Post # 1
I wanted to know your thoughts about a full bar at the reception versus beer and wine. Alcohol cost is based on consumption, which is frankly frightening since we have about 80 25 year old coming. Has anyone had a venue that charges based on drink? If so, how did that turn out? We will definitely be having beer and wine but are unsure about liquor. Thanks!
Post # 3
Can you set a limit? So that you pay for an open bar until it reaches $x. Then it becomes a cash bar for the remainder of the night. That way you can budget for $x and you know it will cost that much or less. And if your guests spend less than you expected than you get a nice cash gift at the end of the night.
Post # 4
My FI and I thought that a “full bar” was a MUST. Then we fell in love with a venue that allowed beer and wine only. And the more I talk to people, the better I feel about it. And if you get bored search this site for alcohol/reception – there are a ton of horror stories about open bars.
If you want to go ahead with it, I think @asscherlover has a great idea about setting spending limits.
Post # 5
If I was faced with paying per consumption, I would limit the drink choices to beer, wine and possibly a signature drink. My friends and famiy drink A LOT, and, quite honestly, there is not one that I can think of that wouldn’t be able to pick beer or wine if there was no liquor in the equation.
Post # 6
I think that beer and wine is fine! We’re probably going to do beer wine and a couple signature drinks or punch. But if they’re charging per drink how much is the different between the cost of a cocktail vs beer/wine?
Post # 7
Thank you, These are some great ideas! Cocktails are $6.00 per drink. The venue is at a winery and their discounted bottle of wine run around 18 and they do full kegs for 200. So a beer or a wine is roughly $2-$3. Do any of you have a few good signature drink ideas? Thanks again!
Post # 8
You can’t go wrong with champagne punch! We like whiskey so we’ll probably go for a whisky drink and maybe a fruity rum drink. And ask your venue. Maybe they’ll give you a discount if you pick cocktails that are less alcoholic (sex on the beach instead of a martini). And if you’re at a winery you could do sangria!
Post # 9
TO – recentlyengaged: Something made with Vodka is usually popular, as it is so versatile… means you could choose anything from a Girlie Martini thru to a Pretty Cocktail… or a more Manly drink like a Bloody Bull (or sometimes known as a Bloody Bullshot)
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
I am doing just beer and wine. I think that almost everybody can choose between the two, and it saves you money!