(Closed) Drink up! What is your alcohol situation? Full bar? Drink tickets?

posted 11 years ago in Food
  • poll: What are you doing for your reception?

    open bar (we are paying) for ALL drinks (beer, wine, mixed drinks)

    open bar (we are paying) for just beer and wine

    drink tickets (we're paying for a set number of drinks per guest)

    guests are paying for thier own alcohol...don't get wasted on my dime!

    no alcohol being served

  • Post # 40
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We are doing a cash-only bar. The majority of people attending either do not drink, aren’t supposed to drink (due to medications, etc.), or shouldn’t be encouraged to drink based on past behavior. There are maybe 10 guests attending who would purchase alchohol.

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think we’re going to do the dreaded drink tickets, and wine on the tables.  My family isn’t really into wine, and my FI’s is, so I felt weird not offering an alternative to my half of the guest list.  Cash bars are very common in Canada, as the typical drink in a restaurant/banquet hall costs around $6.00.

    Post # 42
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are having a tab. After that tab runs out its cash only. Which is fair enough, were on a budget. It includes, beer and wine and softdrinks. If guests want anything else.. they have to pay. Spirits and such.

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Open Bar everything included. It actually wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be.

    Post # 44
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m not sure what we’re doing yet, but we really can’t afford to pay for a full open bar. I’m actually surprised how many people are doing an open bar. Where I live, most of the weddings I have attended have all been cash bar only… or an open bar for only an hour, then cash after.

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    The works – full open bar all night starting at cocktail hour, champagne toast, and wine service with dinner.

    Post # 46
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We had an open bar for the entire reception. We knew we wanted this right from the start. It was a blast! Everybody enjoyed all the drinks…beer/wine won’t work for many people we know as some only like mixed drinks. This way everybody was covered and could drink their fave drinks.

    Post # 47
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are having a champagne punch cocktail hour, wine service with dinner and then 4 hours of open bar after dinner!

    It’s going to be a PAR-TAY!

    Post # 48
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    Bumble bee

    No booze at all. The boy and I don’t drink, and my family gets super rowdy when they drink. Last thing I want to have to deal with. Also, the venue is in a park, so there would be all sorts of fun permits to deal with, and we would have to have an officer on hand.

    There will be lots of fun beverages though, I love me a mocktail.

    Post # 49
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We are doing open bar w/beer and wine, as well as a “signature” cocktail….Stoli Bluberry and Lemonade!  🙂  My favorite summer drink!! 

    Post # 50
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    Buzzing bee

    Premium open bar. 

    Post # 51
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    limited open bar (beer/wine) with signature drink… toying with doing open liquor bar for cocktail hour… gotta price it out though…

    Post # 52
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Full open bar. Its interesting to hear some people say they have never heard of the bride and groom paying for a full open bar. I’ve never been to a wedding (and i’ve to 20+) that DIDNT have a full, open bar! So obviously different regions and cultures have their own rules and standards.

    I’d say do whatever fits into your budget and most people will understand. I have also been to several wedding where the bride was worried about certain people getting too drunk and in every scenario…there was no problems and everyone was well behaved.

    Post # 53
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I only had a full open bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks because we found a venue that allowed outside catering and then I found a caterer that allowed me to bring my own alcohol and just have to use their bartenders.

    I wouldn’t be able to afford the $33 per person for an open bar with other caterers, instead I spend $900 in alcohol and everyone loved it.  I would have had to spend $4000 for each one of my guests to drink whether they drank or not or I spent $1000 (for bartenders and alcohol).  This is definitely they way to go if you can’t afford it.

    There are other ways for to get a full open bar without the expensive per head price.

    If I wouldn’t have found this venue, I would have probably had a limited open bar (for a few hours) and eventually turn into a cash bar.  Sorry, it’s what I could afford. 

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