(Closed) What alcohol to serve at the reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I would probably skip the liquor as you may need a bartender on hand or get extra insurance for your event if you want liquor. Also, with liquor, it’s pretty much the unfortunate truth that cheaper liquor is more likely to make people sick.

As for beer, PBR is really cheap and super popular right now. You might also want to look into investing in one really good beer that is local (like Bell’s Oberon) to have in addition to some cheaper things. Bud Select is much better than Bud Light, and the cost should be similar. I’d try to have about 4 different types of beer: a light American lager, a pale ale or IPA, a wheat beer, and something else, maybe a porter, red, stout, etc.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We just had beer and wine at ours, and no one complained – but we have a lot of wine drinkers in our crowd! Many people just do beer, wine, and a signature cocktail or two – perhaps a common drink like gin & tonic, or vodka cran…? But use decent alcohol to avoid people getting ill from the cheap stuff, like mrsSonthebeach suggested.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@2012mendezwedding:  Hey there, fellow Kalamazoo bee! I highly recommend local beers/Michigan beers–Bell’s, Arcadia, and Short’s especially, maybe Olde Peninsula. I would probably have two kinds of beer, maybe three? Wine, I prefer Tempo Vino wines, hands down. Liquor…your best bet is to pick a few kinds of liquor (mid-grade, something like vodka, rum, etc.) and call around to liquor stores to see if you can get them by the case for a discount. 

ETA: PPs had a good point that you might need a bartender (if you don’t have one already). Maybe just stick with beer and wine?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re just doing beer and wine- having a variety of each. A red and a white wne (plus a few bottles of rose). And for beer- we’re doing Great Lakes Dortmunder (a Cleveland micro brew), Molson, and Bud Light. We figure that kind of is all across the board so everyone should be able to find something they like!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would look into popular local beers (from your state or region).  Depending on the size of your wedding, it may be more cost effective to do kegs – perhaps a keg of Bud light or something similar (very cheap) and a keg of another heavier beer.  I’d call around to your local liquor stores about keg pricing – I found they were very cost effective when I threw parties in college. 

If you’re going to provide liquor, I’d say your basics for a decent bar are: vodka, rum, gin, and whiskey or bourbon.  I like svedka for a well-priced vodka.  For mixers/garnish, in addition to the soda that’s included, i’d provide: tonic, orange juice, cranberry juice, and lime and lemon wedges. 

I’d also look into liquor stores that allow you to return unopened bottles.  That way you don’t have to worry about ended up with 10 extra bottles of vodka at the end of the night! (though I can think of worse problems to have)

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are having an intimate backyard wedding so we are purchasing only:

  • Beer (Yeungling and Coronas)
  • Wine
  • Champagne
  • Vodka
  • Captain Morgan

We aren’t going to go super crazy, plus there’s a liquor store up the street if more things needed to be added or if people feel as if they want to get something different (I would never ask them to though!)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

you’re from Michigan and you said SODA??? 

I call impostor! Wink

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@2012mendezwedding:  beer i would do bud lite budweiser and mic ultra

liquor i would do well vodka,rum,tequila,and they have a well coconut rum and a well captain too, also you can get some whiskey too

are you looking for mixed cocktails you can get apple, watermelon, grape puckers and make some really great drinks

what is your budget for liquor

I’m a bartender for over 10 years i can help you make some great drink for a low price ; )

our venue comes with a 5 hour open bar of well and draft beer.

but im coming up with some great well drinks for the bartender to make for my guests

they dont run into bartenders getting married too often lol and i more then know my way around a bar and i know whats considered “Well’ lol so there going to be working the 5 hour open bar im making sure i get more them my moneys worth ; )

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@HisNightOwl2014:  Those are pretty popular beers, but they are all American lagers, so if someone doesn’t like lager, there is no alternative.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We had just 3 beers- Fat Tire, Lienenkeugal Sunset Wheat (DH’s favorite), and Natty Boh (a Baltimore favorite.)  One “high end,” a low end, and a “huh? this beer tastes like blueberries.” Everyone was happy.

We served 5 wines- Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernat Sauvignon, and White Zin for the parents. You could get away with a white and red choice.

You really can keep it simple with the bar- people will be happy that there’s alcohol. You might have a few who want hard alcohol, but they’ll survive. 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrsSonthebeach:  

@vorpalette:  

+10000000

I love Bells so much. Oh how I wish it were distributed in my area!

OP, I would just stick to beer and wine if I were you. The more you spread your money out over different categories, the larger your risk of running out of something. (If you walk into a party and beer and wine are the options, people aren’t usually too bummed if they have to switch to a different beer or wine later in the evening. If they have to switch to spirits because the beer is gone, they might be annoyed.)

Try to get case discounts on the wine and bear in mind that kegs or minikegs might be cheaper than bottles. Depending on your crowd, I would go with 2-3 styles of beer (a lager or pale ale, an ipa, and a brown ale). Definitely go local/craft if you can afford it.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrssrm:  Bell’s is brewed here! Come visit and I’ll take you to their pub. Wink

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

OOh – champagne punch. It sounds old fashioned but my cousin did beer, wine and champagne punch and it was amazing!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think the kind of beer people like is defintely regional. In MD, where I am, bud light is very popular. But my SO on the other hand is from way down south and according to him, they like dark beers. I think a variety would be safe.

If you are going to serve liqour. Why don’t you come up with a manly groom’s drink & a girly bride’s drink, and only serve those? That will limit the different kinds of alcohol you will have to buy, and many people are picky about their liqour so it will also limit consumption.

 

 

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