Post # 1
My venue allows us to bring in all of our own alcohol ourselves, which is a huge help! And my caterer is providing the bar, bartenders, glasses, mixers, garnishes, etc. We will have a fully open bar with a selection of beer, wine, and most spirits.
That being said, our caterer’s proposal includes (for no extra cost) the option of serving two signature cocktails. They listed a selection and they all sound great (e.g. Moscow mules, French 75, etc.). They will present these on silver trays (along with champagne, white wine, and sparkling water) as guests walk from the ceremony to the cocktail hour location. Guests can also approach the bar directly but the butlers with trays are meant to ease some of the rush right when they walk over – get those drinks in hand faster!
Since we are having an open bar… do we need a signature cocktail? Do you think guests will like it and order it? And what should we choose? I think the options are pretty open. If we don’t do the cocktails, the guests can still get sparkling water, champagne and white wine from the trays before approaching the bar.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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.