Post # 1
I’m trying to go through the details of the reception – decorations, table setting, etc. and I encountered a question I can’t figure out: how many different types of glasses I need to provide for each guest? And how many glasses of each kind?
We will have an open bar (no bartender, since we are having a very simple DIY wedding, nothing fancy) and have some generic boxed wine and cheap beer along with several bottles of hard liqour with mixers.
Also we will serve lemonade (my absolute favorite is SF lemonade from Chick-fil-A, I think I can consume a bathtub of that stuff!) and I’m planning on making 2 different varieties of iced tea plus we will have some canned soda for people who like it. And of course there will be plain water.
Most of the guest list is Fiance family members who are strictly non-drinking people, so all alcohol is for our friends (most of them are keen on their liquor in party situation). So I’m very much confused on how many different glasses are needed – like, will a person use the same glass for red and white wine? Or the same glass for lemonade and iced tea? Confused!
Any ideas/suggestions/your experience would be greatly appreciated!
P.S. our wedding will be in a state park facility and we don’t have a caterer, so I don’t have anyone to ask about this kind of stuff.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I think if your friends are relatively easy-going, they’d be fine with reusing glasses. BUT, I’d keep in mind that once it gets dark and people get a little drunk, they might misplace their glass. I know I’ve gone through several in an evening for that reason….
Post # 4
We had *almost* enough wine glasses for each person & almost enough beer mugs. We used plastic cups for mixed drinks (the short, thicker, clear glasses you get at party stores, much nicer than solo cups). Our reasoning was that people would most likely reuse glassware, but, if we were to run out, we could just switch to serving beer/wine in the plastic cups without much trouble. It worked great. We actually had a lot of unused glasses, since most people stuck to only beer or only wine. We had LOTS of plastic cups, and just returned the unopened containers. (I think we had around 65 adults, and we had 50 wine/50 beer glasses, if I’m remembering correctly).
Post # 5
Red and white wine are not usually served in the same glass but if you’re being fairly relaxed about the whole thing, I would say buy one of each style (wine, beer, softdrink) for each attendee.
Post # 6
@anothersmith: Although it’s not “proper”, most restaurants in the states serve both out of the same glass (not all restaurants, but most). There are also “in between” type wine glasses, that are okay for both white & red, even if it’s not really preferable.
Post # 7
Thanks everybody for your replies, I appreciate your help! So what you all are saying is it should be okay if we had two types of glasses per person (plus extra plastic cups just in case) – non specific wine glass and a soft drink/beer glass? If it were you, which shape of glass would you pick as a soft drink/beer to go with a simple wine glass:
or this (honestly I like it the best, it looks small but it is actually about 15 oz)