Suggestions,Advice on my open bar

posted 3 years ago in August 2013
Post # 3
22119 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think specialty cocktails are a great way of keeping bar costs down while offering something additional for your guests. That said, are you sure no one will drink beer? Beer and wine are pretty standard choices.


Post # 4
3813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I would stick to wine and beer (or omit the beer) to keep things simple and low key for the wedding, especially if you guys are doing an after party with your friends later.

Post # 5
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I might offer some beer because that can be pretty popular. Sometimes people surprise you and will have 1 drink at a wedding even if they dont usually drink. So maybe go with the wine, a little beer, and 2 cocktails. This way you have something for everyone. I have read that when you are only serving 2 cocktails try to find a light and dark alcohol. Maybe do vodka one and a rum or tequila one?

Post # 6
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We had to provide all the alcohol for our bar. With our wedding on New Year’s Eve, I wanted to provide a nice selection but keep the costs low.

We did wine, beer, and 2 hard liquors. We did Captain Morgan and a vodka. We purchased a few different mixers (coke, diet, sprite, orange juice, cranberry juice) and I think everyone was very happy with having a few cocktail choices. 

Also, we purchased all our liquor and mixers from Sam’s club. As long as you have the receipt, you can return anything that is unopened. So after the wedding we returned cases of beer, liquor, mixers, etc.

Post # 7
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Definitely don’t have an all-out bar if you are trying to keep costs down–it’s really not necessary anyway. I would have 2 specialty drinks (each with a different spirit), a little bit of bottled beer, and wine. Like @VermontBride13:  said, “..sometimes people will surprise you and have one drink at the wedding even if they don’t normally drink”.

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