(Closed) Let's Talk Alcohol!! Best Options?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Best Alcohol Options
    Beer & Wines : (39 votes)
    78 %
    Signature Drinks Only : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Signature Drink & Beer : (10 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee

    Onyx:  I think beer and wine is nice to have at a minimum.  If you want to add on a signature drink, it’s a nice touch, but not necessary.  People seemed to really enjoy our signature drink (mojitos), but I think it also would have been fine to just serve beer and wine.  I’ve been to several weddings with no hard liquor and people seemed completely content with that. 

    Post # 3
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    1740 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    We’re doing beer and wine only.  One factor in that decision is that we’re getting married at a vineyard, but they did say we could have a signature drink if we wanted one.  We don’t.  Beer and wine are fine – almost everyone who drinks likes one or the other – and the fact that it is cheaper is a bonus!

    Post # 4
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    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    You could host the beer and wine and do a cash bar for hard alcohol (I think that’s what we plan to do).  Signature drinks are fun, but may not accomodate a lot of people’s preferences whereas everyone likes beer and wine.  😉

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee

    I’m going with a signature drink only and during cocktail hour only. The reason is that I couldn’t see doing open wine/beer for the cocktail hour only and then not offering it during dinner. The signature cocktail we chose is kind of heavy and makes sense to offer during just cocktail hour–it’s not the kind of thing someone would want 3 or 4 of. We are not drinkers and the majority of our guests aren’t either but there are a handful that could really run up the tab beyond our budget, especially if we offered free wine and beer. The cocktail didn’t cost much more than the wne/beer option, either.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    1726 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Onyx:  We are having beer and wines, and one signature drink.  My fiance doesn’t drink and I was ok with not serving alcohol at all – but we decided that we would serve drinks.  His parents pushed hard for a full open bar, but they aren’t willing to help cover the cost and we could afford the cost of the less extensive bar.  

    I’m excited about the cocktail – it’s jalapeno infused vodka with a ginger drinking vinegar, soda and agave.  I know that jalapeno vodka will not be a hit with everybody but the beer and wine list should cover those folks.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    goblueca:  We had house wines, draft beer, and cocktails. The majority of guests ordered the venue’s specialty drink, which was sangria (raspberry & peach schnapps, house cabarnet, & pineapple juice). It was a huge hit. People were constantly at the bar. 

    Don’t get me wrong, my guests were drinking a lot of wine and beer too. 

    Post # 8
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead

    Onyx:  Our venue doesn’t serve alcohol but they have bartenders that will serve it if we provide it and they referenced “Beer & Wine” as if those were the only options.  I realized later that they are fine with dispensing a signature drink as well but at this point in our process, we are happy to keep things as simple as possible with our wedding date looming just around the corner.  One of my friends has offered to pay for the beer and wine at our wedding as her gift to us and we are definitely grateful.  And one cool thing is we can return whatever we still have left unopened.  So Beer and Wine it is!!

    Post # 9
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    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Onyx:  For me, it would depend on cost ultimately. If it was going to cost me an arm and a leg more to provide signature cocktails, I would’ve done away with them. Since we can supply our own alcohol at my venue, so we’re doing beer and wine and 3-4 signature cocktails. We didn’t want to do a full bar because I don’t want to worry about stocking every mixer I could think of. Our people our drinkers, and I think the variety of cocktails will appeal to everyone’s tastes.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I’m doing beer and wine only. I feel like signature drinks are not worth the time and effort. Sure, they’re cute, but will most people in your crowd drink them?

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Since we can supply our own alcohol and we don’t have many wine drinkers we are doing beer, 4 signature drinks and limited wine.  Our signature drinks are easy mixers like jack and coke. 

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

    I think beer and wine is the safest bet. Most people will be able to find a wine or beer they like where as with liquor, I think people are a little more picky and only like select types or brands. 

    Post # 14
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee

    We’re unable to offer a huge variety of beer and wine (we’re just having one beer, one white and one red, although they’re all crowd-pleasers), so we’re rounding out the selection with a premium whisky bar and four or five cocktails.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We are doing 4 wines (2 red, 2 white), 3 very different kinds of beer, and 2 signature drinks (Moscow mules and spiked lemonade). It’s plenty of variety to suit everyone but not over the top or crazy expensive.

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