(Closed) casual reception is a open bar necessry or can it be a cash bar?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it necessary to have a open bar at a non-formal summer wedding or can we get away with cash bar?
    Open bar all the way : (10 votes)
    31 %
    Kegs will do : (6 votes)
    19 %
    Cash bar : (6 votes)
    19 %
    Offer one signature drink plus keg : (10 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    This tends to be a huge topic of debate around here, so you may get a lot of strong opinions…

    Things to consider:

    • Do what you’re comfortable with and can afford
    • Do other people in your region and/or social circle have cash bars or are they typically open bars (there seems to be regional differences)?
    • Another option is to have a limited bar – beer and wine
    • If you have a cash bar, spread that info via word of mouth so people know to bring cash with them

    Post # 4
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    First, have you checked with the park to see if you can have kegs/alcohol? That might be a huge downer on the day of to find that out. But I think having enough beer and a signature drink of some sort would be the best option for your casual wedding.

    Post # 5
    Member
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    UGH.  This is always a hot button issue.  Based on the fact that you’re in the midwest where a cash bar is quite common, I’d say you can easily either do the cash bar or the kegs.  Having such a laidback wedding, I’m sure either would be fine!

    Post # 6
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I like the kegs idea! I would include a few bottles of wine or a signature drink or something, but I don’t think a full open bar is really necessary.

    Post # 7
    Member
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Hi, I think that people should be given something to drink, all they can drink, for free.  So, if that means Kegs, have at it!

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Do you have to have bartenders, and/or the “typical” bar set-up? If not, I would suggest getting a bunch of kegs. They’re not that expensive and I think would work easily into your budget.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think the kegs would go over really well, especially since it’s a barbeque and informal.  Are you able to bring in kegs on your own? 

    Post # 11
    Member
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m with cbee – provide SOMETHING that is free and unlimited, and you’ll be fine. I think your plan sounds good, though adding another drink like a spiked lemonade could be a nice touch!

    Post # 12
    Member
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t like cash bars at all (but that is a regional thing, so maybe they are common where you are).  So my thoughts are, don’t provide an open bar, just provide beer and one other drink.  They don’t need hard liquor to have a good time.  Guests shouldn’t have to pay for their own drinks, but that doesn’t mean you should go broke providing them with an open, fully stocked bar.

    Post # 13
    Member
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Where i am from cash bars are the norm. I have never been to an open bar wedding and I kinda think i would feel kinda weird drinking so much and making the couple pay for it!

    As for the kegs and wine- What about non wine & beer drinkers! I drink wine NOW but i never use to and beer ( to me) is the most horrible tasting thing in the world!

    The topic ‘casual reception is a open bar necessry or can it be a cash bar?’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors