Post # 1
Greetings bees i was hoping some of you ladies could help me.
what do you ladies think of an open bar but beer and wine only?
there will be liquor but guest would have to pay 3.00 well drinks.
we have family members younger that drink more then they should
just trying to cut cost and the drinking. do you think if would be enough with just beer and wine? thank you!
Post # 3
That is wht I am doing. I have told guests spirits will be available but at a cost. Beer and wine is fine!
Post # 4
@Kimy: thank you! i know the younger family members will try to act like its a sink or swim lol and other family members are not big drinkers and we dont want to pay a tab for the younger one to get drunk ; ( and act silly.
Post # 5
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 # 6
@gelaine22: yes that was me ; ) they worked with us on the soda situation if you remember they wanted (1.00 per guest) they gave us unlimited soft drinks for 40.00 ; ) thank God for that. then me and the FH talked about beer and wine only. caz were not going to drink we have our kids there and we will be driving to miami after the reception about 11pm to go on the ship.
Post # 7
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 # 8
@Mrs.LemonDrop: thank you! i didn’t think anyone would mind the beer and wine open bar our guests can have liquor but they will have to pay for it. i think that will keep certain family members on there toes ; ) once they have to pay for the hard stuff lol
Post # 10
- 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
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
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
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!