(Closed) What would YOU prefer?

posted 14 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
33 posts
  • Wedding: February 2009

I am with Mrs. Jones on this one. I vote customize! Signature drinks and a bar with wine and beer is classy.

Post # 18
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I believe with the sentiments expressed by most of the above posters:

– most people will probably "prefer" open bar (but it is YOUR wedding)

– men will not find this idea as neat as women will (but that’s really the same for anything wedding related!)

I would go with it! I think it sounds great. Just make sure there are some "manly" type drinks – maybe something old can be whisky (for some reason my friends call me an "old man" when I drink that) and make sure the type of liquor is varied amongst the drinks so everyone’s preference – rum, vodka, gin, whisky is included in a drink. Many people have an aversion to certain type of alcohol and will only drink one type, so try not to mix many type of alcohol within a drink – use juices, mixes and garnishes to customize the drinks.

Good luck!

Let us know what you decide to do? I’d love to hear about the drinks if you decide to go with them!

Post # 19
12 posts

I think signature drinks are a really cool way of personalizing things, but I am picky drinker.  There are only certain things I like to drink, but I can always drink wine (I am picky on that too).  I say go with signature drinks, but offer a good variety of wines and beers.

Post # 20
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Does it have to be one or the other? Can’t you have an open bar and then have one signature coktail?? I think either way it is fine if I were a guest, but I know some people like my Fiance who always order the same drink and does not like to change it up.

Post # 21
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I say if it’s something you want to do go with it! it sounds cute! I do agreet that having "manly" drink would go over better. I’m super curious , do you have any ideas of the drinks you would be useing????

Post # 23
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

That is what we are doing.  Originally we were going to do full bar – but i figure we will be covering just about every base with the wine, beer, and 4 mixed drinks.   

Oh – our colors are green, black and white…. we are going to do a green drink ( probably appletini or something)

and we’re doing a BLACK martini!  I didn’t know you could – but apparently there is a black vodka called Blavod – my mom knew about it – and i thought it was interesting…. so we’re goign to get some and try it before we decide on it. 

and we still hav eto decide about the other 2 drinks

Anyway, It was a difficult decision for us also – but in the end i think we’ll be happy with the decision to do wine, beer, and mixed drinks!

Post # 24
8 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

If budget isn’t an issue, there is no reason why you can’t do both. Make up cute a cute sign to go on the bar listing your "designer drinks," but people would still have the option to order what they want (like bah-humbug boys and old people).

Post # 25
380 posts
Helper bee

even though signature drinks are a cute idea, realistically, people would much prefer an open bar to pick whatever they want to drink.  it makes life easier on everyone! 

Post # 26
30 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

I like the personalized drinks idea. =) 

Post # 27
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I love the idea of the specialized, but both my brothers spent time and effort and doing that and afterward said it was a waste of time basically and that if they did it again, they wouldnt have bothered.

Post # 28
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I don’t have a preference… I think the customized menu is so cute! As a bride, I’d go with whichever is cheaper!

Post # 29
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I think that open bar would satisfy many more people. No one would be put off by an open bar, but there are several that might not like the signature drinks. In thinking of my guest list, I know that most of my guy friends wouldn’t like the signature drinks (and they might prefer liquor instead of drinking beer all night), and I know that my dad’s friends and my FI’s dad’s friend might think it was a little cheesy. 

BUT I also think its a really cute idea and it could add a lot of festive-ness to the party. If it were up to me, I’d pay for the open bar, but then also request two signature drinks. Maybe a "his" and "hers" or something like that. (With his being more manly and hers being more fruity.) Your bartenders would probably be up for that, because they could have a lot of the signature drinks pre-made and sitting out, which would help them with getting drinks to guests faster.

I’m picturing a full open bar, but then having one side (or both sides) lined with the "his and hers" drinks to make it look pretty! 

Post # 30
50 posts
Worker bee

i love the signature drink idea, but agree that guys might have  a problem if there wasnt a masculine type drink on the menu.  my fiance and i had this problem to an extent:  we are having a brunch, so we didnt want a full open bar.  who needs that much alcohol at 2 pm?  so for the cocktail hour we are having open bar, but for lunch we are serving various champagne cocktails and bloody marys.

Post # 31
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I think the signature drink is a lovely idea, BUT it would only taylor to certain people at the reception! I personally am having a winter wedding and I am doing warm apple cider with spiced rum in copper cups for my ‘signature’ drink at the cocktail reception. 

As for the full bar in place of the signature drinks it might hit more people at home-it is whatever you want to do if you want to do both things.  I went to a wedding where they had a limit on their full bar-when the cost of everything hit $700 then we had to pay-so technically it was open bar but it wasn’t.  Just think what will hit everyone at your reception.  

 You could do your signature drinks during your cocktail reception only-only have those available and then at the reception time have a full bar. Just an idea! Hope it helps!

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