(Closed) Which Would You Choose…Open Bar

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which would you choose for this brunch wedding?
    Full consumption bar -- pay the tab at the end : (25 votes)
    21 %
    Wine and beer consumption bar + champagne -- see if you can set up mimosa station : (72 votes)
    60 %
    Pre-paid open bar -- $46 per person (apprx. 70-100 people coming) -- does not include "top shelf" : (24 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Wine an beer consumption bar with mimosas, for sure!  I am a drinker, and I would likely have no more than 2 drinks at an early afternoon wedding.  I would also not be looking for hard liquor at that hour 🙂

    Post # 4
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @inky_1:  I’m just going to get my measly opinion out there, because I know how many brides are in favor of beer and wine open bar to save money on liquor…. but neither Fiance nor I drink most wines or any beer. I guess if I was invited and it turned out to be only beer and wine, I’d feel pretty left out when other guests could have a drink or 2 and I had to sip on something I disliked or not get anything. I know there are few people like us, but I just wanted to put it out there…

    Post # 5
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d choose beer and wine, and maybe have mimosas and bloody marys as well? I like the idea of a mimosa/bloody mary bar, where people can choose what they want in their drinks. I don’t think many people will be drinking more than 2-3 drinks at a brunch wedding!

    Post # 8
    197 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    It depends on what you’re wanting to spend. I think at that time of day, paying the tab at the end might be more beneficial b/c I dont think many people will drink as much as they would at an evening event. You may waste money paying a set price for something that people may not even drink anyway. I love the idea of a mimosa bar though!

    Heck, for a brunch wedding I would almost say just go for the mimosa/bloody mary bar only!

    Post # 9
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I wouldn’t pay for the unlimited open bar because people aren’t going to drink as  much at a brunch reception as they would at an evening reception.

    I am a drinker and I would only have 1-2 drinks at an early afternoon reception. So I vote wine, beer and mimosa’s (I would drink mimosa’s).

    Post # 10
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My guess is that you’d be overcharged for an open bar at that hour. People are not going to drink as much in the early afternoon as they would at night. However, people could be in the mood for a Bloody Mary, a screwdriver or something else like that at lunch as opposed to just wine or beer. After all people figure, hey it’s a wedding/celebration, I’m going to let my hair down. 🙂 So if you can offer a full bar that would be nice, but if not that’s okay too.

    Post # 11
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Is the pre-paid open bar open the whole time or is it for a set number of hours? We ended up paying for an open bar the whole time, but we talked about paying per person for the first three hours, then paying by drink after that because people tend to drink less at the end and more people have left. You might see if that is an option and could save some money that way.

    Post # 13
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i can’t imagine a lot of big drinkers at that time of day so definitely not the price/head, you would never get your money’s worth.

    if you would consider a wine and beer consumption bar why not add the liquor for those guests who do not drink wine or beer.  it’s a consumption bar anyways.

    what about bruch cocktails like mimosas or bloody mary’s?

    Post # 14
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I think consumption’s good for that time of day-people will have far less than an evening wedding. A bloody bar and mimosa bar would be fantastic!

    Did you decide on the all-inclusive venue? If you did the place w/ the horses, you could probably BYOB, and take home/sell back unopened bottles. 

    Post # 15
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    A mimosa and or bloody mary bar would be amazing for a brunch wedding! I am a drinker, but I wouldn’t drink hard alcohol that early.

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