If You Like Piña Coladas”¦

”¦you aren’t gonna find ’em at the Armadillo wedding.

In case I haven’t been clear with you guys yet, the thought of spending tons of money on this wedding makes me sick to my stomach and I’m resolved to stick to a relatively modest budget. This is especially important because Mama Dillo and Papa Dillo have graciously offered to pay for this shindig, and Mr. A and I are more than grateful for any amount of money my parents have set aside for our wedding. That being said, one of the ways we’ll be slashing wedding costs to cushion our budget is by having a (very) limited bar.

How limited, you ask?

We’ll most certainly have some kind of beer (perhaps Shiner Bock as a nod to Texas; perhaps something else). Neither Mr. A nor myself is a beer drinker, so I’m not exactly sure which beer we’ll actually be serving as neither of us particularly have a preference. I guess when it comes to that decision we’ll have to choose a middle-of-the-road lager that the majority of our beer-drinking guests will enjoy. (Do you think it would it be uncouth to Facebook poll some of our guests?)

For the non beer drinkers like Mr. A and me, we’ll be offering the option of both a red and a white sangria. I know sangria is typically a beverage that goes with Mexican/Latin cuisine, but we’ll be Italian-izing it to go with the Italian food we’ll be serving by adding some brandy and sugar to the wine along with that yummy, delicious fruit that makes sangria the delicious beverage that it is. I hope our guests enjoy it!

Aside from that, the other beverage options we’ll have available will be non-alcoholic. On a limited budget, it’s nearly impossible to provide enough alcoholic options to appease all our guests, and if they aren’t satisfied with the choices of free wine and beer that we’ll have for them, they’ll be more than welcome to bring a personal bottle of whatever they prefer to wet their whistles. Not only is this incredibly less expensive, it also makes me feel better about serving alcohol at our reception while still keeping the party under control. Our venue requires that we hire a local police officer to provide security in the event that we serve alcohol, so I’m hoping the limited drink choices coupled with one of our town’s finest cops will keep people from partying too hard. Don’t get me wrong: I want our guests to have a rockin’ time, but I also want them to get home safely after we party hardy.

Are you serving a limited number of alcoholic beverage options to cut back on reception costs? ALSO, for those of you who served one kind of beer, what did you end up going with? What brand/type of beer typically appeals to the masses (aside from the free kind)?


Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 6:51 am

    Hope you’ll let us know what your final beer decision is. We’re struggling with these same issues for my daughter’s wedding!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:55 am

    Thanks a lot Miss Armadillo! Now I have that song in my head …. but you know what? I actually like that song! Don’t tell anyone… LOL

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:00 am

    Our beverage list was quite similar: beer, white/red, and non-alcoholics. We chose to limit our offers because of some of Mr. B’s Navy buddies and his very Christian (anti-alcohol) family. It worked out well and I don’t think anyone missed anything.

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    shaniqua 252 posts, Helper bee @ 7:02 am

    Have you considered doing 1 sangria (maybe white) and one dry wine (red)? It would give people more choice without upping the cost. Many wine drinkers do not like their wine sweet.

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 7:11 am

    We just did beer (3 kinds), wine, lemonade and water- and it was perfect! Everyone was happy with it.

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    Dela2012 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:19 am

    We did just beer and wine and it worked out great. I’d recommend doing a non-sangria wine to keep the drinking more in check since some people drink sweet wine drinks (i.e. sangria) faster than they’d drink a regular glass of wine.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 am

    I think beer and wine only is more than adequate. We provided a full bar, but if we needed to cut the budget, that probably would’ve been at the top of the list of things to cut. Also, Shiner is delicious! I’d definitely go with that.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:28 am

    the only reason we went full bar was because the price really was like, a buck difference, so it made sense. for beer, i think you could do something like heineken or stella – something a little better than a bud light or miller lite, but also with mass appeal. im sure your guests will be satisfied with anything though – if it’s free, its for me!

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    almostmrsj 3586 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:57 am

    We did a full bar but had a very small wedding. The most popular beer was the local seasonal. Bell’s Oberon if you’ve ever had it. Go with what’s local (Shiner Bock is even pretty good) or seasonal and most people will be happy.
    We did have a couple people, um, overindulge, but I’ll admit to doing the same myself with only beer and wine available. :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:29 am

    Around here people only expects beer at weddings, maybe scotch, but definetley not wine or cocktails.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:41 am

    Up here in NY, everyone expects a full bar!!

