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#11 Kristy!

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    Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:01 PM

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    i personally hate pinot grigio b/c it is so fruity and sweet so i prob won't choose it in case i want a glass of wine lol
    Good reason not to go with it then! I personally like Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling, but I would never expect one of those to be chosen. If you want chardonnay, then go with chardonnay.

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      Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:07 PM

      LOL thanks for the 12 pack validation Glenda!

      Alyssa, Glenda makes a good point - people may drink more because they are at a resort wedding in Hawaii where they can stumble back to the room totally drunk. Everyone won't but myself and people like me would..haha Just something to consider.

      So you don't have to order this in advance, right? They'll have a plethora already and you're just trying to figure out what your bill may be?

      #13 Alyssa

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        Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

        all very good points!!

        and jamy - we actually do need to decide now b/c our bar set up is a bit confusing and we need to print a bar menu - i don't want to count on doing that there KWIM?

        as for house wines by the glass this is what they offer:
        i think we may be able to get these for $8 per glass
        House Champagne - don't know brand
        House Chardonnay - Four Vines
        House Cabernet - De Loach
        House Merlot - Cart & Brown
        House Pinot Noir - Esser Winery

        as for Beer - here is the deal:

        Bud/Bud Lt./Coors Lt/Michelob $5
        Heniken/Corona/Beck's/All Kona Beers/Steinlager $6

        i am really torn about this mai tai thing - i have a really hard time believing that they get 18 servings out of 1 gallon and we definitely CAN NOT afford 8 gallons

        #14 Kristy!

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          Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:16 PM

          Well, another option could be just serving alcohol at the cocktail hour.

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            Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:22 PM

            Dang Hawaii for being so expensive! I guess that's the price to pay for the beauty of the most isolated populated islands in the world...at least that's what they told us on the plane once.

            Does your package include a champagne toast? If you're not doing that I don't necessarily see the need for champagne. Can they do a hard alcohol drink for less money? And you can slip the bartenders some food coloring to make it the color you want? That's probably crazy but I'm just racking my brain here! As for how much beer vs. wine gosh I don't know.

            Personally I know people who drink only beer/hard liquor and not wine. Do you have a wine crowd? In that case you can do away with or really restrict the beer. Or do wine only with dinner, cocktails only for the rest...if that would save $$.

            #16 Alyssa

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              Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

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              Originally Posted by Kristy!
              Well, another option could be just serving alcohol at the cocktail hour.
              i am really not comfortable with this Kristy - i think a lot of my guests would be like
              Dang Hawaii for being so expensive! I guess that's the price to pay for the beauty of the most isolated populated islands in the world...at least that's what they told us on the plane once.

              Does your package include a champagne toast?
              No it does not Jamy and we didn't really want one anyway - i would rather people toasted with what they are already drinking than drink cheapy champagne KWIM?
              If you're not doing that I don't necessarily see the need for champagne. Can they do a hard alcohol drink for less money?
              I agree - i need to try to figure it out - they said they could do 'rum punch' for $85 a gallon but it still is SO HIGH!
              And you can slip the bartenders some food coloring to make it the color you want? That's probably crazy but I'm just racking my brain here! As for how much beer vs. wine gosh I don't know.

              Personally I know people who drink only beer/hard liquor and not wine. Do you have a wine crowd? In that case you can do away with or really restrict the beer. Or do wine only with dinner, cocktails only for the rest...if that would save $$.
              that is kind of why i am stressed b/c our crowd is really split between wine and beer drinkers - then some liquor drinkers but they would drink wine or beer if there was no liquor.

              UGGGGHHHHH

              #17 1elephant

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                Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:34 PM

                if my choices were either chardonnay or beer, i'd choose beer. if my choice was chardonnay or pino grigio, i'd choose pino every time.

                a gallon will not get you 18 real drinks. it will get you 18 drinks w/ dixie cups filled w/ ice. it will get you probably about 9 real-size drinks, but you're not pouring...

                can you bring in alcohol and just pay the bartenders to mix it?
                or, could you say "i have $x hundred dollars to spend on liquor/drinks. please cut off the open bar when it gets to that amount" ?

                (just give everyone 3-4 jello shots when they get there. they won't want many drinks after that )

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                  Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:39 PM

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                  if my choices were either chardonnay or beer, i'd choose beer. if my choice was chardonnay or pino grigio, i'd choose pino every time.

                  a gallon will not get you 18 real drinks. it will get you 18 drinks w/ dixie cups filled w/ ice. it will get you probably about 9 real-size drinks, but you're not pouring...

                  can you bring in alcohol and just pay the bartenders to mix it?
                  or, could you say "i have $x hundred dollars to spend on liquor/drinks. please cut off the open bar when it gets to that amount" ?

                  (just give everyone 3-4 jello shots when they get there. they won't want many drinks after that )
                  Lauren,
                  i totally agree about the 9 drinks things. tricky b/c they don't offer pinot grigio as a 'house wine' so we would have to pay for that by the bottle and from the menu i have the cheapest one is $42 per bottle YIKES.

                  we could say we have this much to spend and then cut it off but i feel really f--ked up doing that - IMHO it is not right when you are hosting to not 'host' people at least until the cake is cut. we are just so tight i really, genuinely don't know where the extra $ is going to come from

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                    Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:40 PM

                    If your crowd would be cool without hard liquor then the hell with it, have wine & beer and a cash bar for the hard stuff. My crowd was more interested in the hard stuff but it's about you and your guests.

                    Would you get in trouble for incorporating hard liquour into your centerpieces or favors? Not like you need a last minute project, but they can't dictate your favors so what if you gave out bottles of rum or something...even little ones in a bucket like "grab a favor" style. Tie some ribbons around them...lol Mixers at $3 each are way cheaper than those gallons!

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                      Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:42 PM

                      Alyssa, are you allowed to bring in your own alcohol and just pay a corkage fee? I know a lot of people save money that way, and I'm looking into it at my venue too (not sure how high the corking fees are)

                      Just a thought...




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