(Closed) Not having a "Full" bar? Help with my menu…

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@wbg21:  I’d consider a bit more white wine than red.  Or even potentially a blush wine like white zinfandel.  Weddings I’ve attended I’ve seen a lot more people drinking white or a blush wine than red.  It varies by region, some parts of the country may be different and I suspect by time of year as well.

Are you including the costs of bottled water and soda pop in your budget?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Cappugcino:  Hmm, I would disagree with the previous post.  Everyone I know who drinks wine far prefers red to white.  We’re also buying our own booze, and I think I’m gonna do 2:1 red:white.

As for the liquor, it really depends on what your friends like to drink.  Do you have more liquor drinkers than wine drinkers?  If so, it seems like a great mix of options.  If not, I’d think about more wine – that a LOT of liquor compared to the amount of wine.

PS – You’re getting married on my birthday! 😀

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@wbg21:  what about rye or whiskey?  i know that rye and coke is popular.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@wbg21:  it all sounds good.  how long is your bar going to be open?  that will make a big difference in the amount that you need to buy.  also, are your guests beer or wine or spirit drinkers?  what ratio will you need?

i found this really helpful when planning larger functions.  it’s not exact but it helps.

http://www.thatsthespirit.com/en/drinks/party_calculator.asp

so cool that you can get all of your liquor on sale like that.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@wbg21:  Nice, both about you knowing your guests’ drinking habits so well and about Bruce Lee!

That’s such a good idea to get the booze at a NYE sale.  We’re going to be out of the country, otherwise I’d totally try to find a similar sale.

Have you thought about getting a couple kegs instead of bottled beer?  I think it could be  cheaper (although maybe not if you’ve got that NYE sale…)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would scale back the amount of champagne.  I worked as a caterer for years, and the champagne toast always went like this- put out 175 full glasses of champagne.  Guests take 2-4 sips during toasts.  Servers pick back up 165 glasses of champagne over half full as guests go back to their regular drinks.  We usually advised brides to plan to pour half-3/4 of a glass of champagne per person for toasts, and if someone wanted more we had the bottles to refill.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think that your bar variety is great! Personally, I would add more wine to make sure I had enough – we didn’t have a full bar but we still had 1/2 bottle wine for every guest (pinot grigio, pinot noir, merlot) and it was nearly all consumed! But it sounds like your crowd is much more liquor oriented so maybe that’s not necessary. I would have variety for the red though, I feel like red drinkers are more particular about which varietal they’re drinking. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would up the amount of rum to that of the vodka/tequila.  I might even consider one or two less bottles of tequila unless you anticipate guests taking shots.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

You don’t have a lot of mixers for the liquor. I would make sure that you have some sodas and juices other than just OJ. Like coke, sprite, cranberry, grenadine, etc… And I think you can scale back on the champagne. I don’t know many people who really drink it other than a few sips for a toast.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t drink but that seems like PLENTY of options.  And that party calculator was awesome.  If that says you’re good, then you probably are.  

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Also, if you have a Costco membership and they sell liquor in your area– check them out.  Their prices beat everyone else we’ve ever compared.  Groomsmen in our wedding got handles of Captain Morgans, which cost us $22 at Costco, as opposed to $26 elsewhere.  A handle is 1.75 liters, so check out the math and see what works best!

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