(Closed) The bar, what are you doing?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: What are you doing for alcohol?
    Open Bar : (66 votes)
    59 %
    Wine and Beer : (25 votes)
    23 %
    Cash Bar : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Cocktail Hour then cash bar : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Cocktail hour then wine and beer : (5 votes)
    5 %
    No alcohol : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Wine and Beer but cash cocktails : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    My in-laws paid for our open bar.  We were going to just have beer, wine and signature cocktails, but my MIL wanted an open bar and offered to pay for it.

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    None of the above.

    Wine will be served with dinner. They get two drink tickets, then after that it’s a cash bar. For us it strikes a nice balance between making our guests feel like guests, and preventing a few people from giving themselves alcohol poisoning with too much free liquor. We have some friends and family who don’t know when to stop drinking, and I don’t want them making the other guests uncomfortable. This seems like the best way to control them while also keeping to our budget.

    Post # 5
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    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    we’re doing beer (corona & heinekin), wine (sparkling, white zin, pinot grigio, and cab suavignon), vodka & ojs and rum & cokes. during our cocktail hour we are serving rum punch. we bought all the alcohol ourselves and our caterer is providing us with bartenders.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We are doing just wine and beer. My FI is a wine distributer and one of his suppliers is gifting us some cases of wine and then we are going to buy a keg. We are getting married in a park and want to keep things low key. 

    Post # 7
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    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

    Lol, I clicked on this discussion because I thought it was talking about "the bar" as in "the Bar exam!"  This is a much better bar! 

    We had our wedding at a pricey restaurant so alcohol prices were astronomical!  They wanted $20/pp/per hour for open bar!  They had a huge selection of beer, so we did beer, wine (2 whites, 2 reds), and a signature cocktail–a frozen fruity rum drink.  I think a few people bought some shots and liquor, but I actually never saw anyone do it.  I think people were really happy with what we served.  We have a lot of friends and family that like to get tanked so we wanted to avoid the free hard liquor.  Even if it would have been more affordable, I don’t know if we would have served it for that reason!

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    None of the above. Our venue will keep a tab for us and our 22 guests, and we have set a limit at $400 for now. (just to make sure it doesn’t get out of control, I think the $400 will be enough though). The event coordinator will let me or FI know if we are approaching the $400 and depending on where we are through the night we may decide to continue the tab, or it may change to a cash bar.

    Post # 9
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    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We’re doing beer and wine plus two signature cocktails. We also have a lot of friends and family that like to get completely tanked so we’re hoping this can be a happy medium. I just didn’t want to see people lining up to do shots; that happened at a friend’s wedding and one guest almost went through one of the glass doors at the venue!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We’re having an open bar through our caterer, but are providing the non-alcoholic drinks ourselves (soda, water, lemonade)

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Open bar … no shots … our friends can get out of control with the shots. ha.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We will definitely be doing wine and beer but we are debating having a signature drink. If you have a signature drink, can your guests still order a drink with that liquor and something else? For example, if your signature drink is a Mojito, then can they order a rum and coke instead? That is what we are concerned about. We also have some members of the wedding party that could get out of hand and a husband of one of the members and I am quite  nervous about that whole ordeal. One of the wedding party got drunk at his own wedding and there wasn’t even alcohol served!
    Haha

    I do like the idea of having a signature drink during cocktail hour only also.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We’re doing beer only. We’re having an afternoon reception with lunch-time fare, so we don’t expect people to breaking out the Harvey Wallbangers with their roast beef sandwiches.

    Post # 14
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    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @Miss Hot Sauce: if guests can order other drinks with the liquor (ex. rum and coke) is completly up to you. Just tell your bartenders exactly what you want. You can also give them a heads up of the certain people you are concerned about getting too drunk. You can tell them to make their drinks not as strong. They won’t notice

    We had a complete open bar with a bottle of red and white wine on the table. We also did a champagne toast. Our friends LOVE to drink… and they did! but no one got completly out of control. They were respectful and did not try to "take advantage" of the open bar…too much! It was really fun and only the best man jumped into the pool at the end of the night!

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    There was never any question about having an open bar. We always knew all along that we would (personal preference). But just for fun, we surveyed our friends and family before we told them about what we were having, and asked, "At a wedding, would you prefer an open bar with an average meal (chicken, fish, beef, sides, etc.) or an abbreviated bar (beer, wine) with a lavish meal (lobster, filet mignon, etc.). They all said, hands down, the booze. But that’s just our families. We love our cocktails! 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

    LOL @ Kitten and "The Bar Exam" 🙂 Love you girl!

    We only doing beer and wine but that is b/c our venue doesn’t have a liquor license. We could hire an outside company to do liquor, but b/c we’re at a winery we didn’t see the point 🙂

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