Standard (House) or Premium Open Bar??? Opinions please!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FutureMrsMonit:  I have no idea what you can afford. Personally, I would upgrade if I could afford it. But, for my wedding, I couldn’t, didn’t, and know one drank the alcohol. But, my family are..umm..picky drinkers.

Post # 4
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@FutureMrsMonit:  We are going with the standard bar…4 hours is 10.50/person vs. 17/person for the next level up. If our entire guest list were to attend, that would be a difference of $975.


We are going to do a bourbon bar for those snobs :p and I honestly think that most people are fine with the standard. Why don’t you wait to see what the final count is, and if the difference is something you think you want to take on, then do it. If we have a bunch of people decide not to come, we will probably upgrade!

ETA: We are adding on craft/local beers, and it’s something he carries regularly, so it’ll be no additional cost…maybe look into something like that if you know there is a particular item that people in your guest list like to drink?

Post # 5
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I definitely think this depends on (1) your crowd and (2) how much loose $$ you have. My family would literally have absolutely no idea. They are Bud Light drinkers who never have liquor except in a super-sweet strawberry daiquiri or something, lol. FI’s family, on the other hand, would NOT be pleased with the well liquor.

Post # 6
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had premium. i dont think my venue offered anything else. However, it depends on your crowd. My crowd prefers Patron, Grey Goose, Hennessy, etc.

Post # 7
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsMonit:  personally i think it would be very rude of someone to complain at a open bar… should someone say something play it off like i did not realize what we ordered just heard everything was all included 


i really think ppl will look rude and ungrateful if they complain and i can’t think anyone would 


taste it all 1st … if you are fine with the taste then don’t bother upgrading make up some fun signature drinks and no one will even be noticing what booze is in it … if you hate the taste upgrade 

Post # 9
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


@FutureMrsMonit:  i totally would not worry about it then taste it if you like it, don’t worry about it you can just do what included and enjoy it you will have a fun party wonderfulk wedding people will be thrilled no matter what they drink 

Post # 11
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We’ve been getting quotes in the premium options. For us it’s premium brands and more selection (standard only offers beer, wine, rue, vodka, rum, whiskey and gin).  Premium brings in things like Bailey’s, and the premium brands of the 5. 

Post # 12
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@FutureMrsMonit:  I agree with you on the standard bar. That’s what we did and no one was bothered! 

Post # 13
7230 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’ll be fine. I would appeciate an open bar over a cash one, so there wouldnt be any complaints from me.

Post # 14
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our package comes with the premium but we aren’t upgrading to a delux. I personally would upgrade to premium because i know both of our families love fancy brands.  However, people should just be happy it is open bar.

Post # 15
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FutureMrsMonit:  We did a standard bar (bacardi, seagrams, smirnoff, cuervo, etc) and no one complained.  I think most open bars, regardless of the alcohol, are pretty well received.

Post # 16
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We ponied up the extra money for the premium (top shelf) liquor bar. We had a lot of people flying in from all over the country/world and my then-fiance refused to serve cheap liquor to people who were spending all that time and money to come to our wedding. He felt very strongly about it and was, in fact, the ONE thing he insisted on in terms of the wedding.

Having said that, our crowd definitely would’ve noticed if we had served cheap liquor (many of our friends/family are foodies or are in the biz). We could also afford it. I don’t know that I would’ve paid the extra money if 1) no one would’ve noticed and 2) it was out of my price range. Just food for thought.

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