Alcohol at brunch reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
744 posts
Busy bee

i agree that alcohol is not required at any wedding. 

but, i personally find weddings without alcohol to be a bit dull.    

Post # 32
2452 posts
Buzzing bee

I feel like the concept of brunch pretty much includes alcohol (bloody mary, mimosa, other similar brunch cocktails) by defintiion?  I’d be a bit irked if I was invited to brunch and I couldn’t have a mimosa or three.  

Maybe call it a breakfast reception instead?  

Post # 33
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

I’d be upset if there were no alcohol at an evening wedding, but a sunday brunch reception would probably be my one pass. As others have said, nobody would be sad about a mimosa though. Maybe mimosas with prosecco to keep it more affordable?

I’d say you’re probably fine either way, you know your crowd better than us! Go with your gut!

Post # 34
1010 posts
Bumble bee

I vote for having champagne!

Post # 35
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’d at least have some mimosas or sparkling wine. If my girlfriends and I go out for a brunch to celebrate something (birthdays, ect) we definitely have a few glasses of bubbly to celebrate!

Post # 36
2128 posts
Buzzing bee

Another vote for mimosas. If I’m getting glam for a wedding, spending money on a gift, etc, I’d be a wee bit annoyed to have to drink smoothies and tea all afternoon. I’m not a big coffee drinker (save that for when big assignments are due, lol). 

I certainly wouldn’t think less of you, or anything crazy like that, I’d just be disappointed and somewhat surprised. I think waffles and smoothies are great for a child’s birthday, but I would expect a step up for a wedding. 

Post # 37
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I think given the time of day most people wouldn’t go and get drunk like they may at an evening reception – but at the same time I would expect some alcohol. A drink or two (mimosas!!) per person would be nice.

We are having a morning wedding and afternoon reception, we will be providing plenty of alcohol anyway 🙂

Post # 38
160 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think alcohol is the key to a good wedding – it’s not like I’m going to be getting tipsy enough at brunch to be crazy on the dance floor. But if I attended a wedding without and didn’t know the bride/groom to be in recovery (or very religious), I’d just assume they were being super cheap. 

Post # 39
133 posts
Blushing bee

kaleybear :  I had a brunch wedding about the same length as yours, with no dancing. The bartenders were mixing the drinks way too weakly (weaker than I had  accounted for), but I still think that only about 2/3 of the adults at my reception had alcoholic drinks, and we had a lot of alcohol left over. We offered mimosas (with prosecco) and John Daleys (an Arnold Palmer with vodka). Looking back at our age break down, I don’t think anyone over 55 (1/3 or so of adult guests) drank, while those under 30 drank a lot. So, I would plan for your crowd. If I had it to do over, I would offer just mimosas. Also, if we had stuck with just one drink, we could have pre-mixed them and had fewer bartenders. As a PP said, prosecco is very inexpensive and perfect for mimosas, so it really won’t add that much (probably $100-$200) to the budget if you plan ahead and buy prosecco in bulk.

Post # 40
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve never been to a brunch wedding reception.  Where I see brunch, I anticipate a mimosa (or 5).  Our friends and family are the kind of people who get up at 7am to go kayaking and have a beer cracked before we even make it in the water.  So we would likely have mimosas and beer.  

But that depends on your crowd.  If they’re the kind of people who will be satisified with board games and waffles for 4 hours, great.  But if they are not and you skip it, it won’t be the end of the world.  But, I wouldn’t be surprised if people cut out early.

Post # 41
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

totally depends on your group and your region also. 

I am in Wisconsin. If I was invited to a wedding without alcohol I would be confused. However, we have alcohol at every major event (LOL) so it would be shocking.


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