Post # 1
I have recently lost my job, and I refuse to cancel postpone our wedding. So we have to adjust our budget. niether FH nor I drink so our way of cutting some fat was to do a CASH bar instead of completely going dry. I hate the fact that I have to do this but we tried to go with the “cheaper” option of having only beer and wine but that only saved $150. So, with all that being said: How do we tell our guest to bring money.
Post # 3
We’ve put it on our wedding website, with a price list of all the drinks available.
Though I’m in the UK where cash bars are the norm, so I don’t know how ‘acceptable’ this is for other areas!
Post # 4
We put it on the website. We did all drinks for $3
Post # 5
@DJsGirl102113: First of all…good for you for not breaking the bank so that people can get drunk at your wedding!
It is generally a good idea to inform people ahead of time about a cash bar. Couple options:
You can either just put it on your website.
You can put it on the invite saying something like : “Reception to Follow at _____” “with cash bar after dinner”
Or you can not put it on the invite and if you are including a separate directions sheet you can include it on that saying something like: “soft drinks will be provided as well as a cash liquor bar.’
Post # 6
@RockStar33: All drinks $3?! Are you paying a portion? Cause shoot… I’mma go get my drink on at your wedding! 🙂
Post # 7
@MexiPino: yea, we provided the alcohol at our wedding and just charged $3.00 and had a very extensive variety. We still had wine and champagne free all night and of course pop, water, juice, coffee and tea too.
Post # 8
@RockStar33: AH! So you were just trying to recoup some of the cost. That makes a lot of sense! Good thinking.
My male cousins could put us in MAJOR debt with an open bar. Your idea might be a good one for us. My original plan was to just provide wine (not even beer, cause they’ll each drink a few pitchers!) and if they want to drink, they can go buy their own.
Post # 9
Is it literally a cash bar? As in, they actually only accept paper/coin money?
No host bars are very common here (I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with an open bar) and people could pay for drinks with debit/credit and there was a cash machine nearby, so I didn’t feel a need to make a big point of it.
I think it’s only really worth mentioning if people absolutely need to have cash that they’ve taken out ahead of time of they’ll end up with nothing.
Post # 10
Print it in writing somewhere besides the website. It can be in small print on the invitation, “Reception to follow. Dinner and dancing. Cash bar available. “, or on an insert, or even on the RSVP where they choose their entree. Not everyone is going to look at your website. A lot of grown single men will never look at a wedding website, nor would my grandparents, although both types of guests will want a cocktail.
Post # 11
we’re doing a keg and a little wine but told everyone and also put a note on the events section of the website where what time dinner was listed and said ‘limited adult beverages provided’. hopefully that gets the point across and that way they can bring a flask-ha! 🙂
Post # 12
You say you and your FI aren’t drinkers… But what about your guests? I’d say that’s probably what you should also consider when it comes to cutting costs somewhere.
Post # 13
I just assume every bar is a cash bar, and it’s a nice surprise if it’s not.
Post # 14
We put it on our reception cards in the invites, and then again on the wedding website. So everyone has been forewarned.
Post # 15
@Rubbs: I would normally agree with you, but it is just irresponsible to not make an adjustment given her changing financial condition. Food and drink are some of the last changes that can be made if invites (or STDs indicating that someone will get an invite) are sent and/or vendor deposits already paid. I am sure OP is looking for other ways to save as well but simply asked advice on this one area.
Post # 16
@rubbs our Families aren’t really big drinkers either, so a flat rate open bar would truely be a waste of money. One of my FSILs and her husband are the only ones that i can think may go into debt on drinks. Besides there are a few recovering Acholics on our guest list. So if i am taking ALL of my guests into account, open bar really wouldnt be a big deal