Hello readers! The fiance and I have been discussing alcohol options. A few weeks ago, you heard that I had decided against having an open bar. Neither of us are big drinkers and the last thing we want is for our wedding to become one big drunken party (our friends are all in their twenties). Also, people tend to leave half empty drinks everywhere when it’s an open bar.
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Our main problem is how to conduct a limited bar. We have to go through our caterer when purchasing alcohol, which means it will cost a lot more than just buying it from the liquor store.
The only thing we know we’re doing is having a white wine and a red wine at each table. We have about 75 guests and it is an afternoon reception.
So I need your help! Let me know which option you think is best:
1) Option 1: Drink tickets. This helps us control how many drinks each person gets and ensures that everyone gets to have at least 2 drinks on us. If they want to drink beyond that, it’s a cash bar. I’ve heard that drink tickets can look tacky, but we’ll definitely dress them up to look cute.
2) Option 2: Only have wine at the tables and two bowls of alcoholic punch. This highly limits the variety of drinks there are, but it keeps costs way down.
3) Option 3: Only have a certain number of drinks for free at the bar. For example, we could order 100 bottles of beer and when we’re out, we’re out. There won’t be the negative optics of drink tickets, but it also means that someone could drink 5 beers early on in the wedding, leaving no beers for another guest.
4) Option 4: Open bar for 1 hour. This is the most risky option, as I have no idea what our bill will be at the end of the night. It could mean $1000. Or $5000. This is also my least favourite option.
Please help me decide!
PS: One of my pet peeves is reading/hearing how “rude” it is to not provide unlimited free alcohol for all my guests. They’re there to witness and celebrate our union, not to get drunk! They can get drunk any other weekend!