(Closed) Sparkling grape juice- cheap?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think you should serve champagne. I’d also have some sparkling grape or apple juice for the abstainers. If you are reallly onlt having some appetizers, I really do think the champagne will be appreciated. Your guests are putting a lot of effort into attending your wedding and the reception is how you say thank you. Do the best job you can!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

There’s a lot of controversy around here about dry weddings, so watch out. That’s basically what you’re proposing. I say, if it’s not expected and you can’t afford champagne, don’t have champagne. I would recommend having the sparkling grape juice and other soft drinks (soda, juice, iced tea, etc) though, not just one choice. Grape juice is pretty sweet and personally I wouldn’t want to drink it with salads and sandwiches. If you want alcohol but not to spend that much money,  you might want to just have mixers and a bottle or two of vodka if people want to spike their drinks. Not sure how many people you’re having, but a handle of vodka costs $20~ and will serve a bunch of drinks. Like 20 drinks, if people are pouring judiciously. Or vodka plus rum plus whiskey would probab;y still only be $50-75, so less than you would have spent otherwise.

Also emphasis on only doing a dry wedding if it’s accepted practice near you. My friends and family would revolt if we didn’t serve booze at our wedding. That’s us, though, you know your guests best.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Girl, offer two punches – one with champagne (you won’t have to buy a million bottles) and one with just fruit juices and frozen strawberries, grapes, lemons and oranges that you cut up and place into an ice tray with water than then freeze.  Both look great in a champagne glass!

All the fuss about dry or not and not having enough cash drives me crazy!  Two large punch bowls is a good way for all to enjoy something light and refreshing.  Check out the link for ideas.  Kjo offers a good suggestion to have a cash bar so folks can buy their own – a great alternative or addition to the punches.  I’d skip the grape juice.

Good luck and don’t worry too much.

http://weddings.about.com/od/weddingcakesfoodmenus/a/Easy-Champagne-Punch-Recipes.htm

 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Champagne-Punch-102798

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

to answer your question honestly yes you’re cheaping out. I would have said that at the evening wedding but no dinner, but definitely if you’re not even willing to serve champagne. What exactly will you be serving?

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