Post # 1
We are doing an open bar during wedding. We will be providing our own alcohol to our bartender and plan on having beer, wine, some hard alcohol (a whiskey and maybe something else), as well as cocktail(s). I’m a little bit lost on how many different cocktails is “standard” to offer. Is one cocktail enough? Or is it more typical to have a “his” and “her” favorites? Also, if you have only one signature cocktail during the reception, is it typical to offer only this cocktail during cocktail hour?
Help a bee out!
Post # 2
I love a nice fresh cocktail personally. Something with mint, like a mojito but without a ton of sugar. Some bars pour on a ton of the sugary stuff on their mojitos and I like it only a tad sweet but still fresh.
I’ve seen where they do two signature cocktails and then open the bar for the regulars ( rum and coke, etc.) You could do that and then allow them ot pour out separate items for them if someone wants say a vodka tonic.
Post # 3
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
It really just comes down to budget and what you’re willing to afford. We just did beer/wine and everyone had fun.
If you’re going to do 1- I believe vodka is more universal to most. Otherwise a his and her drink would be perfect to do a vodka and a whiskey drink.
You can serve the specialty ones during cocktail and through the reception…but I wouldn’t necessarily only offer it during cocktail hour.
Just vibe out family and friends… if liquor is an option, more people may go for that over the beer/wine. Unless your bartender “conveniently” runs out at 9pm! 😉
Post # 4
I’d include a vodka in your drinks too. Whiskey and vodka should cover most drinks.
If you have a signture drink, I’d have it available all night, PLUS everything else. IE if someone doesnt drink whiskey, and theres no beer/wine available at cocktail hour, they are going to be grumpy until the bar actually ‘opens’. So just keep everything available.
You also don’t really need to provide cocktails, you just provide the mix, the bartender will do the rest. Mix is relatively cheap as far as the bar goes – pop and juice (soda, coke, gingerale, OJ, cranberry). So if you don’t want to do a signature cocktail, just give those to your bartender, and s/he can make whatever a guest wants with your ingredients.
Post # 5
“Run out” haha! Anyone know if cocktail hour is just for cocktails or all drinks? This might sound like a silly question, but I really haven’t been to many weddings!
Post # 6
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
I would do what previous person said… all drinks should be available during that time frame…so beer/wine/liquor and snacks while your families are taking photos!
I’m serious though about limiting how much you spend…if you can’t afford hundreds of dollars in just liquor limit how much you have and when it runs out people will go to plan B with no problem.
We didn’t intend on it, but we ran out of white wine by the end of cocktail hour… and people just switched their type. We guessed most people were reds…but we didn’t realize that most guests felt like a “white wine mood” when our late spring early evening cocktail hour started. So all you can do it your best guess!
But we did the same where we bought cases and cases and cases of beer and wine and had someone distribute it.
Post # 7
I’m personally not a fan of signature cocktails. We are having 3 kinds of beer, red and white wine, champagne (instead of a signature cocktail), whiskey, gin, vodka and tequlia and all kinds of mixers. Let your guests get the drinks they want.
Post # 8
We had one signature cocktail… Whiskey old fashioneds. (Two if you count sweet and sour their own drinks.) This could be a regional thing, but more people had old fashioneds than beer and wine combined. It even surprised our bartender. Nobody seemed to mind that the selection was limited and it was much easier to buy booze this way. People drank them allll night long… 😉
Post # 9
Our venue doesn’t allow red wine (don’t get me started!) We are doing two kinds of beer, one dry and one sweet white wine, and two signature cocktails. Margarita and Jack n Coke. We will be providing all of these throughout both the cocktail hour AND the reception. I could see cutting off the cocktails after cocktail hour if our budget necessitated that.
Post # 10
We had three signature drinks: a “his favorite,” a “her favorite,” and a “proposal special.” Our caterer encouraged us to pick signature drinks because it makes it easier on the bartender to estimate how much of each alcohol to bring. People were able to order anything they want, and these were just suggestions.
Mine was literally my favorite – a gin drink. The proposal special was a drink that we made at a “mixology” class during the vacation where we got engaged: a rum drink. “His favorite” wasn’t really his favorite, just one we picked to round out the options: a vodka drink.
I think signature cocktails should be offered all night along with any other drinks. No, cocktail hour isn’t just limited to actual cocktails. Any drink is fine.
Post # 11
No wine?! I wonder what their reasoning for that is. I toured a venue that didn’t allow shots, but wine is interesting.
Would love hear what cocktails bees are serving at their wedding or suggest!
Post # 12
We also had to stock the bar for our reception. The logistics of stocking all the mixers and liquors and estimating amounts was too overwhelming for us. As most of our friends are beer drinkers or cocktail drinkers (and we’re big into craft cocktails ourselves), we did a red and a white wine, four beers, a cider (gluten free option and also it’s Fall and I LOVE cider), and four signature drinks.
For the signature drinks, we wanted to come up with things that were tasty but easy for the bartender to make in batches–we wanted our guests on the dance floor, not waiting in line for drinks. We ended up inviting some friends over a few weeks before our wedding and playing mixologist to come up with our drinks. We did a warm mulled wine (cool Fall afternoon/evening wedding–huge crowd at pleaser), a spiced rum and apple cider drink (again, Fall wedding), Moscow mules (because who doesn’t like those), and a gin and soda drink with honey and sage (I LOVE gin).
Post # 13
they just started a new “no red drinks” policy because all linens are included in the package and apparently there’s been too many accidents with spilling on carpet and linens… so we will offer two kinds of white, instead!