(Closed) Let’s talk serving Cocktails instead of open bar

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: OK how to serve the alcohol
    Champagne and Open Bar : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Champagne and Hosted Bar : (9 votes)
    33 %
    Cocktails and Champagne : (15 votes)
    56 %
    Other - explanation below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    if your guests don’t drink a ton, i would go with the hosted bar.

    for the cocktail bar, you would plan on 2 glasses of champagne plus 2 cocktails for each guest? i would probably cut it down to 1 glass of champagne each and 3 cocktails. what about people who don’t like liquor?

    Post # 5
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think I am a little confused.  If you did the cocktail option, does that mean your guests will be “cut off” after 100 mixed drinks are served?

    Post # 6
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Why 140 glasses of champagne for 50 guests? It seems like a lot.

    Post # 7
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    You are fine doing the mixed cockatils/champagne. Based on your estimate, for 50 ppl w/ a total of 240 cocktails, that is a 4.8 per person – which means at least one drink every half hour, which is MORE then enough!!

    As a person who loves to kick back the cocktails at receptions, having a drink every half hour is the norm, I don’t think I really know anyone who would drink more then that 🙂

    I would suggest as others, instead of 140 champ & 100 cocktails, do 1 glass of champ per person and the rest as your select cocktails.

    Personally, I think the idea of having preset signature cocktails is a great idea!

    Post # 8
    6351 posts
    Bee Keeper

    And you can do theme cocktails to match your event!

    Post # 9
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I think too many people don’t drink hard alcohol or champagne, but maybe not in your crowd to force cocktails. Not to mention I think cocktails only is a easier way to drink too much vs allowing those whoe prefer beer to drink that. 

    Have you asked the venue if it is bottles or tap beer? If its tap in a pint glass that is no different than a cocktail.

    I think as an afternoon reception people wont be as incline to drink too much anyway.

    Post # 10
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Since it’s an afternoon reception, the hosted bar option may work out in your favor financially.  You know your guests best, but personally, I will rarely drink a cocktail.  Especially in the afternoon, I would prefer something lighter and would rather have beer or wine if anything.  And, again, you know the crowd, but it’s my experience that most won’t drink more champagne than a toast – of course, your reception sounds swanky, so maybe that’s a different crowd.   

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