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

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What are you doing for your reception?
    open bar (we are paying) for ALL drinks (beer, wine, mixed drinks) : (139 votes)
    55 %
    open bar (we are paying) for just beer and wine : (72 votes)
    29 %
    drink tickets (we're paying for a set number of drinks per guest) : (11 votes)
    4 %
    guests are paying for thier own alcohol...don't get wasted on my dime! : (11 votes)
    4 %
    no alcohol being served : (19 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Ours wasn’t really listed as an option – we’re doing open bar of beer, a white and red wine, a champagne, and 3 or so mixed drink options. 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Top shelf open bar….woooo!  In my circle of family and friends, there’s really no other option.  Also, it was included in our total package.

    Post # 5
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We had our wedding in our backyard, so we provided beer, soda, and wine for everyone.  🙂

    Post # 6
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    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We’re hosting a full bar (minus shots)…it’s very important to Fiance and his friends.  

    I am happy at a wedding as long of there is beer and wine…

    I haven’t heard about drink tickets at a wedding before.  It reminds me of sorority and fraternity parties in college where everyone ordered Long Islands in rapid succession before the drink tickets ran out.  I think if you want to limit the amount you pay, host the cocktail hour, buy wine for dinner and then have a cash bar…no tickets.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee

    This is a touchy topic for us… It is SO expensive. Not only that I have family members that will completely abuse an open bar because they just don’t have the self control to behave themselves. The last thing I want is puke on my dress from a trashy cousin so I’m thinking drink tickets, lets keep those that can’t control themselves under control. I guess If they really want to get wasted they can pay for the following drinks, because I’m certainly not gonna do it!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    open bar…FI’s Russian, so lots of vodka is a must!

    Post # 9
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Open bar was the only way we could go.  Our friends and family would have been pissed if we didn’t.  The price sucks, but it’ll be fun!

    Post # 10
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    2681 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had a full hosted bar – Fiance parents paid for the majority of our bar bill which ended up being around $6k for 220 people.  If they didnt pay for the bar I dont know what we wouldve done because not having any alcohol or asking our guests to pay was not an option for us.  I have seen people do drink tickets, which I personally dont agree with, but whatever works for you and your budget, go for it!

    Post # 11
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    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We are having a beer/wine “social hour” where drinks are on us until money runs out (everyone should be able to get 2-3 drinks each). There will also be a champagne toast. So.. not a cash bar, but not entirely “open” either.

    Post # 12
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    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Open bar, wine service with dinner, and champagne toast.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    we are providing beer, wine, and champange. our guests are BIG wine drinkers so instead of providing liquor, we are doing a little bit better quality wine.

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We are having the wedding in my parents yard. We are having beer, wine, sparkly, 2 signature drinks, and I am trying to convince them to let me get a margarita machine!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Full on open bar is really the only way to go for us.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Full open bar and a champagne toast. It was included in the packages that the caterer offered so it was an easy decision. I also wanted to provide my guests with great food, beverage and enetertainment as top priorities for the wedding so this was important.

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