(Closed) Wine and Beer or The works?

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you can afford it, I would go for the works.  Your guests will appreciate it.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 Wink.  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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree with hotchild – if you can afford it, go the works. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Can you afford the works? if so, I say go for that.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

wine and beer and signature drinks?   the bride’s favorite, groom’s favorite, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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.

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