(Closed) Wedding drinks menu

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@Wthoms:  can you get with the bar manager/ venue beforehand and work up a special event drink menu that you are comfortable with and display those menus in lieu of their menu? If  guests then want to order above and beyond what it on your menu, the bar manager can explain that it was not reserved for that event or something along those lines.

Just a thought!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would ask about their bar packages.  Most venues will offer an open bar package at X amount per person, you pay a flat fee, and they limit which types of alcohol are served.  It’s usually like a house red and white wine, a couple types of beer, and house brand liquors.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

are you paying a price per person, or is it just what everyone orders you pay for? the places we looked at, open bar was priced person, not on specific drinks.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs_Amanda:  I agree with this. I would just print up a selective menu (without prices) and display that. Even if they are free to order other drinks, I think that would encourage them to order off the “reasonable drink” menu. That will discourage ordering super expensive drinks. It will also give people some ideas of the kinds of things available. If someone has a specific request, they’ll ask the bartender, no problem. There are lots of lovely ways to display a bar menu, too. We’re putting ours in vintage looking picture frames.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, they will knowingly and willingly order expensive drinks. At least some of them will. Fiance and I have had to give up our dream of an open bar. We just can’t afford it – and are actually doing so on the advice of the OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT WHERE WE’RE HAVING THE RECEPTION. Seriously. She warned us to put up a small sign that says what wines and beers we’re offering, and that the bar can provide other drinks for purchase.  She says she has stood there and watched while wedding guests say: I would normally order something cheap, but this is free, so keep the Macallan 12 coming all night.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ProfessorGirl:  omg i would die!!!! thank god at our venue u can bring in your own alcohol, so we will have complete control what is offered

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ProfessorGirl:  On the surface, that does sound rude, but, honestly, when I go to an open bar wedding, I assume that the hosts are paying a per guest flat rate rather than per drink. I know I shouldn’t make that assumption, but I’m guessing the guest thought that he was “getting the most” out of the couple’s money, not putting them over budget. FWIW, I still probably wouldn’t order single malt scotch at someone’s wedding.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had no idea that VA law prevents prepaying per guest (at an established business  – of course it’s different if you set up your own bar and hire bartenders). But that’s when we had to completely rethink our bar idea. All we can really do is set a limit, and she’ll keep an eye on how the amount is racking up, and then she’ll cut it off when it reaches what we can pay. But she’s able to provide a LOT of beer and wine in our budget, and is setting aside two bottles of Prosecco for me and a bottle of bourbon for Fiance 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I would just limit the bar to a certain level of liquor, like they can only order call or select or something, but not ultra premium.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

WE are doing 2 things– setting a cap and limiting the drink options (only house brands, which are stoli, absolute, jack daniels, and the like). Anything above that is cash bar, including for the groom (who fully intends to pull out his credit card to make the point if people whine). This seems fair to us.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ProfessorGirl:  You may want to double check on that. I am having my reception in VA and an open bar was an option. I am not sure how they got around the law, because I know it holds for other events, but it is at a popular night club. 

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