(Closed) is it worth paying more for a premium open bar instead of medium?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should i pay for the premium bar?
    Yes, it fits in the budget and its nicer than the medium bar : (15 votes)
    21 %
    No, its not worth it : (56 votes)
    78 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Nope. Unless you’re having a super fancy wedding and have relatives that demand premium drinks, 99% of the population is fine with the medium bar. Most will just be happy with a free drink!

    Post # 4
    4691 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    Trust me, it’s just not worth it. Guests will be happy you have a full bar, not just beer and wine. As long as it’s not Crystal Palace, you’re fine! (Ahh college!)

    Post # 5
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think the only time people really drink premium alcohol at weddings is when it’s THERE.  No one is going to hold against you that you didn’t have Grey Goose (and if they do, you don’t want to be their friend anyway).  Save the $600 for that thing you forgot about, or your honeymoon!

    Post # 6
    8038 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @newname_99:  I think some will notice… like my SO knows his liquors and can definitely tell the difference, but I sure wouldn’t be able to!

    Post # 7
    758 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @futuremrsfitz18:  Agreed.  The people who complain about your open bar not having premium booze are jerks.

    Post # 10
    716 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t think it’s worth it.  Most people order standard drinks and just say “rum and coke” or “vodka pineapple”.  people are happy with open bar so don’t sweat it

    Post # 11
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Nope. I don’t even know the difference. 

    Post # 12
    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I am having a medium bar. I just can’t justify spending the extra on premium liquors. My guests are going to be just as buzzed on Smirnoff and Sky Vodka as they would be with Grey Goose and Ciroc. I am sure that they will just appreciate that we are hosting a full open bar at all!


    I think you can save that money and put it towards something else. If anyone does notice, I doubt that they will actually care…


    Post # 13
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You kind of need to play to your audience and whether they would notice/care about a difference.

    I have to go fairly top shelf because a fair chunk of the guests know spirits pretty well and drink a lot on the rocks or neat, where the difference between a mid level spirit and a top shelf one is pretty noticable.

    But most people have mixed drinks and as noted before, in a mixed drink you would not really notice a difference.  

    So unless your crowd is going to drink the alcohol without any mixers, you can go for the mid level choice without it affecting anything.

    Post # 14
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would say if it’s only $600 then do it.  I know my husband and all his friends only drink Black Label, for instance, and it’s nice to be able to offer guests more options.

    Post # 15
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If you have a lot of “partying” guests who are big drinkers, I’d seriously consider the premium bar option.  We are having one for sure.

    Post # 16
    1282 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I was curious about this too.  Fi and I aren’t drinkers, and I’ve had a few people mention that “they like their top shelf stuff.” which to me is kind of rude to even insinuate that.  But honestly, I’m kind of in the boat where whatever you want to do for your guests is the best for you.  I don’t know what we will end up doing, or maybe we can buy a few bottles of the top shelf stuff for those that would ask.  Has anyone ever done this, and what are the amounts that people normally get?

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