(Closed) In the spirit of Miss Snapdragon’s post… what to do about liquor.

posted 13 years ago in Food
Post # 3
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

A lot of the venues my Fiance and I looked at had an option to pay by the drink — basically the same prices as a cash bar, except instead of having the guests pay the bill goes to you.  Will your venue let you do that?  Or can you only pay the unlimited "open bar" price?

If the only option is the unlimited open bar, I’d say skip the alcohol altogether.  I agree that it would be completely silly to pay $15 a head if half of your guests won’t drink anything!  For the cocktail hour, you could serve some fun non-alcoholic punches and drinks.  I think as long as there’s food to nibble on and something to drink your guests will be happy, there doesn’t have to be alcohol to make a great party.

Post # 4
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

We are doing a beer and wine bar with a champagne punch as an alternative. We can’t afford a full bar and bought all of the wine during a big sale. That we can get a little buzz but nothing overboard :e)

Post # 5
34 posts

This is my philosiphy if people can’t go a few hours to a special event without a drink than maybe thats their que that they have a problem. My FH has a big drinking family and most of the people on my side don’t  drink. I decided not to have booze other than the toasting champagne for the simple fact that I don’t want anyone getting so tossed they make a fool of themselves or end up in the hospital cause they wanted be stupid a drive home after one to many. Just my two cents.

Post # 6
6 posts

Our venue allows us to set a limit for the open bar, then switch to cash bar when our limit is met.  Basically, we’ve allocated $750 to serving alcohol, and once we’ve consumed the $750 worth of beer/wine, guests will be able to purchase additional drinks as a cash bar. It might be worth asking your venue if they allow that type of setup?  That way, people can have drinks with dinner and beyond without shelling out cash, and if they’re staying all night they can purchase more drinks as we go.  It should help us in limiting consumption, but still allowing us to offer drinks to those guests who want them.

Post # 7
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

If you’d like to offer some alcohol to your guests who would like to drink, try a spiked punch. At my venue, it’s $75 per punch bowl (ridiculously over-priced, but don’t even get me started on that), which is a heck of a lot cheaper than $15 per person!

Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Well, I had a Saturday, noonish wedding, and had a cocktail hour with nonalcoholic punch and hors d’oeuvres, served a cava or prosecco for the toasts/cake (I can’t remember which), and then people were able to buy drinks (though my venue accepted credit and debit cards).  

Because it was the middle of the day, I felt it was just fine to offer one alcohol, and then allow for more, only if people wanted.

I wouldn’t really expect to drink on a Sunday were I to attend a Sunday wedding.

It’s an absolutely nice service, but not necessary (in all instances) to have much alcohol.  

Post # 10
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Normally what people do during the cocktail hour is socialize.  If you’re serving alcohol, they also get a drink.  If you’re serving appetizers, they also eat.  If you have non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers, they can eat, drink, and socialize.  Anyone who can’t have a reasonable time on a Sunday afternoon without an alcoholic drink doesn’t really want to come to your wedding that badly.

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