(Closed) Standard bar Vs Premium

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 17
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We went with the standard bar, our group of friends & family do like to drink, but we’re not overly concerned with what we’re drinking lol Our package includes brands like Absolut, Captain Morgan, Jim Beam etc I don’t consider those cheap liquors. After 2 or 3 drinks, no one is going to care whether they’re drinking Absolut or Grey Goose.. in my circle at least.

Post # 18
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@worriedconfusedbride we are doing an open bar- the venue calls it premium, but in my opinion, it’s middle of the road.  (Skyy, tanquarey, bacardi, capt morgans, dewars, jack, cuervo, etc).  We have the option to upgrade to fancier liquors, but I’m not going to do it (except for a few wines).  I was worried about it, but talked to some friends with specific liquor taste who will be guests and asked their honest opinions.  Their general response was: if it’s free, it’s awesome!  No one has a huge expectation that the booze will the top shelf.  If someone is really particular, just see if you can swap out that one kind of booze or beer/wine.  That’s what we’re going for red wine, since both FOB and FOG are pitching in to the wedding and that’s their drink of choice.

I think it’s more important to have an open bar in general.  

Post # 19
105 posts
Blushing bee

When we do start planning I think we will go with a standard bar. We recently went to a wedding where it was $220 a person and they had a premium open bar. No one seemed to truly appreciate the finer liquors because there were half empty drinks every where.

Post # 20
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@worriedconfusedbride:  We upgraded our bar to the premium package at the last minute.  This was at my husband’s request.  It surprised me, as he works in finance and he likely developed an ulcer during the wedding for all the money we spent! 🙂  However, it was really a huge hit.  I come from an irish catholic family, so they were excited about the fancy Whisky!

If it’s too expensive, though, I wouldn’t sweat it or worry about it.  It’s not worth breaking the budget, IMO.  After the first drink, no one will likely notice the difference. 🙂

Post # 21
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our venue has 3 packages- standard, premium, and super-premium.  We are going with premium which is kind of middle of the road (absolut, tanqueray, jack daniels, maker’s mark, dewars, baileys irish cream, disaronno amaretto, and kahlua).  It would be 1500 to upgrade further, and it just isn’t worth it to us.  There will be plenty to choose from and we will have seriously amazing food

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