(Closed) How are you doing alcohol?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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onrider12:  this is what our plan was originally.  We ended up with a full bar because of a miscommunication between us and the caterer and the price that he quoted was for full bar (but we thought it was beer & wine only) we were okay with it so we went full bar.

I wouldn’t think you were cheap, I’ve been to lots of weddings with no hard liquor.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We are doing beer and wine only. Luckily the venue provides 6 or seven wine options. But they only have 3 types of beer offered and I have a few beer snobs attending my wedding, hopefully they don’t bitch in front of me, I mean I am giving them free alcohol. 

I don’t want people doing shots and getting trashed with liquor (plus its a lot more expensive to add). 

I think people will have fun regardless. Maybe add a pink wine (like Moscato) and call it a day. stick to what works for you guys, it’s your wedding and people will have fun regardless. 

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Bee Keeper

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onrider12:  I’m confused; open bar (in the UK at least) = guests can have any drink they want for ‘free’. So are you offering wine and then the option to purchase other drinks (limited open bar)? 

If the latter, I think that’s fine; as a guest, it would be great to have some drinks ‘free’, but also the option of purchasing non-included drinks (as I’m fussy). Some bees will disagree and say that it should be all or nothing, and that no drinks other than what you are providing for free, should be offered to guests. I would say to base this on what is typical for your social circle, as it will differ. 

We provided set drinks during the day, which consisted of a glass of sparkling wine, a mimosa, 1/2 bottle of wine or 2 lagers/beers/ciders, and a glass of champagne (plus water). In the evening we were prepared to put  a maximum of £3k behind the bar, limited to a maximum of £8 per drink (which excluded a handful of spirits (eg a whisky at £25), cocktails, some wines, and champagne; guests had around 60 options, however); this ended up being £2150. Our drinks cost in total was around £4.4k ($6.6k) for 60-70 guests. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m thinking we will offer two whites, a red (summer wedding, and almost no one in my family drinks red wine except my uncle who will probably need a bottle to himself) a lighter beer and then a darker one, plus a fruit sangria. I have a lot of non drinkers in my family, and the ones who do aren’t usually big liquor people. I think it really depends on the crowd, but what you have planned sounds perfectly reasonable to me!

 

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Bee Keeper

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Amajune:  good point re shots. I’d meant to exclude them from the tab but forgot, I think something like 100 shots at £3 each were consumed. The cost wasn’t such an issue, I just felt it encouraged certain people to be  a little irresponsible. Brother-In-Law for eg was ordering 12 or so at a time a day handing them out to people who weren’t that fussed, which annoyed me as I felt it was taking the piss a bit (open bars aren’t common in the UK, and most people are pretty reserved at open bar wedding; ordering a dozen shots and handing them out as if you’ve paid is RUDE, but, my fault for not remembering) 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Alcohol is our top priority so we’re going to have probably 4 or more choices of wine and 4 or more choices of beer and plenty of it.

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Busy bee

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onrider12:  The fact that it’s an open bar (even a limited one) is generous of you; I’d never consider a host “stingy” because they didn’t feel like spending thousands to buy tons of liquor for everyone they knew.

We’re doing something pretty simmilar. We’ll do red & white wine, a few types of beer (my side of the family prefers dark beers, Fiance only drinks Miller lite, and Bud light is by far the most popular choice, so we’ll probably have at least 3) and maybe a signature cocktail (if we do, it’ll probably be just during the cocktail hour, though.)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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onrider12:  We had all booze flowing the entire time. We didn’t have just beer & wine. It was our plan all the time though because we are booze hags.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

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onrider12:  my venue price includes beer and wine. The venue also provides soda and some juices to mix with. I just have to bring the hard liquor. We been buying a few bottles per month. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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barbie86:  In the US, “open bar” typically means “full bar” and a guest can order any kind of beer, wine, booze, soda, juice, etc. the bar is stocked with for free. OP is offering “beer & wine” only which is not “open bar.”

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Helper bee

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onrider12:  Your limited bar option is great! It provides the feel of an open bar – you’re still being a wonderful hostess by providing free alcohol – and yet it keeps cost in check.

Fiance and I are going two beers (wheat and IPA), two wines (red and white), and two bourbon cocktails (I’m from Kentucky, a.k.a. bourbon land, so we thought it would be fun to represent the local flavor, plus we’re both huge bourbon fans). This way we can be unique in our choices and tailor the menu to our style, but not go overboard on cost.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Luckily our venue includes open bar in the cost of each plate. Our plates are $84 a person but I feel like we got a steal with that including open bar (beer, wine, liquor), salad, meal and a dessert that they provide in addition to our cupcakes. On top of that we have a cocktail hour with cheese and fruit platters. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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onrider12:  One of the funnest weddings I have ever been to (besides my own) was beer and wine only! I like beer, wine, and all types of liquor so as long as it isn’t just junk cheap beer I can usually find something I’m happy with though 🙂

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