(Closed) Another Open Bar Question… Full bar vs. Wine/Beer Bar

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
6292 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

blt982:  I’m from the UK so my answer may not help, but I personally would always like the option of being able to drink spirits and mixers, particularly at something like a wedding where typically you have wine during the day, as while I do love wine, sometimes it gets a bit much after like 6 hours of drinking. I’m also VERY fussy about wine, so if there wasn’t one a liked, I would drink spirits. If there wasn’t a fully open bar that would be fine, but I would appreciate the option of purchasing them myself. 

So basically,I don’t think a full open bar is necessary but I do think spirits should be offered.

Post # 3
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m always happy with just a beer and wine open bar! 

Post # 4
7416 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would prefer an open bar that only has beer and wine over a full bar that I have to pay for.

Post # 6
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Beer and wine is good.  Most people are happy with those choices, and other people can deal 🙂

Post # 7
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We’re only having beer, wine and champagne available during the entire reception, but we’ve opted for a round of digestifs after dinner, where guests can choose between a variety of options. While that’s pretty much the norm where I’m from (Germany), we also don’t want our guests to get wasted on spirits during our reception.

Post # 8
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m sure anyone would be happy about more choices, or about the ability to order any mixed drink… but anyone who comes to a wedding and complains because it’s “only” beer and wine is really rude (in my opinion). And this is coming from someone who doesn’t drink beer and doesn’t particularly enjoy wine, but enjoys mixed drinks!

When we were looking at bars, it was never an option in our budget to do more than beer and wine – although we may have been able to swing a signature mixed drink. 

Edit: We’re now doing brunch for 30 people. Haha. So there’s no “bar” (we’re in a restaurant’s private room). We’re still trying to figure out if we can even afford alcohol for this brunch as their cheapest package is $900 and the food itself is only $1200… so we might just be offering one glass of wine/beer for toasting. The horror!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  KitSnicket.
Post # 9
33 posts

I’ve been to a ton of weddings with “just” beer/wine and a ton of weddings with full open bar. I’ve always had a great time either way! I think the vast majority of guests will be more than happy with beer and wine.

Post # 10
719 posts
Busy bee

Take the price difference and buy the dress of your dreams or put a downpayment on your new home or do whatever makes you happy.  No one who is at your wedding for the right reason needs hard liquor to be available or they’ll be bummed.

Post # 11
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian


blt982:  We’re just doing beer and wine. It was $17/person extra for 3 hours of full bar. We were thinking of doing a signature cocktail, which was actually almost as much, but it’s sort of a program where they make them for you, you do a tasting and thll them what you like, and you get 3 to have at your wedding. But after speaking with one of my bridesmaids, she was saying how she likes beer and wine better because liquor gets you drunk too quick and mixed drinks are sometimes too sugary with everything else going on with the wedding. So I decided to jsut add 2 more hours of open beer/wine/champagne for a total of $1000. I’m very comfortable with my decision.

Post # 12
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had an open bar during our social hour and dinner. We also had a keg, so people had options of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

DH’s family are big liquor drinkers, so there would have been no way that we couldn’t have had mixed drinks for either an open or a cash bar. That would not have gone over well!

Plus, having all options available lets people choose what they really want to drink. But, if only one of those options was available, most people can pick between beer or wine – if they like those are don’t JUST do mix drinks.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Kacie209.
Post # 13
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I am sure your guests will more than understand beer and wine, especially with the recent recession most people understand the need to budget appropriately. If you want you can do a signature mixed drink but it is not necessary. 

Post # 14
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would not even be slightly disappointed with just beer and wine bar. That is usually what I choose to drink all night. Could you possibly add a sangria or a champagne cocktail type drink?


Post # 15
1213 posts
Bumble bee

blt982:  what about hosted beer and wine and if people want liquor they pay?  That’s what I’m doing. At a venue I visited. The coordinator said that when people go for liquor and find out that they have to pay, they almost always default to the free beer and wine.

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