Post # 1
Hi Bees! I know that many of you have already expressed your opinions that drink tickets are “tacky” or “cheap”. However, I think that’s usually in the context of formal evening affairs. I, however, am having (at least at the moment) a carnival themed wedding at a now defunct amusement park. I’m thinking about serving mini corn dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and pretzels for hors d’ouevres and kebabs, sliders, sausages and peppers, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, tossed salad, and a candy buffet. I will have a variety of carnival games but probably no dancing (jury’s still out).
I plan to serve bottled sodas, tea, water, and lemonade. However, for alcoholic beverages, I merely am thinking champagne toast and a signature drink of spiked Arnold Palmers. Should I serve more? Could I serve carnival-style drink tickets that would fit in with the theme without the stigma of it seeming tacky if anyone should want one other style cocktail and then they pay for their own liquor or beer or wine after that if they wish? Keep in mind the reception will most likely be from 1-4 on a Sunday in late July.
Post # 3
That sounds like a blast. I would be more than happy with a spiked Arnold Palmer and some awesome bottled soda.
Post # 4
I think it’s a really awesome, thoughtful vision, and your guests will have a great time no matter what you choose 🙂
Post # 5
I’d prefer to have what you offer then having drink tickets. Host what you can afford. Your guests will be having fun doing the carnival-y things I doubt they would even notice that they weren’t drinking a rum and coke.
Post # 6
Honestly, I would say no, but not because of etiquette. I just don’t think guests will want any more than you’re offering, so save yourself some money! 🙂
Post # 7
I’m with the others on this – the signature drink sounds like a good one.
If you know for sure that you have a fair number of (VIP) guests who will be utterly disappointed if they can’t have “their” drink – and you think this could be a problem – then you might want to consider the tickets. But I think your plan sounds good. (And most brides would like to think that our guests are adult and in control enough that they can last a few hours without their Gin & Tonic or Bud Lite – especially if there’s another tasty option!)