(Closed) Full Bar vs. Soft Bar

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: What is the best option ?
    Full bar all night (liquor, beer, wine) : (28 votes)
    36 %
    Soft bar all night (beer & wine) : (23 votes)
    29 %
    Full bar at cocktail hour, soft bar at reception : (25 votes)
    32 %
    Full bar until a set $ limit -then no bar : (0 votes)
    Other (please explain below) : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our wedding coordinator at the Inn we were married at says that a full bar will increase the price.  We went with a soft bar, beer, wine and one signature cocktail.  We had a big group of drinkers anyway, but I think that is a totally legit way to do it!

    Post # 4
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    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    I vote full bar at cocktail hour, limited bar for the reception. Or beer + wine+ signature drink (or 2, something manly and something girly) for the reception. I would not cut people off, but I don’t think anyone will mind having beer and wine only with their meal. It’s nice to have a pre-dinner cocktail but people should be able to get by with beer or wine with food.

    Post # 6
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    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think people will choose wine and beer anyway but I would still have a full bar

    Post # 7
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    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I voted for soft bar Smile

    Because most people will drink beer and wine, and it’s cheaper and will be easier for people to pace themselves out with Smile

    You could even throw in the option of RTD’s and cider? That way, if someone feels like drinking something liquor based they can have the option. It would be much cheaper to buy a few boxes of RTD’s than to buy bottles of different spirits. And I’m not sure about where  you are, but over here cider has become one of the most popular drinks currently Smile

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @soontobeMrsBoo:  +1

     

    You could get by with a signature drink option. It gives your guests a liquor option without needing to open a bottle of rum, and crown, and coconut rum, and vodka, and flavored vocka, and whiskey, and bourbon, and gin… if you catch my drift!

    Post # 9
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    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    well given that youve said its effectively the same price for full and soft bar then i would go with full bar

    id say soft if it saved a significant amount of money, but that doesnt seem to be the case

    honestly, i dont see that the amount people will drink will be all that affected either way. big drinkers will drink a lot, light drinkers will only drink a little…regardless of the options. though some people dont like beer and wine i guess

    Post # 10
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    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t like the answers to the question.

    What is best? (as a guest): FULL open bar

    What is cheapest? (for you): NOT full bar

    What will increase # of drinks: who knows but that doesn’t matter because for you its about total cost not # of drinks.

     

    Post # 11
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    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    my reception was in my parents’ front yard, so the bar/alcohol was completely our responsibility (actually, it was my parents’ & husband’s responsibilty, since i don’t really drink). anyway, we served beer before/during dinner (we didn’t have an official cocktail hour) and after dinner we brought out everything else (champagne for the toasts, margaritas, cranberry/vodka, rum/coke, etc…).

    Post # 12
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    People always drink more at an open bar.  “Someone else” is paying and its not them so they drink and drink and don’t bother to pick up that drink they set down over there… just get another one!

    My BIL spent all night ENCOURAGING our guests to drink up at MY expense because my husband mentioned that there was a bar minumum.  Um… I would have rather paid $250 + $100 fee than the $550 I did pay! 

    So if you want everyone to have a good time – open bar.  If you don’t want to have to worry about them getting wasted on your dime and it getting out of hand ($$ wise and otherwise), limit their choices.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    If it’s in your budget I would do the full bar, there are some people who just prefer mixed drinks, etc. But if you want to cut costs I think full bar for cocktail hour and soft bar for reception is a good compromise.

    Post # 14
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    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m a fan of beer and wine with maybe a bride and groom signature cocktails

    Post # 15
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    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee

    in my experience hard alcohol gos down faster than beer and wine. firstly, the quantity of liquids is less, you can do shots, people get drunk faster with hard alcohol which in and of itself increases consumption.

    so in summary, i think if you want to limit consumption then beer and wine is hte way to go.

    Post # 16
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Also – it’s too late for me to edit, but I can say that most people drank beer at our wedding, anyway.  As long as you get decent stuff they’ll be happy.  I’d prefer a cash bar to a free barrel of Bud Light.  We had bottles of local microbrews (bottles drink slower!) and that was the polular choice.  Girls will drink mixed drinks or wine, but we didn’t have any wine as it was really expensive at our venue (we had to pay for every bottle opened at $24-$45/ea). 

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