Post # 1
I’m doing a 4-course dinner reception plus wedding cake for 60 people at a restaurant (no cocktail hour, no dancing, no open bar). How would you serve wine/soda/juice with dinner when only 15 of those people drink alcohol????
Would you print out a custom drink menu without prices, and let your guests order by the glass? Should I have a regular red & white wine service, even though most people will refuse alcohol? I’ve never been to an event like this, help!
Post # 3
@canadajane: They wouldn’t open the bottle if no one wanted a drink, right? So I don’t see the problem with offering normal wine service. If someone doesn’t want a drink, they won’t have one.
Post # 4
@canadajane: Does your venue offer consumption? That would be easiest. Guests who do drink can order whatever they like that the bar has at those prices and then at the end of the night you only pay for what was drank by your guests.
Post # 5
@canadajane: I had wine service at my wedding – similar numbers. The staff opened all the bottles before serving so I had to pay for all of them, but hardly anyone drank. It was a real shame because there was so much wine left at the end of the night.
If I had to do it over again, I would just put the money that I used for the wine $400) on a bar tab and let everyone get their own pop/juice/water/wine/beer/spirits.
Post # 6
Thanks. With only 15 drinkers, I think I will strongly encourage guests to order whatever they like, and not have bottles passed around.
Post # 7
Yeah for such a small number I would do regular restaurant style wine service. If the wine list is large and can be expensive and you’re concerned about what may be ordered, you could see if the restaurant will over a limited selection approved by you and the drinking guests can choose from that.