(Closed) self serve drinks at my wedding

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you put the bottles on the table, it becomes pretty obvious. I’ve been to a few weddings that are self serve with opened wine and champagne on the table. Sometimes carafs.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

How are you paying for the alcohol? Just curious, since if you let people pour it themselves, whole bottles and such might just end up at individial tables instead of the drink bar, and people will also likely pour more than they need or will drink.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I’ve seen this done at a couple weddings and it turned out well both times except for one person who found pitchers and was walking around with one in each hand filled with beer and was drinking it through a straw.

But one guest out of ~100 isn’t too bad. Everyone else was actually pretty sober too. I don’t think drunk people like pouring their own drinks lol.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@aechic914: 6 bottles for 50 people isn’t a lot. (even if you add champagne and beer) If people pour a “proper glass” for themselves (which they won’t) there is only about 4 glasses per bottle. That is only 24 glass MAX for a party of 50 for an entire wedding…I would suggest having more “just in case”. Ask the retail store if you can return the unopened bottles- you should be able to.  

I think a proper laid out bar will be indicator enough that it is self serve because a serviced bar the alcohol isnt visible at all. If the glasses and alcohol is laid out, people will help themselves.  I would see if I could assign someone to replenish ice, glasses and to generally keep it tidy.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with pps who say that 6 bottles isn’t enough for 50 people even if they aren’t big drinkers.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You could use the saying you like in large letters with additional info in smaller – something like E A T (dinner will be served at 7pm/help yourself to the buffet/any other dinner detail), D R I N K (please serve yourself) and B E  M A R R I E D

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Are you making menus? You could put a note on them that says something like “Please enjoy the …” or something

Post # 12
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Newbee

@Sking:  I LOVE this idea!  Great

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