(Closed) Beer and Wine only open bar thoughts???? PLEASE ;o)

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: beer and wine only open bar?
    sounds great! : (46 votes)
    94 %
    no way! : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1066 posts
    Bumble bee

    That is wht I am doing. I have told guests spirits will be available but at a cost. Beer and wine is fine!

    Post # 5
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Was it you that had another thread about the open bar vs no open bar? I thought the general consensus was that beer/wine was better than no alcohol or a partial open bar. I think it’s totally fine!

    Post # 7
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    That’s what I did. No one complained at all. We also offered pop, water, and a fancy lemonade (crystal light, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and club soda to make it sparkling). We did the alcohol provision ourself (had a bartender and bought the booze) so we opted for a bunch of fun “summer variety packs” of local microbrews from my home area. Since the party was lightly themed 1950s summer vacation, it was a huge hit! 

    In fact, we ended up with kind of a lot of beer left over and I gave to to my friends before leaving town. People could have drank more! I also have a lot of decent drinkers, but our party was also on a Sunday so that kept people from being downright messy. 

    I honestly doubt anyone would blink twice if you don’t have liquor.

    ETA: Sorry, I misread your original post! We didn’t offer liquor at all. We told family members that in advance though, so I guess if they wanted it they could have snuck it in. (It wasn’t against our venue rules or anything, I just didn’t want to bother buying a dozen types of liqour for what was a relatively small party).

    Post # 9
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This is a great idea!

    Post # 10
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Sounds great to me and I generally drink at parties.  The lower alcohol content should curb at least some of the over-drinking behavior while still allowing for slightly buzzed Aunt So-and-So to hit the dance floor.

    Post # 11
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    That’s what we did.  We had beer and wine and soda provided.  If you wanted a mixed drink, you had to pay for it!!!



    Post # 12
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    I’d be fine with that. We provided the alcohol for our wedding (full open bar) and the beer and wine went the fastest. Not too many guests were drinking mixed drinks

    Post # 13
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it’s totally fine 🙂 It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to a 100% open bar wedding; lately I’ve seen a lot of wine/beer bars, partial bars, or signature cocktail bars. I think people understand, and let’s face it – free alcohol of any kind is always welcome!

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