While speaking with a gentleman friend the other day, I asked for his opinion on alcohol at wedding receptions. Unsurprisingly, he was all about the full open bar compared to a beer/wine option. There are many factors that go into making the decision between an open bar or a beer/wine/possible signature drink combination, such as: the time of day, the location of your reception, the number of guests who will be drinking, assumed amount of alcohol consumed by those guests, and their drink preferences.
If you're worried about your budget, a beer/wine option may be best for you, but keep in mind that in some venues/caterers offer bottom shelf spirits for the same price per person so be sure to ask!
It is important to remember that this is your wedding, after all, so if you and your hubby would like to enjoy a few mixed drinks with your friends and family on your special day, by all means - GO FOR IT! (Just remember not to over-do it that you may be getting on a plane the following morning!)
We're a fan of offering lovely beverage options to your guests as you are the hostess with the mostess on this very special day, but make sure to explore all options if you're up in the air! We have found that your guests will drink what is offered to them, so if you don't want them to overindulge, then consider closing the bar 30 minutes prior to your band or DJ stop time, but they are just as likely to drink wine and beer if that is all that you have to offer. So, we always love a plan B for transportation options to get guests home that may have had 1 too many- even if it's a Taxi service.
If you have questions regarding alcohol choices for your reception, contact us here at One Fine Day and we'll be happy to help you!