Aleaj
Expert October 2019

Bar options

Aleaj, on September 10, 2019 at 2:00 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 28
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I am having a meeting with the venue this week to discuss linen and bar options. What bar option did you all choose and why? I am leaning toward a mimosa or sangria bar, or cash bar. What did you all do for your bar?

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  • Aleaj
    Expert October 2019
    Aleaj ·
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    Does anyone have any good signature drink recipes?!
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  • Jeannetta
    Dedicated July 2020
    Jeannetta ·
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    I wanted a cash bar fiance wants a open bar but neither of us are really drinkers. So we compromised and are doing a consumption bar. So we pay so much towards drinks and once that is used up guests can pay for more. My thoughts are people are less likely to over indulge if they have to pay for their own drinks.
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  • Bailey
    Savvy October 2020
    Bailey ·
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    We are back and forth on bar. We know us and our friends will drink. Our families are not much drinkers. We definitely wanted champagne and thought of doing beer and wine. If we do a bar we thought of doing BYOB through the bartender. Our venue says that has been successful for the guests who drink when not everyone drinks. It also cuts our cost since we would just be paying for the service and not cases of liquor.
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  • Shireen
    Devoted September 2020
    Shireen ·
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    This is what we did my 1st time around and we are doing it this time. Glad we chose to do this because we still were under the tab at the end of the night
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  • E
    Just Said Yes February 2020
    Emily ·
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    I'm doing a closed bar with only wone and beer options. My fiancee and I have a lot of rowdy drunks in our family, so with this we keep costs down and reduce the risk of people getting sloppy drunk.
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  • Future Mrs. K
    Expert April 2021
    Future Mrs. K ·
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    We did a 4 hour open bar. It was very important for us to have an open bar so we fit it into our budget
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  • Kelly
    Super October 2019
    Kelly ·
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    We will have a four hour open bar.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn Online ·
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    We will have a modified open bar with beer, wine, hard cider, and two signature drinks.

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  • C
    Super January 2020
    Cassie ·
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    To keep cost down and hopefully keep over indulging down, we are doing beer and wine only. Most of my family will drink beer with a few wine drinkers, so I thought about just choosing 1 option for wine and then making a sangria.
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  • Sara
    Super October 2019
    Sara ·
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    We're doing an open bar with beer and a few signature cocktails. I know it depends somewhat on your location, but I'm always pro-open bar. If you're having an early wedding, I think a mimosa bar could be really nice!

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  • Sara
    Expert February 2020
    Sara ·
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    We're having a five hour open bar..premium liquor (so Bombay sapphire, ketel one, etc.), four wine choices and four beer choices, I think. All sides of the family like a good drink. We chose a venue with the bar price rolled into the per person fee specifically because we wanted a decent open bar without blowing the budget.

    I'm not doing signature cocktails. They're extra. Plus..ive never had a good one. I'm a gin and soda person if I get anything with liquor.
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  • Erika
    Dedicated August 2020
    Erika ·
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    We can bring our own alcohol. We're doing a white, brown liquor with chasers. We will do Heineken, and Moscato as well. That's more than enough.
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  • Hannah
    VIP July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    We did a full open bar (hard liquor, beer, and wine) along with 2 signature drinks. In my area, open bars are expected. It was rolled into every venue that we looked at for the per person food and beverage price.
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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen ·
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    This is exactly what we did.

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  • Kat
    Expert May 2019
    Kat ·
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    We also did a full open bar. In our circle, it would be unusual not to. I also don’t like the idea of asking guests to pay for their own drinks.

    We didn’t plan for signature cocktails - but our bartender ended up making one up that night and it was super popular!
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  • Allaura
    Devoted April 2021
    Allaura ·
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    We’re doing an open bar. We both drink and so do all of our guests. I didn’t want our guest to pay for anything at my wedding because they are our guests. Also my dad has bought the open bar at other people’s weddings as like their gift before so I thought it would be weird if his daughter had a cash bar lol
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    We had an open bar but we provided our own alcohol. So for liquor we kept it to the basics (vodka, tequila, gin, rum, and whiskey). For wines we did 2 whites (Chardonnay & Sauvignon blanc), 2 reds (Cabernet & Pinot noir) and Prosecco. For beer we did an IPA, a Pilsner & a wheat beer, a hard cider, and then of course bud light . Figured that would cover our bases so everyone would be able to find something they liked.
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  • Jeannetta
    Dedicated July 2020
    Jeannetta ·
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    I know they are going to use up our tab but I don't want anyone getting sloppy drunk. Plus we want our budget to stay manageable.
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  • Future Mrs. A. 💍
    VIP November 2020
    Future Mrs. A. 💍 ·
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    We are going to have open bar to the limit and then have it turn into a cash bar but we are having open sangria all night… Until it’s gone LOL
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  • Jeannetta
    Dedicated July 2020
    Jeannetta ·
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    Plus our guest count is like 350 that is a lot money even figuring if most guests only get 2 drinks. So we have to be budget mindful.
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