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:51 am

    I think beer and sangria are excellet options! I will say I think it’s crazy they MAKE you hire a police officer as security though! I guess I get it…but still!

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 9:00 am

    As @shaniqua: and @Dela2012: mention, I also was thinking that you should offer “plain” wine as an alternative for the reasons they state. I also wonder if wine alone might be less expensive per glass than sangria. Having said that, I do love some sangria, yum, wish I had offered some at our wedding!

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 9:30 am

    We’re doing a champange toast only and hiding a bottle of scotch for grandma. everyone else can have tea, water, or punch at our afternoon wedding. The whole shendig will be over by 4 so no one needs to be 3 sheets to the wind. Since we’re not providing alcohol except to toast we’re also not providing transportation.

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    Piccateer 172 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:15 am

    You won’t go wrong with Shiner at a Texas wedding, but being in Houston you may want to look at going with local (and very popular) brewery Saint Arnolds. All of my friends love their brews and it is available all over town. You may even be able to contact the brewery directly to see if you can get a discount for buying in bulk for an event. They have been our beverage sponsor for several work events and we love working with them.

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:50 pm

    Our guests like Alexander Kieth’s India Pale Ale. Unfortunately, nobody remembered to tell the bar that and all they had was Light Labatt Blue (which NOBODY drinks in our circle). Oops. :(
    Luckily, there’s an LCBO/Beer Store in the little corner store of our town 30 seconds down the road from the venue. Some people went there before closing and drank their beverages of choice in the parking lot (since we weren’t allowed to bring outside sources of alcohol in). We also had a red and white wine on every table.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 2:59 pm

    I think beer and sangria are good options. People should be happy no matter what, but you’re right, they can always bring something themselves. Maybe you can put what drinks you’ll be serving on your wedding website so guests know.

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 3:54 pm

    I think beer and wine are great options! You’re providing your guests with alcohol and there’s no rule that says you have to even do that! I think it’s always nice to give an option and yours sound delicious! (Also, my vote would definitely be for Shiner Bock!)

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    HobbyLobbyist 398 posts, Helper bee @ 7:20 pm

    Unless every.single.one of your Facebook friends is invited to your wedding, please don’t post questions about your wedding! Trust me, you may hurt some feelings in the process. Just consult your families and wedding party.

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    Emily, Guest @ 11:44 am

    We also got married in Houston and like Piccateer suggested, we had Saint Arnolds as a nod to our location. Then we had a light beer (I think maybe Coors Lite?) and a third option (maybe Heineken or Shiner?) We had a full bar and I don’t drink beer so this wasn’t at the top of my list while planning- but it was important to us to have at least one local beer. We let our venue suggest the other two options based on what was popular at other weddings. Maybe you can ask your venue what popular options are? Good luck!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:14 pm

    Thanks for all of your suggestions, guys! Seriously, this part of planning has been one of the most head-scratching decisions we’ve had to make, so I really appreciate the input!

    @happyface: Haha, that song is THE BEST! Love me some oldies.

    @Mrs. Bracelet: Mr. A’s family is Baptist and isn’t into the whole drinking thing, so I’m hoping having limited options will make them less uncomfortable. :/

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    @LaughLines: The reason for the sangria is because neither Mr. A or myself really like wine by itself…and since we don’t like beer, either, I wanted us to be able to enjoy SOMETHING! Haha! 😉 So I’m okay if it costs a little more to jazz it up, especially since our catering is so much less than what we actually budgeted for it.

    @Piccateer: @Emily: I’ve never heard of Saint Arnolds! I’ll have to check them out! Although Houston is realistically like an hour and a half a way, it might be worth looking into. 😉

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:18 pm

    @Miss Armadillo: that song makes me wonder how well do you know your wife, and your husband? LOL

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:19 pm

    @HobbyLobbyist: Oh, no! I wasn’t going to post a question in my Facebook status or something…I was thinking more like sending a mass private message to people we sent Save-the-Dates to. Don’t worry! 😉

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:29 am

    We are doing beer wine and softdrinks. Any spirits the guests will be purchasing themselves! I love that you are doing Sangria!!!!

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