Post # 1
Ok, here’s the sitch:
We’ve done some major editing to our guest list (thanks to having our Save the Dates printed) and we have a little extra money to spend on upgrades.
So as a guest would you rather an extra hour of open bar, or the regular amount of hours (4) of top shelf bar?
A little about the wedding if that influences you:
date- a Saturday evening in June
Post # 3
Honestly, unless your guests are the type to drink a premium rum, rye or vodka on the rocks, they all pretty much taste the same once mixed. I would go for the extra hours.
(we joke that the first 2 glasses of wine have to be good, and after that it doesn’t matter what kind of plonk is in our glass. Our wine rack is organized into “first bottle” and “second bottle and beyond” for that reason.)
Post # 4
@SeaSalt: +1. I’d go for the extra time too. Though I am not a drinker, lol.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@LivingInPink99: I hesitated slightly on this and only chose premium top shelf because I would want the bar to close for the last hour of the reception to encourage people who are driving to sober up a bit before driving. Ideally they won’t drive at all if they have been drinking but let’s be honest here, people drink and drive way more often than we would like to admit. Otherwise, if people are not driving then go for the extra hour and party down to the last minute.
Post # 6
@SeaSalt: haha that’s how I feel too, but my FMIL is picky about her alcohol…(I’m rolling my eyes a little bit, even though I love her to death) 🙂
@beachbride1216: ideally they will all stay in our hotel room block. We’ve hired a bus to take trips back and forth between the reception and the hotel at the end of the night. And our venue already said that cars can stay overnight so no problem on that end.
Post # 7
I voted Top Shelf. But it dependso n what kind of drinkers you have, both my Family and Fi had a lot of people who are into and knowledgeable about whiskey, rum, vodka so we know a large portion would be into top shelf stuff.
Again depending on your timeline, you can do what we did. The bar didn’t open offically until after dinner.
For Cocktail hour we had 3 passed signature drinks, and huge tubs with beers people could serve themselves, we had also had wine with glasses for people to also serve themselves with supervision.
Post # 8
@LivingInPink99: I’m definitely on the longer open bar! I only drink my liquor mixed, though, so premium quality isn’t important. Plus, I’m never the DD – FH is! 🙂
Post # 9
Longer for sure! I’m not typically a top shelf person (as long as it’s not the super generic alcohol I’m happy) and I prefer it when the bar is open the whole time. I book a hotel room for a reason 🙂
Post # 10
I vote longer bar!
Once you mix the liquor, it all tastes the same (except if it comes in a bottle larger than 750mL. Then it tastes like paint thinner)
Post # 11
@LivingInPink99: I voted longer, but, honestly, it depends on what’s included. I’m pretty fussy and there are certain spirits I just won’t drink, likewise wines; I’d rather just have a soft drink. So yeah, it’d be useful to see examples of what’s included in the two different packages.
I also think it depends on your guests; some people are more discerning/fussy than others.
Post # 12
@BrandNewBride: Mixed liquor does taste similar and I honestly would never expect premium brands/top shelf at a wedding. My friends are not made of money, lol.
Post # 13
If you have people who drink for the sake of getting drunk, go with the extra hour. If you have people who appreciate a quality drink and are not just after a good buzz, go for the top shelf liquor. Four hours is plenty of drinking time in my opinion.
Post # 14
I voted for extra time, but I don’t really drink. I personally think all liquor tastes like cough medicine, whether is premium or well.
Post # 15
@LivingInPink99: I’d go for the extra time.
Post # 16
@LivingInPink99: Extra time! Most people wouldn’t appreciate top shelf liquor anyway.