My to-be and I aren't really big drinkers, so we've opted out of an open bar. We will be having the reception for 65 people in my parent's back yard (renting a tent, tables, etc) and they have a few old canoes that we thought would be cute to fill up with ice and beer / wine / coolers / soda, and then we will have two signature mixed drinks. I've done the math, and for $500 I can get 7 alcoholic beverages for everyone, plus additional soda, water and a champagne toast.
So two questions - does this logic sound OK?
Think this will be enough? Considering some people probbaly wont drink alcohol (kids, grandparents, other non drinkers), and others may have 10+ drinks. . . . ?
What else should I consider?
Also, I am trying to work out in my head how drinks at meal time will work. We are having a sit down catered meal with chicken, brisket, sweet potatoes, salad and vegetables. Do people kind of get their own drinks when they arrive from the canoes, and then take them to the table? Or should I do some pitchers on the table of water / sweet tea / lemonade? Or do I ask the two servers I am hiring to take drink orders / pour?
Also, is it rude not to offer coffee and tea - espicially considering it will be hot and in August?