Post # 1
Hey bees. My fiance and I were looking at our budget, and how much the bar is going to cost at the hotel we are having our wedding… This is the package we chose:
stolichnaya vodka, tanqueray gin, bacardi light rum, jose cuervo tequila, dewars white label scotch, makers mark bourbon, cardinal calvados brandy@ $ 8.00 each each. Signature Cocktail@ $ 11.00 each
each Assorted Beers@$ 6.00 per bottle
each Assorted soft drinks, fruit juices & bottled water@ $ 5.00 each bottles House White & Red Wine@ $ 35.00 per bottle (WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE OUR OWN WINE, SO MY MOTHER IS DOING THAT FOR US) only thing we would have to pay is a $15 corkage fee…
We are having 81 guests… Is there anyway we can have a fun drink and keep the cost low? Or should we only have wine, sparkling cider, beer, soft drinks, and our fruit infused water bar?
Why are cocktails so expensive? I would like to have something “fun” for our guests but at $11/each, that can add up! What do we serve during cocktail hour then?
Is it lame to not have a signature drink?
Post # 3
@eleven10twelve: It’s not lame not to have a signature drink. Many weddings only serve beer and wine. It sounds like you are using relatively top shelf liquor. If you want a signature drink, I would choose lower shelf and not offer any other liquor. So do wine, beer, soda, and signature drink.
Post # 4
Most people do not have a signature drink. So, no that would not be lame.
$6 for a beer? That seems steep.
Post # 5
A lot of weddings only do wine, beer and soft drinks, so with the premium liquor offerings too, you dont need a signature drink. That’s what we did and everyone was delighted.
Post # 6
wow, $5 for a bottle of water/soft drink? that’s insane
Post # 7
You didn’t mention whats in your signature cocktail, but it definitly doesnt have to be $11.00. If you are doing anything with a fruit juice or other mixers in it, its really hard to tell the difference between a top shelf and well liquor. Try making the same drink but use a cheaper liquor, and one with your original recipe and try both without knowing which is which. You probably wont be able to tell the difference. That would lower the price some. The other thing that can be cheaper (if your venue allows it) is if you make signature drinks by the pitcher rather then the drink. Even if a bartender still has to “dispense” them, its still usually less expensive then paying for individual drinks.
Post # 8
I think signature drinks is a trend that comes from sites like this and blogs, I promise you no one will miss it.
Post # 9
I agree with PPs that it is totally unnecessary to have a signature cocktail. That said, is there any way you can negotiate? Our venue quoted us $8/pp for the drink we wanted and we negotiated down to $5.
Post # 10
I don’t think people will miss a signature cocktail, at all.
Plus, at weddings peope tend to carry drinks around, set them down, forget, and get another. I went to a wedding where the staff was fanatical about taking anything that was set down. We ran through alot more drinks than necessary that day!
Post # 11
I only served beer and wine at my wedding.
So obviously I don’t think you need the signature cocktail!
Post # 12
so is it a cash bar or is it that cost per drink for you? i’m sorry i haven’t gotten that far in my planning so im confused.
Post # 13
I am hoping that maybe our signature drink could be non alcoholic… and because it would considering soda and fruit juices it would only cost the $5 that the venue quoted.
I will ask about maybe seeing if we could do a pitcher.
Thank you all so much for your responses!!
I believe there was another bar option. we chose the luxe, which our coordinator thought we should do. But I will ask her tomorrow and see if there is a cheaper one.
Post # 14
I don’t think you need to add a signature drink. Seems like the drink prices are steep as it is!
Post # 15
I had to look up what a corkage fee was and I think charging that for a wedding is a total scam. I understand restaurants charging it in individual cases, but I’d be pissed if my venue tried to charge me that for my wedding. It’s not like you aren’t buying a bunch of other beverages from them. Is that $15 per bottle or a one time charge? I guess my objection is only if it’s per bottle. A one time fee sounds a lot more reasonable.
But as for your signature drink, I agree with PP – see if the drink can be made with cheaper materials. If not, and if it doesn’t have any huge emotional meaning, I think you’d be fine leaving it out.
Post # 16