(Closed) Signature drink too expensive. PLEASE HELP!

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@eleven10twelve:  It’s not lame not to have a signature drink. Many weddings only serve beer and wine.  It sounds like you are using relatively top shelf liquor. If you want a signature drink, I would choose lower shelf and not offer any other liquor. So do wine, beer, soda, and signature drink. 

Post # 4
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Most people do not have a signature drink. So, no that would not be lame. 

$6 for a beer? That seems steep. 

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

A lot of weddings only do wine, beer and soft drinks, so with the premium liquor offerings too, you dont need a signature drink.  That’s what we did and everyone was delighted.

Post # 6
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

wow, $5 for a bottle of water/soft drink? that’s insane

Post # 7
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You didn’t mention whats in your signature cocktail, but it definitly doesnt have to be $11.00.  If you are doing anything with a fruit juice or other mixers in it, its really hard to tell the difference between a top shelf and well liquor.  Try making the same drink but use a cheaper liquor, and one with your original recipe and try both without knowing which is which.  You probably wont be able to tell the difference.  That would lower the price some.  The other thing that can be cheaper (if your venue allows it) is if you make signature drinks by the pitcher rather then the drink.  Even if a bartender still has to “dispense” them, its still usually less expensive then paying for individual drinks.

Post # 8
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think signature drinks is a trend that comes from sites like this and blogs, I promise you no one will miss it.

Post # 9
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with PPs that it is totally unnecessary to have a signature cocktail.  That said, is there any way you can negotiate?  Our venue quoted us $8/pp for the drink we wanted and we negotiated down to $5.

Post # 10
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think people will miss a signature cocktail, at all.

Plus, at weddings peope tend to carry drinks around, set them down, forget, and get another. I went to a wedding where the staff was fanatical about taking anything that was set down. We ran through alot more drinks than necessary that day!

Post # 11
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I only served beer and wine at my wedding.

So obviously I don’t think you need the signature cocktail!

Post # 12
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

so is it a cash bar or is it that cost per drink for you?  i’m sorry i haven’t gotten that far in my planning so im confused.

Post # 14
154 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think you need to add a signature drink. Seems like the drink prices are steep as it is!

Post # 15
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had to look up what a corkage fee was and I think charging that for a wedding is a total scam. I understand restaurants charging it in individual cases, but I’d be pissed if my venue tried to charge me that for my wedding. It’s not like you aren’t buying a bunch of other beverages from them. Is that $15 per bottle or a one time charge? I guess my objection is only if it’s per bottle. A one time fee sounds a lot more reasonable. 

But as for your signature drink, I agree with PP – see if the drink can be made with cheaper materials. If not, and if it doesn’t have any huge emotional meaning, I think you’d be fine leaving it out. 

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