Wedding alcohol opinions?

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 31
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Sugar bee

I agree you should include wine at least. I find most people are happy with either beer or wine, but I do know a lot of people that won’t drink beer.

We had a rustic outdoor wedding and did kegs of beer and wine as well as cans of cider and vodka sodas and it worked out great.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We don’t drink but we realize other people do, so when we get married we’re going to have beer and wine only so people don’t get trashed. That’s what we’re doing 🙂 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

avprobeauty :  You can definitely get trashed on wine, I would suggest limiting how much you serve if that’s a concern.

OP- I would go with beer and wine, I’m doing beer/wine/cider and theres a bar for people to purchase anything else they’d like. Make sure you have something for you, it’s your day! 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

futuremrs2020 :  that is very true. I felt bad saying ‘no booze’ though. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee

I would do beer and wine as well. That tends to keep everyone happy. If you want to do a signature cocktail, you could have just one round of them at the beginning. From what I’ve seen, most people will drink one signature cocktail at the beginning of a wedding and then switch over to what they usually drink.

Also, I know a lot of people like liquor at weddings but if I were going to a laid back BBQ wedding I wouldn’t expect anything more than beer and wine.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

kpkpkpkp :  I think you will be okay offering beer and wine. Maybe offer both a red and white wine along with beer and a signature drink and that should work. We had beer and wine only. We purchased the beer and wine and it was cheaper for us to do it this way. We still had a lot left over after the wedding but plan to use if for another party that is coming up. Do what works for your budget.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee

We did beer/wine/champagne plus nonalcoholic options (our venue didn’t allow hard liquor), and everyone seemed happy. Does your venue allow you to BYOB? Ours did, so I just went to BevMo and bought a bunch of stuff; since I spent over $500 they delivered for free day-of, with everything chilled and ready to go, so it was very low fuss. The bartender just had to set it up nicely and serve it. The staff at BevMo were able to help me calculate how much of everything to buy, which was also great (I had leftovers at the end of the night, but I’d much rather that than run out of anything). 

We provided several selections of beer, white and red wines, champagne, plus some nonalcoholic options: sparkling water, sparkling cider, coffee and tea, Coke, ginger ale. It was cost effective but covered the bases. In your case, I’d do the whiskey sour as one of your options but definitely include some a few cases of wine at least, plus some sodas and sparkling waters for nondrinkers and any kids who might be attending.   

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

For our wedding we did open bar,  but kept it to beer and wine to keep it more affordable. We also were able to purchase it all upfront and return what was unused so it wasn’t too expensive. Or you could do beer and wine open bar and have cash for cocktails possibly. Most people expect at least a partial open bar at weddings. Especially if most guests are traveling. 

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Can you have wine served with dinner and have a cash bar?  You can include a number of drink tickets for guests.  One of my friends did that.  It wasn’t as nice as an open bar but you have to do what you can afford.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We had a low budget wedding, and we had keg beer (good craft beer), three buck chuck (I returned the unused bottles), and I made homemade sangria from boxed wine. We had no complaints about not having liquor, but where we live (in the southeast) almost no one has liquor at weddings! I’ve been to a ton of dry weddings recently and a whole bunch that only had cake and lemonade (and everyone leaves after 45 minutes).

Post # 41
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

kpkpkpkp :  I’m just concerned on how to make this work without spending an arm and a leg! Maybe we should just do beer and wine. It just sucks because neither my fiance or I drink wine, we actually both hate it. So it wouldn’t be representive of us or our style at all. And I don’t drink beer either so I wouldn’t have anything to drink at my own wedding lol! But I am aware that most people do drink wine so maybe I need to focus on the guests more with this one.

I think sometimes it gets lost on couples that while the wedding ceremony is about them and their union, the reception is a thank you to your guests for coming to celebrate with you. While I’m all about your wedding/reception reflecting you as a couple, it’s important to cater to your guests and what the majority would want. More people are going to prefer beer/wine than beer and whiskey.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think beer and wine goes over better then what you are offering. 

We did modified open. Beer, wine and a signature drink. 

Post # 43
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Helper bee

I would rather have beer and wine, mostly because what are the chances you love the one drink

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Not a big fan of alcohol, but i think beer and wine will be the best choice.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We are just doing Wine and telling people if they want to drink anything else to bring there own. Our wedding is basically just family and a handful of close friends, so like 40 people tops. I dont even drink and my fiance was just going buy himself some beer. We have a very tight budget so we didnt see the point of spending a fortune on liquor.

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