(Closed) How important is a deluxe bar?

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

On a Thursday? Who is going to want to drink a lot on a Thursday? I’d do beer and wine, personally. 

Post # 4
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I can’t tell the difference between shelfs usually.  I would be grateful you had any alcohol.  I don’t think it’s worth the expense to upgrade, especially if you are having a Thursday night reception.  Agreed with PP.  People won’t overdrink on a work night.

Post # 5
495 posts
Helper bee

Doesn’t matter. Won’t matter. Save the money.

Post # 6
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t think premium alcohol is important. Having a variety of beverages is enough for me. I usually stick with beer at weddings anyway.

Post # 7
11517 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

no one will care – save the money

Post # 8
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s important to have good wine and good beer.  If you have people coming to your wedding who ONLY drink top shelf liquor, have some available.  Otherwise, no one will notice.  Beer, though, you should go with local craft beer instead of the crappy kind.  It’s SO WORTH the extra money!!!  

Post # 9
7625 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@GeorgiaBride5:  +1 I don’t really care how fancy my liquor is. I’m just happy when it’s there 🙂 we did premium but we needed to meet our minimum (lots of declines), otherwise we would have done the liquor one step lower than that.

Post # 10
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Depends on who you ask.  Ask my Fiance and he will say very important and was adamant that we upgrade but I couldn’t have cared less about the premium brands.  

Especially on a Thursday, I would not bother.  I think if it’s free, no one cares about what it is.lol

Post # 11
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Eh, unless you are having a black tie wedding, it’s not terribly important.  And since your wedding is on a Thursday night, I doubt many people will be drinking heavily. 


Of course, since they won’t be drinking a lot, some might prefer a few very good drinks as opposed to a ton of cheap drinks.  But that would depend on the level of drink sophistication of your guests.  Maybe you could upgrade the drinks, but not to the premium level?  When we were venue shopping, all the places had 3 tiers of alcohol quality.  Or you can try and upgrade just one type – like get some really good scotch or vodka or beer.  We went with the standard house bar, but ordered an extra keg of Sam Adams because there was no way I was just going to server Bud or Miller at my wedding.  People definitely commented on the beer and were happy we had something of quality.


Post # 12
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Depends on your crowd but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with an open bar before so just having an open bar is a pretty swanky in my book.

Post # 13
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you are having a local wedding, then I would stick to wine and beer on a Thursday night since most people will drink only a little because they are going to work the next morning.

If it’s a destination wedding where everyone will have Friday to recover, then liquor is appropriate to offer. In that case, it really depends on your guest list. Our guest list included a whole lot of alcohol snobs, so offering “the best” was essential for us. One of our friends own a craft distillery and another is a sommelier, for goodness sake. Offering the cheap stuff was simply not an option we would ever consider. But if our guest list had been mostly composed of the “average” drinker, then the standard bar package would have been sufficient.

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