(Closed) Full Bar vs. Soft Bar

posted 9 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 # 17
    1845 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I voted for full bar all night as that is what we will be having (and what I feel all weddings should have) but if having a soft bar is more economical, I’m sure there would be no complaints. It’s not like you’re considering a cash bar.

    Post # 18
    6 posts

    I’m a fan of beer and wine.

    Post # 19
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I voted soft bar all night since that’s what we’re having (we have to buy our own booze ahead of time and there’s NO WAY we’d be able to keep up with some of the drinkers in our family if we had full bar all night).

    That said, I think either option is fine, so long its not “cut-off” after a certain point.  Soft bar might be more economical; if people don’t like beer or wine there are soft drinks and other non-alcoholic options, which are much cheaper.  And like PPs said, having one signature cocktail offers the liquor option but keeps the bar tender from opening up a million different bottles throughout the night.

    Post # 20
    892 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to gulp down vodka and rum drinks, but sip wine and beer.  So economical would be soft bar.

    Post # 21
    5259 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would either go full bar all night or soft bar all night- not a mix.  I personally don’t like the thought of people switching/ mixing poisons, so to say.

    I voted soft bar all night as I am not a fan of liquor in general, for a variety of reasons.  I also think people tend to drink wine and beer more slowly and carefully.

    Post # 22
    281 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think switching is confusing, but either one will be ok… most depending on your social circle, and where you are located, I think it varies based on where youre from, as to what is acceptable.

    Post # 23
    2303 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think less will be drank if it is a soft bar. I agree that the more variety there is the more people will drink. Also, it is harder to get drunk off of a soft bar, so the people who just want to get hammered may be slowed down. 

    Post # 24
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We’re doing a soft bar for our daytime reception.  In the poll though, I voted for “other.” I think beer, wine and a signature drink would be the best idea. 

    Post # 25
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I was shocked to see that almost no one drank beer or wine at my wedding, everyone wants liquor if it’s available. So if you have it, get it out of the way earlier in the evening (cocktail hour) and by the reception they won’t know the difference of what they’re drinking.

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