Open Bar
So we are having our wedding at a private estate that doesn't mind us bringing in our own alcohol which means saving tons of money. We really want an open bar for the majority of the evening, with perhaps only beer and wine for the last hour or so to give our guest the opportunity to sober up. Now we need to figure out what alcohol to serve. Should we make a drink menu and stock up on everything required for it, or should we buy lots of different alcohol and mixers and have people order whatever they want?

We are planning on a wedding of about 100 (ranging from 120 to 80) but we are still in the early stages of planning. We will probably hire 1 or 2 bartenders, depending on the final number of guests.

Suggestions? Ideas? If we do a drink list, what do you think is a must have?

Melissa
Married: 11/17/2012
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Posted On: Jun 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Married: 11/05/2011
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Jun 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are doing this - We chose 5 mixed drinks to cover all preferences (screwdrivers, rum and coke, sex on the beach, margaritas and vodka and cranberry). We are just stocking up on the things to make these drinks and then offering several types of beer.

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Jun 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Don't try to cover every drink possible; with some basic pieces (selection of booze plus tonic water, soda water, soda, fruit juices) your guests will have plenty of options. I like Summer G's idea of 5 standard mixed drinks. Either way, I think it would be a good idea to print up a couple of menus (small signs or posters for the bar) listing what's available. You could list mixed drinks, or do a choose one from each column type, with hard liquor selections on one side and whatever you want to mix it with on the other. Don't forget lots of ice and lemon and lime slices!

Married: 02/18/2012
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Jun 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here is what I'm getting for 150 people:

Type Amount needed (Liters)
Bacardi Rum 7
Jack Daniels Bourbon 3
Johnnie Walker Red Scotch 3
Tanquery Gin 2
Jagermeister 3
Three Olives Vodka 11
Jameson Whiskey 7
Jose Cuervo Tequila 2
Bailey's Irish Cream 2
Cabernet - Low Hanging Fruit 9
Charonney - Low Hanging Fruit 9
White Zinfindel - Low Hanging Fruit 9
Coors Light (12 pk) 4 cases
Guiness (12 pk) 4 cases
Yuengling (12 pk) 4 cases
Champagne 20

Married: 10/30/2010
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Jun 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Yup Glenns list sounds good to me!

Married: 07/24/2011
Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Our wedding is small BUT my parents are hosting a Post-Honeymoon party in late August that is the same size as your wedding. I can let you know what quantities we buy and then how much was used just to give you an idea. Is your wedding on a Saturday? What time of day? And how long will it go?

Melissa
Married: 11/17/2012
Reviews: 3
Jun 15, 2011 at 11:32 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'd really appreciate it, Spunky kraut! I'm dealing with a crowd of all different ages. I expect most of them will drink with varying degrees depending on children, age, and who is driving. My wedding is going to be on a Saturday and I would like to have an open bar for most of the day. Our venue rents out for 8 hours - 3 before the ceremony and 5 hours after. I would like to have an open bar for an hour before the wedding, and then for four hours during the reception. I'm planning on having the ceremony around 4:30-5PM because sunset will be around 5:30.

Married: 07/24/2011
Jun 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
ok, i added this to my watchlist...I'll let you know what we plan to purchase and then in late August I'll let you know what was actually used. There are also some sites I used to help get an idea of what we may need but we used that to draw up a list. Our caterer offered to look it over and give their opinion (haven't gotten their feedback yet). I'll look up those sites and PM you tomorrow. :)

Married: 08/13/2011
Jul 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Im trying to find some kind of venue (resort, campsite, b & b, cottages) where the bar doesn't have to close at 1:00. Or how can I get around still serving alcohol until the party ends?

Melissa
Married: 11/17/2012
Reviews: 3
Jul 21, 2011 at 12:37 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
You're best bet to beat the rules is to hold your wedding on private property. That's what I'm doing and I have no rules for alcohol except to make sure everyone gets home safely. My venue is a beautiful garden house on 20 acres. The lady who owns it used to be a divorce lawyer and now she has converted her property to a wedding venue and has held over 850 weddings to date. The venue is beautiful and her expectations are more than reasonable.

Melissa
Married: 11/17/2012
Reviews: 3
Jul 21, 2011 at 12:37 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
You're best bet to beat the rules is to hold your wedding on private property. That's what I'm doing and I have no rules for alcohol except to make sure everyone gets home safely. My venue is a beautiful garden house on 20 acres. The lady who owns it used to be a divorce lawyer and now she has converted her property to a wedding venue and has held over 850 weddings to date. The venue is beautiful and her expectations are more than reasonable.
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