(Closed) Cash Bar..

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

What??  That’s so weird.  If your venue has options available other than the contents of that keg, why do they care who pays for it?

I guess you could note “no host bar available” on your reception card, but if your venue accepts all types of payment most people have some sort of debit/credit on them and it shouldn’t be an issue.

Or you could just designate a guest to stand by the bar and pay for drinks individually…haha.  Not really an option, but I just can’t get over your venue’s random rule…

Post # 5
16 posts

Can you just leave an open tab and pay the entire tab on your credit card at the end of the night? That way, you still pay for all alcohol?

Post # 7
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Do you have a wedding website? You could put it on there, or ask friends to spread the word. 

Post # 8
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They will not even let you run a tab? I would ask why. But in any case, I have read over and over again that it should be word of mouth that it is a cash bar. Find out if it is cash only, meaning they dont accept debit or credit, where the nearest ATM is. I had a friend who did a cash bar but had the gm/BM go and buy rounds for people. That’s an idea if you are so restricted but want to pay for your guests (at least your bridal party) drinks.

Post # 9
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Angelz_love:  Yeah, that’s actually a thought.  We had wine on the tables, and a cash bar for everything else, but a few guests that I knew didn’t drink wine I went up to the bar myself and bought them one. 

Is there any resistance to one person buying lots of drinks?  You could do exactly that, and designate your wedding party to take a couple “orders” from each table and obviously repay them, or give them cash ahead of time.

Post # 10
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Can you have wine at the tables at dinner? Would they let you purchase drink tickets/each guest gets a set number? Their restrictions do seem bizarre…if they’re trying to limit alcohol consumption, what’s to keep me from buying drinks for someone else? Are they going to limit guests to one drink purchase at a time?  

Post # 11
12881 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

will your venue let you do a consumption bar?  where you pay for every drink ordered at the end of the night? 

I think it sounds really bizarre that it’s either a cash bar or nothing. 

Post # 12
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Never heard of this. Hope it works out.

Post # 13
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have pocket fold invitations with 4 different papers with information on them. I put it on the ‘Reception’ card and just wrote “Please join us after the ceremony for dinner and dancing a cash bar will also be available”. I also have it on my wedding website on  ‘Important things to know’.

Post # 14
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What kind of venue is this?  i’ve never heard of this!   They should give you options for choosing them and spending alot of money.  

Maybe see if you can pay a certain amount up front since they won’t let you pay after….. and once the cap of that is used, see if you can add on, or just have a cash bar from that point on.  

Post # 15
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, this is so strange. Where is your reception, if you don’t mind me asking. 

Post # 16
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

This is so strange. I’d make them give you more information about exactly what their policy is and why. Can you prepurchase bottles of wine at least to be served with dinner? I can’t think of a single non-sucktastic way of dealing with this.

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