(Closed) Alcohol/Beer/Wine for a wedding? HELP ME!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How would you feel about not having wine at a receptions?
    Who cares? : (33 votes)
    29 %
    I am a little disappointed, but I will drink something else. : (71 votes)
    63 %
    I am going to leave and drink my own wine at home. : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Wow this wedding is cheap and tacky because the bar sucks. They are not even serving tequila. : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Wine or Champagne should be a must in my opinion. But we are having absolutely no alcohol at our reception because if we do have JUST wine or champagne half of his family won’t show. 

    You could have one or two of each of the red or white wines.

    Post # 4
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    5262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you’re having other kinds of alcohol, I really think you need to have wine. It’s such a staple, especially with a nice meal. I understand no wine when a couple’s not serving any alcohol, but to serve vodka, rum, etc, and no wine seems odd to me. Not everyone is a beer drinker, and while I like beer I probably wouldn’t want it in that situation. Plus, I’d want an option of something I could drink, and of your options I’d only want a vodka based martini, or a Manhattan, but both require Vermouth which you don’t have listed, so I think the mixed drink options are very limited. 

    I think often signature drinks work better in situations like this – like if you had beer, a red wine, a white wine, champagne, and agreed on a signature cocktail with your Fiance. 

    Post # 5
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think you should have a red and white wine.  Like you, I don’t drink wine either but I know there are guests who only drink wine and not liquor.  Wine isn’t that expensive either.  It’s probably cheaper than your liquor.  Even a box wine will do because I heard people don’t really know the difference between box wine and bottle wine. 

    Post # 6
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    You know your guests better, but I would be hesitant to skip the wine and just have beer & hard liquor (screams frat party to me, haha).  If you’re limiting what alcohol you need to buy, it’s more common to skip the hard liquor and just have beer & wine.  As far as red and/or white, it depends on the situation.  If you’re having a daytime or outdoor wedding white will be a MUCH more frequent choice, so you could probably skip red all together.  You could always offer a sangria as your wine option, too.

    Post # 7
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    1074 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Personally, I don’t drink at all, except for wine!  So if I were a guest, I might feel a little left out, but would be fine drinking water.  It just seems to me that you have some great liquor up there that can be rather expensive, yet, left out wine, which can be rather cheap.

    Post # 8
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted “who cares”, because if there is at least SOMETHING to drink then that’s perfect for me:)  You can’t make everyone happy so just focus on making yourself happy~!

    Post # 9
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m a fancy beer kind of gal. Give me a Stella Artois over a glass of wine any day.

    Post # 10
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    1074 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Also, if you do decide on one white and one red, I recommend a chardonny or reisling for your white and a cabernet or pinot noir as your red.  Those will appeal to most of the masses.

    If you can only choose one wine,  I suggest serving just a white.  More people drink white wine.

    Post # 11
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    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    As mentioned before, it depends on your guests.

    For mine, we are just doing wine and beer.  I wanted to do the mixers, but then found out that we would need an extra bartender if we wanted that and that means extra money (plus the cost of the alcohol), so .. that’s something else to consider if you’re having a bartender. (I’m not sure if that’s just a rule of the place we’re getting a bartender from or if it’s normal.. 1 for wine/beer, 2 for wine/beer/mixers).

    Post # 12
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you are trying to limit the amount of alcohol that you are trying to purchase, I would definitely recommend sticking to beer, wine, and perhaps a signature mixed drink.  I would be very surprised if I went to a wedding where other alcohol was served but not a red and white wine.

    Post # 13
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    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’d prefer to have beer and wine and if there is other alcohol available, that’d be great. I think a signature drink or two is a great way to add some hard alcohol in. Other that, I’d stick with classic hard alcohols: vodka, rum, whiskey, gin. I’d leave the schnapps and amaretto out–their appeal isn’t likely wide enough and they’re just less classic than the other alcohol you’d be serving. 

    As for wine, you should definitely have red and white, and if your wedding is in the summer you might consider also a rose.

    Post # 14
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    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    if you are having alcohol you really should offer wine. my bartender only offers white zimphendale (sp? i dont drink) which kind of sucks but its the only bartender we can have at our venue. 

    good luck! 

    Post # 15
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    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I honestly think, its your wedding, offer what you think is best. Guests will be pleased to have alcohol options at all. But I have an unique perspective – we are having a dry brunch reception out of respect for the religious beliefs of my family, and an after party with hosted wine and a cash bar for beer and mixed drinks. We chose to host wine because we can bring in our own, so its the most economical, but I also liked the idea hosting the wine compared to other drinks because it is such a wedding staple and, in my opinion, is more elegant than beer or liquor. 

    If you want to look into having wine, and you can bring your own, look into Trader Joe’s. They have very affordable wines ($2-$4) that are crowd pleasing and actually really popular. I heard about “Two Buck Chuck” on WB!

    Post # 16
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    803 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i would much rather have wine as an option rather than peach schnapps (whats with the peach schnapps, anyways?)

    you should reall add champagne as well.

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