(Closed) Premium alcohol: how important is it?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: How important is premium alcohol?

    It all tastes the same to me

    I prefer at least middle of the road, but I don't really care if it's the best

    High end alcohol is nice but I'd rather have more food options

    Top shelf all the way

  • Post # 3
    2360 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I never drink anything other than rail, sooo I wouldn’t expect anything other than that. But I still drink like a college student so who knows what your guests prefer.

    Post # 4
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think you’re fine with the call group – I drink tequila, and I usually spring for patron for myself but I’d never expect to have it at a bar for a wedding. Jose Cuervo is just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ there’s beer and wine too, right?

    Post # 5
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    It depends on your guests and whether you are serving certain drinks.  If you are serving martinis, I think you need premium vodka/gin.  We had a lot of vodka drinkers, and I think the quality of the alcohol makes a big difference with vodka.  We went with Grey Goose vodka and call everything else… a fair amount of people asked for Jack Daniels and Bacardi.


    Post # 6
    881 posts
    Busy bee

    Honestly, not worth it I don’t think. I know some older folks prefer a certain kind of liquor/whiskey, whatnot. But seriously, it’s YOUR wedding, if they expected to have a specific top shelf brand then they are the crazy ones. 

    I would spend the money on food instead personally. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Depends on your crowd. If they are looking to just get drunk, rail bar is the way to go. If they enjoy drinking few drinks, so middle of the road. I don’t think its necessary to go with the cream of the crop. 

    Post # 8
    2567 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Honestly I think your Call category is fine.  Good, solid brands and a nice selection.  I don’t think you need to go all the way to super premium, and tbh the difference between Stoli/Cuervo and Absolut/1800 just are not worth the money to many people.

    Post # 9
    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think you’d be totally fine with the call. We just went through this yesterday at our venue meeting and since most people we know drink regular rail drinks, wine or beer we decided not to do the premium liquor.

    Post # 10
    6593 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I can tell the difference between well and top shelf; it’s huge.  But I don’t expect free top shelf at a wedding; it’s nice when it happens but I am not disappointed with an open bar of Popov or Aristocrat (the super cheap stuff that most bars serve as well.)  Their call list is actually pretty good and I don’t think many would be disappointed.

    Post # 11
    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I voted for top shelf before I looked at your choices. “Call” actually has some decent brands in it. I think our “top shelf” was what your venue calls “premium”. Haha. I think it’s a personal choice though in the end!

    Post # 12
    3982 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    i would never ever turn my nose up to any alcohol at a wedding haha Its free and it does the job ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the Call or Premium would be your best choice. I don’t see the need to go top shelf here – people are going to drink it either way ๐Ÿ™‚ The Call list isn’t that bad either besides maybe the beefeater and Stolichnaya but liquor is liquor. No one is going to pay much attention.


    Post # 13
    1187 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would probably do a premium gin, vodka and scotch. A lot of my guy friends drink gin, a ton of my gal friends drink vodka, with either soda water or in a martini, so I would want those to be premium b/c if not it can be like drinking rubbing alcohol. I like rum but I feel like there’s not much of a difference between the call and premium brands. I often don’t see tequila at weddings, I’m assuming becasue most people drink that oin a form of a margarita and the little satellite bars at weddings usually don’t have the mix. Oh and I voted for a premium scotch b/c a lot of the older gentlemen folk I know would appreciate that. I see no reason to go the super premium route at all.

    Post # 14
    3441 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    How much extra is the premium or super premium? For our wedding we upgraded to premium which was very similiar to your super premium list but it was only $1 extra. I did have guests asking for very high end liquors, like $50+ a drink and then were just told that those drinks were not included but they could purchase them. I think whatever you offer your guests would be kind and if they have a problem with it then they can open their wallet. Personally I am a vodka drinker and enjoy my grey goose but if it was offered to me for free I would rink something else.

    Post # 15
    2721 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If I’m paying for my own drinks, I go for top shelf because I care more about having a tasty beverage than getting smashed.  If someone else is providing the drinks, I’m not gonna complain about the quality of the liquor, though.  A bigger dessert selection is actaually what I’d be more interested in anyway.  

    Post # 16
    6317 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Eglantine:  I think you’d probably be good w. the least fancy ones – there are still some brands there that I drink/recognize and that says a lot considering I am by no means a liquor expert. Nothing jumps out as ‘this is cheap crap’.

    The super premium is a bit much, IMO. I don’t think enough ppl would appreciate it.

    I’d say go w. the middle group, but even that might go unappreciated, and I think most ppl would prefer more food options/better food. I hardly ever experience good wedding food!

    With that said, though, you can’t please everyone. I like a weird assortment of liquor, none of which is on the list. If I am at a weding I don’t expect I’ll find my rare Australian rum, or that I will be given champagne! I think people can make do if you offer a few mixed drink options and maybe a signature cocktail.

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