Liquor Standards

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had tables of 8 and tables of 4. We put 1 bottle of each on the tables of 4, and 2 bottles each on the tables of 8. We also had an open bar, but it was closed during dinner per the venue, and we were allowed to bring in our own wine so it saved a lot of money. 

our guests were a lot of big drinkers, so not much went to waste. Anything that didn’t get drank (drunk?) we corked it and took it home.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would think having someone come around and pour, or serve at a bar, would be a lot more economical option than leaving open bottles on tables

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Nikkimcq:  Hmm… I mean its not something I’ve seen really but I”m not in CA

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If they will get charged at the bar, but you can give it to them free on the tabel, then I’d leave it on the table.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Nikkimcq:  I’m Canadian as well and have always enjoyed having wine on the table. I’ve never been to a wedding with a bar you need to pay for but even so, I like the convenience. You don’t have to wait for a lull in the conversation to get up and/or skipping out in the middle of a good talk. It helps things flow and helps keep people at the table getting to know one another.

If you’re concerned about the wine going to waste, maybe have a server circulate? I would definitely keep it on the table though since you’re doing a toonie bar which is a partially subsidized cash bar at the end of the day.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@Nikkimcq:  1 bottle = 5 glasses of wine. I would advise 3 bottles per table of 8, 1 white 2 reds. Only in the Maritimes do they statistically drink more white wine (probably because they eat more products from the sea ?). Also, you said the bottles were a waste ? That would not happen here, I can tell you that (or maybe our families are just huge drinkers lol). 

But just FYI, most venues I’ve visited no dot simply put the bottles on the table. The reason is people tend to fill their glass too much, so a guest can basically empty half of the bottle all for himself while the others won’t have enough wine. The venues provide the serving and they make sure to fill the guests’ empty glasses. You can decide you want to buy 15 bottles (just saying a random number) for dinner and you can buy more if it’s not enough. But since you’re having a toonie bar after dinner, I wouldn’t buy too many bottles. Just make sure everyone has enough for the dinner. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You clearly do not want to have bottles on the table so um, just don’t!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Nikkimcq:  just curious from your last post. You supply your own liquor, but are charging $2/drink? Is that to cover the cost of the alcohol you bought or what? I’ve never heard of that before, so I’m assuming it’s a regional thing, but I’m wondering how it works.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@Nikkimcq:  Although I’m not from your area, you mentioned it was quite common to have wine on the dinner table so do you think your guests will expect/miss it?

If it’s something your guests are used to being from that area I think they might be a little disappointed in a $2 bar (in which YOU provided the alcohol) and no wine at dinner…

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