(Closed) Alcohol at the reception? what are/did you do?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have have to spend $3200 at our venue for everything. Our food will be about $2400 and we will have some appetizers so we are planning on paying for $600 in alcohol. Anything anybody wants after that is on them. We arn’t doing so they don’t get trashed though, I hope they do get really drunk. We just can’t afford to pay more than that.

Post # 4
194 posts
Blushing bee

I liked the idea that I found one time, about serviing like a signature drink, and you can limit the bar hours and limit it by the alcohol selections, hence the signature drink. 🙂 They can make something that is pretty much specific to the bride and groom. For instance, for Jon and me, it would be the Soulmate drink. When that time comes, of course. Laughing



Post # 5
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re doing a full open bar.  I trusts my guests to drink responsibly and not get absolutely wasted.  We also gave the bartenders and caterers persmission to cut off anyone who gets too drunk. 

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did top shelf open bar, which was included in our wedding package.  In my friends/family, it’s expected.

Post # 7
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We did an open bar and people didn’t get out of control.  We did close the bar (well turned it into a cash bar) an hour and a half before the end of the reception, so that probably helped some.

Post # 8
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

 premium open bar

Post # 9
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi – We did beer and wine only.  We, however, made sure we had enough to not run out. To me it would feel like poor planning if we ran out of drinks half way through the night.

Are you suggesting doing beer and wine only for a certain number of hours/dollar amount and then turning it into a cashbar?

Post # 10
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We aren’t having alcohol.  We don’t want to take care of drunks on our wedding day.  We tossed around the idea of a keg for a while, but I just don’t want to have to deal with it. 

Post # 13
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’re having ours at an all-inclusive in Mexico and the booze is free everywhere already. 

Post # 14
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Unfortunately we couldn’t afford an open bar, so we did wine/beer/champagne open all night long, from start to finish. There were also bottles of hard alcohol at one of the pre-ceremony events in my culture, and I know most of the men got very drunk off of it and those bottles followed some of the guys into our reception, lol. But truthfully, the wine/beer/champagne was enough, my wedding was really a party very well into the night even though there was an absence of hard liquor. 

Post # 15
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did open bar for cocktail hour, and then unlimited beer/wine for the reception

Post # 16
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t really care if everyone gets wasted so we are doing full open bar. But I was just at a wedding with beer, wine, and two signature drinks and everyone was really wasted (ummm…including me). I think that if people want to get drunk they will get drunk off of whatever you offer. 

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