(Closed) alcohol at bridal shower?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Should alcohol be served at a bridal shower?
    Yes, in moderation : (36 votes)
    71 %
    It's not really necessary : (14 votes)
    27 %
    Absolutely no way! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I went to one shower at a restaurant and I think you could order wine but honestly I can’t even remember. My sister threw my bridal shower at her house and had a couple of bottles of wine out but I think no one even touched them. I wouldn’t worry too much about it unless the people you’re inviting really enjoy their wine/beer.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I do think most showers do have alcohol, but typically it will be champ cocktails, or a spiked punch. Never beer or mixed cocktails (like a jack and coke.)

    Its nice to have, but not necessary.  

    Post # 5
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I had a cocktail party shower… so, perhaps I’m not the right one to ask 🙂

    I also had champagne at my tea shower.

    That said – I don’t think alcohol is ever a ‘must’ but sometimes a nice thing to have.  Do you think your SIL would like a glass of wine at her shower?  If so, then I’d use that as the gauge.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think champagne, alcoholic punch or wine is much appreciated by bridal shower guests. First of all, bridal showers can be very boring – the alcohol helps with that. Secondly, if there are people there who wont know anyone else (I was one of those people at a shower a few weekends ago) it is much easier to talk to people you dont know if there is a little alcohol involved.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My bridal shower was a brunch and part of the menu were mimosas and a variety of other brunch cocktails.

    Post # 8
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    Busy Beekeeper

    @dancewithjoy: are the other hosts just trying to cut costs?  vs. thinking it’s inappropriate?  …the last shower I went to was a brunch BABY shower and there was red and white wine served.  While more ‘inappropriate’ for a baby shower (yet, totally welcome by the guests) I think you and Mother-In-Law are on the right track with the spiked punch idea.  It’s festive and celebratory – all the things you are trying to communicate with the shower.  It also sounds yummy!

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee

    All the showers I went to as well as my own had alcohol available. Typically a vodka strawberry lemonade, wine, sanfria, champagne etc type choices.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We had wine and champagne and my shower, and everyone enjoyed having a glass or two.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Mine will be alcohol-free; it’s an afternoon tea on a Sunday afternoon and my family is really not a big drinking family.

    The shower I’m throwing for another bride will have alcohol since the other hosts thought it would be weird not to, so I’m hosting a brunch with drinks…which would be a total weird no-no in my family, but is very much the thing in hers.

    I think it has a lot to do with your audience.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Oh gosh! I retract my vote! I said “no way” but I read the title wrong and thought it said BABY shower!  hahaha!  Bridal Shower= drink up!! 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee

    Most showers I have been to either dont have any alcohol, or have some type of punch or champagne cocktail. I’m not a big drinker so I dont really care either way. I think its nice to offer, but not really necessary.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You could always just let guests order booze off the main menu (and pay for it themselves), while you do the food as planned. I went to a wedding reception that was set up that way and it worked perfectly.

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