(Closed) what kind of alcohol to serve for a backyard wedding

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

In addition to the beer I would prepare a few easy mixed drinks (i.e. margaritas, spiked lemonade)/ sangria and have them available self-serve out of a nice beverage dispenser. 

Please no BYOB. 

Post # 3
4066 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You could have pre made cocktails in punch/lemonade dispensers. It would be cheaper and you wouldn’t have to hire a bartender. 

Post # 4
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We’re also having a backyard wedding this summer in my Dad’s backyard, and are doing kegs, wine, and two pre-mixed cocktails – whiskey sours and something with gin. I definitely wouldn’t have guests pre-mix their own cocktails as that seems like a recipe for LOTS of drunk people. But there are lots of fun cocktails you can premix!

Post # 5
625 posts
Busy bee

I vote against having guests have to mix their own drinks. How about offering beer and wine?

Post # 6
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Beer, wine, and pre-mixed signature drinks. You can buy a few dispensers for the cocktails at Target. They are about $20 each, and they hold a lot. Make sure you buy wine with twist tops. Easier to open for guests, and close tighter than a cork, so less spillage.

You also might want to consider how you are getting your drunk guests home, as your parents will be 100% liable. 

Post # 7
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

It would be incredibly tacky to do BYOB. You are hosting an event – you don’t ask your guests to provide thier own drinks.

Personally, I would hire a bartender or have pre-made cocktails (like sangria or spiked lemonaide). 

Post # 8
3231 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Beer & wine

Post # 9
1505 posts
Bumble bee

I think a premixed drink like a spiked lemonade and sangria would be perfect. What about renting a margarita machine? We had a friend do this and it was great. They also did premixed things in dispensers- keep in mind to have ice in it or ice available. They did not and a warm spiked punch is no good. Lol

I would personally veto having mixed drinks before I made my guest mix it themselves. If anything, beer and wine is perfectly fine!!

Post # 10
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

No BYOB! You could just do beer and wine and the mixed drinks in the dispensers as mentioned. OR, I think these are adorable and was going to do it until we decided against a backyard wedding. 

Image result for mason jar cocktails with mini bottles

DIY | Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts – XL

Post # 11
4251 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I agree.  I would do sangria and a spiked lemonade or iced tea, and beer.  I would not leave bottles of hard liquor on a table for people to  mix their own drinks.  People will over pour and just get sloppy.

Post # 12
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We’re having a casual wedding (not a backyard, though, because we don’t know anyone with a backyard large enough, unfortunately). We’re just having beer and wine.

Post # 13
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Im having a backyard wedding too 🙂 in 12 days, and for alcohol we are doing beer, wine, and 5 gallon dispensers, one of pink moscatto lemonaide and then something with a tropical feel, maybe like a pineapple and malibu 🙂

Post # 14
3437 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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morgandrewtaylor :  Pink Moscato Lemonade sounds great. 😄 Never heard of it before today. Thank you

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suzannemarie :  Not in a backyard but having a casual park wedding that only allows beer, wine and champagne. I like others suggestions of lemonade, tea or other mixed drinks in dispensers. BYOB….please no

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