Post # 16
I don’t think a full bar is necessary, but beer & wine would be appropriate and if you want mimosas too why not? Although for me a brunch wedding would be earlier .. ceremony at 9, cocktail hour 9:30-10:30 then reception or something along those lines. In any case I’ve been to plenty weddings where the only offered beer and wine and it was just fine
Post # 17
I would just do full consumption bar since everything is based on consumption and the drink prices are about the same. Or at the very least allow hard liquor for on the rocks or mixed with soda but limit full-on mixed cocktails if those are considerably more expensive. If the cost per drink is roughly equivalent might as well let people drink what they actually like to drink.
On a Monday afternoon people aren’t likely going to be full-on drinking, but since this is really lunch and not brunch, spiked coffee and mimosas aren’t going to cut it (hell, 330 is usually when I’m leaving to hit happy hour). I would just want whatever it is I normally drink once 1230 rolls around – I’d just be drinking less of it than I would on a weekend evening.
Post # 18
I think beer and wine is fine for a daytime party. I can’t imagine many people drinking hard liquor during the day.
Post # 19
Bellini/mimosa/Rossini or anything with juice and sparkling. Then coffee, tea and a few different juices that maybe has a twist (like instead of oj there would be some juice mixtures or mocktail)
Actually the reception is later than I initially read. Of its a proper sit down lunch type thing then maybe wine or is it more brunch type food?
Can you have a bad where people just pick what they want and you pay in the end?
Post # 20
if it’s a consumption bar either way and the drinks are about the same cost I’d leave the bar open or close to it. Since it goes later into the afternoon I think many people will want to switch from their mimosa/coffee to a glass or wine or beer. If the hard alcohol pushes it too high for your budget I think cutting it off at beer/wine is totally fine especially for the middle of the day on a Monday.
Post # 21
Thank you everyone! Yeah we were hoping to stick to a budget for drinks, with some cocktails as high as $22 per drink. We will be serving brunch food such as donuts, chicken and waffles etc. my biggest concern would be if left to a full open bar people might get the more expensive drinks. Maybe mimosas/coffee for cocktail hour and then beer/wine for reception? Thank you everyone it’s so nice to hear everyone’s opinions!!
Post # 22
That’s a great compromise! Nobody needs a $25 cocktail, but a pinot grigio might go well with lunch.
Post # 23
I voted a full open bar. Honestly, if there weren’t Bloody Marys AND Mimosas at a brunch-themed reception, I would be so sad.
Post # 24
I agree that nobody needs a $25 cocktail but I would prefer a glass of wine to a Mimosa at 2PM on a Monday. Can you work with the venue to create a smaller/limited bar menu including some cocktails/beer/wine from which people can order what they’d like?
Post # 25
I would just do full open bar. It’s very unlikely that many people will order the most expensive cocktail on the list.