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I haven't been to too many weddings, the only ones I've been too have been open-bar sort of weddings. The future hubby and I can't really afford to have an open bar, but we're not sure what's the "etiquette" I guess of drinks. Should it be just a standard water+lemon glass and maybe a bottle of wine per table? This sounds so simple but at the same time so difficult-- need HELP!
Location: San Francisco, CA

asked Aug 12, 2013 in Guests and Etiquette by SashaW

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Hi Sasha, I don't think there should be an etiquette in choosing or having unlimited drinks but I do understand that we want the best on your wedding but as you have said, an open-bar is expensive. You just need to be creative in your own inexpensive way like choosing a venue that allows bringing your own liquor. Or just do a cash bar where guest buy their own drinks...don't worry most brides prefer this one instead of open-bar.

answered Aug 13, 2013 by Ashley
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I think just wine and beer, with a nonalcoholic beverage option as well, is perfect. And depending on your wedding guests, you can get away with inexpensive bottles of wine. My FI and I are going with Woodbridge wine and bottles of Molson (which is pretty cheap). All the kids and non-alcohol drinkers can have mint water (DIY) or ice tea.

answered Aug 13, 2013 by kylie
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There is no rule saying you must serve alcohol. We have done over 2000 weddings (getting close to 2500) so please take this as a PURE FACT: Wedding receptions with NO Alcohol DO NOT last as long. That's not saying anything bad, it's just pure truth. Add a simple bottle of wine to the table (or just Champagne for the toast) and include a Pay Bar. That way, people will have the choice of drinking or not.

answered Aug 20, 2013 by charlestonweddingphotographers(expert)
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There is a special magic to drinking and partying because the alcohol loosens people inhibitions and there is a tendancy (as Charlestonweddings said in another answer) for people to have more fun than they otherwise would have and stay longer. The past clients I have served that were trying to provide the opportunity but also control costs chose these options: #1 have ample non-alcoholic beverage inside (punch, lemonade, water, soda pop, etc) and a keg "outside" #2 - bought a limited amount of alcohol (beer, wine, hard lemonade, etc) and once that ran out, that was it except for non-alcoholic beverages #3 had a cash bar and #4 had a cash bar but gave people two pre-paid "chips" for two drinks for free at the bar. The rest would be paid by the guest.

answered Aug 22, 2013 by DJ Dave(expert)
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