(Closed) Open Bar vs Signature Drinks

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Has your caterer or venue quoted you a per person amount for alcohol?  Less than $25 per head and you should be okay.  If it’s an arrangement where you fork over cash to the venue at the end of the evening based on what individual guests ordered I’d say you should avoid the open bar.

Personally, I’d go the conservative route and do signature cocktails.  You control the type of liquor and the recipe, which means there’s no danger of going over budget because a guest decides that your wedding is the time to experiement with top shelf vodka.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wether $1500 will cover the bar entirely depends on your venue. I’ve seen places that only offer $35 bottles of wine, each beer is $5, and cocktails start at $8. That would go pretty fast, either way you do it.

Personally, I think the signature drink approach is just fine. The only thing I would ask is whether the drinks you are offering are set in stone. I personally like gin, but many people don’t, and with only two options (vodka and gin), I’m a tad worried that might bother people a little. Could you do a vodka, a gin, and a rum drink? Or tequila? Or whiskey? If limiting the base alcohol is the concern, I would suspect offering two vodka and two rum would cover the most bases, but I could be wrong. Maybe a poll would be helpful there? And also ask men in your life?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh – if you go the signature coctail route, look into punches and infusions.  Bourbon and brandy are popular and can serve as the base for most punches, and infusions generally require only liquer for flavor and zing.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love the signature drink concept- that should give enough variety for anyone.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are doing beer, wine, champagne, a champagne cocktail and infused drinks like lavender limeade and orange basil iced tea.  If people don’t like it, too bad!  We are paying for it so they can lump it.  Ahhh, it feels good to say that.  🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

 I think signature cocktails are way more fun and memorable than just having an open bar.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - The Glen Manor House

We’re doing beer, red & white wine, and 2 signature drinks. I think it’s plenty of alcohol and offers a nice personal touch!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Love the idea of signature cocktails, especially if you’re including four! There should be something for everyone!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

4 Signature drinks + beer + wine + soda….I think thats perfect!!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Liberty and Equality

What You Need

  • 1/2 oz. pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

How to Make It

  • Pour pomegranate liqueur into a martini glass.
  • In a cocktail shaker, add other ingredients except cherry and shake well.
  • Slowly strain over pomegranate liqueur into martini glass.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherry.

 

Blue Hawaiian

What You Need

  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. coconut-flavored rum
  • 1 oz. coconut water
  • 1/2 oz. blue curacao

How to Make It

  • Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass.

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I think all your drinks sound super delicious!  My only concern is that they’re almost all fairly complex and look like they require more expensive ingredients, which may not save you much money in the end.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I think what you are doing sounds great but don’t know if will save you money.  Could you go with just wine and beer? 

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