Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
So we have a couple options for bar….we could go with our venue tending bar, but then we would be limited to only serving beer and wine from their list. Or we could choose to have our caterer tend the bar and offer wine, beer and liquor. Neither my Fiance or I are big drinkers (I do love my wine though), Fi doesn’t even drink. So we aren’t quite sure what to do….I wouldn’t miss the cocktails, but our guests may. Have you ever had or been to a wedding that only served wine and beer? Did you have any regrets?
Another note if we went with the venue we also have the option to bring in a couple of cases of Champagne for a toast and we could also purchase apple cider as a warm/cold drink non-alcoholic drink option to be served from the bar.
Post # 3
If you can afford it, I would go for the works. Your guests will appreciate it.
Post # 4
Our wedding will be wine and beer only, because we’re having it at a winery that only has a license for wine and beer. I think our guests will be alright with it – and our venue is on a back road that’s really bad for drunk driving anyway so we want everyone to be safe. However, if it had been an option and we had the money, I probably would have stocked a full bar. I like to be hospitable!
Post # 5
I’ve been to beer and wine only weddings and didn’t even think about the non-liquor factor, but I am a wine lover so that could play a part . I think as long as you provide your guests with an option, be it beer or wine, or beer/wine/liquor they should be happy.
Post # 6
I agree with hotchild – if you can afford it, go the works.
Post # 7
As a guest, I’d be fine with wine and (good) beer, but a little disappointed that I couldn’t have a Cosmo. So, if you can afford it, I’d do a full bar.
Post # 8
It really depends on your guests, and what kind of wedding you’re having. We had an afternoon wedding with just wine and beer and everyone was just fine with that. If you’re having a more formal affair, you should at least offer a couple signature cocktails if you don’t want to feature a full bar.
Post # 9
I’m gonna say, if its in your budget, to go for the works too. I’ve been to weddings with only beer and wine and they were lots of fun but the guests really appreciate more options.
Post # 10
I’ve been to a hosted bar wedding included, beer, wine, soda – cocktails were cash bar. I don’t think anyone mind paying for the cocktails if they wanted it.
Post # 11
We did a limited bar, and everyone left happy. 🙂 I guess in your situation, it would come down to cost savings. Are both options in your budget? Is the limited bar option actually cheaper than full bar, or do they work out to about the same? If you save money by doing a limited bar, are you going to spend those savings somewhere else (like on food) that will be noticed by your guests? It’s really dependent on your situation which option is best for you.
My only advice is to skip the champagne toast. Often venues charge a lot more for champagne than for wine, and many people end up wasting what they’re given. Maybe people will take a sip or two out of their glass during the toasting, but then they’ll go get a different drink right after, leaving the full glass of champagne on the table. I think it would be a better investment to reapply the money you would spend on champagne to your other bar costs.
Post # 12
Can you afford the works? if so, I say go for that.
Post # 13
My Fiance and I are still trying to figure this one out ourselves. We are able to bring in our own liquor/soda/water, etc. as long as we pay for bartending service. We still haven’t decided if we are only going to provide beer/wine/soda or have a full bar. I think if we can afford it, we will try to have the full bar but if not, we are just going to offer beer and wine. I think it will be fine as long as we are providing some sort of alcohol and I know most of our guests would be plenty happy with beer and wine (most of my mom’s family drinks wine, most of my dad’s friends drink beer, most of FI’s family doesn’t drink or drinks beer and most of our friends will drink either beer or wine). We may do the whole signature cocktail thing as well to have a little more variety.
Post # 14
wine and beer and signature drinks? the bride’s favorite, groom’s favorite, etc.
Post # 15
I think most venues charge a ridiculous amount for liquor and it’s not worth it. I’ve been to plenty of wine and beer weddings and been fine, but that’s just me, but honestly I’ve never heard a complaint, and I think you’re less likely to have trouble from those who go open bar – woooooooooooooo! and then start mixing beer and liquor but can’t actually handle it. Maybe offer something limited if you know some people prefer it, but honestly for what most places charge I don’t think it’s worth it.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
Oooh perhaps I should have been more clear…the reason for wine and beer only option is that winery only has a wine and beer license..not a liquor license. We would need to get a caterer with a liquor license if we wanted liquor. I am in the process of finding a caterer so I don’t even know what the price difference would be for that. My one worry is if we do offer cocktails we risk our guests over doing it. I do have some worries about some of our guest taking too much advantage of the cocktails over the beer and wine option.
@mrs.spring I am not too worried about the cost of the champagne toast since we will provide the champagne and not the venue.
It’s a tricky option because I want to offer the wines that the vineyard has, but I am not sure how it would work if we went with the caterer as the option (we may be limited to what they offer)