Post # 1
We’ve settled on a venue that allows us to DIY the booze. What do you think about serving nicer wines during the cocktail hour, and then perhaps adding in less expensive wine (not talking Franzia or anything, but maybe the $7/bottle range) as the night progresses? There’s a local winery here that’s pretty good and quite popular since it’s local, but they’re about 12-14/bottle which is too much for us to do all night long. If you were to plan to serve nicer wine during the cocktail hour, would you switch to cheaper for dinner or for dancing or just whatever works within budget?
Post # 3
I think you can definitely switch to cheaper stuff. I would just try to keep it somewhat consistent, so no one has to switch from a pinot grigio to a riesling.
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Post # 5
This is perfectly acceptable!! I’ve never even been to an open bar wedding, so I’d be super impressed :). My cousin’s wedding was this past Friday, it was 9$ for a glass of cheap wine, and $3.50 for a freakin’ soda!!
Post # 6
I would just go for the cheaper bottle if its actually decent for bar service and if there is bottle service at the table go for the nicer bottle. Most people dont really know the difference between wines, honestly.
Post # 7
@GrumpyPumpkin:Do it! Great idea. 😛
Post # 8
If you can swing it, I’d keep the nice stuff through dinner. I know a lot of folks would appreciate it, particularly the older crowd that will only have a glass then. I don’t think anyone would care/notice/have an issue once dancing has started. If you can’t swing it, well, the budget dictates a lot of realities unfortunately.