Jaz Nokes
Jaz Nokes 15 Mar 2018

Me and my H2B don't drink alcohol, I know that many guests will obviously...

Me and my H2B don't drink alcohol, I know that many guests will obviously want to drink and the reception. I don't really wanna dive too far into my budget for alcohol as we don't drink but I don't want to come across cheap. Any suggestions? Anyone in a similar position? Thanks in advance

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Sparkling wine reception and a glass for the toasts is sufficient

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Have you picked a venue yet? I would suggest getting one with a bar for people to buy their own drinks but make sure it's not extortionately priced.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

See what drinks packages your venue can offer, maybe you could provide your guests with a welcome drink or a glass of alcohol during the sit down meal (if you're having one) or at the evening reception? That way you're providing a drink but hopefully not spending a fortune. I don't think anyone expects an open bar at weddings, it's reasonable to provide a token amount of alcohol per head and then people buy their own after that x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

The only alcohol we are buying is Bucks fizz for the toast/speeches xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We are just providing a welcome drink, wine for the meal and bubbles for the toast. Apart from that there is a bar and people are able to buy their own drinks.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We only provided sparkling wine for the toast. Otherwise there was a bar so people could buy their own drinks but we didn't want people to go over the top on free booze!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Me and my H2B has done the same thing. We don't drink alcahol at all. We have provided a welcome drink, toast and because we are having afternoon tea we didn't need to worry about drinks for that bit. But we have also bought a beer drink package enough for one each and mocktail keg. Other than that once it is gone it is gone. There is a bar people can get their own

Amy Vigor-Green
Amy Vigor-Green 15 Mar 2018

We are doing a non alcoholic welcome drink. Wine for meal and bubbly for toast. There is a bar if guests wish for more!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Welcome drink and toasting drink, water and juice for the tables.
People can buy there own drinks

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We had welcome drinks as part of our package (Pink prosecco and Desperado) then with the meal we served celebration shloer (pink and white) as neither of us really drink. I didn't think of it looking cheap and a lot of our guests appreciated it. They bought their own alcohol from the bar if they wanted it

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Just buy the deals on asda or tesco and put 1 bottle of each on each table 1 red one white and one rose let them by there own drinks then

Anya Williams
Anya Williams 15 Mar 2018

Maybe just offer a sparkling wine for the toasts.

Most weddings you get an arrival drink, wine with meal and fizz for toasts though.

I love a drink but personally wouldnt be offended if none was offered for "free" at a wedding i was at. X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We are only providing drinks for the meal there is a bar for drinks drinks if they wish I am buying them a three course meal so it's only fair they buy their own drinks.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We had a glass of prosecco on arrival at our venue in with the package. Then we got wine boxes and our own carafes and paid corkage with the venue to serve 1 litre of white and 1 litre of red for each table with the meal. There was a bar for anyone that didn't want the wine as well and orange juice for the kids. There was some wine left over in the boxes, so we instructed them to refill the carafes until they ran out if requested. Even so, we still had about 4 litres of wine left so we just handed out a carafe to the first people to arrive if they wanted it. It soon went and the carafes were given to people as a momentum of the day. Saved on the washing up!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We had a welcome drink of orange juice or sparkling wine and a drink for the toasts. Ask your venue what drink packages they offer.

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 15 Mar 2018

Just go for Pimms & lemonade , Elderflower Presse &
Prosecco or bubbly rose
( nonalcoholic ) to toast with .....
Keeps costs down & then they buy from bar later ....
Can post later if you are interested in rose ... Just tired from work ....
Xx

Rebecca Sullivan
Rebecca Sullivan 15 Mar 2018

We are having welcome drinks .. not prosecco as neither me or h2b drink it... we are having some wine on the tables but other than that it’ll be a cash bar, I haven’t been to a wedding where I expected all the drinks to be paid for ... on the one occasion it was a free bar I was actually quite shocked.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We're actually getting complimentary drinks at our ceremony venue (they made a mistake with something and thought it would be nice to include this and canapes now). However, at the reception, we are only paying for the first round and then after that, everyone pays for their own.

