(Closed) alcohol question-House/Call/Premium alcohol? Does it matter?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I hate to tell you this… but it does.  Depending on what your venue’s “house” liquors are, that is.  You don’t want your guests to be subjected to Bankers Club at your wedding for a couple of reasons…

Reason one: it just doesn’t taste the same as a better brand.  You can taste the sting in the liquor and unless your guests are a bunch of college freshmen they will know the difference. 

Reason Two:  Not only is the taste different, but the hangover you get after drinking the cheap stuff all night is just a nightmare.

HOWEVER, if your venue’s house brands are something like Abslout (vodka), Jim Beam (burbon), Sauza (tequila), or Bacardi (rum) you should be fine.  Our house liquor brands were actually really decent brands, but my family consists of a lot of drinkers.  When it came to the $5.00 per person upcharge to serve a better bar, my parents, who are graciously paying for our reception, jumped on it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do some people care?  Absolutely.  However, the only advice I can give is to get the best that you can afford.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just to reiterate, @MUI831 is right.  I got lucky and my parents are paying for the bar.  Don’t break your bank if it’s not something that’s important to you.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It depends entirely on the “house brands” they are offering. I would find one of your trustworthy friends (who won’t be mad if you end up not going with premium) who does a lot of liquor drinking and show him/her the two lists and see.

Our house-brand liquors were just as good as the premium kind except for in one (important to the groom) case so we negotiated that the venue would make that one exception to the “house” list for only a small uptick in price.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

It depends, our house vodka is Absolut, “VIP” is Grey Goose. Do I like Goose better than Absolut? Yes. Is it worth $14 a head? No

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

House can be fine but I’d check it out first as they tend to be varied depending on the venue. 

I’d definitely opt for a flat rate rather than per drink also as it often works out cheaper and causes less stress worrying how much people might drink. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you can afford the premium and its important to you than do it. If not, im sure no one is going to complain. It will be free to your guest, so im sure they wont care.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do some people care?  Absolutely.  However, the only advice I can give is to get the best that you can afford.

This is why we need a like button. I agree. Are some of your guests going to turn their nose up at it? Some might, but who cares. You aren’t there to go into debt so that they are happy. They should be happy with what you are providing them. If they have a terrible hangover in the morning then whose fault is it really? Yours for providing cheap alcohol or theirs for not knowing their limit? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unless alcohol is a high priority for you (sounds like it is not) I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using house liquor. That’s what we’re doing and I know our guests will still completely appreciate the full open bar! If, for example, you know your Uncle Joe loves a particular brand of whiskey, it might be nice to purchase a bottle to keep under the counter and ask if the bartenders will serve it to those who request it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would do whatever you can afford.  I personally think it’s pretty bad form to complain about free alcohol and I probably wouldn’t even notice in any case.  I can’t tell the difference between a $7 and a $40 bottle of wine…seriously.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Im going to have to disagree with people saying it matters.

When you get prescription drugs that are name brand, the generic does the same. Evian water is water, Coke tastes like RC Cola, etc.

I know a man who prides himself on drinking the best whiskey and scotch and my uncle tricked him. He thought he was drinking preium whiskey when in fact it was not.

 

Unless everyone at your wedding is a liqour and spirits connoisseur, it shouldnt matter.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My fiancee loves premium rum but if we are at an event that doesnt serve a brand he likes, then he just drinks something else without an issue. I’d have a variety of house brand liquor rather then paying alot of money for premium drinks. Also, if its open bar, you will hate seeing all the wasted premium liquor as you float around the room!

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