(Closed) Alcohol Option – Shots?!

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Australian here. I’ve never been to a wedding where spirits were provided – its always “buy your own” as far as I know.  I also think shots at weddings (and in general really) is always a bad idea.

Post # 4
9667 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I wouldn’t pay extra for the shots, is it possible to do a cash bar for the spirits? So anyone who wants spirits can have them?

Post # 6
9667 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

Are there non alcoholic drinks provided? Just for those who don’t drink beer, champagne or wine especially.

Post # 7
3370 posts
Sugar bee

@SydneyJen:  I’m not Australian, but I don’t do shots, ever. And I feel left out when everyone else gets together and does them, but I just can’t (I would gag). Someone could buy me 15 shots, I wouldn’t even drink one. And I’m not alone in that, not everybody does shots.

Post # 8
10281 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

“The question is – are things like shots/spirits expected at weddings?”


Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@SydneyJen:  The general standard at Australian weddings is beer, wine and soft drink and champagne/sparkling wine for the toasts. Some people have an open bar but that is more a really nice suprise than standard.


Post # 10
178 posts
Blushing bee

From Australia here, and nope! Never had shots provided at a wedding or heard of it. Spirits are really optional, and generally those that prefer spirits buy them for themselves at the bar. If you decide to offer spirits it can be daunting because of the options… Rum, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, tequila…. and then, you have to choose the brand too!

There are weddings where some couples have decided to do a special cocktail for the wedding, but really have generally only seen Beer, Wine and Soft drinks provided (and then there are cash only bars too!) 

Hope this helps 

@j_jaye:  +1!

Post # 11
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ive been to many weddings here in Australia from many different social & ethnic backgrounds and not one served anything but beer, wine & champagne for toasts.

We actually provided more than others did being as we had choices of beer or wine!

Post # 12
709 posts
Busy bee

@SydneyJen:  I don’t think your guests should / will expect shots. It’s not a frat party, is it.

Post # 13
4040 posts
Honey bee

WOW! My contract specifies a maximum amount of alcohol (1.5 ounces) per mixed drink (per state regulation) and shots are absolutely not allowed. It may be a Mid-Atlantic States thing, but I’ve never seen or heard of shots, at a wedding. After parties – sure!

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