(Closed) Beer and Wine Only.

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

As much as I love my gin, I don’t think anyone would be bummed out by a beer & wine only reception. Here are my thoughts: 

– Ask if you can speak to people who have had their weddings there before and seen if they have done something like this. 

– Talk online to people who have had similar restrictions on their venue.

– Do some risk assessment. What does it specifically say in your contract and in their license? What happens if someone at the venue finds out about your workaround? Could you get fined or punished somehow?

– Maybe find ways to make beer and wine exciting. For example: make mixed drinks with sparkling wine, combine beer with lemonade, make white wine coolers, etc..

Post # 3
760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think this is a really cute idea and would be a great addition to your wedding.  My only recommendation would be to assign that duty (preparing the drinks) to someone you trust who is not in your wedding party, etc. because you will be busy leading up to the wedding and this may feel like added stress.

That being said, I have been to a beer/wine only wedding and it was great.  I wouldn’t worry at all about having a limited bar.  Most people who drink will drink wine and/or beer anyway.  Good luck!

Post # 3
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

britty:  Personally I would be happy with just beer/wine and that would cover most of my friends as well. I’d be more worried that the mason jar idea is in grey area and not “really” allowed techinically, but they won’t raise a stink about it…. It depends on your budget too- beer and wine can be purchased for relatively cheaply, while liquor/mixer/mason jars are all going to add at least another $500 to your bottom line there…. 

Post # 5
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re doing beer and wine only so I can’t give advice on the signature drinks, but my logic is: it’s a lot easier to drink your second, third, fourth favourite drinks when they’re free. I’ve ran it past a few people and nobody cares that we’re doing just beer and wine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
1634 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i wouldn’t be bummed the venue has hard liquor pouring rules. Beer and wine is fine. Besides mixing and packaging drinks the day before my wedding is not something I would want to do.

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee

britty:  I think the mason jar idea is really cute!

My venue is beer & wine only as well. While we can’t really do “signature cocktails” with hard alcohol, we are thinking of doing one with sparkling wine (like a bellini or mimosa type of thing). We are having an outdoor spring wedding, so I think it will go well with the season & type of wedding we’re having. Maybe something like that would be a nice alternative to the headache of preparing lots of drinks in advance and worrying about running out?

Post # 8
605 posts
Busy bee

We served beer, wine and champagne with a cash bar for liquor. A few boozehounds bought their own drinks but most people drank what was offerered, which in my opinion was more than enough. 

Your idea sounds fine in theory but to have enough for most, if not all adult guests, will be expensive and a huge pain in the ass to transport. Then you need to keep these drinks cold until they run out. You probably will not be able to ask your venue reps to man the drink station since you’re not supposed to have it anyway so someone in your party is going to have to deal with refilling the buckets and making sure the ice isn’t melted. It sounds like more trouble than it’s worth. I’d just stick with the beer and wine. Your guests should be able to go a few hours without a cocktail. 

Post # 9
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to plenty of beer and wine only weddings and have been perfectly happy! I love me some fancy open bar, too, but I’ve never missed it at a beer-and-wine wedding. I wouldn’t add the extra effort to pre-make mixed drinks. Your guests will be fine without them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We only had beer and wine, didn’t even want to mess with mixed drinks, etc. It went over great and we had no complaints. I wouldn’t be put off as a guest at a wedding with beer or wine either.

Post # 11
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

britty:  If I was going to take the time to do all this, because the venue did not allow pouring, I would make 2-3 per person that you know will drink. Obviously if you are having kids, they will not. Also, I would know my mom, dad, and several aunts and uncles would not be drinking. That would reduce my guest list a lot.

Post # 12
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally I don’t see anything wrong with just beer and wine, it’s standard here. Doing mixed drinks is definitely going to add another thing to your list of to do”s

Post # 13
7519 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think beer and wine is just fine- most people would be happy with this.  I think all this “specialty drink” stuff is kind of silly because lots of people are particular about their drinks.  Sounds like they would be too much work. 

Post # 14
81 posts
Worker bee

I think the signature cocktail is a nice touch, but like others, I’d be perfectly happy with beer and wine only.  It seems like the cocktails would be A LOT of work and I can’t imagine the nightmare of transporting those drinks, so I don’t think the amount of work it takes to accomplish this is worth the reward.  

Post # 15
2637 posts
Sugar bee

britty:  I would be fine with beer and wine. I dont think anyone would be offended if you served that.

You should try to find out if there are any fees associated with “pouring alcohol” on site. That may be one way to get around it, but perhaps the venue (despite the insider info) may have different thoughts about you trying to find a loop hole. 

If you can confirm this wont be an issue, then sure – go ahead! sounds like a nice idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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