(Closed) Sunday picnic lunch with no dancing: alcohol or no?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Casual Sunday, lunch reception in the park. Alcohol or no?
    YES alcohol : (61 votes)
    74 %
    NO alcohol: fancy bartender mock drinks : (10 votes)
    12 %
    NO alcohol: bride & groom supplies punch, pop, etc. : (11 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Yes, alcohol.  Always yes!

    (Unless prohibited by the venue or you have strict moral opposition to such things.)

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    As a host I will always provide alcohol, espeically at my wedding. Why not serve just beer and wine? That is a big cost saver, and people can serve themselves if you don’t want to pay for a bartender.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Personally of the opinion if someone NEEDS alcohol to have a good time they need to reevaluated their ideas of fun. So I think if it is an issue of $$ people can suck it up and not have drinks for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon when there are other beverages provided. 

    Post # 7
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    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    Sunday afternoon you could get away with champagne & mimosas (if alcohol is permitted)

    Post # 8
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I voted Yes Alcohol because you mentioned that most of your guests enjoy a drink. Since it’s a picnic lunch, you could just offer beer and wine. Or even just one or the other. It’s relatively inexpensive if you buy online, and you can definitely get away with only supplying 1-2 drinks pp.

    On the other hand, as a guest, I would be MORE than excited about having a rootbeer float. And wouldn’t miss the alcohol at all. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The answer is always yes Smile

    But really, if I’m celebrating something big, I prefer to have a drink.

    If you think they will enjoy it, I would do it.  I don’t think you would need much since it’s a Sunday afternoon, people won’t go too crazy or anything (a drink or two at the most)

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Maybe you can find a compromise and offer non-alcoholic drinks as well as some sort of alcoholic punch?  That way you are offering alcohol but aren’t paying for the full bar.  I think a punch is perfect for an afternoon wedding. 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @the boss of you:  lol, love it! 😀 

    Definitely yes alcohol! It does cost more, but your guests will have way more fun, and that’s what counts right?  I always like to have a couple drinks when celebrating a big event with a bunch of friends and loved ones 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @babe_bamboo:  just a thought – are you having it in a public park/are you allowed to serve alcohol?  Otherwise I would serve light stuff like mimosas or punch.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

    I don’t think it is a matter of not being able to have fun without alcohol, I think that there is a definite sense of occasion that comes from having a toast with champagne or a glass of wine. If you want to save money then you can always purchase a case of white and a case of red and a case of sparkling as well as a few beers, this avoids having a bartender but allows people to feel as though they are being treated to a celebration.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Being lunchtime on Sunday, you can definitely get away with mocktails. However, I think mimosas and/or spiked lemonade could be a fun option that shouldn’t be too expensive compared to a full evening bar. Spring/summer beers are also yummy and can easily be enjoyed in the daytime, but I don’t know how I’d feel about wine early in the day (it might just seem odd to me).

    Can you bring your own? What are the rules about alcohol that your venue has set, since it’s a picnic shelter?

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    As a guest, I wouldn’t expect alcohol as I wouldn’t think it would be legal.  It would be a pleasant surprise though!

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee

    most parks have an area where yoiu keep the alcohol. like in the shelter and/ or on the patio.  id say do two kinds of beer, one light one full flavored and a white wine. im a very shy person and have to have at least one glass of wine to actually relieve some of that social anxiety before it starts getting fun for me. every year at my Fiance companys christmas party, even tho itspeople i see on a weekly basis, i ned some wine to enjoy myself!

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