(Closed) What would you expect for a Lunch reception in terms of alcoholic Drinks

posted 4 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Drinking options
    Only red/white/sparkling wine for guests : (21 votes)
    18 %
    Wine but offer beer (and just pay the beer per consumption) : (56 votes)
    49 %
    beer, wine, and mixed beverages charged by consumption : (17 votes)
    15 %
    open bar for 2 hours : (17 votes)
    15 %
    cash bar : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    2316 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

    I would do complimentary wine and beer because some people are crazy prefer beer to wine. I doubt many people in your crowd would expect liquor, so the cash bar doesn’t seem necessary.

    Post # 4
    5065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would have enough for everyone to toast and then have a cash bar. It’s not a popular opinion but it’s honestly what I’d do. I’ve had lots of friends who have been left with massive bills because their guests drank silly amounts because it was an open bar. 

    Post # 5
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I don’t think an open bar is necessary. I think beer and wine should be fine. I know lots of folks who’d like a beer in the afternoon and/or a glass of wine with their lunch.

    Post # 6
    9692 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @fuentesbee:  I never expect alcohol at any wedding, but especially a lunch wedding. Who drinks at lunch? As hosts, it is your choice what you provide. It is rude to ask guests to pay for things you either don’t provide, or can’t afford to provide. I would not suggest a cash bar for that reason. Just serve what you want to serve and leave it at that (and wine is more than enough).  

    Post # 7
    1507 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @fuentesbee:  I think beer and wine would be fine.  You might have people drink more white and sparkling than red.  If it were me, I’d offer bloody mary’s and mimosas as well.

    Post # 8
    9256 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Yeah, I think a lot of people might prefer a beer or two during the day rather than wine.  I’d do wine + beer – no need for liquor.

    @jeangenie:  lol!

    @MrsPanda99:  A lot of people would have a couple drinks over lunch at a wedding.  That’s not unusual at all….

    Post # 9
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    For my circle, I’d expect full open bar. But I think hosted wine and beer is fine too. i wouldn’t do just wine or beer I’d do both.

    If you don’t have a lot of drinkers paying the tab based on consumption makes sense.


    Post # 10
    412 posts
    Helper bee


    and maybe caesar’s for people who like those?

    you could also do like strawberry daiq’s and stuff, but honestly i’d just stick to the (easier) options above.

    Post # 11
    2484 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I would actually be really surprised to walk into a lunch reception and see anything more than beer, if that.

    Though I do like the idea of mimosas… Yum.

    Post # 12
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My cocktail hour starts at noon and we are having an open bar. Where I am from there is no set time as to when one can start drinking if you are at a party. If you are catering to non drinkers I would just go with the beer and wine.

    Post # 13
    14027 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I’d also think that beer and wine should be fine.

    Post # 14
    2905 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Beer, wine & non alcoholic drinks. 

    Post # 15
    2459 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Wine and Beer should be fine. 🙂 Personally, though, I think mimosas and bloody mary’s are in order for a lunchtime soiree. 😉

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