Type of drinks for intimate Monday brunch wedding?

posted 2 months ago in Reception
  • poll: What type of bar should we have?
    Full open bar : (16 votes)
    36 %
    Mimosas and beer : (9 votes)
    20 %
    Two signature drinks (mimosa/coffee etc.) : (14 votes)
    31 %
    One signature drink : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 16
    628 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    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
    4769 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    367 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    1391 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    8751 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    mavericksmom34 :  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 # 22
    634 posts
    Busy bee

    That’s a great compromise! Nobody needs a $25 cocktail, but a pinot grigio might go well with lunch.

    Post # 23
    7078 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    mavericksmom34 :  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
    7029 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    7391 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I would just do full open bar. It’s very unlikely that many people will order the most expensive cocktail on the list. 

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