Should I do signature cocktails? Already hosting full open bar.

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
9239 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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rolypoly :  You don’t need one, but if it’s at no extra charge, seems like it would be fun and easy. I’d go for it.

Post # 3
2485 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We didn’t do one, and had a full open bar. 

I think they’re nice if you don’t have an open bar, but if you do, I think they’re unnecessary. 

Post # 4
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

If it’s free, I say do it! We had a full open bar and did a signature cocktail, and everyone raved about it! I think it was one of the most popular drinks of the night.

Post # 5
5252 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t see why you wouldn’t if it is the same overall cost.  It gives people more choice and it doesn’t cost more, seems like a win win to me. 

Post # 6
3476 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

If its no extra cost I would definitely go for the signature cocktails. I always drink the signature cocktails at weddings (and it it seems like lots of other guests do too), its nice to try something other than your typical go-to’s. 

Post # 7
4872 posts
Honey bee

You can if you want.  I think it is unnecessary.

I would likely only do one if a) it was a drink I am well-known for making/drinking (like all of my friends know of my passionate love of old fashioneds and of margaritas) and b) it was popular enough to be worth the time and effort with minimal waste (My crowd primarily drinks bourbon, whiskey, and rum and almost no one in my crowd drinks gin, scotch, or vodka though they probably wouldn’t turn down the right vodka cocktail).

I mean, as long as you aren’t allowing complicated blended drinks, the line moves pretty fast (especially when they don’t have to ring up payment) and for the most part people want what they want.  If I really want a bourbon on the rocks, I’m probably not going to be like “Oh, a Moscow mule – good enough!”

But it also doesn’t hurt to have them if it isn’t extra.  Just don’t feel like you have to have them if you don’t want to make yet one more decision and plan for one more thing.

Post # 8
988 posts
Busy bee

We did one just like you’re describing! We weren’t at the beginning of cocktail hour, but my parents tell me there was no bar line. We had a full open bar with waiters serving passed red, white, and old fashioned (our sig cocktail) as guests walked in. It was a very nice touch but I don’t think it made the night or anything either. I wouldn’t have paid extra for this. 

Post # 9
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We had an open  bar but had signature cocktails during cocktail hour and opened the bar at dinner.  This ensured that we wouldn’t run out during party time. I should add that we supplied our own alcohol as it was an outside location. 

Post # 10
3826 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

We had an open bar with two signature drinks and our guests enjoyed them a lot. I think everyone ordered at least one just to try it out. Hell I ordered 4 just for myself they were so good. But we did it because the signature drinks had meaning to us and was a way to incorporate our theme (a particular video game) without it getting too “geeky” at the wedding. 

That being said, don’t feel obligated to do them if you don’t want to. I don’t think anyone will miss it if you don’t have them.

Post # 11
28 posts
  • Wedding: May 2020

If you are going for an elegant and fun wedding I say DO IT!!!
This post is kind of old, so not sure if you already had your wedding.  But I would go for it.

Things that the both of you like, drink wise or, if you aren’t a big drinker, maybe something to match your wedding colors, that other people would like. 🙂

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