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

posted 10 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 # 32
    624 posts
    Busy bee

    We only did wine and beer but definitely do more white than red, even if you are having beef.  We had brisket, 12 bottles each of white and red.  Only about half of one red bottle was drank and the white ran out half way through the reception.

    Post # 33
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Yeah I agree with a lot of the other bees. Wine is pretty important and common at weddings..people usually “expect” that ya know? I understand you not drinking wine but a lot of people would prefer wine over hard alcohol in a wedding setting. Although you know your guests better than I do. Since our wedding is a very romantic, intimate small wedding we’re only having wine and beer. Wine is sooo much cheaper than liqour too, so keep that in mind.

    Post # 34
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    I think you should do wine and just choose one or 2 signature drinks. If you’re going to stick with beer and liquor ditch the Schnapps and Amaretto and go with the basics – vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, scotch and mixers. You can make pretty much any drink with those.

    Post # 35
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Three Buck Chuck from Trader Joes is always a cheap red option for me!

    But I would go with Barefoot as a good, inexpensive wine brand. You can get a pinot grigio and a merlot. Yellow Tail is a good one too (I saw suggested above). But everything I’ve had from Barefoot is great!


    Post # 36
    420 posts
    Helper bee

    Since you are having that much alcohol at your wedding i would nix one and get some wine. Although im sure it truly wouldn’t matter in the long run.. More people would enjoy the wine i think. But once again it’s what you think your guests would enjoy. We are doing champagne toast, and then a few types of beer. Then people can order there own liquor or wine.

    Post # 37
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I don’t know what your crowd is, but if you’re worried about costs i’d take out the peach schnapps and amaretto and add a wine (white or red) and a signature drink…

    like PP’s said chardonnay and reisling always go over well as white’s…

    and are you in the DMV? I got mine from the Costco’s in Arlington, VA…(I mixed up Yellow Tail chardonnay/Reisling)

    Post # 38
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i voted who cares before reading the post oops. but honestly after reading your post, i would just order whatever.

    no one will be disapointed if you offer them something. seriously.

    Post # 39
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @maemejo, the problem is that Maryland has “state stores” for alcohol, and places like Costco and Sam’s Club aren’t legally allowed to carry beer or wine.  If you go over the border to DC or Virginia, you’ll find a lot more places where you can buy alcohol.

    Post # 40
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We are only having beer, wine (red & white), and champagne.

    Post # 41
    22 posts
    • Wedding: March 2011


    My fiance and I are paying for everything: We opted for the following:

    Beer (Bud & Corona) Wine (Red & White)- We will be tasting the house brands, and if they are ok, will go with them.

    We are also giving a glass of champagne as our guests enter the reception patio and a champagne toast with the cake cutting. We will also have a champ and non alcohol punch along with the other basics: tea, water & coffee..

    Its an afternoon reception so we decided that no hard liquor was needed. However, this was also based on knowing our guests and their basic likes.


    Post # 42
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @maemejo: we just did two bottles of wine at each table (and a few extra behind the bar) then we served various beer and ciders.

    Post # 43
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I don’t care for mixed drinks and really enjoy a glass of wine with my meal, so I’d be disappointed (and rather surprised) that a wedding reception offered hard liquor and no wine.   

    Post # 44
    3521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’d be surprised that there was hard liquor but not wine, but I don’t really care either way. Have what you can afford.

    Post # 45
    1747 posts
    Bumble bee

    @maemejo:I’m considering a red/white wine, beer, bubbly and a signature drink.

    Post # 46
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had an Argentine Malbec (red) which was raved about, and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.  Goes with everything.  Also bought some box wine (white zin) for the outlaws:-)  Had a lot left over which can be returned in our case.

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