Post # 1
We are having a cash bar, with the cocktail hour free champagne, and one glass of red or white wine with dinner (servers will come around and ask if anyone wants a glass at the tables). All other drinks will be at the bar in the space, and because our space is an event room- concerts etc happen there too- an ATM is sitting right next to te bar, so guests can take out cash and won’t need to plan ahead of time to bring any.
My question is if I need to let them know in some way that there will be a cash bar? Or if because they can easily take out cash at the ATM inside, don’t bother?
*This is NOT a place to debate whether you think this is ok or not, I don’t care what anyone else thinks about cash bars*
Post # 2
MissLibra: I would still mention it because some ATMs can charge ridiculous fees which some of your guests might not want to pay.
Post # 3
Does the bar accept cards? Will your guests be expecting a cash bar? Then no, I don’t think you need to say anything.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse
MissLibra: Yes, let them know it’s a cash bar so they know what to expect. If they want to bring cash and an avoid the extra fees of the ATM. Put it on your website, and spread via word of mouth
Post # 5
MissLibra: I would mention it, as a) some ATMs charge and b) I’ve been to similar set-ups and the machine has run out of cash.
I always assume that places these days take cards, so I personally would really appreciate knowing the set up, as then I’d make sure I brought enough cash so I wasn’t relying on the venue’s ATM.
Post # 6
I think you should be good. You are not blocking anyone from drinking.
Post # 7
Good point about the ATM fees. If I add it to the wedding website, should I mention there is an ATM onsite?
Post # 8
MissLibra: I’d mention there is an ATM onsite, yes, and then let people make up their own minds. As I said if I were attending a wedding and the bar was cash only I’d want to know so that I brought plenty of cash; I’ve been caught out before with ATMs running out, esp at places like hotels/bars/clubs, and it sucks.
So, def mention it’s cash only to give people a head’s up, but also mention there’s an ATM on site. Then people can decide.
Post # 9
I would mention there is a cash bar but, not that there is an atm on site… as some have said it may charge them more to use the machine… the machine will nice for those who either didnt plan on drinking or missed the memo but for the vast majority they will prob perfer to just come prepared.
Post # 10
Thanks! Where would you put it on the site? I was thinking of adding a FAQ tab, but not sure if anyone is really going to read it. (or the website for that matter haha)
Post # 11
Yes- mention it. I don’t always bring my debit card with to weddings because I downsize to a clutch and I know some people would probably like to avoid ATM fees and go to their own back bank. Maybe you could mention it on the reception part of your website?
Post # 12
I would mention the cash bar on a website or a wedding invitation insert, in case people really want to shell out the big bucks.
Somewhat related, I’m still flabbergasted by people who don’t carry any cash on them at all times.
Post # 13
Apple_Blossom: +1 I would never go anywhere without money or my card, unless I knew that DH had it covered. What about emergencies??
Post # 14
Mention it still, and mention there is an ATM onsite on the website. As a guest, I would much rather stop at my bank beforehand to get money out without paying fees or chance the ATM being out of service or out of cash.
Post # 15
I would at the very least add a card on your invite that links them to your website, and mention it there.
Some places cash bars are much more common, and others not so much. My future in laws wanted us to have a cash bar – it’s common there, but my family are NOT used to cash bars and believe you shouldn’t have a wedding if you can’t afford to provide booze, but that’s totally my family/area.