(Closed) Let's talk booze!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did 1 red and 1 white wine and 5 local craft beers (got married Colorado where craft brewing is huge!). We listed 2 signature drinks but people were free to order any cocktail they, wanted however ours was completely open – no matter what they ordered it was on us.

Since you are planning to charge people if it’s over a certain amount I would list a wider variety of options for your guests – possibly just going as far to list all of thier cocktails that would be free to your guests so hopefully no one runs into the situation of having to pull out thier wallet. I think if you list a lot then it will be less likely someone will request an expensive drink that isn’t listed.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Cocktails are tricky, I’d like to try a few different things if that’s what the restaurant is known for! (I’m happily tipping that bartender who puts the effort in.) I’m happy drinking a whiskey sour or whatever the bride and groom’s favorites are, but I like to have some options. 

As far as the number of beers and wines available, I’d say its got to be more on taste. I would hate showing up to a wedding with 5 IPAs and no lager. As long as there’s an ale, lager and maybe something heavier, I think you’re in the clear to satisfy everyone.

Same with wine, as long as you’re not picking like the crazy darkest red you can find or serving a dessert wine with dinner, you’re fine just having a nice basic merlot and pinot grigio. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

We did something similar and just had a cap; so everything the venue offered was available (dozens of different spirits, cocktails and wines, about 8-10 different beers/ciders/lagers, numerous hot and cold non-alcoholic) but if a drink was more than £8 guests were informed it wasn’t included on the tab. It worked fine: most drinks were covered (all beers/ciders/soft drinks, about 8 different wines by the glass, around 30-40 different brands of spirits, and a couple of cocktails) but guests had the option of purchasing alternatives should the drinks on offer nor be to their taste (some people did opt to purchase expensive cocktails, whiskies, champagne, and wines at upwards of £12 per drink). 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We did wine and beer only.  We had 2 whites, 2 reds, and about 5 craft beer options.  Everyone seemed pleased with the selection.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I love expensive whiskey but if I were a wedding guest, I would never expect the bride and groom to be paying for a 30$ pour! If someone tries to order something like that, instead of saying its outside the price range, maybe the bartender should say they are only serving mixed drinks, beer and wine, since it’s sounds like you’re cool with all of the mixed drinks they have available but don’t want anyone ordering a 35 year scotch on the rocks.

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