Post # 1
I KNOW I want to have sangria at the reception, which is at a barn and I’m shooting for a rustic glam theme.
I’m stuck on two points:
#1: Sangria Hour or No Sangria Hour – This would kick off the reception which would be immediately following the ceremony. Bridal party would not arrive at the same time as guests, but as a first look will be done, not TOO much after. If yes, do we continue to offer the other alcohol choices as well or just the sangria + non-alcoholic options?
#2: Regardless of when the sangria is served (“sangria hour” or all night long), do we serve wine as well, or does the sangria sufficiently take the wine’s place?
Thanks for your advice, brides. If anyone has any successes or failures to share with sangria that would also be quite appreciated!
Post # 3
When our ceremony was done, the bridal party was gone for about 1.5 hours for photos. During this time we only served vodka peach punch, beer and non-alcoholic options. During dinner, only wine was served. Then after dinner the bar was open. We did it this way to slow the amount of alcohol that was consumed, as we had a free, open bar. It worked super-well and everyone was happy.
Post # 4
Yes, serve other alcoholic drinks at cocktail hour, even if it is only beer and wine. I personally think Sangria is absolutely wonderful, but I know a TON of guys who hate it, and a few girls who don’t either.
Post # 5
I want to come 🙂 I love the sangria hour but ideally would still offer wine, beer, and non alc. options.
Post # 7
I would offer all options but highlight the sangria with pretty signs as signature drink. I really enjoy sangria
Post # 8
@JJBelle: I just wanted to say I love sangria. Offer it all night.
Post # 9
I don’t think you really need wine if you have sangria. But beer would be nice! Most men I know don’t reach for sangria. 🙂 I’m jealous – I love sangria! My plan was to have a sangria/wood-fired pizza reception before I decided on the weddingmoon we had. 🙂
Post # 10
Sangria all night with beer, wine and non-alc options. I’m tinking of doing Sangria, as well!!
Post # 11
To expand selection when only offering Sangria, beer & non-alcohol, I would offer both “white” (think peach) & “red/traditional sangria. Cheers!
Post # 12
@QueenOfSerendip: Sangria/wood-fire pizza reception sounds like a dream! Pizza is one of my favorite food groups (lol) I wonder if I could get away with a pizza reception…
Post # 13
I love sangria but have had some really horrible tasting stuff before as well. For that reason I tend to steer clear of it unless I know how it was made (sometimes waay to sweet, sometimes not sweet at all). For that reason I agree with PP that said to have both the traditional red & the lighter white sangria’s (the white is pretty hard to mess up & is much lighter) and beer.
Post # 14
We are toying with the idea of sangria in addition to an open bar. Our crowd loves sangria… men and women. I think sangria is a great idea!
Post # 15
You definitely still need wine even with sangria because sangria is stronger, more alcoholic (real sangria should have a bit of brandy or other liquor in it) and some guests might not want it because of that.
Post # 16
Sangria is usually quite sweet (too sweet for my taste buds), so I think having wine also would be nice. It does depend though on what your non-alcoholic options are – if they’re things like juice and non-alcoholic punch, then those are also quite sweet, so in that situation I would definitely recommend a non-sweet option.