(Closed) open bar doesnt include wine and beer is this normal???

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it should be included… that’s weird.

included was mixed drinks, beer and wine.

top shelf booze was not included.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes, open bar typically includes wine and beer, sometimes they don’t even include liquor. Its odd but I guess that is what your venue is doing…

Can one of the 7 drink options be wine, or Sangria?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

yeah it should but i don’t think your guests should complain if they can pick from 7 drinks. I definetely wouldn’t complain if I went to a wedding and there were 7 drinks to pick from in a menu..

our open bar was beer, wine, and remi martin.. we were allowed to bring our own liquor which saved us a lot of money…

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If there are only seven drink options, that’s not really an “open bar” anyway. It’s fully hosted, like some kind of “limited open bar” maybe, but it’s not fully open, since the options are severely restricted.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@mrsSonthebeach:  i always thought open bar just meant you could drink as much as you want without paying for it? I didn’t know it had to have all the drinks out there.. I’ve never been to a wedding where they had all the liquor/drinks I could think of..

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@pandaboo:  I’ve never been to an open bar with a menu. Of course there were things unavailable because there’s only so much space for so many mixers and so many varieties of alcohol, but a full open bar has all major mixers, at least one type of every major liquor, common liqueurs and schnapps, usually 4 or 5 different types of wine (but at least 2, one red, one white), and 4 or 5 varieties of domestic and imported beer. Limited open bars would still be open in that people can drink as much as they want, but not fully open, since the selection is limited. Once you go that route, what that limited selection is will vary widely from place to place.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@glamachica45:  I don’t think you need to buy the beer and wine but if you want to you should ask your bartender, that’s what i did.. and our wine went a lot fast than the beer, we had A LOT of left over beer.. I think people prefer drinking wine while eating? we thought our group would be drinking beer but they ended up drinking a lot of wine..

good luck with everything 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yup. It’s weird. Never heard of it before.. and quite frankly, I would be pissed! Beer and wine are the 2 most popular drinks!! Obviously people are going to want them.. so they will be bought, whether the couple pays or the guests. This is quite a little scam they have going.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mrsSonthebeach:  “a full open bar has all major mixers, at least one type of every major liquor, common liqueurs and schnapps, usually 4 or 5 different types of wine (but at least 2, one red, one white), and 4 or 5 varieties of domestic and imported beer.”

That’s what I expect with a full open bar too.  We did a limited open bar that just had wine and beer for our wedding.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would be upset to get to a wedding and not have any wine offered, even if I had to pay.  I don’t normally drink other liquors, so wine is a necessity for me.  And Fiance is the same with beer.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

That is odd to me.  “Open bar” SHOULD include wine and beer for sure.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

That’s weird, and usually it’s the other way around if you prefer a custom open bar.  We’re thinking of doing just beer and wine for our open bar, and do cash bar for hard liquor.

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