On Friday night I was watching Four Weddings Biggest Wedding Blunders. Now, I admit that I don’t care for the competition aspect of the show or how catty the brides get, but it is interesting to see what works well or what can go wrong at weddings. With that in mind I was curious to see what the big blunders would be.
One thing that really struck me was when the question of alcohol was brought up. The competing brides complained if:
- Alcohol wasn’t being served at all.
- If you had to pay for your alcohol.
- If you had to pay for soft drinks.
- If it was open bar but only wine and beer was being offered.
You name it, if there was a complaint to be made about the alcohol situation it was made. Apparently the alcohol debate really stirs up some heated feelings. One thing that has always bothered me about weddings is the odd person expecting to get drunk on your dime. Weddings are expensive affairs and alcohol is a pretty huge contributor to that cost. We can’t necessarily afford for our wedding to be your great big booze up especially since our venue doesn’t allow us to bring in our own alcohol.
Our venue offers a reception package that includes:
- One hour of open bar: offered before dinner; unlimited regular hi-balls, domestic beer and house wine
- Non-alcoholic fruit punch, iced tea or lemonade: choice of one, available all night
- Wine with dinner: ½ bottle of house private label Peller Estates Chardonnay or Merlot, per person with dinner – served by wait staff
- Sparkling wine toast: one flute per person
After dinner we then have the option of hosting the bar or going to a cash bar and I’m fairly certain we’ll go the cash bar route. If anyone wants any pop, beer or hard alcohol during dinner then they will have to pay for it. I think the drink package is pretty generous but I imagine there still might be the odd gripe since we won’t be covering everything.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a teetotaller. I enjoy a good glass of wine or a beer. This is pretty well an economic decision for us, but I’m still worried that despite what we are offering people may not be happy. And do we give people a heads up that we’ll be having a cash bar later in the evening?
What are your thoughts about booze at weddings?