(Closed) Woot! Wines are picked out, but I have a question about the bar.

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Full hard liquor bar, or two cocktails to go with my wine and beer?
    Full bar: Your guests know what they like to drink, and you should just let them do it. : (12 votes)
    48 %
    The signature cocktails! : (12 votes)
    48 %
    other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    if you’re sticking to a budget, i would go with signature cocktails. if you can afford it, i would prefer a full bar. really though, either choice is fine so it’s just a matter of personal preference.

    Post # 4
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I always choose a full bar, especially when the drinkers are older.  (Speaking as a bartender on and off for twenty years)  People, as they get older, become pickier in what they drink.  I know if they don’t have what I like, then it’s coffee for me, I am not a substituter.  Men especially, for the most part, are not big fans of what I call “fo fo drinks”  which signature cocktails tend to be.

    Post # 6
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I voted full bar, ONLY because your signature drink has tequila in it — and I am SUPER allergic to tequila. Obviously, if you went that route, I would just drink wine, but some nights you’re just in the mood for a mixed drink, you know? And I would be sad if the only option were one I can’t have.

    Post # 8
    2691 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Personally, I don’t drink much so I don’t really like alcohol and from the story I’ve heard about my BF’s family (I still haven’t met them all!) I don’t feel very comfortable having an open bar. I’m going to do signature cocktails, and maybe beer, wine, and a champange toast. Doing it this way will save money!

    Post # 9
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    We had an older crowd at our wedding – had a full bar and wine/beer.  I understand your feat of picking wine – we went through SO MANY to find one we enjoyed and at our price point.  That said – most people had mixed drinks.  Even at dinner – we didn’t go through as much wine as I thought we would.

    And, to answer your question – as a guest, I’d prefer to pick my own drink.  I like the idea of having a signature cocktail – but I’d also have a full bar available.

    Post # 10
    1518 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We went the signature drink route. We had beer, wine and 4 signature drinks. We felt it gave us more control over cost and people getting too drunk. One thing that our bartenders did (that you can ask your venue about) is they offered guests that inquired about something other than a signature drink that they can make anything including rum, vodka and gin (the 3 liquors used in our signature drinks). the bottles were already open so it wasn’t an extra charge. 

    Post # 11
    1756 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We were permitted to provide our own alcohol. We had three types of beer, a red and white wine, and a full liquor bar at our wedding. Of the beer, the Blue Moon and Oktoberfest disappeared, and no one drank the Miller Lite, which is all still sitting in our basement. The red wine was barely touched, and the white wine was marginally more popular. But the liquor … good lord, the liquor. Our guests sucked that stuff down like it was going out of style, and there was no rhyme or reason to what they drank. I agree with some of the previous posters – people get set in their ways, and if you can afford to just have a full bar, I’d go with that option.

    Post # 12
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I like the idea of signature drinks, in theory. In practice, I don’t think it always works out so well. I’m not super adventurous when it comes to cocktails, I like what I like. So I’d prefer to choose exactly what I want. Just my opinion. 🙂

    Post # 13
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    You could have the open bar but maybe have a little sign by the bar that says “try one of *drink*” and a little cute description or poem about it. Seems like best of both worlds that way

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