Lynnie
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Full Open Bar - Yea or Nay?

Lynnie, on November 5, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 122
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Are you going all out on a full open bar? Or are you serving a simplified menu of beer and wine? Are you mixing up some signature cocktails to satisfy the liquor drinkers?

Will you have a full open bar? Yea or nay?


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122 Comments

  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Nay. That's a lot of money and I don't think it's necessary
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  • L
    Lady ·
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    Everything is "open" (aka, free for guest - tacky AF to charge them for anything at your reception) but we had limited options. Beer, wine, one cocktail.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Nay. We are having a limited bar. With 2 types of keg beer and 2 types of wine. Any hard liquor guests will have to pay for.

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  • E
    Dedicated October 2020
    Erin ·
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    Nay. We are doing beer/cider/wine. We will be having two signature cocktails during cocktail hour but that will be the extent of our liquor for the reception

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  • Lacy
    Dedicated October 2020
    Lacy ·
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    We are doing a full open bar. We will have 4 beer options (Mich Ultra, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Fat Tire), La Marca Prosecco, Kendall Jackson Pinot Grigio, Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir, Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon, Titos vodka, Maker's Mark bourbon, Bacardi rum, Jose Cuervo Tequila, and Gordon's gin. We didn't go top-shelf, but we did try to splurge a little bit on a couple of upgrades so our guests aren't relegated to well liquor.

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  • Arkilia
    Super October 2020
    Arkilia ·
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    Nay!! We are having a limited bar of beer and wine.
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  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
    Yoice ·
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    Full open bar for us!
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  • Ashley
    Dedicated May 2020
    Ashley ·
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    YEA!! We are known for hosting great parties with custom cocktails and stuff, so we couldn’t let people down for our wedding!! We can bring in our own alcohol so we’re going all out. 6 kinds of beer, 3/4 types of wine and a menu with 8 cocktails but they can order whatever mixed drink they want with the alcohol there.
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  • Crystal
    Dedicated November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    Open bar for us, it’s included in our price.
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  • E
    Savvy August 2020
    Elle ·
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    Yes, full open bar! Just nothing top-shelf. It comes with the package we selected! Also with the package is our signature cocktail and table-side service of Merlot and Chardonnay served throughout dinner!

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  • Amanda
    Super June 2020
    Amanda ·
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    Yea. We are having wine and beer at rehearsal dinner and full open bar with signature drinks at the reception. It was actually the same cost with our venue as just wine and beer so we figured why not.

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  • Cyndy
    Master May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Full bar. It’s a know your crowd thing and this was important for us.
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  • Kathyana
    Savvy October 2020
    Kathyana ·
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    Open bar definitely but limited to beer and wine plus two signature cocktails. Knowing the people that are coming they are not too big on liquor.
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  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
    Cristy ·
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    Nay. Full open bar is really expensive! To save money, we're doing beer and wine.

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  • Blair
    Devoted October 2020
    Blair ·
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    We are having his and her signature cocktails and the rest will be beer and wine

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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
    Ashley ·
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    We will have an open bar, but have limited what alcohol is available (no premium spirits), will be having no shots, and during cocktail hour we have limited the drinks to only our signature drinks in order to save some money.

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  • Watts
    Super March 2020
    Watts Online ·
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    Limited bar. Either beer and wine or drink tickets. Haven't decided yet. Most of the weddings I've been to had tickets and it went over really well. The open bars or consumption bars I've seen have always been abused and ended badly.
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  • Tori
    Dedicated October 2021
    Tori ·
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    Our venue only offers beer, cider, wine, and sangria -- no hard alcohol. But it will be open! We're doing a consumption bar for the day so anything our guests drink, we pay for. I'm excited our venue has that option because a lot of people on FH's side doesn't drink.

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  • Michelle
    Devoted October 2020
    Michelle ·
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    We have unlimited beer and wine included with our venue so we included liquor! Our audience loves the Hennessy lol so I wanted liquor.

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  • Ashley
    Devoted August 2020
    Ashley ·
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    We'll have 2-3 types of beer, a red wine and a white wine, and then a vodka, a gin, Jack Daniels (FH's choice), and Captain Morgan (my favorite). We also have the option through our caterer to have a custom beer, so we may end up doing that as well.

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