(Closed) Which bar package is best? What would you like as a guest.

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 30
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Busy bee

Host bar. I am happy with the selection and I don’t want the people I cared for enough to go to their wedding to be poor because they want to make me happy.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

Host is fine. If you offer the bigger people will want it. If you only have basics no one will bat an eye. Mixed drinks wine and beer is what the majority drink. 

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

As a guest, the host bar would do me fine, as me & hubby don’t drink alcohol and can put away soda like mad.

Most people I know are beer drinkers.

I want the best food package, too.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

Another vote for the host bar here. I’ve never ordered anything other than beer, wine, or rum&coke at a wedding – even if it were available. 

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I would go with the Deluxe option because I like cordials but not frozen drinks.

Not related to your question, but it’s weird that they call their basic option “host bar” yet price it per person. In most places, “host bar” refers to how it’s paid for, not what it includes. “Open bar” means hosts pay a set amount per person which covers however much that person drinks. So using easy numbers, if you have 10 people @ $10 each, the host pays $100 no matter how much those 10 people drink. “Host bar” or “consumption bar” is where the host still pays, but it’s per drink. So if 10 people each drink two $6 drinks, the host pays $120. If 5 people each have one $2 drink and 5 people have two $6 drinks, host pays $70. Then “cash bar”is of course where guests each pay for their own drink. Then you can have basic, deluxe, and supreme versions of each of these. Sorry to butt in when that wasn’t the question, but didn’t want anyone to think “host bar” means open bar with basic offerings. It usually means host pays per drink, regardless of what’s offered.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’d go with the host bar, I think that is what most people expect anyway!

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

i don’t think i’ve ever been to a wedding that had anymore than the typical “host bar”. I like pina coladas but i’d rather drink those on a beach, i think.

Post # 37
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would be perfectly happy with the host bar. It would never cross my mind to order any of those supreme drinks at a wedding.

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We are doing wine and beer then cash cocktails since we are going with the most expensive food package. I don’t mind if people get a little buzzed but I definitely don’t want it turning into a frat party. Just bring a little cash for your own cocktails, or if you’re allowed to add one or two signature drinks to the host bar package. Will your venue work with you on that? 

Post # 39
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless your wedding is on a beach, a pina colada or daquiri selection won’t be a huge hit.  Either of the first two are sufficent — having been through this before, most of your guests will drink beer or wine, with maybe 10-15% going for cocktails

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

aquabee:  I would totally drink up your supreme bar but honestly I think people will be fine with the most basic package. 

Post # 41
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Newbee

I find it odd that the different levels are dependent on what kind of drinks are included, rather than what brands are served.  My daughter’s wedding had three levels also, but were priced according to the brands.  We would have been fine with the middle level if the wine selections would have been adequate.  However, in our opinion, the wines were only acceptable at the premium level.  I would suggest you ask about the brands.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d say the Deluxe…no one expects frozen drinks so don’t worry about that!

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

aquabee:  Taking into consideration the price difference I’d go for the supreme bar. I think either of the other two would more than suffice but I drink martinis and such so ideally I’d want my guests to have the same choice.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee

aquabee:  I would be fine with the Host bar. I probably wouldn’t drink any of the extra options in the other packages.

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