(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner: Alcohol

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: How is/was responsible for alcohol at your rehearsal?
    Open Bar: We paid for any alcohol consumed : (30 votes)
    38 %
    Limited Bar: Beer and wine only : (27 votes)
    35 %
    Cash Bar : Guests paid for any alcoholic beverages : (10 votes)
    13 %
    Gave guests drink tickets : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Other: Specify below : (9 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper

    We are not having any alcohol at our rehearsal dinner.

    Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We haven’t even figured that far out yet, but here’s my two-cents for your situation.  Can you ask the restaurant for a set number of bottles of their house wine (x whites and x reds per table), and when it’s out, it converts to a cash bar?  Make sure there’s enough for 2-3 glasses per person, and really, it shouldn’t be that bad.  Ideally, it would be nice to have at least beer and wine offered for guests.  I don’t think you need to provide a full open bar, especially since the wedding is open bar, 

    Post # 3
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    5889 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    we are having pitchers of margaritas and beer and wine.  this will be specified on the menu.

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We have a small keg and lots of wine but all of our OTT guests are invited to a bbq. Step mom has already said shes bringing another bottle of wine so she can drink as much as she wants lol. We got our wine on sale at a local winery so it was less than the liquor store.

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We plan to pay for all the alcohol ourselves. We are planning to pre-order some wine & appetizers, and hopefully this will encourage people to drink the wine we’ve already bought, but we’re going to cover beer & mixed drinks if people order them. On the night before a wedding, I would hope people wouldn’t drink excessively, anyway.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    we rented out a pizza place for all of our family and friends–it was super fun! we provided lots of pizza, wings, salad, and pitchers of beer. that was all the alcohol we had. however, when it ran out it ran out, and people who wanted more purchased it.

    my brother and his wife had a more formal rehearsal dinner, and they had beer and wine with a bartender serving it. i think it would be a bit weird to have the guests pay for their own alcohol at a rehearsal dinner.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We had ours at a restaurant and just ordered bottles of wine with dinner.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We had an open bar at our rehearsal dinner. It was very expensive!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Were paying about 350$ but thats for over 50 people and atleast 3 drinks each.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We wont have any alcohol at the rehersal, its all for the wedding, we just dont have it in the budget for both.

    our rehersal dinner is at the same place as  our wedding/reception.  Its a great venue! We are buying the drinks for the wedding, beer, wine and a specialty mixed drink.  The venue provides tea water and coffee. We feel that becasue the rehersal is the night before the wedding we do not need to provide any alcohol, so there wont be any since we have to bring it ourselvs, just tea, water and coffee

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We had an open bar, and it was very expensive even with several non-drinkers in attendance.

    If you want to provide some alcohol without blowing your budget, see if you can pre-select the wines, and have the waiters simply offer the guests a choice between red and white.  It can be their house wine or whatever is affordable.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We actually did not have any alcohol at our rehearsal dinner.  Our guests had a choice of soft drinks or iced tea with their meals at the restaurant where our Rehearsal Dinner was held.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We had an open bar, but I really like the idea of having a couple bottles of wine at the table, and the bar itself being cash. That way you’re providing some drinks, but not so much that people go crazy the night before the wedding!

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