(Closed) Cash Bar

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it tacky to have a Cash Bar?
    Yes : (141 votes)
    57 %
    No : (105 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Is it possible to have strictly beer and wine only? That may help cut the cost.

    Post # 4
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    $16 pp is nothing. Mine was $55. I personally do not think it is polite to have a cash bar. If you are not going to provide the drinks gratis, they shouldn’t be offered at all. Guests should be able to show up without a wallet or purse. You can look into having an open beer/wine bar instead and host that if you want.

    Post # 5
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    I do not think it’s tacky, but I definitely get a little bummed when I see that it’s a cash bar.

    Post # 6
    552 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    $16/person?!?!? Thats super cheap! Is that all they can drink? 

    I agree with @Blanche, I don’t think its tacky, because I get that its expensive, but I am always bummed out by it.   

    Post # 7
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think it’s tacky to have a cash bar but I do think it’s tacky for people to expect one! 

    Post # 8
    335 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Coming from the point of view of a fellow cash bar wedding….. if you’re on a budget, you’re on a budget. I certainly do not have the money to pay $4.50 a drink for 150 ppl who are big drinkers. That would cost as much as the whole reception bill. As a compromise we are having an open bar “cocktail hour” the few hours between the ceremony and reception, but we can only so this because our wedding is at a facility that also has a campground and we can bring our own booze there. If the people at your wedding are familiar with you at all they will have an idea of what you can and cannot afford to do.

    Post # 9
    107 posts
    Blushing bee

    I agree- not necessarily tacky, but kinda meh. Can you lessen the time for an open bar and then do wine and beer only or something? The cash bar doesn’t seem too expensive. Can you prepay for a certain amount of drinks and then switch to cash bar?

    Post # 10
    8228 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Can you just offer free wine and beer maybe?

    Post # 11
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    At most weddings I’ve been to I’ve only been offered free beer/ soda.  Is something like this a possibility for you?  

    Post # 12
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    As someone who is having a cash bar,  I don’t think it’s tacky..but we are supplying all the wine for dinner….I think I”ve only ever been to one wedding where it was an open bar, and that was my daughters,  she only had 11 guests….mine is going to be about 200

    Post # 13
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think this depends entirely on where you live and your circle of friends.  

    Post # 14
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @UJSMCWG06:  I’m getting married in Charleston too 🙂


    And I am also having a cash and carry bar. I think that would be the best way to do it, because we are inviting alot of people, and cannot afford the $25 per person plus the bartending fees. We have alot of people who are under 21, so they wont be drinking, and alot of our family members will not be drinking. My parents are covering my Fiance and my drinks. Also, if we have a cash and carry bar, people will not get as drunk because it is on thier own dime.

    Post # 15
    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I had a friend who did a cash bar, they wound up charging $4 for soda and $4 for water as it had to be “bottled” water.  Please make sure that non alcoholic drinks will be covered before you go that route.  Also I would say that $16 per person is extremely reasonable.  That is less than 3 glasses of wine or 4 beers.  At a wedding reception which is several hours long, most people who want to drink will have about 1-2 per hour which is 4-10 per person total(depending on the length of the reception), which they will probably not do if there is a cash bar.  This is the average person who won’t get drunk on that amount. Some people will drink more and some less. 

    Post # 16
    2589 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think its “tacky”, but its not ideal.  If there’s something that can be scrapped or rebudgeted, $16 a person is extremely reasonable and probably worth it for keeping your guests happy.  Or just offering beer and wine. Is there an ATM right at your venue? If not, expect that people may be inconvenienced and possibly a little annoyed. 

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