks13: Yeah, I was a bit worried about the chardonnay and how many people like it, so thanks for that point! Just heard back from the coordinator, and it turns out they will let me do sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, both the house brand. If I do anything else it is by the bottle consumption.