To soda or not to soda, that is the question

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we purchase soda for our guests?
    yes, I would expect that as a guest : (19 votes)
    54 %
    no, not necessary : (16 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    That’s some expensive soda!!!!  I say no.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @AirForceWife78:  I’ve never been to an event (wedding or other party) where soda was available, and it has never been a problem.  FI and I are big soda drinkers, but we both also drink water, lemonade, ice tea…

    My mom thinks it’s important that we offer soda at our wedding, so we might.  Kind of depends how many RSVPs we get/where we think we’re going to come in, relative to our minimum.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee

    @AirForceWife78:  It isn’t necessary, but as someone who doesn’t like the taste of alcohol, I would appreciate having the option of soda along with the water and iced tea. I wouldn’t be upset if it wasn’t there, though.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’ve never been to an event that doesn’t provide soda as an option! As a guest, I don’t drink beer or wine so I’d expect soda, honestly. It seems expensive, but I would assume that most of your guests would stick to beer and wine so it’s not like you’ll be spending a ton on the soda, but its nice to provide it for those who want it.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Soda is totally not necessary, but it might be nice to have something like lemonade on hand as one more non-alcoholic choice. Not sure how pricey that would be.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I voted yes, but I didn’t bother to read and see that iced tea was being provided. I think it’ll be okay. I was thinking of a wedding I went to once that only offered water and alcohol. That was ridiculous. Iced tea would have made me happy.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @spiffanee:  I agree, some lemonade from the caterer would probably make everyone happy.  $1 a can is just…so outrageous.  But is it pay as you go?  Like, if only three people wanted soda, would you be charged three dollars?  Or do you have to tell them how many cans you’d want ahead of time?

    If it’s the former, you could have the soda behind the bar, not advertised, and then if people ask for it they can have it.  That way people won’t just take it and not drink it, but if people really want it it’s there.  

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I would probably expect it, but I would be happy there’s ice tea so I think I’d live! Champagne, yum 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would be perfectly fine with water and iced tea (not a wine drinker) but it might be nice to at least have one other non alcoholic option.  Like a PP mentioned if you could do lemonade as well for less than what the pop would cost that would be good.  The cost of $1 per can of pop is a bit ridiculous.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @AirForceWife78:  In addition to the iced tea, could they also offer something caffeine free and something caffeine free and diet (besides water)? 

    If you added something such as regular lemonade and a Crystal Light or Minute Maid Light lemonade, then you would have a caffeinated option (iced tea), a decaf option (lemonade), and a caffeine-free diet option (the diet lemonade.)

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Check to make sure that the iced tea is entirely provided – I had a friend who kept having the punch refilled and seven or eight batches later discovered that it was $125 a batch!

    I usually wind up drinking soda at a wedding (that’s usually provided in my area, while alcohol is a $2 bar), although at my wedding we had SO MUCH SODA left over (it wound up going to a church picnic). 

    As long as there is something that is free and has no alcohol to drink, you don’t have to provide soda.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I did not have soda at my wedding. We had an open bar and two water/iced tea/lemonade/coffee stations on opposite sides of then venue (tent). I would look into having lemonade as an option to add a non alcoholic beverage besides water and iced tea 🙂

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