(Closed) Beer and Wine only?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What types of drinks should we serve?
    Beer and Wine only : (48 votes)
    52 %
    Beer and Wine + a signature drink : (29 votes)
    32 %
    Beer, Wine, and Hard Alcohol : (15 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    we’re doing beer and wine only and i’ve been to plenty of weddings where those were the offerings and it was just fine. 


    when our reception ends around 10:30, there are a slew of nearby bars for the all-night partiers to enjoy.

    Post # 4
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We did beer and wine only, but told our friends beforehand so if they wanted to bring their own liquor they could. No one got rowdy or out of hand, they had been warned that they would feel my wrath if they did!!!

    Post # 5
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We served only beer and wine and everyone was fine with that.

    Post # 6
    809 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We’re serving just beer and wine. I’m sure it will be fine if you do it that way too. 🙂

    Post # 7
    35 posts
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our wedding is in France so wine is the normal thing to serve. We’ll only be having beer since my side will want it. There will be a cocktail hour with sangria or punch and beer. Champagne toast before dinner. Then white wine with the starter then red wine with the main course. We haven’t decided if there will be a digestif or after dinner drink.


    Post # 8
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Could you do full open bar but tell the bartenders “no shots”?

    It seems like if people are really set on getting wasted, they’ll do it on whatever you’re serving.

    I think there’s nothing wrong with offering beer/wine only, but more from a “way to save money” standpoint vs. stopping people from getting drunk.

    Post # 9
    1254 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am in the same situation as you. We are having beer, wine and signature drinks (margarita and sangria) only. The hard liquor (and shots) is what usually causes the trouble so there will not be any for the reception.

    Post # 10
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We’re going to have liquor, maybe one kind of wine, and no beer.  That’s only because we don’t like wine or beer and most people that will be there won’t drink more than one or two if any (which is why we’re glad the open bar is per drink and not per person per hour).  That being said, if I went to a wedding with only wine and beer I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all.

    Post # 11
    5497 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We’re serving beer and Chamgane. If that’s all you want to serve, I think you would be fine. It also cuts down on the cost of the reception. = )

    Post # 12
    4546 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We’re doing just beer and wine. And it’s not becase of the cost. We just don’t people getting ridiculous at our wedding, and there are some people we’ve invited who would!

    Post # 13
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Be aware that many people do not like beer or wine of any kind, so you will need to provide lots of nonalcoholic options. For our guests, beer and wine only is not practical as only a couple people at most will drink either of those. Serve what you know your guests will drink that you can afford. Also, alcohol is never required and many people don’t even miss it at special occasions. Either way, it’s not your fault, nor that of your other guests, that some people cannot or will not drink responsibly.

    Post # 14
    1816 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    We’re doing beer and wine only.  This is mostly because that is what the majority of our guests drink and also because we didn’t want to play the guessing game about what/how much liquor to buy.  Our venue is right next to a bunch of bars, so we are just going to arrange some after-wedding drinks specials for those guests who would like to party a little harder/longer.

    Post # 15
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    No way! Beer and wine is plenty!

    Our wedding is totally dry and we LOTS of people coming in from out of town.

    They’re there to see you get married and celebrate with you — not to get trashed on your dime. At least, they should be. Honestly, don’t be afraid to ask your bartenders to cut people off liberally too.

    Post # 16
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I think you should go with your gut. If you’re worried people will be out of control, you can remind bartenders not to serve anyone who’s already clearly inebriated, or you can just serve beer/wine (that is NOT a cop-out!).

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