Post # 1
Ok Bees so I have a bit of a dilemma….. My wedding reception is going to be held at The Hilton hotel and I am wondering if it will be appropriate to serve white and red wine. I have thought about having the wine along with an open bar but i had to veto that idea because of the cost. I really need some opinions on if it would be ok to serve only wine and also how much wine I would need for a 4 hour dinner reception of 110 people. BTW we would also have some type of soft drinks.
Bees Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m starting to lose it now!!!
Post # 3
@MrsCooper: I would do beer and wine if at all possible. Not everyone likes wine.
Post # 4
@MrsCooper: Is having wine and beer an option? I would atleast offer beer with the wine, then have cash option for cocktails…
Not sure where you are from but in my area anything short of a full open bar is taboo, can you cut something else from the budget? Not everyone will like wine
Post # 5
@MrsCooper: I feel like not a ton of people love wine but then again not everyone loves beer. I know cash bars aren’t super popular but that allows everyone to drink what they want while also making sure nobody gets drunk
Post # 6
Can you add beer??? I think beer and wine is perfectly acceptable! Of course, you can do wine by itself, but I think beer wouldn’t be much more expensive and would please a greater number of people.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree with beer and wine if possible, that’s not at all uncommon here. I have been to many weddings that served like this and no one thought anything of it. But I know it varies on what people find acceptable.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
I agree with PP, I would at least do beer and wine. From what I’ve seen the women generally go towards wine and the men generally go towards beer. I would do about 80% wine and 20% beer just so people have the option. Most recommendations I’ve seen are to budget for about one drink per hour per guest, knowing that some will drink more than that and some less so for 110 people that would be:
110 people x 4 hours: 440 drinks
440 drinks x .2 for beer: 88 beers, 8 twelve-packs to be safe
440 drinks x .8 for wine: 352 glasses of wine = about 6 cases (72 bottles), I’d split even for 3 cases red and 3 cases white.
You could adjust that as needed to fit your guestlist and budget.
Post # 9
I personally wouldnt enjoy a wine only reception, i dont really care for wine. I’ll drink it if its the only option, but FI wont, which would be really disappointing. I’d do wine & beer if you can & cash option for spirits. Most people would rather pay for a drink than not have one. 🙂
Post # 10
Well, I’m here in the Bahamas and my crowd is more a wine and cocktails crowd. I thought about adding a cocktail bar for a portion of the evening but the charge on it would be $1000++. Coming down to the end of it all it just seems like there are so many more things to pay for. Plus I just had a bridesmaid totally back out of paying me back for her dress so that money wont even be there to help with something else 🙁
Post # 11
You don’t need liquor. But please add beer. Some people cannot drink wine or do not like it, but those people generally like beer!
I love wine so I’d probably be okay but I know a large amount of people who would be miserable with only wine. Those same people would gladly drink beer instead.