Drink Issue, Please help! Poll…

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which is the best option?
    Just do unlimited wine at dinner as planned and have a cash bar : (19 votes)
    15 %
    Close the bar entirely and have unlimited wine and beer all evening : (104 votes)
    82 %
    2 Drink tickets per person to do as they wish : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Another option I haven't thought about (please post bellow) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I think its completely fine to eliminate liquor all together and just stick with beer and wine!

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Wine and beer only. Could you bring in a few spirits? If the venue allows wine+beer I don’t see why you can’t bring in something else. Anyways if not, I’d still prefer hosted beer and wine vs paying for something else.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    I agree with PP. I’d stick to wine and beer. I doubt anyone will be pissed about you not having a cash bar vs having one. 

    Post # 5
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would have what you can afford. If that’s beer and wine, it will be fine. Any guests who cannot manage a few hours without hard liquor, need to look internally.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    We’re just putting $1500 on our bar and it covers beer and wine, juice and soft drinks for the night.

    There’s hard liqor available but will cost extra.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Double post whoops

    Post # 9
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    scissorgirl :  it’s quite common for beer/wine to be licensed separately from spirits and for establishments to have different rules for selling them or allowing them in.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee

    In the UK its normal to provide alcohol before and during the meal and cash bar afterwards.

    But I understand thats a big no no in america. So in your shoes, I’d say provide unlimited Beer and Wine all night, then have the bar open for people to buy spirits if they choose to? I hate the idea of buying peoples shots at my wedding on a completely open bar!

    Post # 11
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I detest the drink ticket idea and cringe every time it’s brought up.  Weddings are not carnivals where items are purchased with tickets.

    I think beer and wine only is completely fine.  I would try to avoid a cash bar at all costs, so that solution is probably the best option. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    We only served beer and wine.  My Darling Husband is really into craft beer and had them order some specialty beers which seemed to go over well.  I didn’t like the idea of asking people to pay for drinks, so we had no liquor available.  I suppose it all depends on the crowd, but no one seemed to miss the liquor.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee

    mrsnitti17 :  We did this (with the $1,500 down). We had the option to keep serving or close bar. What we did was to ask them to tell us if we were getting close so we could make a decision at that time. We had the intention of putting more down if needed but did not want an insane bar bill. (We ended up being slightly under the amount). Also check to see if you limiting the selection to 1-2 types of beer and 1-2 types of decent/good tasting wine and buying it in bulk (a keg of beer and case of wine) is cheaper than per glass.

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