(Closed) Open Bar, Beer and wine or NO alcohol at all

posted 14 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007

We did only beer and wine at an open bar with cocktails available for purchase.  This worked out very well, since we only paid for the number of bottles actually opened, and since we had a good selection of beers and wines most people were happy.  However, there were a few people who really wanted cocktails and they bought them gladly.  It worked out well for us, but if there’s a drink that you love,  make it a signature drink and offer it as well.

Post # 18
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

The alcohol included in our 5 hr reception is a "call brands bar"… smirnoff vodka, seagrams gin, famous grouse scotch, seagrams whiskey, barcardi silver rum, jim beam bourbon, and triple sec, as well as 3 wines: chardonay or pinot grigio, white zinfadel, and cabernet savignon or shiraz.  Sounds like plenty of choice… but for some reason the beer choices there are pitiful: yuengling lager (a decent PA favorite), miller lite & molson. We are both beer lovers and we don’t want to drink lager at our own wedding, but the most important thing to remember is : ITS ONLY ONE DAY! do what you can afford on your wedding day & save the extra cash to buy yourself delicious dark imported beers on the honeymoon 😉  noone will fault you for not having their favorite- if they want to drink they will find a substitute for those few hours:)

Post # 20
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the signature cocktail idea is a great idea!  Meghan’s idea is super cute!!  I would do that, but our venue doesn’t allow hard alcohol.  I’m actually kind of happy that our decision is made for us!  But, you’re right, it is about your union and not about the food and drink you serve.  I get caught up in it, too… especially, since I just went to a wedding and got food poisoning.  I feel like I’m way more concerned about everything now. 🙂

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