Drink Tickets

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I guess it depends on how casual your wedding is.  My immediate reaction is that instead of drink tickets, you should just have a cost limit at the bar (say, $1000 or whatnot) and then after that it becomes a cash bar.  Drink tickets seem a little… unsophisticated? Just my opinion. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think drink tickets are tacky and some more like some fundraising event, and not a wedding.  I would either just have a cash bar the whole time, or do a few hour of open bar than switch it to cash.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Why not have drinks brought out at a specific time?  So a wine pairing with each course of the meal and then a champagne toast? 

Etiquette states you must pay for what you choose to host. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Could you do just beer/wine the whole time instead? I Would rather that than a cash bar option. You might be able to do beer/wine and like one or two cocktail choices instead of full open bar and drink tickets.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Only beer and wine might be more cot effective.

I fail to realize the difference between drink tickets and a plated dinner.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Sorry I think drink tickets are a bit cringe and there are better solutions so dont fret ! Yes i think host beer and wine and juice only until your budget runs out and then onto cash bar. That way anyone drinking more expensive drinks can fund their own… But you have still graciously offered to treat them to a drink. After your bar tab runs out move onto cash bar.    In my own opinion however just my thoughts are that you should host the size and style of wedding you can afford.   My partner and I are paying for our whole wedding, so we only invited 50ppl as this is what we could afford to host with drinks, meals, etc and still make it a really special day with all the special touches I want. 

In New Zealand however it is very very unusual to have a cash bar, hence why cash bars and drink tickets make me cringey.

I hope you find a solution that works for you and so long as you are happy your guests should be happy to be invited to your special day.

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Super tacky. Drink tickets are for corporate events and county fairs, not weddings. Can you do a limited open bar such as beer/wine only?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Well where I am in Canada we do cash bar or 2 drink tickets and a cash bar ALL the time. Drink tickets are always considered an AWESOME bonus. No one expects them but when we get them we are thrilled! 

Everyone expects weddings to be full cash bar all the time here. Yes, even the fancy ones.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

MrsGolden2Bee:  you can’t generalize the whole country. I harsher been to loads of weddings in several provinces and have seen two cash bars. It is certainly not common in my circle.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

305Bride:  

+1 I find cash bars and drink tickets to be very gauche. That is just my opinion. 

Wine, beer and a champagne toast are much better options in my eyes. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think paying for 3 alcoholic drinks, I am assuming you are paying for non-alcoholic beverages such as juice, soft drink/soda and water for the whole night, is generous! I find cash bars perfectly fine, so providing 3 alcoholic beverages and then cash bar seems to be a good option. However little tickets turn me off a little bit, don’t know why, so maybe have a monetary limit and then go to cash bar or keep track of how many drinks each person has got some other way and then go to cash bar.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

andielovesj: I didn’t generalize the whole country, I said where I am in Canada. Oooooh I see the confusion. I was writing that with the emphasis on the “I”, as in the mid sized city where I live specifically. Where I am SPECIFICALLY, not where I am, my country.

My city has a COMPLETELY a different vibe to say Vancouver, Toronto, or even Kelowna.

It may not be common in “your circles”, but my circles are quite broad and eclectic but the weddings tend to have a common theme of relaxed elegance. But my city is pretty laid back.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

our reception is at a brewery and we are doing 2 drink tickets per person. It’s 6pm-9pm. We made the tickets using vistaprint. Everyone gets one that says have one on the bride and one that says have one on the groom. They are in the same color/style as all our wedding stationary and stamped witg our wedding stamp on the back. They are adorably non-tacky.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

As a guest, I’d rather have open wine and beer only thank drink tickets. Personally, I find them tacky and inappropriate for a wedding.

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