(Closed) Bar Troubles

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: How should we use the $2000 we have for a bar?
    Host bar after dinner .. to a maximum of $2000.00 then cash bar : (9 votes)
    31 %
    Host bar during the whole wedding .. to a max of $2000 then cash bar : (9 votes)
    31 %
    Toonie bar : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Pre paid drink tickets : (6 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Here’s the thing, if you told me it was open bar until a certain point, I’d load up on drinks before hand to try to pay less.  It might not be the classiest thing to do, but I guarantee other people will do it.

    In your situation, I would consider providing only certain drinks all night to try to stretch your 2000.  So, I might offer beer and wine…and if I could manage it, a speciality cocktail. Your money will go further that way and you won’t have to worry about a ‘bar rush’.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    I would do beer and wine (or just wine) after dinner, so from your guests’ perspective nothing changes. I don’t know how many people you’re having, but at a 200 person wedding, that’s $10/person. Our caterer is charging less than that to upgrade to a full open bar (instead of just beer/wine/champagne) for a full 5 hours so you can probably get out of there for under $2000 for just a few hours serving a limited bar.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If a toonie bar is common in your social circle, that’s the best choice. Capping an open bar at a pre-set spend is confusing for guests. They don’t know when it will run out, and those who do, will stockpile at the last minute. Drink tickets are awkward at a wedding, and don’t give a very nice impression.

    Post # 6
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    583 posts
    Busy bee

    I may be an idiot, but what is a toonie bar!?

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Drink tickets tend to be a nightmare to organize, so I would avoid those.  If your on a budget your best option may be a “limited” open bar for the evening. Meaning you would pay for beer, wine, and maybe a signature drink or well liquors for the night.  Any top shelf drinks would be extra.  You can also check on how your venue charges for wine- a lot of places default charge is per glass of wine, but its often cheaper/botte.  (EX:  a glass of chardonnay is $5.00, but a bottle is $15- you get a least 4 glasses out of a bottle, so your better off paying for the bottle.)  This could help strech your budget as far as possible for the whole evening.  

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    A toonie bar is a cheap cash bar. It’s common in some parts of Canada. The guests pay usually $2 per drink (which is a really good price for them) and the bride/groom usually pay a fee to the venue too. Toonie = two loonies = a loonie is slang for the Canadian dollar coin because it has a loon (big sea bird) on it.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Actually, a toonie is a 2 dollar coin, not two loonies.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Personally, I think the best bang for you buck will be with a select list… Wine, Beer and perhaps a “signature” cocktail during your Cocktail Hour, vs a Toonie Bar or a Ticket Bar.

    Agree with the others, a Ticket Bar can be awkward & confusing for a Wedding.

    — — —

    TO – LaurenKK:  Agree with Kewii:  in Canada we’ve gone to coins for what was our $ 1 and $ 2 Bills.  The $ 1 coin has a Loon on it and is known as a Loonie, the $ 2 coin has a Polar Bear on it, and is known as a Twoonie (two loonies).

    Because Alcohol is sooo expensive in Canada (HUGE Sin Taxes here…).  Means Beers for example, START at $ 5 and Hard Stuff goes up from there… not uncommon to see Martinis at $ 12… PLUS ontop of that we pay Fed & Provinical Taxes PLUS Tip so that ball parks out at aprox 30%.  An OPEN BAR here for a 4 or 5 hour Wedding could easily be $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 or more !!

    (Not to mention the “liability” that we have here if we host an OPEN BAR… a DUI in Canada being a Criminal Offence)

    So, a Toonie Bar offsets all that to a certain extent, the Guests pay $ 2, for each Drink, and the Host picks up the balance.

    Hope this helps,

     

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Side note: I had no idea what loonie or twoonie was.  After reading I ask my jeopardy worthy SO if he knows what loonies and twoonies were and he goes “Looney Tunes, yeah of course..!”

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @mufflerlove:  IMO I would offer limited type of drinks for free rather than charge a little for drink or have drink tickets, some people may not bring money to a wedding etc.  Or only enough for a taxi.  Maybe limit it two 2 types of beer, 2 types of wine, 1 cocktail etc, and soft drinks?

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