Donna Milner
Donna Milner 15 Mar 2018

We are having a toast and then people get there own drinks x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Welcome drink, 2 glasses for the meal and a glass for the toast

Michelle H
Michelle H 15 Mar 2018

Cash bar for people to buy their own drinks during the evening reception.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We’re just providing a drink after the civil wedding! We’re not having a sit down meal so any other drinks will have to be purchased by the guests themselves!

Hazel Cottrell
Hazel Cottrell 15 Mar 2018

Welcome drink and drink for toast is enough; we are doing bottles of wine on table too but this isn’t necessary.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Get people to buy their own drinks? I'm not even providing drinks for the toasting

Hollyanne Greenbank
Hollyanne Greenbank 15 Mar 2018

We’re having welcome drinks, and a toast drink, then everyone can buy their own drinks

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Me and most if my family don't drink either. However I don't want anyone not to have what they want so we're asking on the RSVP red, white or non alcoholic.....just to get an idea of how much schloer the venue will need to get in!

.Melanie Brice
.Melanie Brice 15 Mar 2018

Whoever wants to drink let them but it. Or go non alcoholic alcohol haha and don't tell them

Mickie Button
Mickie Button 15 Mar 2018

We are going to be using Schloer when the time comes. We don't drink alcohol so we will be putting Schloer out on all the tables and telling people if they want alcohol to order from the bar.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

Our package just includes a drink after the ceremony, a glass of wine with the meal and a glass of fizz to toast. The rest is a cash bar...guests won't expect you to pay for their drinks

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We are n the early stages but planning on having a village hall and buying booze from France and just having lots.. we want a good party.. lol..

Louise Jane
Louise Jane 15 Mar 2018

We're having a village hall. There is a bar there but we can also provide our own alcohol so we opted for 'bring a bottle' on the invite as me, my h2b and our close families don't really drink.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We done welcome drinks wine and bucks fizz then we had bubbles for toast and a couple of bottles of wine on each table there was a bar for people who wonted to buy drinks. To be honest I think most people aspect to buy drinks now when they go to weddings and parties so no need to feel cheap xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Mar 2018

We are having welcome drinks and prosecco for toast and then people just have the bar. It's exoensive enough to supply drinks as it is

Julia Sweetman
Julia Sweetman 15 Mar 2018

We don’t drink that much either but we have drinks included in our package so guests will get about 3-4 free drinks each. X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

If your venue has a bar, they buy there own

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

We had a welcome drink, wine on the table & a toast. Any other drink people bought from the bar

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 16 Mar 2018

We feel the same and initially I felt mean that we wern't going to provide the drinks but have been advised by most of our friends that it is quite usual for people to pay for their own drinks at the bar. We have opted for mocktails and canapes on arrival with tea & coffee available too. Then we will have prosecco for the toast and when those bottles have gone that will be the end of the provided alcohol. We were thinking of putting some funds behind the bar for non-alcoholic beverages but having read some of these suggestions I have just decided that bottles of shloer on the tables instead of wine would be a better idea. Also, the venue advised against an open bar (where we pay it all) as they say it tends to get totally abused. Hope that helps.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

We had welcome drinks on arrival and did a bottle of red and white on each table and drink for the toast. I had appletize in my wine glass lol

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

Make people buy their own drinks

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

I wouldn’t if I were you. It’s your day. And if you are anything like me, budgets are tight. A nice alternative could be mocktails? Or the fave drink of the bride and groom (one each). You could set a board up saying why this is your fave drink and memories around it etc. Or give a “voucher” to each guest as part of the favours so they can have one of your drinks chosen by you. Have fun!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

make them but there own drinks!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Mar 2018

We provided wine for a toast and then there was a bar people could but drinks at, everyone seemed happy enough. x

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