(Closed) What kind of drinks are you serving at the reception and how?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What drinks are you serving?
    Non-alcoholic drinks (soda, juices, water, etc) : (87 votes)
    19 %
    Beer : (83 votes)
    18 %
    Hard Alcohol/Spririts : (35 votes)
    8 %
    Wine : (80 votes)
    18 %
    Sparkling Wine/Champagne : (50 votes)
    11 %
    Signature drinks : (30 votes)
    7 %
    Open Bar All night : (65 votes)
    14 %
    Open Bar for Cocktail Hour : (10 votes)
    2 %
    Open Bar until a certain time or hours : (9 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would highly recommend a signature drink or two. It’s a lot easier than an open bar.

    I had sig drinks and they were a huge hit. Every single person was drinking one. I had a full open bar too, but my sig drinks were really good!

    Post # 4
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    319 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    We’re doing a brunch so it’s champagne and mimosas only, although the bar at the venue (right outside our room) will be open if anyone wants a bloody mary or a beer.

    Post # 5
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    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We are just doing beer/wine, and the venue has bartenders that will serve for us. We will try to buy enough to cover the whole night–but if we run out, we run out! We’ll also have non-alcoholic options, since Fiance and are non-drinkers. Should be fun!

    Post # 6
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    726 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If I paid to go away to a “destination” wedding, I would like to have a few drinks. I think there needs to be a full bar, not saying you have to pay for it but it should be avalible. And its not really your choice to “cut people off” Just because you dont drink much dosent mean that the people attending the wedding wont assume its a night out and like to have a few drinks.

    Almost forgot. We are having a open bar for coctail hour, then there will be a full cash bar the entire night. I will also have a signiture drink which will be paid for all night, champange for the toast and wine served with dinner.

    Post # 7
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We had water, pop, 2 kinds of wine, champagne, and 3 kinds of beer. The place we had our wedding at let us bring in our own which was really nice. We had an open bar all night and the only thing we ran out of was 1 kind of beer. 

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    OK well this is what we’re doing:

    After the ceremony, we’re having a drinks reception, and are serving 2 glasses of buck’s fizz pp. Then during the meal we’re providing water, soft drinks for those who don’t drink, and 1/2 bottle of wine and a glass of champagne for the toast for those who do drink. We are then putting £1500 (around $2300) behind the bar for the evening reception; this can only be spent on beers, house wines, single spirits, and soft drinks; if guests want cocktails, champagne, etc, they will need to pay (coktails run at $18 so our tab would quickly run out if we included them).

    I really think it depends on your budget and your guests. Us Brits like to drink, and a wedding with no alcohol, or limited alcohol, just wouldn’t really be an option for us. Whereas if most of your guests really drink, you could just serve soft drinks. Another option would be to give guests ‘tokens’ for drinks, which would allow them x number of certain drinks. Also, if you can’t stretch to providing alcohol, you do need to still provide a bar so that people have the option of paying for drinks if they want to.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We paid for all non-alcoholic drinks. There was a bar in the restaurant–if guests wanted booze, they had to buy it themselves. No one complained. (We knew that if we offered open bar, my mother would get TRASHED, and she’s enough of a pain to deal with when she’s sober…)

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We’re having an open bar all night. Our venue has a bar in it, so we’ll tell guests to order whatever they want. 

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    We are having a small 30-40 person wedding and have an open bar, but I’m not sure how it’s going to work.  Either we set the bar downstairs for the cocktail hour, or we set it up upstairs so it’s close by for the rest of the night (the venue has 2 floors with the top floor being the dining hall/dance area.)  

    I’m thinking we’ll have it upstairs and see if they can’t serve drinks at the cocktail hour on trays.  It’s not very clear to me yet.  😛

    I would say beer only and sparkling wine toast should be fine!  I suppose it depends on your guests.  Some might want wine with their meal.  

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We are doing water, soda, juice etc in metal troughs and then bottled beers in another trough (then switching to keg beer once that is out to save $).

    We are also serving some wine and having a few signature drinks (we’re thinking: raspberry mojito, white wine berry sangria, spiked sweet tea with lemon, some kind of margarita on the rocks)… But we might also buy a couple different types of liquor and having them out as well. And everything will be serve yourself since we will be on family owned property.

    ETA:  The alternate liquors would probably be some kind of whiskey, regular vodka, some kind of rum and Tuaca… incase anyone didn’t like the signature drinks so they could mix those with the sodas/juice.  And we will probably have 3 kinds of beer.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    There will be champagne straight after our ceremony,  while photos are being taken there will be mimosas and strawberries.  on the tables during the meal there will be red and white wine on the tables.  there will be champagne for the toast.  

    then there will be a cash bar for the rest of the evening/  

    Post # 14
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    1088 posts
    Bumble bee

    the venue provides unlimited water and soft drinks, then we’re doing an open bar of beer and wine, we’ll have a bartender serving it at the bar area because the venue doesn’t have a liquour license so we need a licensed person to serve the alcohol

    Post # 15
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are hosting beer, wine, and a signature cocktail that will be the color of one of our wedding colors. Unless your venue provides alchohol in their package, people tend to drink more when they aren’t spending the cash (speaking from experience). 

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    We are doing beer and wine. Everyone keeps telling me not to do a full open bar because people end up getting too sh*tfaced. And I can think of a lot of people who would. Hahaha.

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