The One With All the Booze

Our friends drink. A lot. Not like an obscene amount, but sometimes like they’re still in college. As a result, the weddings typically get pretty rowdy. 


Yes. She’s wearing a chair cover. I chose this photo so she can remain anonymous. / Personal Photo

… which makes me even more excited for my wedding.

Don’t get me wrong – we’re not crazy-belligerent-cause-a-scene-drinkers, but everyone always has a great time and tends to drink their fair share. It’s just what ends up happening. 

When it came time to plan our bar, we had to think long and hard about the alcohol we would be serving. Just kidding! It was an immediate decision to have an open bar. 

Sure, it costs more than just having beer and wine, and we even had the option through our caterer/bar to provide all the alcohol and they could provide the mixers and garnishes, but we knew our crowd, and have no regrets. It’s a non-cuttable expense. 


Cam looks absolutely insane in this picture / Personal Photo

After we settled on having an open bar, we needed to choose our spirits. The initial “house” package consisted of Budweiser, Bud Light, House Red and White Wines, and Smirnoff Vodka, Seagram’s Gin, Bacardi Rum, Seagram’s 7, Dewar’s Scotch, and Jim Beam Bourbon. 

My first thought was – do we know anyone who drinks Budweiser? And Lauren, our go-to catering expert, said “Everyone says that. We can substitute those for other beers.” Cam of course jumped at the chance to have his beer expertise on display and proudly announced, just as loudly as these capital letters would suggest, “MILLER LIGHT AND YUENGLING.” Done. 

Then we had to choose our wines. Again, Cam to the rescue. “PINOT GRIGIO AND PINOT NOIR.” Alright, sold. 

Finally, we looked at our liquor list. I mentioned to Lauren the possibility of substituting one of our liquors with Firefly vodka, and she jumped at the chance. 

Firefly sweet tea vodka is delicious. Oh, are you not familiar?


Image via Firefly

I’m not even a fan of sweet tea, and I love this. It’s a sweet tea flavored vodka that comes in several varieties including raspberry, mint leave and several others. Traditionally people mix it with water. Best part? It’s made just outside Charleston, SC on Wadamalaw Island! So it’s a “local” treat for the out of towners AND it’s tasty. We’re even considering doing a signature cocktail with this, but we haven’t settled on that yet. 

As if that wasn’t enough, we also have the option to bring in additional selections of our own – at no cost! This is wonderful news for Cam because he has a small obsession with a beer from his home state of Michigan – Bell’s Oberon. Every May, he buys a 6 pack of this and officially announces the start of summer with his first sip. It’s very dramatic.


Image via Bells Beer

So he’ll be bringing in a few 24-packs of this as well.

I think it’s safe to say we’ll be well-stocked on the bar front.

Are you doing an open bar? A signature cocktail? Bringing in any special drinks that have meaning to you?


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